A Royal Time At “The Glass Piano”

Theatre Lab’s fifth season continues with The US premiere of The Glass Piano by Alix Sobler, which premiered last year at London’s Coronet Theatre. It was loosely inspired by the utterly fascinating case of the real Princess Alexandra of Bavaria, who suffered from a delusion that she had swallowed a glass grand piano as aContinue reading “A Royal Time At “The Glass Piano””

Art And Identity In “My Name is Asher Lev”

In my book, at least, the West Boca Theatre Company’s current production of My Name Is Asher Lev earns a unique and high compliment: of all the plays I’ve written about in the past 5ish months (my, how time flies), it’s the only one that I left feeling actively inspired to create.  My Name IsContinue reading “Art And Identity In “My Name is Asher Lev””

A Fulfilling “Fulfillment Center” At The Lake Worth Playhouse

The Lake Worth Playhouse’s acclaimed Black Box series is back until this February 9th with a quietly stirring production of Fulfillment Center by Abe Koogler, which premiered off-Broadway in 2017. The play’s title does double duty, serving as both a literal description of the corporate warehouse it revolves around and an ironic nod to aContinue reading “A Fulfilling “Fulfillment Center” At The Lake Worth Playhouse”

You Don’t Have To Be Kinky To Enjoy “Kinky Boots!”

Kinky Boots, playing until this February 8th at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center courtesy of Prather Production’s Broadway in Broward series, isin many respects a fairly typicalmusical comedy: one in which a plucky underdog fights for a noble cause amidst an array of colorful characters. Our protagonist, Charlie, is a young man whose father’s suddenContinue reading “You Don’t Have To Be Kinky To Enjoy “Kinky Boots!””

A Spectacular Production Of The Peculiar “Evita”

So, last night, I saw the Wick Theatre’s production of Evita, knowing more or less nothing about either the show or Argentinian history. After seeing Evita, I still don’t know much about what seems to be quite a complicated era, or even about the famously divisive figure the show centers on: infamous Argentinian first ladyContinue reading “A Spectacular Production Of The Peculiar “Evita””

A Harsh Yet Hopeful Look At Addiction in “Water By The Spoonful”

Stories of addiction are, unfortunately, nothing new. However, this well-worn subject is examined in a refreshingly original way in Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Water By The Spoonful, a play that surprised the establishment by landing the 2012 Pulitzer Prize without having first had a major New York production.   The current incarnation onstage at West Palm Beach’sContinue reading “A Harsh Yet Hopeful Look At Addiction in “Water By The Spoonful””

Laugh It Up In Girl-World At “The Secret Comedy Of Women”

Forget Victoria’s Secret; it’s Linda Klein and Barbara Gehring who know the real secrets, at least to making ladies laugh! The unrealistic beauty standard peddled by such media is just one of the many everyday tribulations of womanhood the two mine for humor in their Girls Only: The Secret Comedy Of Women. The Secret ComedyContinue reading “Laugh It Up In Girl-World At “The Secret Comedy Of Women””

Love And Loss In “The Last 5 Years”

At the end of The Last 5 Years, which is currently being staged by the Maplewood Playhouse, the play’s central couple breaks up. This, though, is no  spoiler; because they also do it at the play’s beginning! The feat is made possible by the show’s unique structure. We are first introduced to female partner CathyContinue reading “Love And Loss In “The Last 5 Years””

Theatre Meets Stand-Up In “My Son The Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy”

My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy, a one-man show performed and written by talented actor and comedian Brad Zimmerman, is described in its program as, “part stand-up, part theatre.” However, while the evening certainly featured more highs than lows, this viewer found herself wishing it had included a little more of the latter –Continue reading “Theatre Meets Stand-Up In “My Son The Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy””

“Ordinary Americans” In Extraordinarily Awful Times

My last review was of Watson, a show which explores the consequences of giving into nefarious pressure. Playwright Joseph McDonough’s new play, Ordinary Americans, instead illustrates the cost of speaking up against the powers that be.  Ordinary Americans’ current production at Palm Beach Dramaworks is another co-world premiere. The show runs there until this JanuaryContinue reading ““Ordinary Americans” In Extraordinarily Awful Times”