“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”

Watching Watson, And Wondering Where Culpability Begins And Ends

Watson, playing at Gablestage until this December 22nd, replaced the show originally scheduled for this slot in the company’s season. Director Joseph Adler, who also helped playwright James Grippando develop the show, felt that its story was especially urgent, and it doesn’t take any great leaps of the imagination to see why.  Though the playContinue reading “Watching Watson, And Wondering Where Culpability Begins And Ends”

Everything May Not Be Super Great, But “Everything Is Super Great” Was

For… reasons that are definitely reasons, our eternal and often futile struggle to create and maintain human connection is a bit of a preoccupation of mine. Maybe that’s why I felt myself so affected by Everything Is Super Great, the new play by Stephen Brown that appeared in it’s co-world premiere at Theatre Lab lastContinue reading “Everything May Not Be Super Great, But “Everything Is Super Great” Was”

Once Upon The Time I Saw “Once”

Based on the 2000s hit movie of the same name, Once, playing until this December 22nd at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, is pretty non-traditional as musicals go. For one, most of the musical numbers do not serve as inexplicable expressions of character’s internal states but instead spring organically from the characters’ status as musicians.Continue reading “Once Upon The Time I Saw “Once””

Luscious and Lascivious “Lipstick”

While I doubt any comedy will ever get quite as close to my heart as darker material tends to, there’s also really no bad time to take a visit to one. Theatre, after all, is as much escapism as it is anything else, and the breakneck pace, too-perfect coincidences, and fast-paced dialogue of well-done humorousContinue reading “Luscious and Lascivious “Lipstick””

A Funny Review Of That Musical About The Forum

Fortunately, you still have a whole weekend of performances left in which you might behold A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, a uniquely uproarious musical farce. The show was produced by MNM Theatre Company, a group that can be distinguished by its live music and its practice of showcasing exclusively Florida-basedContinue reading “A Funny Review Of That Musical About The Forum”

On Stories/Some Thanksgiving Thoughts

So, I plan on reflecting on the experience of attending and speaking at New City Players CitySpeaks towards the beginning of this month— procrastinated a little on this one since it wasn’t as urgent as the play reviews I’ve been working on, but it’s kind of a good Thanksgiving fit nonetheless! I also plan onContinue reading “On Stories/Some Thanksgiving Thoughts”

A Look At “Andy And The Orphans”

The play Andy and the Orphans, currently onstage at Sol Theatre courtesy of Primal Forces Productions, was originally titled Amy and the Orphans. This version of the play was gender-flipped to accommodate the casting of Edward Barbanell, a Coral Springs resident who actually understudied the role on Broadway last year and shares his character’s diagnosisContinue reading “A Look At “Andy And The Orphans””

A Visit to “Visiting Mr. Green”

I got a chance to see Jeff Baron’sVisiting Mr. Green this past weekend at Bob Carter’s Actor’s Repertory Company in West Palm Beach, and found the script so old-fashioned that I was initially surprised to find out it was written only in 1996—a little over twenty years ago! Speaking of old-fashioned, it was pretty refreshingContinue reading “A Visit to “Visiting Mr. Green””

A “West Side Story” Well-Told

The “story” of West Side Story is a timeless one.  In fact, the story is so timeless that Shakespeare told it a good few centuries before Arthur Laurents (book), Leonard Bernstein (music), and Stephen Sondheim (music) did when the show premiered in 1957. For those who don’t know, West Side Story was based on theContinue reading “A “West Side Story” Well-Told”