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”

The Weird and The Wonderful In “The Wolves”

I knew from my first glimpse of the set of The Wolves, the Pulitzer Prize finalist of a play by Sarah Delappe playing through the end of this weekend at Zoetic Stage, that I was in for something a little different. Instead of your typical raised stage, I found myself looking down on a hugeContinue reading “The Weird and The Wonderful In “The Wolves””

Honoring The Spookiness of the Season At “An Evening With John Wayne Gacy Jr.”

I never harbored a particular fear of clowns, but after spending a theatrical Evening With John Wayne Gacy Jr., my predilections just might have changed. The show was produced by Infinite Abyss and staged at the Wilton Theater Factory, and Ronnie Larsen both wrote the play and stars as Gacy. The character makes his firstContinue reading “Honoring The Spookiness of the Season At “An Evening With John Wayne Gacy Jr.””

Dispatch From Day 1 Of The Delray Beach Playhouse’s Playwright’s Festival

For the period of slightly over a month that this blog has as of yet been in existence, I have not had the chance to report on a theatrical event that I was actively involved in. However, since the first night of the Delray Beach Playhouse’s inaugural Playwrights’ Festival was far too interesting to leaveContinue reading “Dispatch From Day 1 Of The Delray Beach Playhouse’s Playwright’s Festival”

Two Promising Plays-In-Process At Theatre Lab’s Playwright’s Forum

When we go to theatre, we’re used to seeing plays in their final, perfected form, so it’s somewhat easy to forget all the hard work and revisions a play goes through while its making its way towards that hallowed state.  Fortunately, we sometimes get a rare glimpse of what happens behind the scenes thanks toContinue reading “Two Promising Plays-In-Process At Theatre Lab’s Playwright’s Forum”

Revisiting An Old Favorite At “The Glass Menagerie”

Before I say anything about Maplewood Playhouse’s production of The Glass Menagerie, which opened last night at the small Delray Beach theatre usually occupied by Improv U, I suppose it’s my duty to preface this review with the fact that I got approximately 2 hours of sleep last night and I am categorically incapable ofContinue reading “Revisiting An Old Favorite At “The Glass Menagerie””