“Hatfield & McCoy”: a Powerful “Romeo and Juliet” in the Appalachians

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member All photos by Michael Brosilow What American is unfamiliar with the long-lasting Capulet and Montague-like feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys? They were two proud families whose shared enmity resulted in constant fighting and bloodshed in the late 1800s. Their very names are now synonymous with […]

FL OnStage: Hop on an Emotional, Heartfelt, and Humorous “Ride” at ASC

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Review by Aaron Krause, American Theatre Critics Association member ★★★ CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Stories about a long journey allow the playwright to focus not only on the physical trek but to metaphorically suggest an emotional transformation. The characters might arrive at a better understanding of themselves or others by the time the trip is […]

NationOnStage Florida Review: Flashdance More of a Flash in the Pan

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Review by Beverly Friend ★★ Flashdance is a feel-good musical presented by a fresh-faced, young, nubile and rather charming cast but burdened by clichés. Neither the skilled performers nor the fast-paced story is enough to insure success. The rapidity of pace destroys continuity, and the cast certainly transcends this script– and deserves better. So much […]

Shattered Globe’s “Five Mile Lake” a Realistic Slice of (Unfulfilled) Lives

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Step into the Theatre Wit stage housing Shattered Globe’s production of Five Mile Lake by Rachel Bonds and you instantly know something is not normal. For one thing, the buildings in Jeffrey D. Kmiec’s set are not squared, especially the large downtown building housing the central bakery location, which is all askew: left and right sides not […]