FL OnStage: Stepping Out to the Theatre

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Review by Beverly Friend, American Theatre Critics Association member No dialogue! TIME STEP has no story! Just singing and dancing, dancing, dancing. Oh, it is easy to imagine a story, starting when the cast enters, spritely tapping their way up and down a magnificent staircase to The Lullaby of Broadway. They all carry suitcases.  Are they coming […]

FL OnStage: “Brigadoon” Enchants at the Wick in Boca

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Review by Aaron Krause, American Theatre Critics Association member BOCA RATON — On the Playbill’s cover, gold, upper case letters spell out the title of the enchanting musical playing at The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum through April 8. If the gold coloring and capitalization are coincidence, they’re appropriately symbolic. That’s because we need a […]

WI OnStage: “One House Over” Is an Intimate Look at Immigrant Issues

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Review by Karen Topham; photos by Michael Brosilow At a time when immigration is front and center in the national conversation, it is wonderful when a play comes along that tackles the issue without hitting the audience over the head. Milwaukee Rep’s latest World Premiere play (performed in the Quadracci Powerhouse), Catherine Treischmann’s funny, poignant One […]

FL OnStage: Great Acting Makes “Dancing Lessons” Work

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Review by Aaron Krause, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by Justin Namon MIAMI: People attend live theater because they “feel other people’s emotions, see the world like they do,” opines a character in Dancing Lessons. The young woman is injured Broadway dancer Senga Quinn. She could easily be talking about the moving, comic and sweet, but not […]

Cincinnati OnStage: 4 Plays Reveal Depth of Queen City Theatre Community

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by Aaron Krause, American Theatre Critics Association member With reviews of Othello, Red Velvet, Kill Move Paradise, and Be Here Now Theater and history buffs have a rare chance in Cincinnati to witness Shakespeare like they’ve never experienced in school. Chances are, you never studied Othello in the modern, painfully-timely manner Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) is presenting the Bard’s tragedy. […]

FL review: Characters, Issues in “If I Forget” Will Stay With You

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Review by Aaron Krause; Photos by George Schiavone CORAL GABLES, Fla. — In Tony Award-winning playwright Steven Levenson’s deeply unsettling drama If I Forget, dread hovers over a family like funnel clouds over Hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico last summer.We feel an urgent need for the suffering relatives at the play’s center, living during the beginning of the 21 st […]

Boston Onstage: “Hype Man” Is an Impressive Look at Black Culture

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Review by Kitty Drexel, American Theatre Critics Association member Photo by Paul Fox/Company One (Boston, MA) The prep work done for Hype Man is intensely impressive. From the dramaturgy work by Baxter and Gil, beat making staging/choreography performed in chorus with the sound engineering by Debra Marcus, the combined efforts of the cast and crew […]

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 […]