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 […]

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 […]

FL Review: Dream Cast Hits Just the Right Notes in Dreamgirls

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If a critic were limited to just one word to describe a performance, the word for Dream Girls would be POWERFUL! What an amazing musical, dazzling cast, vivid costumes, smooth transitions and outstanding performance. Stage Door, a small, 350-seat theater, rarely disappoints. Of course, the R&B music is vivid and catchy — that is to […]

Even Without Its Star, Miss Saigon Shines

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Having heard so much about Eva Noblezada’s Tony-nominated performance as Kim in the Cameron McIntosh-produced revival of Miss Saigon, the musical from Les Miserables creators Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, I was naturally disappointed to arrive at the theatre to find that she was being replaced by an understudy. I needn’t have worried. Of course this production would […]

Julie Taymor’s chrysalis transforms “M. Butterfly” into…well, you get the drift.

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David Henry Hwang’s Tony-Award-winning M. Butterfly was a controversial masterpiece in the 80s when it first graced the Broadway stage. For the first-ever revival of this modern classic, there was simply no one who could do the job but Julie Taymor, the inventive director who transformed Disney’s The Lion King from an animated film into one of the most […]