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. […]

Nation Onstage FL: Nice Work If You Can Get It, Even Better If You Can See It

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Review by Beverly Friend, American Theatre Critics Association member Once upon a time, there was an elderly, very religious Jewish man, who was illiterate. Because of this handicap, when he prayed, he was only able to recite the Hebrew alphabet because this was all he knew. He was confident that God would be able to arrange the […]

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 complete. […]

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 singing… […]