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Priscilla, at the Kravis Center, Is Certified Silly Hoot

Priscilla, at the Kravis Center, Is Certified Silly Hoot

By Bill Hirschman, FloridaOnStage.com (April 25, 2013) – Critics anxiously wait during a show to spot a quintessential moment that will encapsulate the dramatic arc, key character development or overarching theme central to the production. In the national tour of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, it’s “MacArthur Park.” No, really. It’s that Richard Harris/Jimmy Webb ballad from 1968 whose meaning no one had the vaguest idea about unless they were dropping acid. The point of the number injected into this anarchic musical […]

Stage Door’s Jeffrey Feels Dated, But Funny And Touching

Stage Door’s Jeffrey Feels Dated, But Funny And Touching

By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage (April 23, 2013) – It’s weird but wonderful that two full decades after the height of the AIDS crisis that Paul Rudnick’s touching but hilarious satire Jeffrey now revived at Miami Beach Stage Door Theatre feels a bit like a period piece. You feel guilty for feeling that way; it feels unfaithful to the memory of loved ones who died and those who struggled to survive. But thank God and science and humanity’s capacity to prevail that the 1993 […]

FGO’s La Traviata Surprisingly Well-Acted As Well As Sung

FGO’s La Traviata Surprisingly Well-Acted As Well As Sung

By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com (April 22, 2013) – The surprising virtue of Florida Grand Opera’s 11th retelling of Verdi’s La Traviata is that for all the performers singing high E’s at the top of their lungs, all the falling to their knees in sorrow or illness, for all the oversized passions, it’s believable. Without discounting the considerable but expected display of dexterous singing, the cast’s acting touches the heart with this tale of a courtesan discovering true love when she thought she was […]

Slow Burn’s Sweeney Todd Is Competent But Not Thrilling

Slow Burn’s Sweeney Todd Is Competent But Not Thrilling

By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com (April 15, 2013) – So much is right about Slow Burn Theatre Company’s scaling of that Everest of musical theater, Sweeney Todd, that there’s no shame to acknowledge that it’s a competent not a transporting production. Competent is not a backhanded compliment when a troupe is taking on one of Stephen Sondheim’s transcendent masterpieces and striving to avoid copying earlier productions. But Slow Burn has raised expectations so high with excellent productions of Into The Woods and Side Show that even its […]

by · April 15, 2013 · Entertainment, Miami-Dade County, Theater
Zoetic’s Savannah Disputation Lampoons Religious Zealotry

Zoetic’s Savannah Disputation Lampoons Religious Zealotry

By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com (April 15, 2013) – “Act as if ye had faith and faith shall be given ye” goes the maxim and the performers in Zoetic Stage’s production of The Savannah Disputation seem to have taken it as their watchword. They and director Stuart Meltzer have invested every bit of their considerable talent making a flawed, one-and-a-half-dimensional script into a terribly funny and mildly thought-provoking evening about religious certitude. Melissa, an indefatigably chirpy proselytizer ringing the doorbell at the home of […]

Mad Cat’s Comedy Looks At Fashionista Isabella Blow

Mad Cat’s Comedy Looks At Fashionista Isabella Blow

By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com (April 13,2013) – Editor, consultant and fashion icon Isabella Blow lived what can only be described as a tumultuous life that encompassed trend-setting style, two marriages plagued by infertility, championing designers like Alexander McQueen who then left her behind, coping with her brother’s drowning when they were children, battling ovarian cancer, trying electro-shock therapy to counteract depression, attempting suicide several times until she succeeded by swallowing  weed killer, although it took her hours to die. So, of […]