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O’Neil Delapenha as Iskinder, Kevin A. Walton as Dwight, and Christian Vandepas as Aaron Feldman in Ground Up & Rising’s The Recommendation

The Recommendation Satisfies In Its Subtleties At Ground Up

By Michelle F. Solomon, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, July 1, 2015 – Miami’s Ground Up & Rising production of Jonathan Caren’s The Recommendation is compelling on so many levels. Yet, what makes it so formidable doesn’t have much to do with the actors on stage; it’s more about what happens in between the lines. Playwright Caren’s engaging script about promises and betrayals, secrets and lies, the privileged and the not-so privileged, and what we all do to get ahead no matter […]

by · July 1, 2015 · Consumer, Entertainment, Featured, Theater
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: from left, Jessica Brooke Sanford, Rick Pena, Mark Della Ventura, Jen Chia, Christian Vandepas, Anne Chamberlain and Kaitlyn O’Neill  (Photos by Patrick Fitzwater)

Can You Spell Hilarious Or Poignant? Slow Burn’s Bee Can

By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Mar 4, 2015 – William Goldman wryly, but seriously stated as the theme of his brilliant comic novel The Princess Bride (not his weaker movie) that “life isn’t fair; it’s just fairer than death.” The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee musical explores in its charming, comical and stealthily touching way how we learn to cope with that truism when much of life seems a winner-take-all competition that most people are certain to “lose” […]

POZ, World Premiere At Island City Stage, Has Its Share of Positives and Negatives

POZ, World Premiere At Island City Stage, Has Its Share of Positives and Negatives

By Michelle F. Solomon, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Nov 5, 2014 –  A legendary Broadway actress coping with debilitating asthma, a wannabe Broadway star with leukemia, an HIV-positive 50-something Log Cabin Republican who has slept with 10,000 or more men, a hippie lesbian who sees auras and angels, her ex-husband (a self-described theater queen who is best friends with the HIV-positive guy) and a dead ballet dancer who is now a ghost, all inhabit the world of POZ. Michael Aman’s […]

“Dying City” Struggles For Clarity, But Has A Solid Performance

“Dying City” Struggles For Clarity, But Has A Solid Performance

By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Sept 24, 2014 – The ultimate themes and intended resonances of Dying Citydance just out of intellectual reach in Ground Up and Rising’s brave but flawed production, but the audience gets some reward sifting through the intriguing confusion as they seek graspable meaning. Christopher Shinn’s 2007 play, ironically, is said to be about the difficulty of making human connections and perhaps the uncertainty of knowing someone. But its only thinking about the play on […]