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 […]
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By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Sept 21, 2014 – Halloween has arrived five weeks early with a wildly uneven but strangely intriguing production of Ira Levin’s 1973 exercise in creepiness, Veronica’s Room at Andrews Living Arts. This production is as schizophrenic as any homicidal patient in a psych ward. The first act is unintentionally phlegmatic and unconvincingly executed, while the second act offers a psychological tension and dizzying disorientation that Norman Bates would enjoy. The evening never quite lands […]
By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Sept 8, 2014 – n chronological order, here is a highly subjective, personal list of the shows whose titles or concepts we most want to see this season. To see our full season advance, click here. To see the full calendar, click here. —Mothers and Sons (GableStage, Sept. 20): On Broadway, a strong cast and a stimulating script resulted in a topical, incisive and emotionally touching play about a homophobic mother visiting her dead son’s lover. —Our […]
By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Sept 7, 2014 – Location, location, location. Usually there isn’t anything terribly sexy, dramatic or even newsworthy about real estate in the world of theater unless it’s the milieu of David Mamet’s cutthroat drama Glengarry Glen Ross. But as the new theatrical season approaches, South Florida hasn’t seen so much packing and unpacking, opening tubes of Ben Gay, filling out of change-of-address cards, remodeling, ripping up seats, scanning blueprints, updating websites and other signs of […]
By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, July 14, 2014 – Arts criticism is by definition subjective, but we journalists like to flatter ourselves that there is an attempt at universal objectivity in it. That’s why it’s uncomfortable but only fair to report that I woke at dawn Sunday realizing that Ground Up & Rising’s production of 9 Circles Saturday night had invaded my dreams. I’m pretty sure the reason was the nagging dichotomy that the courageous production was so deeply felt and […]