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Tickling the Ivories

Stage Door Theatre presents the World Premiere production of Kevin Black’s Tickling the Ivories. The show will run through November 19th in the venue’s Theatre 2.

Featuring songs by famous pianists and songwriters from several centuries, Tickling the Ivories combines classical pieces with 20th Century pop classics by the likes of Billy Joel, Elton John, Carole King, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Ray Charles, Barry Manilow and many others.

Pianists Michael Friedman and …more…



Hook Ups Vol 1 is a collection of short scenes about strangers hooking up on Grindr, Growler, Scruff and Craigslist. It’s a 90 minute evening of theater with no intermission. We meet a variety of men in a variety of situations all looking for sexual connection. They all meet via their phones either thru Grindr, Growler, Scruff or …more…

Sol After Dark Celebrates “The Scottish Play”

Evening Star Productions will kick off their newest project, Sol After Dark, with a one-act adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The production, which will run for just three days – from October 26th to 28th – is the first of what Evening Star’s Artistic Director Rosalie Grant says will be “something a little off the beaten theatre path for those hungry for a different bite of theatre.”

“Our lineup of productions …more…

Forum Productions & Greenhouse Theater Center Launch 2017-2018 Season



Forum Productions, in conjunction with the Greenhouse Theater Center NFP, is proud to announce its inaugural 2017-18 South Florida Season bringing the best of Chicago to Mizner Park Cultural Center (201 Plaza Real in Boca Raton). From an intimate portrait of Rose Kennedy in Hyannis Port to a hair-raising suspense mystery in the streets of …more…

Tarzan: The Stage Musical

Slow Burn Theatre Company opens its 2017-18 season at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts with Tarzan The Stage Musical from Thursday, October 19th – Sunday, November 5th. Based on Disney’s epic animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan of the Apes, the musical features heart-pumping music by rock legend Phil Collins and book by Tony Award®-winning playwright David Henry Hwang.

The musical was originally produced on Broadway by …more…

Scary Shorts


Lizzie: The Musical

On a sweltering summer morning in 1892, in Fall River Massachusetts, a prominent business man and his wife were brutally axed to death in their home. Their daughter, Lizzie Borden, was the prime suspect. Lizzie’s trial was a coast-to-coast media sensation, and her story has become an integral part of American criminal mythology. Lizzie: The Musical – the vibrant, rollicking, rock musical telling of this legendary crime will open Thinking …more…

Too Jewish!

Avi Hoffman’s Award Winning Musical! Too Jewish is Too Good to Miss!


Broward -The Stage Door Footlight Series  : Only 2 more performances!

August 2nd at 8 PM and August 3rd at 2 PM

Box office: 954-344-7765
8036 W. Sample Rd., Margate, FL 33065

Miami Dade-Too Jewish Tuesdays at JCAT!

August 15th at 7:30pm

For Tickets: or call 1-866-811-4111
Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center/Sanford L. Zi Campus
18900 NE 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach • 305.932.4200 ext. 150

Coming …more…

50 Shades of Felt


It Never Felt Soooo Good!

Some puppet shows are wonderful family events — but Shaun McNamara’s 50 Shades of Felt is not one of them. This scandalous parody of the similarly titled bestselling novel features full puppet nudity, sexual themes and situations galore, and language that would make your grandmother blush, and most likely you as well! For all its naughtiness, however, 50 Shades of Felt is a riotously funny good time replete …more…

Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, slices its way into West Palm Beach


Michael Mckenzie & Shane R. Tanner

The gruesome musical Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, slices its way into West Palm Beach at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre. Set in the year 1846, the tale of Sweeney Todd is an adaptation of the 1973 Christopher Bond play based on a 19th century British penny dreadful in which a London barber is driven to murder after a malevolent judge …more…

The Theatre of the Absurd…WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF @ Lakeland Civic Theatre

Roy Berko

(Member, American Theatre Critics Association, Cleveland Critics Circle)

Edward Albee, author of WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF,  now in production at The Lakeland Civic Theatre, is one of the best known Theatre of the Absurd American writers.  This form of theatre, which was at its apex shortly following World War II is based, in part on existentialism, and asks “what is the purpose of existence?”

Absurdist playwrights create situations in which …more…

Emotionally draining, intellectually satisfying DEATH OF A SALESMAN @ Ensemble

Roy Berko

(Member, American Theatre Critics Association, Cleveland Critics Circle)

Arthur Miller’s DEATH OF A SALESMAN, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama, now on stage at Ensemble Theatre, is universally recognized as one of, if not the greatest modern American play.   Others that are recognized as top classic plays are LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (Eugene O’Neil),  STREET CAR NAMED DESIRE (Tennessee Williams), OUR TOWN (Thornton Wilder), and WHO’S AFRAID …more…

Well-conceived THE SPITFIRE GRILL at Beck Cente

Roy Berko

(Member, American Theatre Critics Association, Cleveland Critics Circle)


Opening night of THE SPITFIRE GRILL was a special evening for the Beck Center for the Arts.  It was the start of the organization’s 82nd season and Scott Spence’s 25th anniversary as Artistic Director.

THE SPITFIRE GRILL, with music and book by James Valcq and lyrics and book by Fred Alley, which is based on Lee David Zlotoff’s 1996 film of the same …more…

Broadway legend John Kander to attended Musical Theater Project’s PERFECTLY MARVELOUS @ Allen Theatre

Broadway legend John Kander to attended Musical Theater Project’s PERFECTLY MARVELOUS @ Allen Theatre

Roy Berko

(Member, American Theatre Critics Association, Cleveland Critics Circle)

Liza Minnelli once said, “The greatest thing about [John] Kander and [Fred] Ebb is you sing their songs and you feel good.”  She was referring to the multi-award winning Broadway writing team who gave the world such songs as, “How Lucky Can You Get?,” “Maybe This Time,” “All That …more…

A Map of Virtue

Thinking Cap Theatre at The Vanguard presents the Southeastern Premiere of A Map of Virtue  by Erin Courtney from October 1 – 18, 2015 at the Vanguard Sanctuary for the Arts in Ft. Lauderdale.  Theatre goers need look no further than Thinking Cap Theatre’s Southeastern premiere of Erin Courtney’s award-winning play (Special Citation Obie Award, 2012),  A Map of Virtue, for a thrilling way to kick off the month of …more…

Ken Ludwig’s world premiere of A COMEDY OF TENORS delights @ Cleveland Public Theatre

Ludwig’s world premiere of A COMEDY OF TENORS delights @ CPH

Roy Berko

(Member, American Theatre Critics Association, Cleveland Critics Circle)

The Cleveland Play House opened its 100th season in a lavish and theatrically exciting way.  An invitation only group of CPH financial supporters, politicians, and theatre enthusiasts, draped in tuxedos and high fashioned gowns, entered the beautiful Allen theatre lobby to have their pictures taken with the 2015 Best Regional Theatre Tony …more…


Live at Lynn and the Lynn Conservatory of Music present the staged concert version of Kismet September 26th & 27th at the Wold Performing Arts Center. This special concert version production opens Lynn’s arts, culture and ideas season with a magnificent evening featuring the full Lynn Philharmonia Orchestra accompanying a cast lead by Broadway veterans Jay Stewart and Jan McArt,  with John Lariviere as the Caliph, Rachel Klein as Marsinah, …more…

Killer Joe

Andrews Living Arts brings Tracy Lett’s award winning play, Killer Joe, to its black box stage in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Sept. 24th for a limited engagement.  This exciting first play by the author of August: Osage County, premiered in New York in 1993. Set in Dallas, Killer Joe revels in its “white trash” stereotypes with inherent intensity and violence. Hired by the dissolute Smith family to murder the matriarch for the insurance money, Killer Joe takes the …more…

Well acted, overly long IN A FOREST, DARK AND DEEP at none too fragile


Roy Berko

Member, American Theatre Critics Association, Cleveland Critics Circle


Neil LaBute, the author of IN A FOREST, DARK AND DEEP, now on stage at none too fragile theatre, is noted for writing plays and movies filled with hatred, distrust and disdain for humans and human nature.

His writing style, where characters hold supreme over the plot, are filled with terse, rhythmic and language-oriented speeches.  Much like his mentor, David Mamet, he also …more…

Surprising OR, at Dobama

Roy Berko

(Member, American Theatre Critics Association, Cleveland Critics Circle)

Dobama Theatre’s mission statement indicates that it is its purpose to “premiere the best contemporary plays by established or emerging playwrights.”  Why, then, are they opening their 2015-16 season with a play set in 1666-1670?

According to Nathan Motta, the theatre’s Artistic Director, OR, “is intrinsically intelligent, sumptuously sensual, persistently playful, full of frivolity, and is chock-full of surprises.”  That explanation, even though …more…


The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC) proudly presents a return engagement of their production of Hustle, written and directed by Keith C. Wade to continue its celebration of its Sankofa 40th Anniversary. The play stars: Andre’ L. Gainey, Lorenzo Johnson, Jesus C. Mitchell, Keith C. Wade, Njie Sabik, Herman McGloun, Jamil Malik and Charita Joseph.                                                                           

Hustle is a theatrical play that speaks to the hearts of men of color. Wade’s …more…

The under-belly of politics well-explored at Ensemble Theatre; In Memoriam: Kyle Jean-Baptist

Roy Berko

(Member, American Theatre Critics Association, Cleveland Critics Circle)

What could be more appropriate in this year, which leads up to a presidential election, than to examine the political hacks who run the campaigns.  Voilá,  for the start of its 36th season, Ensemble Theatre has chosen Beau  Willimon’s 2008 drama, FARRAGUT NORTH, which examines the lust for power among political hacks.

The play is very loosely based on Willimon’s experiences with Howard …more…

TEAR IT OFF, a romance novel comes alive at convergence continuum

Roy Berko

(Member, American Theatre Critics Association, Cleveland Critics Circle)


Book buyers spend an estimated $1.08 billion dollars each year purchasing romance novels.  Since 1972 when Avon printed Kathleen Woodiwiss’s “The Flame And The Flower,” supposedly the first U.S. published book of that genre, almost 55% of all paperbacks sold in the U.S. have centered on romantic relationships with optimistic endings, whose covers usually feature a handsome buff man saving a helpless …more…

Classic ‘OUR TOWN’ gets nice traditional read at Blank Canvas

Roy Berko

(Member, American Theatre Critics Association, Cleveland Critics Circle)
I consider OUR TOWN, which is now being performed at Blank Canvas, to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century. It not only won the Pulitzer Prize in 1938, it has become one of the most performed and studied plays in the English language.  It, along with Arthur Miller’s DEATH OF A SALESMAN, Eugene O’Neil’s LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO …more…

The Dana Plays 2015

On Monday, August 31st, the South Florida Theatre League will proudly present The Dana Plays 2015 – a play reading fundraiser inspired by Dana Castellano – at The Vanguard (1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316) at 8 pm. The playwrights contributing to The Dana Plays 2015 are Andie Arthur, Christopher Demos-Brown, Jessica Farr, Tony Finstrom, Avi Hoffman, Michael McKeever, David Nail, Matt Stabile, and Paul Tei. 

The Dana Plays …more…