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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: www.jcctheatre.com 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

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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…

Kismet

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…

Hustle

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…

2015-16 Abdo New River Room Theater Series

Tickets for the 2015-16 Abdo New River Room Theater Series at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts go on sale September 1 for: Dogfight (November 12–29), It’s a Wonderful Life (November 4 and 5), Diva Diaries (January 6–31), Casablanca (February 5 and 6), Romance/Romance (February 11–March 6) and Diego & Drew Say I Do (March 31–April 10). 

Dogfight , staged by Slow Burn Theatre Company, starts off the …more…

The Sinatra Songbook To Close Out 2015 Cabaret Festival

Back by popular demand, The Sinatra Songbook, featuring singer John Lariviere, will close out the 2015 Cabaret Festival in Venice, FL.  Both previous performances on July 12th and 19th sold out almost immediately, so a final engagement has been added to the calendar to round out this years’ festival!

Cabaret Scene Magazine has called John Lariviere “a voice of the gods”.  Cabaret and jazz singer John Lariviere regularly headlines throughout South Florida performing …more…

2015 Fall Cleveland Theater Calendar

Roy Berko

(Cleveland Critics Circle, American Theatre Critics Association)

 

Though the weather is still warm, soon the leaves will be turning and the Fall 2015 theatre season will be upon us.  Here’s a list of some of the offerings from September through December.

 

You can track my reviews on http://www.royberko.info, or contact me to get on my direct review list.  You can see a synopsis of the local reviewers’ capsule comments about the …more…

Lazy Fair

Mad Cat Theatre and MTC present a world premiere of Lazy Fair, written and directed by company member Theo Reyna. The play features Mad Cat company member Ken Clement, Meredith Bartmon and Andy Quiroga.   Sound will be designed by Mad Cat company member Matt Corey, Lights by Mad Cat company member Melissa Santiago Keenan and costume and set design by Mad Cat’s founder Paul Tei.

Money! Money! Money! Now and forever! …more…

Must see ‘Hairspray” leaves ‘em dancing in the aisles Porthouse Theatre

Roy Berko

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

 

The farcical yet message-loaded “Hairspray” is the type of musical that in a bad production falls flat, but in a good production leaves the audience energized and dancing in the aisles.  Fortunately the must see production at Porthouse Theatre is dynamic, creative, full of joy!

 

The stage musical based on the 1988 John Walters movie with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott …more…

A Clevelander’s view of the Shaw Festival—2015

Roy Berko

 

Jackie Maxwell, the Shaw Festival’s Artistic Director, states, “I have always found that theatre is at its best when the audience spans several generations – a guarantee that the story being told on stage is being taken in and reacted to in a variety of ways, enriching the experience for all.”

 

Maxwell’s belief is well-developed in the Shaw Festival’s 2015 season.  “Peter and the Starcatcher” is a magical adventure for …more…

Stung and Wounded

Main Street Players presents a play reading of Stung and Wounded by Florida based playwright Patricia Wakely Wolf on August 3rd at the Main Street Playhouse.  The show will be directed by Ivan Lopez; and the cast will be as follows: Manny Catalino – Jordan Reams,  Michael Fernandez – Robbie Meeks, Peter Galman – Clive McFadden,  Robert Coppel – Tom Crawlston, Donna Warfield – Ali Williams, Paul Steinsland – Stage Directions.

A young …more…