Friday, December 12, 2014

The Scene for December 12, 2014

It finally feels vaguely like Christmas to those who grew up in the northern climates.  For South Floridians, winter weather has come a bit early, but that’s fine with us.
 
There’s plenty of shows to choose from on South Florida stages this weekend, from a new take on the classic Fiddler on the Roof in Jupiter, to the wildly inventive US Drag in Miami, and a whole lot of excellent plays in between.
    
Here's what's playing on South Florida stages this weekend:  
 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Actors’ Playhouse: Miracle on South Division Street (reviews)

Miracle logo newActors’ Playhouse opened Miracle on South Division Street at The Miracle Theater on December 3, 2014.
Fresh from its Off-Broadway run, MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET is the story of the Nowak family living amidst the urban rubble of Buffalo, NY’s East Side. Clara the family matriarch happily runs her soup kitchen and tends to the family heirloom, a twenty-foot shrine of the Blessed Mother, which adjoins the house. This beacon commemorated the day in 1942 that the Virgin Mary appeared to her father at his home-based barbershop. During the course of this very funny and original play, the entire family’s faith is shaken to the core as the family legend seems to be unraveling. The evening’s results are heartfelt and hilarious.
David Arisco directed a cast that included Jeni Hacker, Deborah L. Sherman, Elizabeth Dimon, and Clay Cartland.
  

Palm Beach DramaWorks: My Old Lady (reviews)

MyOldLadyPalm Beach Dramaworks opened their production of Israel Horovitz’s My Old Lady on December 5, 2014.
A down-on-his-luck New Yorker inherits an apartment in Paris and must live with his tenants, an old lady and her rigid daughter. Their lives soon intertwine in unexpected and profound ways.
William Hayes directed a cast that featured Estelle Parsons, Angelica Page, and Tim Altmeyer.

Primal Forces Productions: Sunset Baby (reviews)

SunsetBabyPrimal Forces Productions opened their production of Sunset Baby at Andrews Living Arts Studio on November 29, 2014.
A tough, suspenseful urban drama about a former 1960s revolutionary whose deceased wife has taken too many secrets to her grave. In his last-minute search for the truth, he hooks up with his estranged daughter only to learn that her story is darker and more complex than even he could have imagined.
Keith Garrson directed a cast that featured  John Archie, Makeba Pace and Ethan Henry.
 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Outré Theatre Company: Othello (reviews)

outre Othello_posterBOutré Theatre Company opened its production of Othello at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts on December 5, 2014.
Hate. Desire. Jealousy…Love.
William Shakespeare’s powerful tragedy tells us of a love that defies the boundaries of race, and of a hate that defies the boundaries of reason. Othello, a Moorish general in the employ of a European power, defies the conventions of his culture to marry a European woman and to rise through the ranks to become a respected and powerful soldier. But his misplaced trust in his ensign, Iago, leads him to discard it all as Iago manipulates and twists the soul of a noble man. Dealing with such varied themes as race, class, jealousy, and trust, Othello is a study in the self-doubt and fear that resides in the hearts of us all.
Christina Groom directed a cast that included Troy Davidson, Faiza Cherie, Skye Whitcomb, Sabrina Lynn Gore, and Rayner G. Garranchan.
  

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Scene for December 5, 2014

WE hope you’ve gotten through the last of your Thanksgiving leftovers.  And now that we’re past THAT holiday weekend, everyone is trying to open their shows before the next holiday sets in.  Nine local productions and one national tour all open this week in South Florida.

And just because it’s fun, you have two different versions of Fiddler on the Roof and A Christmas Carol.  OK. so one Fiddler is a professional production while the other is college show, but the dueling Christmas Carols are on a more or less equal footing.  One’s in Palm Beach County, the other in Miami-Dade, if you’re in Broward, flip a coin.
    
Here's what's playing on South Florida stages this weekend:  

New Theatre: The Gospel According to Jerry (reviews)

gospel_according_to_jerry_posterNew Theatre opened its production of The Gospel According to Jerry at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center on November 21, 2014.
A life changing relationship sparks between a Rabbi and a Gospel singer when neither of them are able to move forward without the other's support in this Florida premiere of a new play by Richard Krevolin and Irwin Kula.
Stephen Neal directed John Manzelli and Christina Alexander.