Thursday, January 29, 2015

DreamCatcher Theatre: Into the Woods (reviews)

IntoTheWoods-690x310DreamCatcher Theatre Company opened its production of Into the Woods at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on January 22 2015.
…once upon a time, a baker and his wife were sent on a quest into the woods by a mysterious witch. Thrust into a world of magic and adventure, they find their story intertwined with a group of legendary characters including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and a certain young man named Jack who has some very magical beans. Sondheim's brilliant lyrics and gorgeous music, paired with Lapine's captivating book, make this Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about wishes, chasing your dreams, and the importance of the stories we tell our children both magical and deeply touching.
Justin Fortunato directed a cast that included J.J. Caruncho, Arielle Jacobs, Tituss Burgess, Magan Dee Yantko, Bruno Vida, Annemarie Rosano, Elizbeth Dimon, Jeni Hacker, Oscar Cheda, Christina Flores, Elaine Flores, Roland Rusinnek, Kelsey Flynn and Annett Navarro.

GableStage: Choir Boy (reviews)

GableStageChoirboyGableStage opened its production of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy on January 24, 2015.
When a young man is named leader of the celebrated gospel choir at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for African-American Boys, the sweet harmonies of classical spirituals contrast with the bristling tensions that arise. A music-filled story of masculinity, tradition, coming of age and speaking your truth.
Joseph Adler directed a cast that included  James Randolph, Din Griffin, Melvin Cox, Vlad Dorson, Datus Puryear, Samuel Enmund, and Peter Haig

Theatre at Arts Garage: I and You (reviews)

IandYouThe Theatre at Arts Garage opened its production of Lauren Gunderson’s I and You on January 16, 2015
Only in high school would two completely unconnected people—cranky, chronically ill Caroline and levelheaded basketball star Anthony—be paired to collaborate on a project to deconstruct a poem about the interconnectivity of everything. But as the two teens cram to finish their presentation on Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, a very real connection is made, and they ultimately learn of the deeper mystery that has brought them together.
Louis Tyrrell directed a cast that featured Terry Guest and Gracie Winchester.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The M Ensemble: The Gift Horse (reviews)

gift-horse-image-520x270The M Ensemble opened its production of Lydia R. The Gift Horse at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center on January 22, 2015
A violinist resonates as Ruth, an African American artist and teacher, struggles to deal with the men in her life. Whether learning to love a friend suffering from HIV or reeling from memories of her father's abuse, Ruth discovers how to appreciate what she has while she has it. The Gift Horse follows Ruth from college, through therapy, into marriage and finally motherhood as she and the violinist explore what makes love easy and what makes love hard.
Lowell Williams directed a cast that included Andy Barbosa, Othon Cardelle, Andre’ L. Gainey, Carey Hart, and Janice G. Muller

Slow Burn Theatre: Bonnie & Clyde (4 reviews)

bonnie & clydeSlow Burn Theatre Company opened its production of Bonnie & Clyde at the West Boca Performing Arts Theater on January 23, 2014.
At the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from two small-town nobodies in West Texas to America’s most renowned folk heroes and the Texas law enforcement’s worst nightmares.  Fearless, shameless, and alluring, their electrifying story of love, adventure and crime captured the excited attention of an entire country. Forced to stay on the run from every southern state’s police force, the lovers resort to robbery and murder to survive. As the infamous duo’s fame grows bigger, their inevitable end draws nearer.
Patrick Fitzwater directed a cast that included Jessica BrookeSandford, Bruno Faria, Christian Vandepas, Kaela Antolino, Patrick Rodriquez, David Cohn, Kaitlyn O’Neill, Meredith Bartmon, David Michael Sirois, Idalmy Carcache, Dan Carter, Matthew Korinko, Bradley Mack, Janelle Mack, Rick Pena, Erin Pittleman, Conor Walton, Nicholas V. Ismailoff and Juliette Valle.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Scene for January 23, 2015

It’s a busy week on the scene: the nominations for the 39th annual Carbonell Awards were announced on Wednesday.  The winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on March 30, 2015.  And once again, the South Florida Theatre League will be hosting an after-party just down the street.
 
But the real news this week are all the plays opening across South Florida this weekend.  Five major regional productions open this week, in addition to four productions blowing through this weekend only, a dozen more productions both professional and amatuer -  and this is also the final weekend to catch Mad Cat’s take on Neil Simon’s The Star Spangled Girl.

Here's what's playing on South Florida stages this weekend:  
 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Wick: La Cage Aux Folles (reviews)

wickThe Wick Theatre Company opened its production of La Cage Aux Folles on January 8, 2015.
Before there was the popular movie The Birdcage, there was the smash hit Broadway musical, La Cage aux Folles. With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and an incredibly inspired book by Harvey Fierstein, it tells the story of a flamboyant gay couple who must pretend to be straight for one night – with one of the men in drag – to dupe the conservative political family of their son’s fiancĂ©. Broadway’s Lee Roy Reams stars as “Zaza” in this Tony Award-winning musical that features songs like La Cage aux Folles, I Am What I Am, Song on the Sand and The Best of Times.
Norb Joerder directed a cast that included Le Roy Ream, Walter Charles, Phil Young, Aaron Young, Troy Stanle, Angie Radosh, Christina Laschuk, Jodie Dixon Mears, Shane Tanner, Abby Perkins, Justin Schneyer, Wesley Slade, Alexander Zenoz, Casey Weems, Stephen Petrovich, Ramaad Morris, Cameron, Benda, Ashley Klinger, Jessica Ernest, Tony d’Alelio, Sam Rohloff and Jacob Paulson..