Friday, October 9, 2015

The Wick Theatre: A Funny Thing Happened… (reviews)

WICK forum logoThe Wick Theatre opened its production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum on October 1, 2015.
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two.
Bob Walton directed a cast that included Ken Jennings, Michael Ursua, Christopher Brand, Michael Scott, Erika Amato, Whitney Winfield, Jim Ballard, David Setteducati, and Troy Stanley.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Scene for October 9, 2015

And now the 2015-2016 Theatre Season is running full throttle across South Florida.  National Tours are rolling through, shows are opening and closing, the three oldest community theaters in the region have shows going, and we’ve got choices for the kids this weekend.
And the first company to stage its own production of American Idiot is Showtime Boca.  Who saw that coming?  Not us!
Here’s what’s playing this week on The Scene:

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Broward Center: Once (5 reviews)

once3The National Tour of the musical Once opened at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on October 6, 2015.
Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance.
John Tiffany directed a cast that included Stuart Ward, Dani de Waal, and a bunch of people they won’t list in any fashion we can easily post here.

GableStage: Disgraced (reviews)

GablestageDisgracedGableStage opened its production of Disgraced at the Biltmore Hotel on October 3, 2015.

New York.  Today.  Four friends get together for cocktails and dinner at the apartment of a successful corporate lawyer who has turned his back on the Muslim faith of his parents.  Relationships and beliefs about race and identity are questioned — as the dinner party explodes into professional and personal betrayals.

Joseph Adler directed a cast that featured Armando Acevedo, Angel Dominguez, Betsy Graver, Karen Stephens and Gregg Weiner.

Stage Door Theatre: Promises, Promises (3 reviews)

Stage DoorBroward Stage Door Theatre opened its production of Promises, Promises on September 25, 2015.
Infused with the swinging energy of 1968 Manhattan, PROMISES PROMISES is the musical tale of a lovelorn young executive and a romantically troubled waitress.  Featuring the hits “ A House Is Not a Home”, “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again”, “I Say A Little Prayer For You,”  and many more. Book by Neil Simon and music by Burt Bacharach.
Michael Leeds directed a cast that included Elliot Peterson, Jessica Brooke Sandford, James A. Skiba, Shenise Nunez, Kayley Stevens, Bob Levitt, Ashely Rubin, and Cara McMorrow.  Music Direction by Michael Larsen.

Thinking Cap Theatre: A Map of Virtue (reviews)

VANGUARD A Map of Virtue - On StageThinking Cap Theatre Company opened its production of A Map of Virtue at The Vanguard on October 1, 2015.
A Map of Virtue is a symmetrical play guided by a bird statue, pivoting around an encounter with and dissection of evil. Part interview, part comedy, part middle-night-middle-forest horror story.
Nicole Stodard directed a cast that included Noah Levine, Niki Fridh, Casey Dressler, Alex Alvarez, Scott Douglass Wilson, and Tom Anello.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Mondays are Dark

PBD2Another Monday.  It was a busy weekend, with plays opening and closing across the region, and of course, Broward County’s being hundredth anniversary party attracted throngs of nearly a dozen people.  Which meant there were lots of seats at the Ikea Lounge, and the lines for drinks were nonexistent.

We’re bringing back the featured theater photo: this week’s theater is Palm Beach Dramaworks.  Originally a movie house called the Florida Theater, the space has been home to The Stage Company, The Florida Repertory Company, The Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre Training, and The Cuillo Center.  The only survivor through all of that is the door to what was the lobby telephone booth, which now serves as a closet.


Here’s your Monday reading list: