Friday, December 26, 2008

The Scene for December 26th, 2008

It's the end of the year, but by no means the end of the theatre season! Here's what's playing for the end of 2008.

the reviews

While a lot was going on last week, only Brandon K. Thorp managed to get a review into print. He caught Palm Beach DramaWorks' production of Eugene Ionesco's The Chairs.
The absence of experimentation in modern popular theater could make you think that all the questions posed by the clowns and monsters of the Theater of the Absurd have been answered; the contradictions they unearthed, resolved. If that were the case, I do not believe The Chairs would be so funny or so frightening.
Brandon obviously enjoyed the piece, or was at least engaged by it. But he almost forgets to tell us about this particular production, outside of the mention of the actors' names. But he does slip in some actual review of this production:
Subtly, Bradshaw and Leonard turn up the volume, raising the temperature until the whole theater boils.

The Old Man and Semiramis are just a janitor and housewife, or just a son and mother, and by interpreting their formless lines with simple, unpretentious empathy — by taking them at their word, and damn the experimentation — Leonard and Bradshaw make them believable stand-ins for everyone.
The Chairs runs through February 1 at Palm Beach DramaWorks.

  Mr. Zero (Oscar Cheda) and his Mrs. (Maribeth Graham) continue their long-running argument in <em>Adding Machine</em> at GableStage.
It's surprising to find anything opening this weekend in South Florida. It's also surprising that GableStage is opening a musical. But in fact, GableStage is opening Adding Machine this weekend. You can find a promo piece in the Herald.

Broward Stage Door Theatre is also opening a musical; Showtune.

still playing

The Reduced Shakespeare Company's production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised], plays at the Arsht Center through January 18.

The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told is playing at the Rising Action Theatre Company through Jan 18, 2009.

Mezzulah, 1946 runs through January 18 at Florida Stage, in Manalapan.

Regrets Only at the Waterfront Playhouse in Key West runs through January 10.

last chance to see...

Gutenberg! The Musical runs through January 4 December 28th at Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theater.

for kids

A Christmas Carol, The Musical, plays on Saturdays at Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre. Through December 27.

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