An Immersive “Annie” Explodes At Area Stage

If you’d told me a few weeks ago that one of the most exciting and innovative productions to hit South Florida so far this year would be a staging of Annie, I may have been a bit skeptical. While the classic 1977 musical has been widely beloved for its spunky main character and touching storyline, it isn’t exactly known for its iconoclasm. 

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A Woman Reckons With Her History – And Ours – In “A Doll’s House Part 2”

Few scripts have had more cultural influence than Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. First performed in 1879, the play incited much controversy when protagonist Nora challenged the period’s social norms by walking out on her husband and children after coming to the realization that her stifling marriage would never allow her to be her true self. And when she did, according to critic James Huneker, the door that she slammed behind her “reverberated across the roof of the world.” 

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A Heck of A Fun Time at Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Maybe you’d be hard-pressed to believe that a botched sex-change operation could be a winning premise for a feel-good night of musical theatre, but Hedwig and the Angry Inch proved a lot more fun and a lot more poignant than its vulgar title and peculiar subject matter might at first suggest. Playing until June 20th at the Lake Worth Playhouse, this unconventional musical by Stephen Trask and John Cameron Mitchell first premiered off-Broadway in 1998, and later spawned a 2001 film version and a Tony-winning Broadway revival. 

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Are the Carbonells Still Relevant?

It’s a good question.

In the wake of awards organizations such as the Golden Globes, the Academy Awards, and the Tonys all facing diminished ratings — not to mention suffering public relations nightmares such as a lack of diversity and inclusion in their nominations process — are the Carbonell Awards waning in significance? 

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