Arts & Entertainment REVIEWS

PRIMAL FORCES - "Blonde Poison"

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Check back for our review of Blonde Poison, now at the Sol Theatre in Boca Raton.  

Opens February 15 - March 10. 

The true story of Stella Kubler (acclaimed actress Lourene Snedeker) who, in present day London, reflects on her days as a young Jewish girl in Nazi Germany. As she recounts her past, will we still see Stella as a victim? Or were her misdeeds as monstrous as those who imprisoned her? 

Go to www.primalforces.com for tickets and information.

REVIEW - "The Spitfire Grill" at Palm Beach Dramaworks

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 REVIEW: THE SPITFIRE GRILL at Palm Beach Dramaworks, now through February 24.

By Tom Hantzarides, GET OUT! South Florida


In this spirited and uplifting folk musical, book and music by James Valcq, with book and lyrics by Fred Alley, about starting over and second chances – something we all have probably experienced at one point or another in our lives – becomes the first musical to be produced by Palm Beach Dramaworks as part of its subscription season. Bruce Linser directs. Producing Artistic Direct William Hayes states, “This is the first time we’ve scheduled a musical during our subscription series. I’ve heard from a number of subscribers who, because they’re not here during the summer, have never seen any of our musicals. They inquired about the possibility of including a musical as part of our regular season. They asked, we answered.”

The musical is based on a movie of the same name by Lee David Zlotoff. However, the musical diverges from the fil in substantive ways. The musical is a far more hopeful piece with a far different ending than the movie. The locale has changed from rural Maine to Wisconsin. Percey Talbott, played by Ashley Rose,  with energy and a beautiful singing voice, has just been released from a five-year stint in prison for a crime that’s revealed later in the play. Her parole officer, Sheriff Joe Sutter, gets her a job at The Spitfire Grill, owned by Hannah Ferguson. Blake Price is innocent, bashful, and forceful as the sheriff. The inimitable Elizabeth Dimon, a staple of South Florida theater who never disappoints, plays the gruff owner of The Spitfire – with a secret. I thoroughly enjoyed Patti Gardner as the town gossip, Effy Kreyneck. Linser’s direction is superb. The Lubben triplets, last heard in WOODY GUTHRIE’S AMERICAN SONG are back again – with the addition of Mrs. Joshua Lubben, Katie Lubben. Joshua also serves as musical director. I hope it’s a sign we’ll see more of these talented musicians in future productions. As Shelby Thorpe, the friend who helps run The Spitfire, Amy Miller Brenna is so thoroughly likeable and you can’t help but empathize with the struggles she goes through. 

All in all, a play at Palm Beach Dramaworks – and, now a musical – is something that should never be missed. Tickets and information at www.palmbeachdramaworks.org or call the box office at (561) 514-4042.

New City Players - "A Raisin in the Sun"

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Check back on February 21 for our review. Go to www.newcityplayers.org for tickets and information.

Lorraine Hansberry’s classic drama about the Younger family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world. 

The Wick - "Funny Girl"

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REVIEW: FUNNY GIRL at the Wick Theatre & Costume Museum, now through February 24

By Tom Hantzarides, GET OUT! South Florida

For more reviews go to www.GetOutSouthFlorida.com

Be warned. The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum is  on the map. With it’s latest production, FUNNY GIRL, The Wick has once again proved that it can produced spectacular productions that are as comparable to anything else in South Florida. I was amazed at last year’s PIRATES OF PENZANCE (and, the Carbonell Awards though so as well). Well, I predict that this year’s FUNNY GIRL will garner more of the same. It is a spectacle of a musical which I would not have thought possible from the Wick just a few years ago. I am happy to have been proved wrong.

FUNNY GIRL is a wonderful musical and, at The Wick, is at its best. The star of the musical is Stephanie Malloey as Fanny Brice. She stars in the tradition of others who have played the true story of a vibrant bit player of the New York City vaudeville stage who but works her way to stardom. Her love affair and marriage to businessman Nick Arnstein is an important part of the story.

The cast is marvelous. Not a weak link among them. I especially loved Carbonell winner (and current Carbonell-nominee) Angie Radosh, a star who we are blessed to have in our presence in South Florida theater) who plays Fanny’s mother. Courter Simmons as Eddie Ryan is a spectacular and impressive presence on the stage. Director Dom Ruggiero better get make space on his shelf for the Carbonell which I am sure is on its way.

Shout outs to familiar who I’ve seen before and whose talent is no accident: Steve Carroll (Florenz Ziegefeld, Jr.), Austin Carroll (dance captain), Joshua Conner (Paul), and Tommy Paduano (production tenor). Now through Feruary 24. Go toe www.wicktheatre or call the ox office at (561) 995-2333.

"Blonde Poison" by Primal Forces at The Sol Theatre

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Opens February 15 - March 10. Check for our review on February 15.


The true story of Stella Kubler (acclaimed actress Lourene Snedeker) who, in present day London, reflects on her days as a young Jewish girl in Nazi Germany. As she recounts her past, will we still see Stella as a victim? Or were her misdeeds as monstrous as those who imprisoned her? 


Go to www.primalforces.com for tickets and information.

Maltz Jupiter Theatre - "Mamma Mia!"

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REVIEW: MAMMA MIA!  at The Maltz Jupiter Theatre now through February 10.

By Tom Hantzarides GET OUT! South Florida

I’m smiling from ear to ear. MAMA MIA! at the Maltz is THE feel-good musical of the season. With music by the chart-topping pop group, Abba, “Mamma Mia!” tells the story of Sophie, getting married on a Greek island, and invites three men, one of which is her father. Her mother, Donna, really lived it up in her younger years and isn’t sure which of the three men is the father.

The Maltz takes on these big-hit musicals and succeeds. Last season’s spectacular SOUTH PACIFIC shows the Maltz can succeed with these types of musicals. Led by Becca Andrews as Sophie, Mary Mossberg as mamma Donna, and a trio of dads, led by Peter Simon Hilton as Harry, Jim Ballard as Sam, and Christopher Carl as Bill, the cast dances, sings, laughs to the tunes of Abba. Peter Simon Hilton, an accomplished actor who was seen recently in EQUUS, THE AUDIENCE, FROST/NIXON at Palm Beach Dramaworks, is my personal favorite dad. We are treated to the amazing scenic design by Paul Tate Depoo III and director/choreographer Mark Martino shines having done previous musicals in South Florida.

Need a lift? A smile? A romping good time? Go see MAMA MIA! In this rare four week run at the Maltz. Go to jupitertheatre.org or call the box office at (561) 575-2223.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Maltz Jupiter Theatre Announces 2019-2020 Season

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 The 2019/20 season will begin with The Curious Case of the Curse of Count Dracula (October 27 – November 10), an all-new world premiere that combines the epic horror story of Count Dracula with a dash of Mel Brooks and Monty Python for a lightning fast, laugh-out-loud comedy. We continue with The Mystery of Edwin Drood (December 3 – 19), a hilarious whodunit-mystery musical based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel of the same name that invites audiences to choose the outcome of the mystery. Next up is Chicago (January 14 – February 2), the beloved and sexy Tony Award®-winning smash hit musical about rival murderesses that is sure to give audiences a little razzle dazzle! Then join us forBrighton Beach Memoirs (February 23 – March 8), Neil Simon’s award-winning play that follows 15-year-old Eugene Jerome as he navigates the waters of adolescence prior to World War II. Our incredible season ends with How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (March 17 – April 5), Frank Loesser’s nine-time Tony Award®-winning musical that pokes fun at big business as it follows a lowly window washer who follows a handbook to climb the corporate ladder to high powered executive. “We’d like to invite audiences to embrace the fright of our world premiere production of The Curious Case of the Curse of Count Dracula – which will feature fantastic illusions by the same artist who designed the illusions for the recent production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway – and ‘choose the who’ in the musical romp The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” said Andrew Kato, the Theatre’s producing artistic director and chief executive. “Then experience the passion of the dazzling hit musical Chicago, fall in love with the angst and coming-of-age story that is Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs and celebrate the hilarious satire of corporate ambition with How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.”

In 'Velvet Buzzsaw,' Jake Gyllenhaal Plays Queer​ But Is No Jack Twist

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 Jake Gyllenhaal plays a queer art critic in Netflix’s upcoming satirical-thriller, Velvet Buzzsaw, his first gay role since 2005’s Brokeback Mountain. The film, directed by Dan Gilroy, starts  streaming Friday and parodies the Los Angeles art world through camp and gore. The cast, which also includes Rene Russo, John Malkovich, Toni Colette, Natalia Dyer, and Zawe Ashton, portrays narcissistic art world insiders who encounter a possessed art collection. Gyllenhaal’s character, Morf Vandewalt, is a conceited and pretentious art critic, who begins the film in a relationship with a man.  

While Vandewalt’s sexuality is never explicitly stated in the film, the character gives a rare example of sexual fluidity as he quickly becomes enamored with Zawe Ashton’s character, a gallerist named Josephina. Gyllenhaal appears naked with both his male and female onscreen partners, creating many steamy moments in the film.

While any opportunity for bisexuality to be shown on-screen increases visibility, Gyllenhaal, while speaking to Variety, warned that his character may not be a particularly positive representation of a bisexual man:

“I think you have to be careful in that this is a satire. For me what was interesting in trying to create this character was the idea of a gay man going straight for a woman and the reasons why. He says something very specific: ‘We have a taste relationship.’ It’s a relationship not necessarily based on the intimacies that you would hope for; it’s based on the fact that they both like the same kind of work. And there’s sort of vapidness within each character.”

The film also continues the trend of straight actors playing LGBTQ roles. This year’s Oscar nominations include nominations for seven actors who play queer characters in the major acting categories. Gyllenhaal and his co-star, Heath Ledger, were also nominated for Oscars for their performances in Brokeback Mountain.

New City Players Announces New Season

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New City Players at The Vanguard presents classic and contemporary theatre that provides an emotional and transformative experience for every audience member. 


The new season is on sale now and includes:

  • A Raisin in the Sun : Friday, February 22 - Sunday, March 10.
  • Macbeth: August 15- September 1
  • Falling: October 10-27


For information and tickets, go to www.newcityplayers.org.

The Kravis - "Waitress"

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 Brought  to  life  by  a  groundbreaking  all-female  creative  team,  this  irresistible  new  hit  features  original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (Brave, Love Song), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), choreography by Lorin Latarro (Les Dangereuse Liasons, Waiting For Godot) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin, Finding Neverland). Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna –  a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county  and  the  town’s  new  doctor  may  offer  her  a  chance  at  a  fresh  start,  while  her  fellow  waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. “It’s an empowering musical of the highest order,” raves the Chicago Tribune.  “WAITRESS is a little slice of  heaven,”  says Entertainment  Weekly; and  “a  monumental  contribution  to  Broadway,”  according  to Marie  Claire.    Don’t  miss  this  uplifting  musical  celebrating  friendship,  motherhood,  and  the  magic  of  a well-made pie. 

The Stonewall Museum Wilton Manors

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The Stonewall National Museum and Archives Wilton Manors Gallery features a number of permanent and traveling exhibits. The Winter 2019 schedule includes several exhibits, film screenings and readings chronicling the diverse experiences of LGBT people across the country and around the world  

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