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  • A Seat at the Apocalypse

    published December 25, 2008

    What a treat it is to see one of our professional theater companies take on an old-fashioned 1950s mindfuck like The Chairs. Eugene... More >>

  • Sol Theatre ruts, while Florida Stage takes wing

    published December 18, 2008

    I do not like Mart Crowley anymore. Crowley is the old queen who rocketed to worldwide fame and acclaim with the 1968 play The Boys in the... More >>

  • Them Eats is Cheap

    published December 18, 2008

    Three, two, or even one year ago there wouldn’t have been anything notable about getting a decent lunch for $3.99. The fact that you... More >>

  • Eugene Ionesco and The Economic Apocalypse

    published December 18, 2008

    Palm Beach Dramaworks discovered something important this season: that playwrights named Eugene had a bead on this whole capitalist apocalypse... More >>

  • Culturebeat

    published December 11, 2008

    Good things come in small packages. Or so goes the thinking behind "Small Stuff 2," a droll holiday-season show at Bear and Bird Boutique +... More >>

  • Metal and Mangroves

    published December 4, 2008

    You’ve seen Heinz Award-Winner/International Sculpture Lifetime Achievement Award-Winner Mark di Suvero’s sculpture before. At... More >>

  • The Arting of Miami

    published December 4, 2008

    The exhibition is called “Inevitable Continuum,” though it was not in the least bit inevitable. If Westen Charles, Elizabeth... More >>

  • Cat Fight

    published December 4, 2008

    “Johnny’s used to just be a twink bar,” says owner Sean David of the venerable gay club in the days before he owned it. “Now... More >>

  • Bottles and Brimstone

    published November 27, 2008

    Midway through The Seafarer, when it became clear that the play's antagonist was not some abstract embodiment of evil but was in fact... More >>

  • The Kids Were Alright

    published November 13, 2008

    The Who weren’t always quite as good as people think. From 1964 ’til 1971, they suffered from a tinny sound and a vocalist, Roger... More >>

  • Like a Book Fair, But Cooler

    published November 6, 2008

    In most books, even very pretty ones, the art is subordinate to the text, and the design — the paper, the binding, the layout, the cover... More >>

  • Empty Seats, Empty Suits

    published October 30, 2008

    Deborah Sherman tells me that Barton Bishop's Still The River Runs is drawing the worst houses in the history of the Promethean Theatre,... More >>

  • They Walk Among Us

    published October 30, 2008

    You haven’t heard of them, they are not rich, and they may even have day jobs. Nevertheless, there are honest-to-god filmmakers right here in... More >>

  • Halloween, Clowns, and Sausage

    published October 23, 2008

    Haunted houses have a large order to fill, namely because it takes talent and careful planning to scare the crap out patrons who are so obviously... More >>

  • Domestic Violence

    published October 23, 2008

    Eugene O'Neill, born in 1888 and dead by the end of 1953, carried around a lot of angst. He had an absentee father and a morphine-addicted... More >>

  • Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Preview

    published October 16, 2008

    The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival opens officially on Friday, and it will close on November 11. In the intervening month, the... More >>

  • The Youngest Candidate

    published October 16, 2008

    Politics is always confusing, and in dangerous times, it's probably better to be knowledgeably cynical than gaily ignorant. All by itself,... More >>

  • Murder, Spies, & Voting Lies and Boogieman

    published October 16, 2008

    Murder, Spies, & Voting Lies: The Clint Curtis Story is an exhaustively (and exhaustingly) thorough investigation of the claims of Clint... More >>

  • Neshoba

    published October 16, 2008

    Any distance you might feel between yourself and the result of cheap politicking depicted in Boogieman is obliterated within the first... More >>

  • An Unlikely Weapon

    published October 16, 2008

    You probably don't know photographer Eddie Adams, though you know his work. His most famous picture is the one of South Vietnamese Gen. Nguyen... More >>

  • Critic Undergoes Sex Change!

    published October 9, 2008

    Theater "by women, about women, for everyone." This is the slogan of the Women's Theatre Project, and it is as harmless (in a nü-school,... More >>

  • Sinastresque

    published October 9, 2008

    Singer Bob Hoose may look like somebody’s sleazy uncle on All My Children, ‘80s vintage, but he can sing like Frank Sinatra. Really... More >>

  • Everymen

    published October 2, 2008

    No playwright plumbs issues of modern gayness as often as Terrence McNally, and he's seldom plumbed more deeply than he means to with Some... More >>

  • Shrugging Through Time

    published October 2, 2008

    Pablo Picasso and Carlos Luna have little to do with each other. Sure, Spanish was a first language for both of them; Picasso half-invented... More >>

  • Black and White

    published September 18, 2008

    August Wilson, in case you're not a fan or happened to miss the obits in 2005, was a half-black, half-white American playwright who, in a... More >>

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