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2004 Stories by Ronald Mangravite

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  • Melting Ice

    published December 23, 2004

    Several questions are raised in Florida Stage's Ice Glen, but not ones the theater likely intends. The first is why this underrealized... More >>

  • Gold Diggers 2004

    published December 16, 2004

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  • Nightmare Motel

    published December 9, 2004

    Oh, how deceiving first appearances can be. At the start of Tracy Lett's Bug, now in its Florida premiere at GableStage, a leggy redhead... More >>

  • Beauty and the Blimp

    published November 25, 2004

    It's pretty near impossible not to be impressed with the Actors' Playhouse's gangbuster production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast (yes,... More >>

  • The Man That Got Away

    published November 11, 2004

    The official motto of the Coconut Grove Playhouse is "Broadway by the Bay," but its unofficial one should be "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."... More >>

  • Our Friends and Neighbors

    published November 4, 2004

    If South Florida theaters were planets, Miami's Mad Cat would be off in a separate galaxy. The gritty, award-winning ensemble works out of a small... More >>

  • To Jerusalem, with Laughs

    published October 28, 2004

    Comedy tends to bubble up from deep anxiety or perhaps even worse. "The secret source of humor," Mark Twain once remarked, "is not joy but... More >>

  • Split Decision

    published October 21, 2004

    There have been plenty of plays and films about boxing, but the intense mano-a-mano conflict of the sport makes it an enduring subject for drama.... More >>

  • Hack Stabber

    published October 14, 2004

    There are several good reasons why South Florida playgoers may want to trek out to Plantation to take in Amadeus, now playing at the Mosaic... More >>

  • Cruz Does Cruz

    published October 7, 2004

    If there's an award for great theatrical moments, this year's prize will undoubtebly go to Nilo Cruz and his Anna in the Tropics, now... More >>

  • Apocalypses Now

    published September 23, 2004

    Theater has long been praised for holding "the mirror up to nature" to reveal reality through the artifice of performance. Yet, remarkably, our... More >>

  • Reluctant Messiah

    published September 16, 2004

    With hurricane season most decidedly upon us, questions of probability and fate are on the minds of many. How is it that some people suffer when... More >>

  • Fascinating S.O.B.

    published August 19, 2004

    He was called, among other things, fascinating, abrasive, wise, vain, ruthless, tenderhearted, indefatigable, and contentious. His wife once... More >>

  • U.S. of Scapegoat

    published August 5, 2004

    Americans can't seem to agree on much these days, but all must allow that these are tense, restless times. War, terrorism, a divided electorate,... More >>

  • The Corporate Life for Me!

    published July 22, 2004

    Whew! Summer is here with a vengeance, a fierce season that is, in some ways, a little like winter up north. Most everyone starts spending more... More >>

  • Rat Pack Revisited

    published July 8, 2004

    In the restaurant business, one classic mistake is to pay more attention to the presentation of the meal than to the cooking. Beautiful... More >>

  • Leaden Lear, Golden Moments

    published July 1, 2004

    Let's begin with the bottom line: By any measure, The Shakespeare Project, the New Theatre's summer repertory of King Lear and A... More >>

  • Bats and Balls

    published June 24, 2004

    Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out, now in its Florida premiere at the Caldwell Theatre, is nothing if not ambitious. Its subjects are... More >>

  • Itsy-Bitsy Drama

    published June 10, 2004

    Has it already been a year since City Shorts was last in town? This festival of short plays (20 minutes max) has become a nationally... More >>

  • Good Morning, Baghdad

    published May 13, 2004

    Watching Deborah Zoe Laufer's biting satire The Gulf of Westchester at Florida Stage is something akin to witnessing a hotshot skier... More >>

  • Scratch a White Guy...

    published May 6, 2004

    If you're looking for a quick trip to a faraway place, Joseph Adler and GableStage can arrange a 90-minute journey to an entirely different planet... More >>

  • A WASPy Place

    published April 29, 2004

    here's an adage in the writing business: "Write what you know." Albert Ramsdell Gurney Jr., known as A.R., certainly took that advice to heart.... More >>

  • Cubist Confrontation

    published April 22, 2004

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  • White Frightens

    published April 22, 2004

    This just in: White people have a lot of secret racial prejudice. J.T. Rogers hammers home this theme in White People, now playing at the... More >>

  • Kidneys for Sale

    published April 15, 2004

    How far will one friend go for another? In Trembling Hands, Ivonne Azurdia's grotesque, funny crime drama now in its world premiere by the... More >>

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