Working out of the tiny, bare-bones Sol Theatre, Hooker has managed to stage several strong productions in the past but nothing like this fierce, truthful portrait of lesbian love and courage. Hooker's rock 'em, sock 'em style doesn't fit every show he does, but with Stop Kiss, he found a fine match. Featuring a headlong pace and emotional detail, Hooker's staging made for memorable, high-impact theater that resonated long after the show was over.

Working out of the tiny, bare-bones Sol Theatre, Hooker has managed to stage several strong productions in the past but nothing like this fierce, truthful portrait of lesbian love and courage. Hooker's rock 'em, sock 'em style doesn't fit every show he does, but with Stop Kiss, he found a fine match. Featuring a headlong pace and emotional detail, Hooker's staging made for memorable, high-impact theater that resonated long after the show was over.

In a break from his usual job as producing artistic director of the Palm Beach Dramaworks, Hayes gave an exceptionally well-rendered performance as Norman, the fussy, devoted backstage dresser for a domineering actor. Using a thick Midlands accent and a tentative, repressed physicality, Hayes managed a complete transformation into Norman, whose quiet demeanor masked his wrenching heartbreak. Hayes is currently performing in No Exit, which runs through May 23.

In a break from his usual job as producing artistic director of the Palm Beach Dramaworks, Hayes gave an exceptionally well-rendered performance as Norman, the fussy, devoted backstage dresser for a domineering actor. Using a thick Midlands accent and a tentative, repressed physicality, Hayes managed a complete transformation into Norman, whose quiet demeanor masked his wrenching heartbreak. Hayes is currently performing in No Exit, which runs through May 23.

Clearwood's portrayal of a restless New Yorker who finds herself falling in love with another woman was a significant creative achievement and a highlight of the season. Clearwood not only delivered a totally grounded, honest performance but she had to do so within a mind-boggling, nonlinear narrative, alternating scenes before and after a horrible crime. In so doing, she managed to reveal a fully human heroine -- dazed, confused, hilarious, and heart-breaking.

Clearwood's portrayal of a restless New Yorker who finds herself falling in love with another woman was a significant creative achievement and a highlight of the season. Clearwood not only delivered a totally grounded, honest performance but she had to do so within a mind-boggling, nonlinear narrative, alternating scenes before and after a horrible crime. In so doing, she managed to reveal a fully human heroine -- dazed, confused, hilarious, and heart-breaking.

As a motel manager lost in a life of endless routine, Radosh didn't have much stage time, but she anchored Michael McKeever's tale of love and death. Radosh's attention to character detail gave us a window on a life of quiet desperation suddenly confronting breathless, exhilarating romance. Radosh has delivered consistently solid work in shows all over South Florida but none so effective as this one.

As a motel manager lost in a life of endless routine, Radosh didn't have much stage time, but she anchored Michael McKeever's tale of love and death. Radosh's attention to character detail gave us a window on a life of quiet desperation suddenly confronting breathless, exhilarating romance. Radosh has delivered consistently solid work in shows all over South Florida but none so effective as this one.

The memory of Wade's performance in the Ivan Turgenev classic at the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton lingers. As a supercilious Russian aristocrat, he was a model of acting style and craft, balancing superb comedic timing with sudden, unnerving moments of casual cruelty.

The memory of Wade's performance in the Ivan Turgenev classic at the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton lingers. As a supercilious Russian aristocrat, he was a model of acting style and craft, balancing superb comedic timing with sudden, unnerving moments of casual cruelty.

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