Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New show reviews for the week of Dec. 5

Bill Hirschman, who has penned (Typed?  Keyboarded?) most of the reviews found this week, gives us his review of Shrek at the Adrienne Arsht Center, a show that never seems to find the magic of the Dreamworks film. Posted on Florida Theater On Stage.

Streaks of imagination and wit surface frequently, But this fairy tale theoretically designed to enchant children and tickle adults doesn’t cast much of a magic spell because the creators simply haven’t found the winking subversive alchemy that was innately part of the 2001 romp.

And here also is Christine Dolen's review of Shrek run in both The Sun-Sentinel & The Miami Herald.
"Shrek the Musical," which visits the Ziff Ballet Opera House at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts this week, is based on the first movie in the four-film "Shrek" series, the highest-grossing animated franchise of all time. But this stage adaptation goes places that the "Shrek" the movie didn't.

New Theatre offers up Twain and Shaw Do Lunch but doesn't quite hit the mark. Reviewed for Florida Theater On Stage by Bill Hirschman
An intriguing premise (but) with no dramatic conflict, no character development and no narrative arc, Stevens’ 90-minute comedy is primarily a procession of the title characters telling each other funny anecdotes and plying each other with witticisms.

 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which somehow seams like it's been done to often, seams to be this weeks gem according to Bill Hirschman over at Florida Theater On Stage.
The Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s almost profligately lush, unflaggingly energetic and totally  winning edition of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will thankfully make you forget any of the dozen high school, church or amateur productions that may be polluting your memory.

Onelia Collazo Mendive for the Miami Theater Examiner writes about  The Santaland Diaries by Zoetic Stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center.
This cult classic, based on the outlandish and true chronicles of David Sedaris’ unique experience during the holidays working as “Crumpet,” a Christmas elf in Macy’s Santaland display, examines the desperation of unemployment, while celebrating the insanity of Christmas shopping and the ineffable "cheer" of the holiday spirit.


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