This weeks reviews are about a Rock Star Rabbi, Trailer Trash Show White, Marigolds, Wrestler Chad Diety and a Motherfu**er who wears a hat.
Soul Doctor: The Journey of a Rock Star Rabbi moves from The Colony Theater in Miami Beach to Fort Lauderdale's Parker Playhouse and runs until Jan 29. The first review is by Bill Hirschman from Florida Theater On Stage.
One of the most frustrating evenings in theater is The Mess. One moment, you’re moved by ineffable loveliness, the next you’re groaning at ham-handed ineptitude. Such is the careening quality of the new biographical musical Soul Doctor, subtitled The Journey of A Rock Star Rabbi....But every time you’re ready to give up on the show, a Shlomo Carlebach melody snares your spirit or a performance resonates with your core.The second review is by Roger Martin Atca of Miami Artzine.
Shlomo Carlebach was a good man, a Rabbi who devoted his life to helping others through his music and generosity of heart and wallet. This is evident from the current musical Soul Doctor....What's also evident in the show is that the writer/director, Daniel S. Wise let his enthusiasm for Shlomo control his artistic sense.
This week Infinite Abyss presents Snow White Trash playing at Empire Stage until ???. Bill Hirschman reviews for Florida Theater On Stage.
The first 15 minutes of Infinite Abyss’ Snow White Trash is a delightfully zany spoof....Unfortunately, after that, there’s another 50 minutes left. Slowly but surely, the air seeps out of the comedy, the energy level of all but one actor flags and the show lurches to a close with an occasional chuckle. Infinite Abyss was kind enough to let us review a preview, but it will have to chalk up a lot of improvement to enchant even a sympathetic audience much longer than halfway through.Christine Dolan reviews the show for the Miami Herald.
Snow White is a pretty girl with a killer bod and an empty head. Whether the playwrights or Tabino decided to make Snow so slow, it’s tough to root for a “heroine” who makes Dopey look like a rocket scientist. Not that anyone resembling a Disney dwarf appears in this show.
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds is presented by Palm Beach Dramaworks until ???. Christine Dolan reviews the show for the Miami Herald.
Dramaworks’ artfully realized production, with lighting by Sean Dolan, costumes by Brian O’Keefe and sound by Steve Shapiro, is often difficult to watch, as the emotional pain Beatrice visits on the others is palpable. Yet anyone who appreciates grand performances will want to catch Turnbull’s unflinching portrait of a monster.Bill Hirschman reviews the show for Florida Theater On Stage.
Although the playwright of Marigolds wants you to walk away in awe of some people’s resilience to overcome horrific beginnings, the takeaway from Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production is the merciless erosion that life blindly wreaks on the human spirit.vIt’s a scathing, fearless portrait by a great actress with a solid director that leaves everything else, as the apt cliche goes, in the shade.
GableStage has given us The Motherfu**er with the Hat (Are the ** there just to be decient or is that the title? Somebody tell us. Anyway...) First up is Bill Hirschman's review from
Florida Ttheater On Stage.
The surprise about GableStage’s The Motherf**cker With The Hat is that hidden inside the torrent of obscenity-drenched street-speak, obscured by the selfish view of satiating sex, beneath the plentiful urban humor lies a fiercely moral tale about trust and betrayal, love and hope. Stephen Adly Gurgis’ rollicking comedy clothes these profound human issues in a profane, gritty world whose protagonists not only don’t know who they really are, but who would never imagine themselves standing in for humanity — in a f**kin’ play, for f**k’s sake.We also have Roger Martin Atca review from Miami ArtZine.
The Motherf**ker With The Hat opened last night at Joe Adler's GableStage and I finally figured out why a play with such an offensive title ever got produced. It's simple. You couldn't name it anything else. And it's one of those plays that just has to be seen. Of course there's a gun, fisticuffs, partial nudity, intimated two backed beasts, frustrations and loss. And dialogue that's not only hilarious but makes the show's title seem like something off a nursery book.
And yes, there is a hat on the bureau, and no, I ain't telling.
The Caldwell Theatre mixes profession wrestling, satire (is there a difference), race relations, geopolitics and Millennial America in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. Reviewed by Bill Hirschman from Florida Theater On Stage.
A comical look behind the buffoonery of professional wrestling may initially seem to lack gravitas, but this Pulitzer finalist script of 2010 by Kristoffer Diaz is balanced with philosophical monologues by Morris’ character, Macedonio Guerra. This streetwise Puerto Rican is playing the villain in the scripted good-versus-evil bouts. But he grew up in love with wrestling; in fact, he’s far better at it than the charismatic blowhard superstar named in the play’s title. It takes skill not to get hurt when Deity seems to be pummeling him.