Category Archives: theater

GOOD THEATER REFRESHES

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By LYN DOWLING Guest columnist The play’s the thing. So are the people who see it. I am no theatre person, as the real-deals throughout Brevard County undoubtedly are tired of hearing, but have a pretty good idea of how to produce other types of material and why. In my case,...

GLASS MENAGERIE Opens Friday at MCT

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By PAM HARBAUGH Tackling “The Glass Menagerie,” is a delicate process, but, in the end, worth every moment, says Peg Girard, director of Melbourne Civic Theatre. The drama opens there May 19. Written by Tennessee Williams in 1944, “The Glass Menagerie” takes a look at a highly dysfunctional family trying to...

REVIEW: NEXT TO NORMAL at Titusville Playhouse

From Titusville Playhouse's NEXT TO NORMAL. Photo by Niko Stamos.

By GEORGETTE SPELVIN Guest Critic Ten thoughts about “Next to Normal” at Titusville Playhouse, if I can fit everything that’s gone through my mind since last night into 10 thoughts: 1. The set is perfect. When He Who Accompanies Georgette (a mental health professional who has seen the show on Broadway)...

MATILDA the MUSICAL at Dr. Phillips Center

The Company of Matilda The Musical National Tour. Photo by Joan Marcus

From MATILDA. Photo by Joan Marcus By PAM HARBAUGH Another clever girl takes the stage. This time, it’s MATILDA THE MUSICAL, on stage through May 14 at Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando. This is the national tour of the Tony, Olivier and Drama Desk award winning musical and is part of...

HANDS ON HARDBODY a Must-See

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Photo by Dana Niemeier Photography. By GEORGETTE SPELVIN Guest Critic My last “Ten thoughts” went over pretty, so here come 10 more, having seen “Hands on a Hardbody” at the Henegar Center: 1. If you think this is The Full Monty The Sequel, think again; it’s not about a Chippendale’s dancer...

MARY POPPINS Flies High

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Photos by Goforth Photography By GEORGETTE SPELVIN Guest Critic Ten thoughts about the current run of the Broadway version of “Mary Poppins” at Cocoa Village Playhouse: 1. Broadway clone though it may be, this definitely is not a movie clone, though the more famous songs are there. Not all of them...

HANDS ON A HARDBODY Opens at Henegar

From the Henegar's HANDS ON A HARDBODY. Photo by Dana Niemeier.

Christine Manning Brandt in the Henegar’s HANDS ON A HARDBODY. Photo by Dana Niemeier. By PAM HARBAUGH Now you may think “Hands on a Hardbody” has some titillating content. But this musical is far from that. The hardbody in question is a pick up truck. The show, which opens tonight at...

MARY POPPINS Flies into Cocoa Village Playhouse

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By PAM HARBAUGH Ashley Willsey was one of hundreds gathered last summer for the Cocoa Village Playhouse season announcement gala at the King Center. When the title “Mary Poppins the Musical” was declared, she made a special note. “I was like, oh my gosh, I’ve got to audition for this,” she...

AWARD NOMINATIONS Rolling In

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By PAM HARBAUGH Heading to NYC and need some suggestions about what shows to try to see? One good way is to keep an eye on award nominations for the Tonys, the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle. The Outer Critics Circle just announced their nominees. The Drama Desk will...

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER at Riverside

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By PAM HARBAUGH Riverside Theatre ends its current season with a co-production of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER. This is a co-production with the venerable Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. Based on the 1977 John Travolta movie, the musical SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER follows Tony Manero, a street wise kid who yearns for something...