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    The Play's Still the Thing

    When I first learned of David Cronenberg's plans to film the play M. Butterfly, I declared that the project was doomed to disaster. Now that the movie is out, people mention my prediction and commend its accuracy. How did I know? Mainly because certa...

    by Roberta Morgan on November 17, 1993
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    Shear Delight

    Time is alarmingly relative. Anyone who is rapidly aging knows the truth of time's subjective effects. When you're ten or eleven, it seems as though your next birthday will never arrive. However, when you pass 40, years fly by with such alarming spee...

    by Roberta Morgan on November 10, 1993
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    Pinball Lizard

    As John Lennon and Paul McCartney once wrote: "I should've known better." Rock and roll has always worked best as anthems of youthful power and rebellion, so something had to be rotten in the state of Broadway when the majority of the critics and the...

    by Roberta Morgan on November 3, 1993
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    The Phantom Strikes Again!

    On January 26, 1988 at the Majestic Theatre in New York, I was privileged to attend the opening of one of the greatest theatrical spectacles ever to grace a stage, a show that featured thrilling and innovative music wedded to a delicately woven roman...

    by Roberta Morgan on October 27, 1993
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    Consider Yourself...Washed Up

    I recently phoned a publicist friend of mine who moved here from Los Angeles about the same time I moved from New York -- in 1989 -- and told her I was reviewing Lionel Bart's zippy 1960s musical Oliver! at the Actors' Playhouse. Her immediate reacti...

    by Roberta Morgan on October 20, 1993
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    When Bad Things Happen to Bad People

    Without a doubt, fate led me to see in the same week the New Theatre's rendition of Jean Paul Sartre's No Exit and playwright William Inge's Natural Affection, produced by the Miami Actor's Studio. Though Sartre penned his work in 1944 and Inge in 19...

    by Roberta Morgan on October 13, 1993
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    Go South, Young Ham

    When people in the South Florida theater community protest that the area is mainly interested in developing new plays instead of producing tired old revivals, I listen politely but with cynicism. During the two years I've done this job, I can't ev...

    by Roberta Morgan on October 6, 1993
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    The Feminine Mistake

    When the long-awaited revival of Hair, the quintessential Sixties musical, opened in London two weeks ago, the critics unanimously agreed on one thing: not all plays wear well. Charles Spencer of the Daily Telegraph summed up the expensive mistake su...

    by Roberta Morgan on September 29, 1993
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    Mr. Ed

    All plays are not created equal. Apart from the obviously weak entries, there exist some works of "light" dramatic art suitable for a wide range of acting companies, from the competent troupe to the spectacular. Neil Simon froth, English drawing r...

    by Roberta Morgan on September 22, 1993
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    Plucky Guys

    The great Noel Coward once heard that a particularly dimwitted producer had blown his brains out. "Must have been rather a good shot," Coward marveled. As a rule those who produce theater are regularly and soundly ridiculed by those who create t...

    by Roberta Morgan on September 15, 1993
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    Bad Choices

    Although Hadleyburg, U.S.A. will have closed by the time you read this, ACME Acting Company's mistakes in choosing this play warrant a postmortem -- especially if South Florida venues seriously consider mounting new works as part of a steady theatric...

    by Roberta Morgan on September 8, 1993
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    Sprint Hopes Eternal

    The saying is well-known: there are three sides to every story. His side, your side, and the truth. In the interest of fairness to the theatrical community and my readers, this column will address another side of that pesky little political hotbed --...

    by Roberta Morgan on September 1, 1993
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    Peak Skills

    In the age of so few statesmen and so little great theater, I feel privileged to recommend New Theatre's production of Mountain, a three-person, no-prop, no-set show. It builds its magic from flawless direction, excellent performances, and the ingeni...

    by Roberta Morgan on August 25, 1993
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    Politics and Pretensions

    The singer who holds the vibrato on a note a bit too long. The dancer who takes three extra leaps. The piano player who tinkles around on one end of the keyboard until you're anxious for him to move on. All represent examples of the show business phe...

    by Roberta Morgan on August 18, 1993
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    The $170-Million-Dollar Question

    Over the years, various local theater educators, artists, and yours truly have tried to determine why Miami regards the dramatic arts as a sort of leprous beggar: pathetic enough to throw a few coins its way but too unsightly and inconsequential to d...

    by Roberta Morgan on August 11, 1993
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    Progress in Work

    In an essay called "The Decline of Quality," Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman writes of Michelangelo, who locked all potential helpers out of the Sistine Chapel while he spent four painful years on a scaffold carrying his famed work to c...

    by Roberta Morgan on August 4, 1993
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    Banal Zone

    An esteemed acting teacher named Richard Pinter, himself a student of the great coach Sanford Meisner, once succinctly explained to his students (including me) the difference between real life and life as properly written and acted for the stage. "If...

    by Roberta Morgan on July 28, 1993
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    Found Memories

    When the Actors' Playhouse invited me to review their production of playwright Jane Wagner's dramatic triumph, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, I took several deep breaths and said a prayer for Donna Kimball, the local actres...

    by Roberta Morgan on July 21, 1993
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    Footlights and Fancy-Free - Theatre League of South Florida

    A few empty parking spaces suddenly and miraculously available on Ocean Drive, combined with the paucity of openings around town, tell this reviewer it's time for the 1992-93 season wrap-up, an annual offering that enables me to put the growth of Sou...

    by Roberta Morgan on July 14, 1993
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    The Scarlet P

    Susan Karrie Braun appears to be obsessed with the letter A. She's taken the classic nineteenth-century Nathaniel Hawthorne novel, The Scarlet Letter, in which the initial worn on a young woman's chest stood for adultery, and updated it to signify AI...

    by Roberta Morgan on July 7, 1993
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