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2008 Stories by Brandon K. Thorp

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  • Stage Capsules

    published December 18, 2008

    The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged By The Reduced Shakespeare Company. Through January 16 at the Adrienne Arsht... More >>

  • Stage Capsules

    published December 11, 2008

    The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged By The Reduced Shakespeare Company. Through January 16 at the Adrienne Arsht... More >>

  • The M Ensemble's Joe Turner Lacks Dynamic Range

    published November 27, 2008

    The plays of August Wilson have been so celebrated in print that it is probably pointless to begin the discussion anew. If he wasn't the most... More >>

  • Naked Stage Gets up the Nerve in Miami Shores

    published November 13, 2008

    Adam Szymkowicz's Nerve needs a new name. Its two characters are notable for many things — guilelessness, instability, horniness,... More >>

  • Mad Cat Theatre Gives Us a Mixtape

    published October 30, 2008

    The mixtape cannot achieve perfection. Place Adrian Belew side by side with the X-Ray Specs, and you might draw undue attention to Belew's... More >>

  • GableStage Director Talks Politics

    published October 16, 2008

    An actor — I won't say which one — once told me that Joe Adler doesn't write down notes on blocking. This is true. Last Saturday,... More >>

  • Actors' Playhouse Does 1776

    published October 9, 2008

    When I saw the new Actors' Playhouse production of 1776, a row of youngsters was seated immediately behind me. Before showtime, they... More >>

  • Everything Bad About Jim Tommaney's Ambition

    published September 25, 2008

    In the latest play from the Edge Theatre's artistic director, Jim Tommaney, a young, queer drama critic (like me) works for an alternative... More >>

  • GableStage Introduces Us to the Forgotten Actors in the War in Iraq

    published August 28, 2008

    What if Iraq had gone well? was the question many good-hearted liberals asked after reading George Packer's 2007 New Yorker... More >>

  • Judas Onstage

    published August 21, 2008

    The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, by Stephen Adly Guirgis, is a lot of things. It is a courtroom drama and a comedy. It is both a... More >>

  • Tupac Shakur Onstage

    published July 24, 2008

    It takes a brave company to produce a play about Tupac Shakur. What market might it appeal to? How many people in Kendall can say they enjoy... More >>

  • God Complex

    published July 3, 2008

    Tramaine Berryhill's set for The Fannie Lou Hamer Story is a strange stars-and-stripes affair — all wood, all old-looking, all... More >>

  • Duel on the Hill

    published June 26, 2008

    The last time Ronald Reagan referred to America as a "shining city on a hill," he directly attributed the quote to the Puritan John Winthrop.... More >>

  • Pinecrest Rep and Summer Shorts Offer Theater Bargains

    published June 5, 2008

    Theatergoing is generally an expensive hobby, but not this week. If you play your cards right, you can see 18 plays for $102. That's 16 short... More >>

  • Hot Summer Shorts in the City

    published May 22, 2008

    City Theatre's Summer Shorts was maybe the biggest thing to hit South Florida theater in 2007. It became enshrined as one of the two major... More >>

  • Dial M for Mundane

    published May 15, 2008

    There are two kinds of jokes in Rupert Holmes's Thumbs: good ones and bad ones. I'm going to spoil one of each for you, but you'll... More >>

  • The M Ensemble's Mastery

    published May 8, 2008

    We're getting to this one a few weeks late, and that's wrong. There isn't a single person in eyeshot of this newspaper who couldn't benefit... More >>

  • Death Becomes Her

    published May 1, 2008

    Depressed playwright Sarah Kane killed herself in 1999, and 4.48 Psychosis was her last work. It sounds like a last work, too: full of... More >>

  • Mission Impossible

    published April 17, 2008

    Dialectics being the dry things they are, plays set up around meetings-of-minds tend toward the masturbatory and dull. The Mission isn't... More >>

  • Great Light Way

    published April 10, 2008

    Dear God, what can be said about Forbidden Broadway? Even the most overwhelmingly devoted theatergoers who see the thing can't think of... More >>

  • Carbonell Cold Shoulder

    published April 3, 2008

    It's Carbonell time again. The auditorium at the Broward Center has been booked for months, the menu for the sponsors' gala has long been... More >>

  • Sour Milk

    published March 27, 2008

    Plenty of bad things have their partisans. Vegemite, for example. Leonardo DiCaprio, for another. Industrial pork farming. Ralph Reed.... More >>

  • Flipping the Bird

    published March 13, 2008

    Not far from Joe Adler's GableStage, convicted sex offenders live under a bridge because they're not allowed to live anywhere else. Many of us... More >>

  • Company Loves Misery

    published March 6, 2008

    Many of us are misery junkies, pure and simple. We adore the early records of Elvis Costello and think Cormac McCarthy is entirely too... More >>

  • Stage Capsules

    published March 6, 2008

    Spamalot: Strictly speaking, Spam is a cooked-meat product containing bits of many long-dead animals — pigs, chickens,... More >>

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