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2001 Stories by Ronald Mangravite

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  • Ring in the New Gears

    published December 27, 2001

    Serious theater? In Broward County? Don't chuckle. You've been asleep if you haven't noticed some decided cultural shifts in what used to be the... More >>

  • Fast, Furious Farce

    published December 20, 2001

    This is a busy time of the year, so let's get to the point of this review fast. If you want to see a classic example of sitcom at its silliest,... More >>

  • Playing Favorites

    published December 6, 2001

    In the curious, peculiar little world of theater, there has always been and always will be an ongoing debate between the aficionados of art and... More >>

  • Father Noir

    published December 6, 2001

    Some movies you see because you want to. Others you see because you have to. For anyone who is interested in film noir, Jean-Pierre Melville's... More >>

  • These Magic Moments

    published November 29, 2001

    Is the glass half empty or half full? Thoughtful theatergoers may rue what may be missing on the South Florida stage scene -- classical... More >>

  • Plotless Lines

    published November 29, 2001

    Stop the presses! I must report that I have just seen a film that could top my personal list of the worst movies of all time. The new contender is... More >>

  • Under the Rainbow

    published November 22, 2001

    If high drama is your cup of tea, you should find what you're looking for at theater companies all over South Florida. Just don't look on the... More >>

  • What's So Funny?

    published November 15, 2001

    Think of modern Broadway comedies and Neil Simon immediately springs to mind. The prolific and popular playwright spans four decades of American... More >>

  • A Blessing in Disrepair

    published November 8, 2001

    In the theater world as in society, a happy few are much more fortunate than the rest. Consider the prosperous and respected Florida Stage. Now... More >>

  • Boy Gets Girl Gets Creepy

    published November 1, 2001

    Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl: the classic model for romantic comedy and drama. According to Rebecca Gilman, it's also the... More >>

  • The Celluloid Struggle

    published November 1, 2001

    Revolutionary times have always been tempting backdrops for film stories. Some are fictional epics set against a historical backdrop (Dr.... More >>

  • Mad Cat's Halloween Treat

    published October 25, 2001

    In more than a few ways, producing live theater is akin to staging a military campaign, involving rapidly changing logistical considerations of... More >>

  • Desire Under Siege

    published October 25, 2001

    Not long ago you could look and look and look for revivals, and the screen would remain blank. No more. Apocalypse Now Redux pulled in... More >>

  • Get to the Lite Stuff

    published October 18, 2001

    Where is the epicenter of live theater in South Florida? There are several contenders, but none can top Coral Gables, with five professional... More >>

  • Porn to Run

    published October 18, 2001

    What is pornography? If someone can give me a workable definition, I'd have a better handle on Baise-Moi (Rape Me), a... More >>

  • Getting Personal

    published October 11, 2001

    One of the toughest decisions in my job is choosing which show to cover. Given the amount of theatrical activity in South Florida, there just is... More >>

  • An Imperfect Storm

    published October 4, 2001

    Amid warehouses and train tracks on NE Flagler in Fort Lauderdale, the new Sol Theatre Project's neon logo lights up the dark night like a cheery... More >>

  • Forbidden City Sounds

    published October 4, 2001

    Ah, the backstage show-biz story. A classic movie genre. Think Bullets over Broadway, think Shakespeare in Love, think The... More >>

  • Dream On

    published September 27, 2001

    I don't know what motivated Rafael de Acha and his New Theatre to produce Nilo Cruz's new play Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams.... More >>

  • Fresh Seasonings

    published September 20, 2001

    Since the here and now has been so visceral these last days, many South Floridians may have spent little time looking ahead. But eventually they... More >>

  • Lesbian, PI

    published September 20, 2001

    Let's see -- which movie sports the most clichés? Outside of the Naked Gun-style spoofs, The Monkey's Mask, a new... More >>

  • Cineaste Alert!

    published August 30, 2001

    Pity the poor classic-film lover. All of the great films have been seen, over and over. The only thrill left is to imagine what it might be like... More >>

  • Notes from Underground Film

    published August 16, 2001

    Astroll along the Miami River one recent Sunday evening didn't seem particularly promising. The rains had subsided, the river flowed calmly,... More >>

  • Spliced Up Nice

    published July 26, 2001

    Get ready to sit. The busy summer film season in Miami continues with two remarkable events. The FIU-Miami International Film Festival will... More >>

  • Summer Fun Screens

    published July 19, 2001

    Summertime supposedly is the slow season in South Florida, but you wouldn't know it from the sudden explosion of film news and events happening or... More >>

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