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2002 Stories by Ronald Mangravite

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  • Kinda Blue

    published December 19, 2002

    This season has seen its share of family dramas that playwrights keep reinventing to good theatrical effect. One recent incarnation is Charles... More >>

  • Santa's Secret Shame

    published December 12, 2002

    Theater has always had a rabble-rousing role at the margins of society. Plato mistrusted poets and art in general. Aeschylus got himself exiled... More >>

  • 'Tis the Tradition Season

    published December 5, 2002

    The two faces of theater, as most everyone knows, are the masks of tragedy and comedy. But perhaps a better bifurcation would be between the... More >>

  • Get a Life Onstage

    published December 5, 2002

    What is it about the theater that attracts so many filmmakers? The actor's paradoxical task -- to tell the truth while pretending to be someone... More >>

  • Movie Screen Mirror

    published December 5, 2002

    In this age of celebrity and relentless hype, it's hard to recall a time when dedicated, internationally renowned artists often lived and worked... More >>

  • Out of the Chute

    published November 28, 2002

    Broadway musicals and rodeo bull riding are more similar than you might think. Trying to ride a rodeo bull basically means two things. First, you... More >>

  • In the Company of Bad

    published November 21, 2002

    When a play by Neil LaBute hits town, any town, the specifics of the production usually take a back seat to the force of the writer's personality.... More >>

  • Lost in Space

    published November 14, 2002

    Picture this: You have been invited to a party on a dark night in a strange neighborhood, and you have no idea how to get there. The host offers... More >>

  • Indie Update

    published November 14, 2002

    Miami film fans have long complained about the difficulty in catching offbeat independent films. The local art house cinemas -- the Cosford,... More >>

  • Family: The Drama

    published November 7, 2002

    Ahh, the dysfunctional family. We all have one or know one, and playwrights seem to know a lot of them. Feuding families have been with us at... More >>

  • Tumbling Dice

    published October 31, 2002

    When you go to a Mad Cat show, ya rolls yer dice and ya takes yer chances. The risk-taking theater ensemble in downtown Miami makes sure that the... More >>

  • Magical Lyricism

    published October 24, 2002

    As any wine lover can tell you, an excellent vintage is really two wines in one. When first opened, it may have a lovely, fresh bouquet and a... More >>

  • Ironic Potential

    published October 17, 2002

    There has been a lot of talk lately about the so-called Law of Unintended Consequences: that any course of action will produce an array of... More >>

  • 'Tis the Old Season

    published October 10, 2002

    One of the fascinating oddities of theater in South Florida is the offbeat locations where it turns up. Local companies are found in some of the... More >>

  • Sorry, Guys

    published October 3, 2002

    Theater in South Florida was once the realm of musicals and light comedies, with dramas mighty scarce. Now the scene features theater of all kinds... More >>

  • No Great Shakes

    published September 26, 2002

    The last time I dropped by the Mosaic Theatre in Plantation last season, the company was presenting Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, a... More >>

  • We All Scream for Gay Theme

    published September 12, 2002

    I know. Life is a struggle sometimes: You're faced with traffic gridlock, work overload, relationship limbo. But cheer up, at least you're not... More >>

  • Dial S for Slick

    published September 5, 2002

    What's the movie world coming to? Time was, if you wanted flash, dash, and empty-headed excitement you looked for them in the latest Hollywood... More >>

  • Souled to Hell

    published August 29, 2002

    In Tom Walker, a new play at the New Theatre, a very old story is given a modern twist. The Devil appears to the title character,... More >>

  • Film on the Downbeat

    published August 29, 2002

    This is the time of year when the weather starts to infect everyone in Miami. The city's tempo slows down and a whole lot of hustle and bustle... More >>

  • Next Onstage ...

    published August 22, 2002

    For most South Floridians, late summer means numbing heat, hurricanes, and back-to-school specials. But for those astute and lucky New... More >>

  • The Sweet and the Low

    published August 22, 2002

    In life, as in the movies, perspective is everything. Adults often recall their childhoods as idyllic and carefree, but such nostalgia is more... More >>

  • Critic's Notebook

    published August 8, 2002

    After two months in chilly London, sultry Florida feels good. And propelled by a notebook full of observations from U.K. theater, it also seems a... More >>

  • Letter From London

    published July 25, 2002

    Anyone looking for the theatrical capital of the world will unquestionably end that search here in London, where a strong theatrical tradition has... More >>

  • Whose Sinatra?

    published June 13, 2002

    Beware of backhanded compliments. If you heed the critics and the advance press, you might have heard that the Stage Door Theatre's Our... More >>

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