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2003 Stories by Ronald Mangravite

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  • Postwar Parting

    published December 25, 2003

    Uh oh. When I learn that a screenwriter has just written a play, I usually look for a place to hide. Many, no, most successful writers fall... More >>

  • My Very Old Havana

    published December 11, 2003

    Change is a funny thing. Some of it is dramatic, embodied in single moments -- a wedding, a birth, a terrorist attack. But a whole lot of change... More >>

  • Tomorrow Never Dies

    published December 4, 2003

    The holidays are upon us, and with them comes the annual choice of whether to surrender to or resist their cheery traditions. Clearly intent on... More >>

  • Sibling Disharmony

    published November 27, 2003

    "The past is prologue," goes the old saying, but for much of the theater, ancient and modern, the past isn't even past. Many plays have been... More >>

  • Upper Wild Side

    published November 20, 2003

    "Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you" goes the old song lyric. In the topsy-turvy world of playwright Charles Busch, that's not a... More >>

  • Bat Boy: The Fizzle

    published November 13, 2003

    Where do ideas for musicals come from? Time was, most of them were adaptations of plays or books (My Fair Lady, Guys & Dolls, South... More >>

  • Death Takes a Road Trip

    published November 6, 2003

    Life certainly has its daily struggles, but these tend to distract from the really big issues that sooner or later we all must face: Why are we... More >>

  • Czech Antics

    published November 6, 2003

    In Autumn Spring, a bittersweet comedy from the Czech Republic, an aged ex-actor, Fanda, lives in bleak, unfulfilling retirement... More >>

  • Shrink Rapt

    published October 30, 2003

    Having your share of woes in the dating wars? Consider yourself lucky you're not one of the characters in Beyond Therapy, the... More >>

  • Top Goat

    published October 23, 2003

    Whew! Be careful what you wish for. If you have seen as many bland South Florida shows as I have, you may start hoping to find something really... More >>

  • Lost in Space

    published October 16, 2003

    The Actors' Playhouse has a serious personality conflict. The Coral Gables company is known as a purveyor of cheerful, lightweight entertainment... More >>

  • Loooong Day's Journey

    published October 9, 2003

    Talk about counterprogramming. South Florida playgoers tired of lightweight modern plays and musicals can find some heavy -- really heavy -- drama... More >>

  • Wan West

    published October 2, 2003

    You wouldn't think it nowadays, but there was a time -- not so long ago -- when Sam Shepard was the king of American theater. His vision of... More >>

  • Voices of War

    published September 25, 2003

    War may be hell but we humans love to hear stories about it. Think back on the history of theater, of movies, of literature. The war story is... More >>

  • Reality Theater

    published September 18, 2003

    One of the lamentable aspects of modern American society is the absence of political discourse in public life. "Never talk about politics or... More >>

  • Get on the Bus

    published September 11, 2003

    Local theater fans have often griped about the state of the stage here in South Florida, and readers of this column will recognize me as one of... More >>

  • Lip Service

    published September 4, 2003

    What a difference two years can make. It has been that long (that short, really) since the Sol Theatre of Fort Lauderdale made its debut with a... More >>

  • Get Naked

    published August 14, 2003

    One of the intriguing aspects of the South Florida stage scene is the "branding" of the many resident companies here. Instead of cherry-picking... More >>

  • A Half-Life in the Theater

    published August 7, 2003

    Having breakfast with theatrical producer Jay H. Harris is like taking a quick trip to Broadway. We are noshing at Lester's, a retro diner in Fort... More >>

  • The Modern Bard

    published July 31, 2003

    If plays were drinks, the New Theatre's Twelfth Night or As You Will would certainly be a New Age smoothie. Rafael de Acha and... More >>

  • Yea Pride

    published July 10, 2003

    Part of the trick of producing plays is deciding not only what to stage but when. Some shows work better in the fall than the summer, some are... More >>

  • Iago, You Bastard

    published July 3, 2003

    One thing you have to say about the New Theatre: It's not afraid to take on gigantic plays. Rafael De Acha's troupe has assayed such monsters... More >>

  • Play Musty For Me

    published June 26, 2003

    In South Florida summer shows, like summer clothes, tend toward lightweight informality. So it's not surprising that the Stage Door Theatre in... More >>

  • And Now, Let the Heat Begin

    published June 19, 2003

    Never mind the calendar; summer arrives in South Florida when City Theatre rolls out its annual festival of short plays, "Summer Shorts... More >>

  • Rough Trade

    published June 12, 2003

    Of all the stage companies in South Florida, the Edge Theatre is perhaps the best named. Jim Tommaney's ragtag outfit has survived for many years... More >>

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