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2004 Stories by Ronald Mangravite

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  • Melting Ice

    published December 30, 2004

    Several questions are raised in Florida Stage's Ice Glen, but not ones the theater likely intends. The first is why this... More >>

  • Gold Diggers 2004

    published December 16, 2004

    Now that the holiday season has descended upon us, theatergoers as well as producers are faced with the dilemma of "classic" shows. Should we... More >>

  • NightmareMotel

    published December 9, 2004

    Oh, how deceiving first appearances can be. At the start of Tracy Letts's Bug, now in its Florida premiere at Gablestage, a leggy... More >>

  • Beauty and the Blimp

    published November 25, 2004

    It's pretty near impossible not to be impressed with the Actors' Playhouse's gangbuster production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast... More >>

  • The Man That Got Away

    published November 11, 2004

    The official motto of the Coconut Grove Playhouse is "Broadway by the Bay," but its unofficial one should be "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."... More >>

  • Our Friends and Neighbors

    published November 4, 2004

    If South Florida theaters were planets, Miami's Mad Cat would be off in a separate galaxy. The gritty, award-winning ensemble works out of a small... More >>

  • To Jerusalem, with Laughs

    published October 28, 2004

    Comedy tends to bubble up from deep anxiety or perhaps even worse. "The secret source of humor," Mark Twain once remarked, "is not joy but... More >>

  • Split Decision

    published October 21, 2004

    There have been plenty of plays and films about boxing, but the intense mano-a-mano conflict of the sport makes it an enduring subject for drama.... More >>

  • Hack Stabber

    published October 14, 2004

    There are several good reasons why South Florida playgoers may want to trek out to Plantation to take in Amadeus, now playing at the... More >>

  • Cruz Does Cruz

    published October 7, 2004

    If there's an award for great theatrical moments, this year's prize will undoubtedly go to Nilo Cruz and his Anna in the Tropics,... More >>

  • Apocalypses Now

    published September 23, 2004

    Theater has long been praised for holding "the mirror up to nature" to reveal reality through the artifice of performance. Yet, remarkably, our... More >>

  • Reluctant Messiah

    published September 16, 2004

    With hurricane season most decidedly upon us, questions of probability and fate are on the minds of many. How is it that some people suffer when... More >>

  • U.S. of Scapegoat

    published August 5, 2004

    Americans can't seem to agree on much these days, but all must allow that these are tense, restless times. War, terrorism, a divided electorate,... More >>

  • A Mad Mad Mad Cat World

    published July 29, 2004

    "Hell is other people," Jean Paul Sartre once opined. To Christopher Durang, hell is psycho roommates screwing up your seaside holiday. That's the... More >>

  • The Corporate Life for Me!

    published July 15, 2004

    Whew! Summer is here with a vengeance, a fierce season that is, in some ways, a little like winter up north. Most everyone starts spending more... More >>

  • Rat Pack Revisited

    published July 8, 2004

    In the restaurant business, one classic mistake is to pay more attention to the presentation of the meal than the cooking itself. Beautiful... More >>

  • More Than Standup Leaden Lear, Golden Moments

    published July 1, 2004

    Let’s begin with the bottom line: By any measure, The Shakespeare Project, the New Theatre’s summer repertory of King Lear and A... More >>

  • Bats and Balls

    published June 24, 2004

    Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out, now in its Florida premiere at the Caldwell Theatre, is nothing if not ambitious. Its subjects are... More >>

  • They Work Hard for the Money

    published June 17, 2004

    All hail irrationality! And Wayne Gretzky too (hold on a minute -- we'll get to that). Irrationality is the only explanation of why the Atlantis... More >>

  • Current Stage Shows

    published June 17, 2004

    Summer Shorts: City Theatre's annual festival of short plays, a highlight of the South Florida stage scene, is back with mini... More >>

  • Itsy Bitsy Drama

    published June 10, 2004

    Has it already been a year since Summer Shorts was last in town? This festival of short plays (twenty minutes max) has become a... More >>

  • Current Stage Shows

    published June 10, 2004

    The Gulf of Westchester: Deborah Zoe Laufer's biting satire about the war in Iraq hurtles along with such passion and intensity it's... More >>

  • Current Stage Shows

    published June 3, 2004

    The Gulf of Westchester: Deborah Zoe Laufer's biting satire about the war in Iraq hurtles along with such passion and intensity it's... More >>

  • A Passion for Panties

    published May 27, 2004

    There are few sure things in theater, as in life, but a sex comedy from funnyman Steve Martin performed by a first-rate cast should be one of... More >>

  • No Exit, No Regrets

    published May 20, 2004

    Theater in South Florida tends to appear in bursts, with a spray of shows often opening on the same weekend. In the scuffle, many shows tend to... More >>

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