| Jun 23, 2013
| 1:56 PM
At first glance, it might seem that Donald Margulies' two-woman drama "Collected Stories" is about the creative process of writing.
But as Mad Cow Theatre's fine production pulls you into the lives of two engrossing women, it becomes clear the...
| Jun 8, 2013
United Arts of Central Florida is touting the successes achieved so far with its new Power2Give online fundraising program. Power2Give.org allows arts, science and history groups to request donations for specific projects; fans can browse the projects and...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 10:48 PM
Curtis Taylor Jr. — a wily used-car salesman turned showbiz hustler — perhaps says it all when, early in the musical "Dreamgirls," he explains: "The American concept of success is represented by a three-letter word known to every child: Big."...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 11:03 PM
Winter Park Playhouse will be getting down with the sounds of the BeeGees and K.C. & the Sunshine Band when it opens "8 Track: The Sounds of the 70's" on Friday, June 21.
Joining the cast for a rehearsal, I can't help but wonder: "Were any of you even...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 11:57 AM
Ooh, do I sense backstage tension in the cast of Mad Cow Theatre's "Dreamgirls"?
It's early May — a month before the show opens — when I sit down with Orlando actresses Cherry Hamlin, Jasmine Thompson and Jayne Trinette. They'll portray...
| May 15, 2013
| 8:21 AM
United Arts of Central Florida this morning unveiled its new power2give donation program that allows donors to support specific projects run by arts, science and history organizations.
The program is website-based, at power2give.org, so donors can...
| May 8, 2013
| 8:30 AM
When Shoshana Bean put on the green greasepaint to become Elphaba in the Broadway musical "Wicked," she had a built-in fan base — theatergoers who loved the character and the show.
Parlaying her theater success into a singing career means...
| May 3, 2013
| 12:44 PM
Maybe the dreary rain-soaked atmosphere outside created a longing for something cheerily familiar Thursday at the Orlando Cabaret Festival. Singer-pianist Tony DeSare has a repertoire of original music but he mostly stuck to standards on the opening night...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 3:12 PM
There is much to love about this place we call home.
That's why, at this time of year, I like to take a break from the intense and the nonsense to share some of the things that I'm most thankful for in Central Florida.
Last year, readers helped me...
| Aug 9, 2012
| 2:48 PM
At the heart of Mad Cow Theatre's three-actor version of Macbeth is a rich vein of twisted malice.
It's there in the way Sophia Wise slowly rocks back and forth on her heels in anticipation of Macbeth's downfall. And the way Michael Sapp's eyes glitter...
| Sep 25, 2012
| 3:25 PM
When it comes to construction, arts leaders have found it's a long, complicated road to opening night.
A tangle of regulations, financing and artistic decisions must be overcome before the curtain rises, though projects in several high-profile Central...