Addiction struggles are humorously yet honestly and insightfully depicted in this ‘Diary’

Addiction struggles are humorously yet honestly and insightfully depicted in this ‘Diary’

January 18th, 2017

WILTON MANORS, Fla. — Sometimes, before you’re able to confront a problem, you must admit the problem exists. It can be easier said than done. That is what writer/director Michael Leeds conveys in his honest, funny, vivid and unapologetically shameless and bold play “The First Step: Diary of a Sex Addict.” Leeds’ work is on-stage […]

The First Step: Diary Of A Sex Addict Is Hilarious, Insightful And “Really” Unflinching

The First Step: Diary Of A Sex Addict Is Hilarious, Insightful And “Really” Unflinching

January 18th, 2017

The First Step (Diary of a Sex Addict), which makes the rounds of video porn parlors, urinals, gay baths and sessions of a self-help group, sounds like the premise for a Saturday Night Live skit. And Michael Leeds’ play is, indeed, very funny. But woven into the outrageous humor is a compassionate in-depth examination of […]

Playing the Lavender Scare for laughs

Playing the Lavender Scare for laughs

November 17th, 2016

“Perfect Arrangement” starts off like a zany sitcom from the 1950s. But as the comedy plays out, things become less “I Love Lucy” and more “Dragnet,” if that show were about hunting undesirables in the U.S. government during the McCarthy era. That’s the sword of Damocles hanging over two couples living side by side in […]

Current Events Amp Audience Angst In Perfect Arrangement

Current Events Amp Audience Angst In Perfect Arrangement

November 15th, 2016

When Topher Payne’s Perfect Arrangement bowed in 2013, the satirical indictment of homophobia, hypocrisy and a half-dozen other themes was a witty and insightful commentary. In the context of last week’s election, Island City Stage’s production is a terrifying reminder of the dangers of navigating a repressive culture through submissive accommodation. Payne posits a gay […]

Need a break from Trump vs. Clinton? Vote ‘Shorts Gone Wild’

Need a break from Trump vs. Clinton? Vote ‘Shorts Gone Wild’

August 9th, 2016

If this seemingly endless presidential election has left you in need of laughs, vote “Shorts Gone Wild 4: Decision 2016.” The fourth installment of the LGBT-themed short play festival by City Theatre and Island City Stage is giddy and energetic, performed with a loose, easy energy and a little friendly audience participation. The eight plays […]

Racial politics flare up in ‘The Submission’

Racial politics flare up in ‘The Submission’

April 12th, 2016

Fresh off the accolades for its world premiere of Michael McKeever’s Daniel’s Husband — which earned best production, best new work and best actor honors at this year’s Carbonell Awards — Island City Stage tackles another searing drama this month with a riveting production of Jeff Talbott’s incendiary The Submission. The play, which addresses the uncomfortable, impossible topic of race, […]

'Joan Crawford' Laugh Out Loud Funny

'Joan Crawford' Laugh Out Loud Funny

January 26th, 2016
It's Island City Stage and the house is packed. As it has been since opening night. And as it will be right through the end of the extended run of Who Killed Joan Crawford? It's time for a killing. Or two. Or three. And it's certainly time for laugh out loud funny.
THE TEN BEST STAGE SHOWS IN BROWARD AND PALM BEACH OF 2015

THE TEN BEST STAGE SHOWS IN BROWARD AND PALM BEACH OF 2015

January 5th, 2016
Island City's "hot hand" continued with a string of unimpeachable successes.
The call of 'Shorts Gone Wild 3'

The call of 'Shorts Gone Wild 3'

August 13th, 2015
The joint effort by Broward County's Island City Stage and Miami-Dade's City Theatre is all hijinks and heart, and yet more settled and assured. Throughout the seven playlets, topics range from silly and sanguine to warm and touching. There is a feeling that the playwrights don't know it all, that the impulse to wrap things up neatly after 10 minutes isn't as forced as in seasons past. And even though the pieces have disparate textures and colors — eight very different playwrights are represented — there is a completeness and a finish that is quite satisfying. After playing Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale through Sept. 6, the show will move to the Fillmore Miami Beach for a Sept. 10-13 run.
Energetic and intimate, LGBT-themed Shorts Gone Wild 3 opens in Fort

Energetic and intimate, LGBT-themed Shorts Gone Wild 3 opens in Fort

August 11th, 2015
City Theatre’s annual Summer Shorts festival has been a fondly anticipated staple of South Florida summers for 20 years now. Shorts Gone Wild, a joint project of City Theatre and Island City Stage, is a relative new kid on the block. Its latest edition, now playing at Fort Lauderdale’s Empire Stage and headed for a short run at the Fillmore Miami Beach in September, is just its third.