Shorts Gone Wild 5 Is Usual Mixed Bag — But With A Twist

Shorts Gone Wild 5 Is Usual Mixed Bag — But With A Twist

August 22nd, 2017

When Shorts Gone Wild first appeared five years ago, the somewhat risqué spin on City Theatre’s Summer Shorts paradigm tried to be a little daring, a little naughty. Each year, the material eased into a deeper shade of blue and the performances grew increasingly exuberant. Like its parent productions, several of the short plays were entertaining, a couple truly […]

‘Shorts Gone Wild 5’ offers thought-provoking fun in Wilton Manors

‘Shorts Gone Wild 5’ offers thought-provoking fun in Wilton Manors

August 22nd, 2017

Christine Dolen, Correspondent Top of Form When “Shorts Gone Wild” began, the often-raunchier cousin to City Theatre’s popular “Summer Shorts Festival” aimed to provoke thought, entertain and sometimes shock with its LGBTQ-themed fare. The wilder version of “Summer Shorts” has turned 5 now. And over time, City Theatre’s collaboration with Island City Stage on “Shorts […]

Shorts Gone Wild in South Florida

Shorts Gone Wild in South Florida

August 22nd, 2017

“I will obliterate those who oppress and repress people they do not understand,” the ambitious, young, wide-eyed, if a bit naïve man proclaims confidently. “And I will seek justice for those who’ve been marginalized by society.” If you think such a person sounds like someone sorely needed in the world, rest assured you’re not alone. […]

Got Family Issues? Then You’ll Recognize The Goldbergs

Got Family Issues? Then You’ll Recognize The Goldbergs

June 20th, 2017

The Goldbergs are a typical family: argumentative, secretive and resentful, prone to putting faith in personal mythology that may have no bearing on reality but has become permanently fixed in family lore. So, yes. Typical. They have gathered to drink a birthday toast to the late grandmother of Caleb — our narrator and guide to […]

Timing is everything in ‘The Goldberg Variations’

Timing is everything in ‘The Goldberg Variations’

June 19th, 2017

The Goldberg Variations” (with some slight modifications to the title) is a challenging harpsichord piece by Johann Sebastian Bach, a career-altering recording of that piece by pianist Glenn Gould, a ballet by Jerome Robbins, an “X-Files” episode and a novel by Andrew Grof. Now, “The Goldberg Variations” has taken on another form, as Stuart Meltzer’s […]

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 […]