OMG, Thank You Hollywood Reporter for my mention on the eve of Season 2 Bloodline!  “Vicente Cruz” mentioned as one of the things to look out for.

I find the writing  in Bloodline to be among the best on television today (humble opinion). I find its stars to be terrific people, funny and hard working. Anything you could ever want in a show is fully present and accounted for. It’s a pleasure to work and learn from Kyle Chandler and Enrique Murciano.

“But unless you watched (or re-watched) the first season far more recently than when it debuted 14 months ago, you might not remember some of the more intricate details and subplots, which resurface in the second season. For instance, do you...

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This is alarming. I have family members that behave in the same way as Zimabardo (of Stanford Prison Experiment fame) describes below. In a nutshell, the internet’s ability to supply constant and almost instantaneous novelty in all fields is opaquing our ability to socialize in orthodox ways for lasting relationships.

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It’s a chocolate, Haagen Dazs Friday night.
Watching dystopias on Amazon Prime
my family 2500 miles due south
at the far end of a horse continent
on a latitude that allows for indoor
ice skating rinks where Disney characters
sing away their pirouetted pain.
Better put the ice-cream back before I eat the whole pint.
Don’t want to start crying now, so I’ll take a Benadryl.
-Chaz Mena, 1 April, 2016
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Lots of us remember being a kid in Miami during the 1970s. The small, sleepy southern city was just becoming the cross-cultural metropolis it is today. Denizens of Miami Beach, mainly retirees from the northeast–many of them survivors of the holocaust–would hold weekly dances on Lummus Park in South Beach. For immigrants from Latin America, these were curious cultural affairs.

Aqua-Blue, 1974 – Chaz Mena *

Papi, you’d drive wearing the thin neck ties
short sleeves, and a hat from your New York days,
inside our 1968 aqua-blue Impala.

An old rug crashed down on us every time you braked,
but Ana, sis, reached back and held it in place.
Another thing we learned was never to touch
the Blue...

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This was a joy for me to work on from beginning to end. Thank you Michel Hausmann and Salomon Lerner for considering me worthy of such an enterprise as Golem of Havana ended up being for all of us. Inspiring, heart-felt, intelligent, giving.

¡Muchas Gracias a todos!

The Golem of Havana is Miami New Drama’s original, critically-acclaimed musical that explores the lives of a Jewish family in Cuba on the brink of revolution. It is an epic story with an exciting score that blends Cuban and Jewish music.


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Florida Theatre Onstage Review

Music by Salomon Lerner
Lyrics By Len Schiff
Book and Direction by Michel Hausmann

The Golem...

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 When trials and fears beset our lives, we humans find myriad ways to cope: concocting myths and legends, sending entreaties to God or the gods, letting our subconscious do the talking in nightmares.
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Myra Chanin  aka ‘Mother Wonderful’; Radio/TV Personality, Former Producer, ‘The Joey Reynolds Show’

I have always avoided spending more than seven consecutive days in balmy Boca Raton. Why? Because there ain’t much culture there. Actually the major artistic activity of palm-sheltered snowbirds is sneaking into three multiplex potboilers for the price of one senior citizen admission — hardly proof of intellectual perspicacity.

So why was this winter different? The certainty of the Mother of All Blizzards encouraged me to entertain heartfelt offers from casual acquaintances to squat in their guest bedrooms for “as long as I liked,” However, judging from their expressions of dismay when my...

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Liba Vaynberg as Rebecca and Ronald Alexander Peet as Teo in Miami New Drama's The Golem of Havana / Photo by

Liba Vaynberg as Rebecca and Ronald Alexander Peet as Teo in Miami New Drama’s The Golem of Havana / Photo by Jenny Abreau

We are in one of the busiest months in one of the busiest seasons in South Florida theater – at least 25 openings, and likely more. If you don’t see a review of a show that has opened while looking at the top of the front page, please scroll down the page or use the search function.

By Bill Hirschman

When two cultures separated by language, history and geography collide in the musical The Golem of Havana, their similarities strike surprisingly thunderous resonances for protagonists paralyzed by the memories of a horrific...

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by John Thomason
(All Photos by Justin Namon)
[Regarding Zoetic’s Stripped]  “For many American actors, it would be difficult enough to recite a lengthy soliloquy in a convincing Russian accent. But doing so while wearing sky-high heels and almost nothing else while performing acrobatics on an unsteady stripper pole mounted in the center of the stage? That’s a feat of physical, mental, and emotional dexterity that, placed anywhere else in a year-in-review column, would be burying the lede.
As Masha, an exotic dancer desperate to maintain guardianship over her baby in a court system stacked against her, Lindsey Corey put on a...
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Henry David Thoreau, the original hipster, famously wrote that “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Occasionally, a performance will so accurately convey that axiom that it’s almost uncomfortable to witness. Chaz Mena accomplished this feat in Zoetic Stage’s Detroit at the Arsht Center. He found the quiet desperation in Ben, an unemployed husband of Anytown suburbia who was perennially building a financial website that never materialized, watching NASCAR programs on max volume in a zombified stupor, and staring a few beats too long at his younger, blonder, always...

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