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4 plays and musicals to see in Miami this week - Oct. 28-30

The theater scene 


1. Thinking Cap Theatre’s “Mud”

” ‘Mud’ is a grim study in ignorance, poverty and desperation, with characters that could come off as rural stereotypes if Thinking Cap’s talented cast weren’t so effective at breathing a terrible humanity into them.” (read more)


2. Actors’ Playhouse’s ‘Million Dollar Quartet’

“The actors aren’t dead ringers for the stars they’re playing, but they sure sound like them. When Sevelovitz sings ‘Who Do You Love’ and ‘See You Later Alligator,’ when Seals tucks into ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ and ‘I Walk the Line,’ when Clendening croons ‘That’s All Right’ and ‘Hound Dog,’ when Scott tears into ‘Great Balls of Fire’ and ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On,’ the crowd goes wild. As it should.” (read more)


3. Slow Burn Theatre’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

“What Fitzwater, his 15 actors, an 18-member chorus, the eight-piece orchestra led by musical director Caryl Fantel, set designer Sean McClelland, lighting designer Becky Montero, sound designer Rich Szczublewski and the impressively prolific costume designer Rick Peña achieve is pretty close to impeccable. Even an opening-night glitch, when a sound-board crash forced Fitzwater to stop and restart the show, didn’t throw Slow Burn’s nimble, polished pros.” (read more)


4. Zoetic Stage’s ‘After’

“Like ‘Daniel’s Husband,’ ‘After’ is at first infused with McKeever’s breezy humor, but it quickly upends expectations as it takes a darker turn. The plot is immensely topical, with surprising twists. There is a school shooting. There is a death. Bullying is put under the dramatic microscope, as are the results of different parenting styles.” (read more)