“Hail Caesar” is “Trumbo” as a Comedy

By Skip Sheffield “Hail Caesar” is the Coen brothers comical answer to the ultra-serious “Trumbo.” Set in the early 1950s, “Hail Caesar” is a story-within-a-story that spoofs Hollywood of the fading golden era. The title refers to a sword and sandals epic that is really about the victor of Jesus Christ over the occupying Romans circa 33 More...

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By Online Staff On Saturday, February 6th, 2016
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Weep Along With “The Choice”

By Skip Sheffield Nicholas Sparks has become a wealthy man writing weepy romances. “The Letter” was the first to be adapted to the screen. “The Choice” is the latest, and it is a lot like those that preceded More...

By Online Staff On Friday, February 5th, 2016
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The Artistic Challenge of “Reborning”

By Skip Sheffield “Reborning” does not mean born again. The crux of Zayd Dohrn’s challenging, fascinating, disturbing psychological play is more about the power of creation, both human and artistic. “Reborning” More...

By Online Staff On Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Wacky, Irreverent “Book of Mormon” Charms at Broward Center

By Skip Sheffield What a wacky, irreverent, dirty and ultimately wonderful musical “The Book of Mormon” is. Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone of “South Park” and Robert Lopez of “Avenue Q,” it continues More...

By Online Staff On Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

“Fines Hours” No Masterpiece but a Stirring Tribute to US Coast Guard

By Skip Sheffield The U.S. Coast Guard is the oldest branch of American military service, dating to 1790. It is my favorite service because its primary purpose is to save people, not kill them. “The Finest Hours” More...

By Online Staff On Sunday, January 31st, 2016

“Violet” a Lovely, Sad, Ultimately Hopeful Musical

By Skip Sheffield “Violet” is a sad and lovely musical presented through Feb. 7 in the Amaturo Theatre of Broward Center for the Arts. Based on the book “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts, “Violet” More...

By Online Staff On Saturday, January 30th, 2016

A Marriage Reaches the Final Stretch

By Skip Sheffield Marriage is not for the faint of heart. You start off with all the best intentions, but little things happen along the way. Sometimes they pile up and fester. Sometimes you reach a point of no More...

By Online Staff On Friday, January 22nd, 2016

An Excellent Production of “South Pacific” at Wick Theatre

“South Pacific” has been part of my DNA since age 9, when we first saw it at Coconut Grove Playhouse with Betsy Palmer as Nellie Forbush. The production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic runs through More...

By Online Staff On Thursday, January 21st, 2016

A Weird, Wonderful “Anomalisa”

By Skip Sheffield What a weird and wonderful stop-action puppet-animated film “Anomalisa” is. It opens for an exclusive run at the Shadowood Theater Friday, Jan. 22. It may open wider later. “Anomalisa” More...

By Online Staff On Saturday, January 16th, 2016

Silly, Funny “Ride Along 2”

By Skip Sheffield Silly, silly, silly but funny, funny, funny; that’s the word on “Ride Along 2.” This sequel continues the adventures of taciturn Atlanta cop James Payton (Ice Cube) and excitable rookie More...