By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, for SouthFloridaReporter.com, Oct. 26, 2015 – “…and maddest of all: To see life as it is and not as it should be.”
. –The Padre in Dale Wasserman’s Man of La Mancha.
This is what we in the erudite and rarefied profession of theatrical criticism refer to as a goddam rave review.
With this production of Big Fish, Slow Burn Theatre Company has proven itself with no asterisks to be the equal of any company producing musicals in the region, some with far more resources, government grants and well-heeled donors — not to mention among the most adventurous in tackling what few others attempt.
Big Fish is a buoyant paean to imagination and storytelling alongside a deeply affecting universal tale of disaffected parents and children trying to come to peace with each other in the shadow of mortality.
This benchmark production for a company that has outgrown the term fledgling is suffused with a joy that reflects both the material and a celebration of Slow Burn’s arrival as the resident theater company at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.