The Don & Ann Brown Theater - A gem in the Palm Beaches


What happens when you take an incredibly visual and breathtaking facility in West Palm Beach and couple it with a play that encapsulates your capacity to dig down deep into your soul and open up your mind to the dimensions of the human spirit?  This is Palm Beach Dramaworks - The Don & Ann Brown Theatre.   This intimate, beautifully designed theater is celebrating its 17th year in the Palm Beaches.  Surrounded by the beauty that is West Palm Beach waterfront, you are immersed in a land of landscapes and restaurants.  In the center of this wonderland is a park.  On Thursday evenings, there is music, dancing, waterfalls.  Get there early to enjoy the landscapes before you treat yourself to a performance at The Don & Ann Brown Theatre.



Photos Courtesty of: Alicia Donelan


A play that gets you to dig deep into your soul, Collected Stories tells the story of possibly an updated, All About Eve, but, maybe not. The show is ending on March 5 and I encourage anyone who has not seen this powerful production to get tickets.  It will certainly be a show to remember for many years to come; and certainly will bring out personal opinions that may differ widely from person to person.


Photos Courtesty of: Alicia Donelan


I have reviewed many Broadway plays over the years and have rarely experienced a production of this magnitude.  With only the 2 characters onstage at all times, you often forget you are in the audience, but are part of the experience.


Photos Courtesty of: Alicia Donelan


Collected Stories, which received its world premiere in 1996 at South Coast Repertory and was a Pulitzer finalist, is a two-character play that follows the relationship between a mentor and her protégée over a six-year period. Ruth Steiner, who gained fame in her 20s with a well-received book of short stories, is now a professor of writing. Among her students is Lisa Morrison, who becomes her assistant and eager disciple. Lisa also makes her mark with a book of short stories.


Photos Courtesty of: Alicia Donelan


She goes on to write her first novel and bases it on Ruth's affair with a famous poet - an episode that Ruth never wanted made public. Was Lisa's action an unconscionable betrayal, or had she simply followed Ruth's advice: "You can't censor your creative impulses because of the danger of hurting someone's feelings." Margulies leaves it to the viewer to decide.


Photos Courtesty of: Alicia Donelan


Collected Stories is directed by Paul Stancato and features Anne-Marie Cusson as Ruth and Keira Keeley as Lisa, both making their PBD debuts. Scenic design is by K. April Soroko, costume design is by Brian O'Keefe, lighting design is by Ron Burns, and sound design is by Matt Corey

Donald Margulies won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Dinner With Friends. A short list of his many plays includes Time Stands Still, Sight Unseen, The Loman Family Picnic, Brooklyn Boy, The Model Apartment, The Country House, and Found a Peanut. He is an Adjunct Professor of English and Theatre Studies at Yale University.

Collected Stories was first produced in New York Off-Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Club in 1997, and starred Maria Tucci as Ruth and Debra Messing as Lisa. The show had its Broadway premiere in 2010, with Linda Lavin as Ruth and Sarah Paulson as Lisa.



Fortunately the next powerhouse of a production, Arcadia by Tom Stoppard. It is running from March 31 to April 30, 2017.  This time I will get there in enough time for you to buy your tickets.  I am very much looking forward to seeing this production and sharing my thoughts with our readers.

The Don & Ann Brown Theatre is located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, at 201 Clematis Street. For ticket information contact the box office at (561) 514-4042, open Monday from 10AM to 5PM, Tuesday through Saturday from 10AM to 6PM, and Sunday from 11AM to 5PM, or visit  If you are seasonal here in Florida and are planning to return home shortly, before you go, treat  yourself to The Don & Ann Brown Theater and experience rare performances in a venue that will complete your experience


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