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Mary Damiano

Mary Damiano Mary Damiano is a writer, editor, and theater critic based in Fort Lauderdale. Originally from Jersey City, Mary’s love affair with theater began when she saw her first show at the Paper Mill Playhouse on a school field trip. She loves the energy of an opening night, the thrill of seeing a playwright's work performed for the first time, the intensity when a performance moves an audience profoundly. Mary has been writing about theatre since 2000 and has had more than a thousand theatre-related articles and reviews published in numerous publications. She worked at the historic Coconut Grove Playhouse as the public relations and marketing coordinator and is currently an administrator and judge for the Carbonell Awards, which honors excellence in South Florida theatre. Mary is passionate about theater, especially the vibrant theater scene in South Florida, and loves to share that passion with the world.



May 4, 2015

Anyone who goes to see BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON expecting a bio-musical about our seventh president is in for a rude awakening.

BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Will Leave Audiences Dancing into the Streets
March 2, 2015

It was the music that put the Motor City on the map for something other than moving vehicles.

BWW Reviews: NEWSIES Delivers Dynamic Dancing
February 5, 2015

Once upon a time, before smart phones and the Internet and Facebook, there were newspapers. And if someone wanted to find out what was happening in the world, they had to buy a paper, often from boys selling the paper on city streets, hawking its headlines like town criers.

BWW Review: BAD JEWS Makes Great Theatre: Bitingly Funny Play Now at GableStage
November 24, 2014

What makes a good person or a bad person? Or more specifically for theatrical purposes, what makes a good Jew or a bad Jew? That's the question at the heart of the enticingly titled BAD JEWS by Joshua Harmon, a bitingly funny play now making its southeastern premiere at GableStage in Coral Gables.

BWW Recap: CASTLE and Beckett Finally Get Some Action
October 14, 2014

Finally---the playful, sexy side of Rick Castle and Kate Beckett, the first couple of crime-fighters, is back.

BWW Recap: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless CASTLE
October 7, 2014

“Some mysteries aren't meant to be solved.” Those are tough words for crime novelist Richard Castle to hear, especially when his own disappearance is the mystery in question.

BWW Recap: You Think You Had a Bad Day at Work? Watch GREY'S ANATOMY
October 3, 2014

“I'm sorry. Is everyone in this room somehow related?” Imagine waiting for an elevator and when the doors open you're face to face with your sister, who doesn't know she's your sister, and your father who knows he's your father even though you don't and knows she's your sister even though she doesn't. Awk-ward…

BWW Reviews: I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE: Recreation of the Classic Sitcom is Pure Kitsch
October 1, 2014

Everyone's favorite redhead, her Cuban bandleader husband and the couple's nosy neighbors are brought back to life in I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE, which kicked off its nationwide tour last night at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.

BWW Recap: CASTLE 'Driven' to Distraction: Has Beckett Lost Faith in Castle?
September 30, 2014

Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy episode. Season 7 of CASTLE picked up exactly where Season 6 left off, with bride-to-be Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) looking down at the fireball that used to be ill-fated groom Richard Castle's (Nathan Fillion) car. After making her way down the slope, dirt kicking up on her mother's wedding gown, she reached toward the car, only to have the flames slap back her hands. The look on her face, thinking her beloved was gone---heck, even I teared up and I knew he wasn't dead.

BWW Preview: CASTLE Kick's Off Season with Case of the Wedding That Wasn't
September 23, 2014

Doesn't every couple have an adorable, wacky story about what went wrong on their way to the chapel of love?

BWW Reviews: Liza with an 'L' for Legend: Minnelli Delights Fort Lauderdale
February 18, 2014

The first glimpse of Liza Minnelli on stage caused the audience to leap to their feet and heap on the kind of applause usually reserved for encores.