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Rita Unstoppable

Mar 16 2006
Dave Amber | New Times

Palm Beach Dramaworks has been nominated for 16 of this year's Carbonell Awards, South Florida's theater honors... However, Palm Beach Dramaworks should really be up for 17 trophies, if the Carbonell plenipotentiaries actually gave out an eco-friendly "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" award. "Waste not" seems to be Palm Beach Dramaworks' mantra this year. Willy Russell's 1980 Educating Rita, which opened in Dramaworks' Clematis theater last week in an all-around sweetly provocative show, is the third in what can be described only as the company's 2005-06 "mentor" series. All have been produced on richly designed sets... ...Tyler is Rita, full of an energy that sucks you in and a representation that makes her character completely alive. In the role of the jaded professor, Dan Leonard plays off Tyler with skill and confidence. But this production is Tyler's show, and she fully takes control.