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Archive for 2006

12/14/2006

Seussical the Musical

  The Manatee Players’ funny and touching production is not just for kids. By Kay Kipling   “Oh, the thinks you can think,” says Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat to an imaginative boy named Jojo. And oh, the fun you can have with the Manatee Players’ production of Seussical the Musical, the lively, entertaining […]

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12/11/2006

Golda’s Balcony

    Florida Studio Theatre rises to the challenge of this one-person show.   By Kay Kipling   The challenges of a one-person show are obvious, and the challenges of portraying someone as distinctive looking and sounding as former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir are clear as well. It’s good to know a local theater […]

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11/30/2006

The Plexiglass Slipper

    The Asolo’s retelling of the Cinderella story offers a bit of holiday sparkle. By Kay Kipling   Everyone likes a little fun and excitement for the holidays, so it’s understandable that the Asolo Repertory Theatre (www.asolo.org) would choose a new family-oriented musical to fill the holiday slot in their schedule. The Plexiglass Slipper […]

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11/20/2006

Men of Tortuga

An Asolo world premiere is a bitingly funny—and too believable—portrayal of power gone mad..   By Kay Kipling   Even before the action begins in the Asolo Repertory Theatre’s world premiere of Men of Tortuga, there’s something to look at: the gray, silver and black interlocking bars and diagonals that compose the play’s anonymous corporate […]

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11/17/2006

Gypsy and Plaid Tidings

  That’s show biz, folks.   By Kay Kipling   Some people want to be in show business in the worst way. And in two plays currently running locally, that’s just how they get there.   The first is the classic Broadway musical Gypsy, the more or less true story of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee’s […]

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11/13/2006

Amadeus

  The Asolo opens with a strong production. By Kay Kipling   For a theater critic who’s seen it a number of times before, the question rises: Do we really need another production of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus? For audience members, who heartily applauded the opening night of the Asolo’s rendition of this play about the […]

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11/6/2006

The Parisian Woman and Romance

It’s comedies tonight at two area theaters.   By Kay Kipling   Two comedies, very different in style and tone, but alike in how they reflect the state of the world they were written in, are in the theater lineup this week.   First is Henri Becque’s The Parisian Woman, an FSU/Asolo Conservatory production (www.asolo.org) […]

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10/25/2006

Sweeney Todd

      The Manatee Players shine in this Sondheim favorite.   By Kay Kipling   Despite his long career, many awards and universal recognition in the theater world, Stephen Sondheim is still not everyone’s cup of tea. (I’ve seen audience members leave one of his shows at intermission.) Performers themselves tend to love his […]

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10/20/2006

Fire on the Mountain

    FST’s Fire on the Mountain burns brightly. By Kay Kipling   It may seem like a long way from the coal mines of Kentucky or Tennessee to the streets of downtown Sarasota, but Florida Studio Theatre’s production of Fire on the Mountain brings it all home to its audiences. By “it” I mean […]

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09/25/2006

The Full Monty

The Golden Apple Dinner Theatre’s Full Monty entertains from the rousing beginning.   By Kay Kipling     The Full Monty at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre (www.thegoldenapple.com) doesn’t waste any time getting your attention. It starts off with a bravura striptease by Jared E. Walker, playing a professional male stripper who turns on the […]

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