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Archive for 2007

12/17/2007

Doubt

  The Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Doubt provides dramatic food for thought.   By Kay Kipling   Regardless of what religious faith you pursue, it must surely be so comforting to have absolute moral certainty in the righteousness of your cause. And how unsettling to have those beliefs invaded by any doubt, however small, however nagging. […]

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12/14/2007

Pure Confidence

  Florida Studio Theatre’s Pure Confidence discourses on the meaning of freedom.   By Kay Kipling   Carlyle Brown’s play Pure Confidence, onstage now at Florida Studio Theatre, has an intriguing premise based in actual if little-known history: Prior to the Civil War, there were many successful black jockeys riding in the popular sport of […]

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12/10/2007

The Constant Wife

  The Asolo’s The Constant Wife offers some sharp amusement at marriage’s expense.   By Kay Kipling   The Asolo Repertory Theatre has long had a reputation for being especially good at period costume dramas and drawing-room comedies of manners. So it’s no surprise that its current production in rotating rep, W. Somerset Maugham’s The […]

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12/3/2007

Allegro Brillante/The Two Pigeons

  The Sarasota Ballet season opens with two fresh pieces by acclaimed choreographers.     By Kay Kipling   I usually stick to theater when writing “On Stage,” but since I went to the Sarasota Ballet on Friday night I felt compelled to write something about that performance—in large part because, as everyone knows, this […]

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11/30/2007

42nd Street

    The Players’ 42nd Street takes a few steps too far.   By Kay Kipling   The Players of Sarasota current production of 42nd Street is a “but” kind of show.   By that I mean that for almost every positive thing one can say about the show, there is a “but” qualifier. For […]

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11/26/2007

Can-Can

KT Curran sparkles in the Golden Apple’s Can-Can.   By Kay Kipling   While it’s hard to beat Cole Porter for lively, sophisticated music and lyrics, the books to some of Porter’s musicals don’t always hold up as well, 50 or 60 years later, as his songs. (Kiss Me, Kate is an exception, but then […]

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11/12/2007

Little Shop of Horrors

  Venice Little Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors feels shopworn.   By Kay Kipling   Little Shop of Horrors has long been a show with “legs,” as they say in the business. The off-Broadway hit breezily adapted from the 1950s low-budget sci-fi movie has been circulating among local theaters for some time now, usually with […]

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11/5/2007

Murder by Poe

  It’s time to chill with the FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s evening of Edgar Allan Poe.   By Kay Kipling   The cliché of the tortured artist has a firm basis in reality. In painting, one of the prime examples would be Vincent van Gogh; in literature, certainly Edgar Allan Poe qualifies as an icon of pain […]

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11/2/2007

Kimberly Akimbo

  There’s untapped potential in VLT Stage II’s Kimberly Akimbo.   By Kay Kipling   The premise of Kimberly Akimbo is an intriguing one: The daughter in a very dysfunctional family suffers from a form of progeria, a disease that makes her age four-and-a-half times faster than normal. And both playwright David Lindsay-Abaire and this […]

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10/31/2007

Misery

  The Asolo Rep’s Misery offers some twisted Halloween fun.   By Kay Kipling   At the opening of Simon Moore’s adaptation of Stephen King’s suspenser Misery, now onstage at the Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Cook Theatre, we see writer Paul Sheldon accepting an award and explaining how he came to write his bestselling series of […]

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