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Archive for March, 2007

03/30/2007

Nine

The Tony Award-winning musical gets impressive treatment from The Players.   By Kay Kipling   You don’t have to be a Fellini lover to appreciate Nine, the Tony Award-winning musical version of the master director’s famous 8 ½. But if you’re at least familiar with the iconic Italian’s work, it may help you get into […]

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03/27/2007

Pride and Prejudice

What works—and what doesn’t—about this stage adaptation. By Kay Kipling   The challenges of adapting a well-loved classic such as Pride and Prejudice for the stage are obvious—how do you squeeze such a perfectly written, character-laden, dialogue-filled work into a one-evening production and come in at a reasonable running time? The Asolo Repertory Theatre’s current […]

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03/26/2007

The Oldest Profession

Five aging hookers talking on a park bench—sounds like a comedy skit or the setup for a quick joke, but it’s actually the framework for prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel’s The Oldest Profession, now onstage at Venice Little Theatre’s Stage II. There is some humor in Vogel’s play, for sure, as these five women face the […]

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03/11/2007

Dreamgirls

Despite some good production values and performances, The Westcoast Black Theatre Troup’s show needs better flow and rhythm.   By Kay Kipling   When a show starts 15 minutes late, as Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s production of Dreamgirls did the other night, the question settles into the audience’s minds: Will this be worth the wait? […]

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03/6/2007

The Fula from America

  A one-man show at Florida Studio Theatre takes us on a powerful journey.   By Kay Kipling   At the outset of this one-man show at Florida Studio Theatre, we meet Carlyle Brown, the African-American writer whose experiences on a journey to Africa more than 20 years ago make up the content of the […]

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03/5/2007

Carnival

  A strong cast makes the Golden Apple’s new musical succeed.   By Kay Kipling   Carnival may have been a big hit as an MGM movie musical starring Leslie Caron, back in the early 1950s, but as a stage musical it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Audiences have to be willing to suspend a […]

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03/2/2007

The Bacchae

      FSU/Asolo Conservatory finds modern relevance in the classic story.   By Kay Kipling   As director Dmitry Troyanovsky says in his notes for this ancient play by Euripides, myths have to be retold and reinterpreted for every new generation. True enough—so if you go to the FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s current production, be prepared: […]

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03/2/2007

The Robber Bridegroom

A fanciful—and fun—fairy tale at The Players.   By Kay Kipling   The Players of Sarasota’s current production, The Robber Bridegroom, makes for a pleasant change of pace from their usual offerings, with an offbeat story based on a novella by Eudora Welty and a score by Robert Waldman that helps tell that story through […]

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