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Archive for 2008

12/12/2008

Little Women

Revisiting a family classic with Little Women at the Players Theatre.   By Kay Kipling   Whenever you produce a literary classic for the stage, you run the risk of not meeting the expectations of the loyal reader. And with such a beloved piece as Little Women, which so many of us remember from frequent […]

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12/12/2008

Opus

Behind the scenes with a string quartet in Florida Studio Theatre’s Opus.   By Kay Kipling   It’s not every day that you see a cast onstage where everyone seems ideal for their roles, but such is the happy case with Florida Studio Theatre’s Opus.   This Michael Hollinger play about a well-known string quartet […]

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12/6/2008

This Wonderful Life

 A beloved film takes to the stage with the Asolo Rep’s This Wonderful Life. By Kay Kipling. Who, you might wonder, would have the chutzpah to tackle presenting a live, one-man stage show of the holiday classic film It’s A Wonderful Life? Well, it would have to be someone with a lot of stamina, a […]

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12/5/2008

Willy Wonka

 WIlly Wonka is back in time for the holidays, at the Manatee Players.   By Kay Kipling   Everyone likes a little something sweet over the holidays, and Willy Wonka, now onstage at the Manatee Players, is just that—like sampling a bonbon or two after a satisfying meal, especially if you go with a young […]

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12/1/2008

La Cage aux Folles

Mixing dress-up and domesticity in the Golden Apple’s La Cage aux Folles.   By Kay Kipling   Auntie Mame, Dolly Levi and Zaza/Albin—composer Jerry Herman is nothing if not consistent in his devotion to women who know how to make an entrance. And once the tapping transvestites who open up La Cage aux Folles with the […]

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11/17/2008

Barnum and The Producers

  Of shows and showmanship with the Asolo Rep’s Barnum and Venice Theatre’s The Producers.   By Kay Kipling   Everybody loves a big, splashy, fast-paced Broadway show, right? One with lots of showgirls, easy humor, colorful costumes and clever choreography? What more could one want?   Well, that’s the question with two current local […]

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11/7/2008

Nickel and Dimed

  Just getting by in Venice Theatre’s Stage II production of Nickel and Dimed.   By Kay Kipling   Now’s probably a pretty good time to see a show like Nickel and Dimed (currently onstage at Venice Theatre’s Stage II), an adaptation by Joan Holden of Barbara Ehrenreich’s book of the same name about what […]

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11/6/2008

Wilder! Wilder! Wilder!

  It’s a very theatrical evening with the FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s Wilder! Wilder! Wilder!.   By Kay Kipling   Thornton Wilder may be best known to many for Our Town and The Matchmaker (along with his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey), but it’s clear from Wilder! Wilder! Wilder!, now showing in an […]

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10/31/2008

Hank Williams: Lost Highway

Drifting along with the Manatee Players’ Hank Williams: Lost Highway.   By Kay Kipling   The life and career of country music legend Hank Williams should make for a great story. Hardscrabble beginnings, stardom at the Grand Ole Opry, health and addiction issues, turbulent marriage and early death—that’s more than enough material for a show. […]

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10/30/2008

Obama On Tour

Sometimes politics is the most intriguing theater.   By Kay Kipling; photographs by Ian Dean   Ordinarily, of course, I write about theater in this spot. But, given the chance to attend the Barack Obama rally at Ed Smith Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 30, I immediately saw it as a chance to write about another […]

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