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Archive for January, 2008

01/31/2008

The Last Five Years

  The Last Five Years offers moments both funny and sad in the tale of a relationship’s arc.   By Kay Kipling   Until last night, I hadn’t been to a show at the East Village Cabaret—not for lack of desire, but for lack of time. Now that I’ve been, I hope to return, for […]

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01/30/2008

Run for Your Wife

  Fans of farce should get their fill with Run for Your Wife.   By Kay Kipling   Audiences, it seems, love farces by British playwright Ray Cooney. Theater critics, not so much so. So you pays your money and you takes your choice when it comes to deciding whether or not Run for Your […]

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01/24/2008

Apartment 3A

  VLT offers a mild comedy-drama from Jeff Daniels with Apartment 3A.   By Kay Kipling   Venice Little Theatre’s Stage II has made something of a habit of presenting works by actor/playwright Jeff Daniels, and plans to continue doing so in future seasons. This season’s Daniels offering, Apartment 3A, is not the best of […]

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01/21/2008

Cats

  Kudos for the Manatee Players’ Cats.   By Kay Kipling   For anyone (including myself) who might have entertained doubts about a small community theater’s ability to bring to the stage Andrew Lloyd Webber’s megahit Cats —worry no more. The Manatee Players, under the direction of Thomas Dewayne Barrett, have succeeded in a stellar […]

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01/14/2008

The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead

  The word tour-de-force sums up the Asolo’s production of The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead.   By Kay Kipling   In her director’s notes for The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, Melissa Kievman rightly compares the solo performer to a high-wire act. Certainly in this swiftly moving play where the […]

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01/14/2008

Evita

The pop opera continues to impress with its music and lyrics, but this Golden Apple production cries out for stronger leads.   By Kay Kipling   I first saw Evita 25 years ago in London, and over the years I’ve seen it many times since. I’ve continued to be impressed by the Andrew Lloyd Webber […]

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01/11/2008

Grand Hotel

  In the Players’ Grand Hotel, lives are changed overnight.   By Kay Kipling   Other than a touring production, to my knowledge the musical Grand Hotel has never been presented in Sarasota before. And while it’s not perhaps one of the most perfect of Broadway musicals, it’s still well worth seeing.   So I’m […]

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01/3/2008

Speed-the-Plow

  A rush of Mamet hits the stage with Speed-the-Plow.   By Kay Kipling   If you’re still emerging from your holiday cocoon of too much sleep, food and drink, there’s nothing like a shot of Mamet to jolt you wide awake.   That’s David Mamet, of course, the playwright responsible for such hard-hitting theatrical […]

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01/2/2008

The Play’s the Thing

  There’s frothy fun in the Asolo’s The Play’s the Thing.   By Kay Kipling   It was pleasant at the onset of the holidays to find oneself transported to a sophisticated, amusing world where men wear dinner jackets, everyone sips champagne, and nothing, not even a broken heart, is allowed to stop the progress […]

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