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Archive for February, 2008

02/28/2008

The Duchess of Malfi

  The FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s The Duchess of Malfi is a struggle for actors and audiences alike.   By Kay Kipling   It’s important to remember when viewing the FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s current production of The Duchess of Malfi that the Conservatory is, first and foremost, a learning institution. That reminder may help one to accept that […]

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02/25/2008

A Soldier’s Play

  Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s A Soldier’s Play is frequently compelling.   By Kay Kipling     A Soldier’s Play certainly grabs you at the outset, as we see an African-American sergeant (Summer Hill Seven) stagger onto the stage and then hear two loud gunshots that take his life. Fortunately, the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s […]

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02/25/2008

My Fair Lady

  Venice Little Theatre’s My Fair Lady turns out fair enough.   By Kay Kipling   I won’t go into here the many elements that make up a classic stage musical, but My Fair Lady sure has them all, in spades.   Apologies for the “happy” ending that would probably have made Pygmalion playwright George […]

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02/22/2008

Candide

  The Players’ Candide overreaches in an attempt to be topical.     By Kay Kipling   The musical adaptation of Voltaire’s satire Candide has undergone so many revisions and rethinkings since it originally bowed more than 50 years ago that it probably seems more open to directorial tinkering than most Broadway shows of its […]

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02/21/2008

Smash

  The Asolo Repertory Theatre brings back Shaw with a difference in Smash.   By Kay Kipling   Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher has shown a flair for adapting other writers’ work for the stage, something he’s done with Henry James (Turn of the Screw) and Edgar Allan Poe (Murder by Poe), to name just two. Now […]

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02/14/2008

In the Belly of the Beast

  Florida Studio’s In the Belly of the Beast traces a dark journey.    By Kay Kipling   Most of us would prefer not to think about life in prison and what it does to a man, and we can quite easily push it to the back of our minds. Not so if you see In […]

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02/8/2008

The Unexpected Man

  The Banyan presents a talky train trip in The Unexpected Man.   By Kay Kipling   One’s liking for Yasmina Reza’s play, The Unexpected Man, on for a brief run at the Historic Asolo Theater in a Banyan Theater Company production, will depend a great deal on one’s liking for talk, specifically for monologues […]

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02/4/2008

Circus Sarasota

  Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages, Circus Sarasota takes flight once more.   By Kay Kipling   Now in its 11th year of bringing circus artists to town, Circus Sarasota hasn’t failed yet to introduce new and exciting acts, many performing for the first time in this country. Their run continues with […]

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02/4/2008

Jewtopia

  Florida Studio Theatre’s Jewtopia plays like an extended comedy skit.   By Kay Kipling   The premise of Jewtopia, currently running on Florida Studio Theatre’s mainstage, reads like a comedy skit, and in fact the show originated from a 10-minute bit by Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson, which finds two childhood friends meeting up […]

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