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Archive for January, 2009

01/26/2009

The Winter’s Tale

A journey from darkness to light in the Asolo Rep’s The Winter’s Tale.   By Kay Kipling   Of all playwrights, Shakespeare perhaps gives the director the broadest range of interpretative possibilities. Certainly the past 400 years or so have allowed for many exercises in artistic vision in terms of time period, setting and topicality […]

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01/23/2009

Sugar

Musical mayhem with the Golden Apple’s Sugar.   By Kay Kipling   It’s pretty tough to compete with a classic comedy film like Some Like It Hot, especially considering that the American Film Institute enshrined it as the funniest film ever a while back. Sugar, the 1972 musical stage version of that Billy Wilder hit […]

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01/19/2009

Occupant

A portrait of the artist with Florida Studio Theatre Stage III’s Occupant.    By Kay Kipling   Fans of famed sculptor Louise Nevelson may find Edward Albee’s Occupant, now onstage in a Florida Studio Theatre Stage III production at the Gompertz Theatre, fascinating in what it reveals about the artist and self-mythologizer. Those with less […]

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01/16/2009

The Spitfire Grill

The Players  Theatre serves up a treat with The Spitfire Grill.   By Kay Kipling   Some of us may have vague memories of a 1996 film called The Spitfire Grill, which told the story of a young woman parolee who turns up in a small town in Maine and changes the lives of some […]

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01/14/2009

Escanaba in Da Moonlight

 A north woods comedy takes to the Venice Theatre stage with Escanaba in Da Moonlight.   By Kay Kipling   If you’ve ever spent any time in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan—or even if you haven’t—you may appreciate Jeff Daniels’ play Escanaba in Da Moonlight, now showing at Venice Theatre.   The U.P., as it’s […]

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01/12/2009

The Music Man

Time for a little nostalgia with the Manatee Players’  The Music Man.   By Kay Kipling   Sometimes an artistic director gets lucky in his choice of the right play at the right time. Just now, when Americans are probably yearning to feel good about themselves and the quintessential nature of America, Meredith Willson’s classic […]

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01/12/2009

Inventing Van Gogh

A look at the myth of the tortured artist with the Asolo Rep’s Inventing Van Gogh.   By Kay Kipling   The tortured life of Vincent van Gogh has provided good fodder for a number of plays, films, books and even a song or two. Latest in the lineup: Steven Dietz’s Inventing Van Gogh, onstage in an […]

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01/9/2009

Reefer Madness: A Musical

High times at Venice Theatre’s Stage II with Reefer Madness.   By Kay Kipling   Many of us probably have fond memories of the first time we watched the cult film Reefer Madness—probably on a college campus somewhere, as we giggled our way through the overacting, bad makeup and hysteria of this 1930s propaganda film […]

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01/8/2009

Blur

Focusing on the FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s Blur.    By Kay Kipling   A play about a young woman threatened with impending blindness might seem pretty heavy going. As written by Melanie Marnich, a playwright who definitely sees things through her own set of eyes, that’s not the case with Blur, now onstage in an FSU/Asolo Conservatory […]

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01/5/2009

The Imaginary Invalid

  The Asolo Rep’s The Imaginary Invalid provides post-holiday cheer.   By Kay Kipling   The Asolo Rep’s production of Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid is probably just the cure for what ails you—whether it’s the economy, world politics or your own real or imagined health problems. More than 450 years after it first bowed, this […]

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