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Archive for March, 2009

03/23/2009

The Devil’s Disciple

The Asolo Rep’s The Devil’s Disciple provides some abbreviated amusement. By Kay Kipling  Sometimes, plays by George Bernard Shaw gain a reputation, deserved or not, for being longwinded. That’s certainly not the case with director-designer Tony Walton’s version of Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple, now up on the Asolo Rep mainstage.   In fact, this production, […]

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03/20/2009

Talking with Tony Walton

Renowned designer-director Tony Walton reunites with Shaw in the Asolo Rep’s The Devil’s Disciple. By Kay Kipling   Tonight’s Asolo Rep opening of George Bernard Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple is one more connection in a long history between director-designer Tony Walton and the famed Irish-born playwright.   Walton has directed the play before, for the […]

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03/17/2009

Murderers

Behind the scenes at a killer community in the Asolo Rep’s Murderers. By Kay Kipling Watching Jeffrey Hatcher’s Murderers, currently playing in rotation at the Asolo Rep, I had flashes of déjà vu that took me all the way back to 1950s television shows like Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Remember those clever little bits of murder […]

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03/13/2009

Titanic, the Musical

 The Players sail into history with the epic Titanic, the Musical. By Kay Kipling A community theater presenting its version of the massive Tony Award-winning epic, Titanic, the Musical? The jokes about sinking, drowning, disaster and shipwreck practically write themselves.   So, take a deep breath and prepare yourself for reality: The Players production of […]

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03/10/2009

The Crooners

 Get ready to move with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s The Crooners.   By Kay Kipling   In the mood for some good old-fashioned soul? You could do a lot worse than show up for a performance of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s The Crooners, now onstage at Art Center Sarasota.   Before I go any further, […]

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03/9/2009

…and L.A. is Burning

 A different take on a traumatic time with Florida Studio Theatre’s …and L.A. is Burning.   By Kay Kipling   You might expect a work titled …and L.A. is burning, dealing, from a distance, with the aftermath of the Rodney King/police beating trial, to be heavy stuff. But that’s not the direction writer Y York […]

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03/5/2009

Miss Julie

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory tackles the strife of Strindberg with Miss Julie.   By Kay Kipling   Fans of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s theater seasons know that the process of putting them together involves allowing the MFA students to learn to play in differing styles, from classical to contemporary to experimental. The current production of August Strindberg’s […]

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