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Archive for November, 2009

11/30/2009

On Stage with Giselle

Everything was beautiful at the ballet.   The Sarasota Ballet’s Giselle was fabulous, and I’m not just saying that because I was in it. Yes, me—in Giselle! And with Alina Cojocaru from the Royal Ballet, perhaps the leading Giselle of the day. I played one of   the Court Gentlemen, not a large part if truth […]

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11/23/2009

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Florida Studio Theatre spells success with Putnam County Spelling Bee. By Kay Kipling  Watching a production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (now onstage at Florida Studio Theatre) leads a critic to search for all sorts of cute, fun ways to write a review while spelling out words of praise. I’ll confine myself […]

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11/16/2009

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

There’s fun in fraud with Venice Theatre’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. By Kay Kipling   Unless you caught the touring production at Van Wezel a year or so ago, Venice Theatre’s current staging of the show Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is the first chance locals have had here to see this musical adaptation of two earlier comedy […]

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11/9/2009

Nunsense

Yukking it up with those crazy sisters in the Manatee Players’ Nunsense.    By Kay Kipling   By now, Dan Goggin’s ever-popular Nunsense might seem like a show that can run on its own—a smoothly functioning, automatic laughs-getting machine. In reality, it’s like any other play in that it still can be done in if the […]

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11/4/2009

La traviata

Doomed true love and sacrifice in the Sarasota Opera’s La traviata. By Kay Kipling As a theater critic, I must admit that the world of opera has always seemed a very different one to me, more foreign (not only in the language) and harder to surrender to. But I’m learning.   In the case of […]

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11/2/2009

November

Venice Theatre’s Stage II gets satirical with David Mamet’s November. By Kay Kipling  Those David Mamet fans who head to see his November, currently playing at Venice Theatre’s Stage II, may come away feeling they didn’t get their full Mamet’s worth. While there are some good one-liners and the snap of that usual rapid Mamet […]

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