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Archive for 2010

12/20/2010

Ain’t Misbehavin’

    Chances are if you’ve lived in Sarasota any time at all, you’ve seen a production of Ain’t Misbehavin’, the Fats Waller musical that brings to life the era of 1920s and ’30s Harlem. But that’s no reason not to see it again in its current staging at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s new home […]

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12/13/2010

The 39 Steps

    Alfred Hitchcock meets Monty Python? I don’t know about you, but when I hear a description like that in a theater’s publicity material, I am so there.   The “meeting” takes place in the recent Tony Award-winning hit The 39 Steps, based on the classic 1930s Hitchcock film but freely interpreted, to say […]

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12/6/2010

Oliver!

    Like many people, I have fond memories of the musical Oliver! Unfortunately, I had to rely on them a great deal in order to enjoy the Manatee Players’ current production of the show, which just doesn’t supply the fun, energy or pathos of the original.   Coming off a more successful start of […]

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12/3/2010

Mame

    When the curtain opens on the Players’ current production of Mame, you may be pleasantly surprised by the set, the costumes, and the general splashiness of the scene that introduces us to the free-spirited Mame Dennis—a character we’ve all come to know well over the years. The show boasts good production values, a […]

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11/21/2010

Bonnie and Clyde

What draws us to stories about outlaws? That’s a question people have certainly been asking for decades, at least as far back as the dime novels written on the exploits of desperadoes like Jesse James or Billy the Kid. In the 20th century, the lives of the outlaws of the Great Depression era–John Dillinger, Pretty […]

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11/18/2010

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

    It’s been a while since a local theater has presented the musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, and it’s good to see that for the most part the show hasn’t lost its appeal.   The theater that presented it almost 10 years ago—Florida Studio Theatre—is the theater presenting it again. There […]

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11/8/2010

Ragtime

    To say that Ragtime, the musical version of the book by E.L. Doctorow, is a sweeping story is something of an understatement. In telling the tales of three separate families (with lots of celebrity cameos) in the America of the early 1900s, Doctorow and his adapters, Terrence McNally and music-lyric team Stephen Flaherty […]

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11/4/2010

Two Gentlemen of Verona

    For FSU/Asolo Conservatory followers, the first show of the season is always interesting; it’s a chance to see the “new” second-year MFA students in action for the first time. The current production of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona offers extra interest, because under the direction of Conservatory director Greg Leaming, it’s got an […]

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10/24/2010

Rabbit Hole

What happens when a tragic accident leaves a gaping hole in a family’s lives? Once the initial shock and heartbreak have passed, how do you carry on and deal with the grief and loss? That’s the subject matter of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole, now playing at Venice Theatre’s Stage II. This is domestic drama (with […]

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10/22/2010

Oklahoma!

    The Players have started their 81st season off on a roll. First came a charming production of The Fantasticks; now the community theater scores again with its mounting of Oklahoma!   It’s proof once more that there’s always life in classic musicals like these, especially when the cast and the director work in […]

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