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Archive for February, 2010

02/22/2010

Shear Madness

Interactive or improvisational comedy is never as easy as it looks, and it’s also risky when a show starts weaving lots of local references and jokes into its established storyline. All in all, Florida Studio Theatre’s current production of Shear Madness (at the Gompertz Theatre) pulls it off quite well. Of course, the inventive minds […]

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02/19/2010

Curtains

When you’re seeing for the first time a show bearing the credits of John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret), your expectations are high—perhaps too high. The composing duo’s last collaboration before the death of lyricist Ebb, Curtains (now onstage at the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre in an area premiere), may not live up to […]

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02/16/2010

Circus Sarasota

 Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages head to Circus Sarasota’s Big Top.   By Kay Kipling   It may be a challenge for Circus Sarasota co-founder Pedro Reis to come up with a diverse and entertaining lineup each year (this season is the company’s 13th for its big winter production), but it’s very easy for […]

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02/12/2010

Lend Me a Tenor

A skillful cast extracts maximum fun from the Players’ Lend Me a Tenor. By Kay Kipling In case you’ve really been in need of a few laughs lately (and who hasn’t?), the Players’ current production of Lend Me a Tenor may be just the tonic for you.   Ken Ludwig’s dependable comedy, about an Italian […]

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02/11/2010

Animal Extravaganza

 Take a walk on the wild side at the Big Cat Habitat. By Kay Kipling   I usually use this space to write about the plays I’m seeing, but in Sarasota, the circus capital, every one in a while I take a walk on the wild side—wild being the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary […]

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02/8/2010

Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci

A double-bill of treachery and tragedy with the Sarasota Opera’s Cav/Pag.   By Kay Kipling   It’s been only a few years since the Sarasota Opera last performed the double-bill of Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, but I somehow missed that production, so it’s been many years since I’ve seen (and heard) these operatic […]

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02/8/2010

Ruined

 Hard-hitting drama at Florida Studio Theatre with Ruined.   By Kay Kipling   A play set in a bar-brothel in the Congo amid civil war, rape and other atrocities might sound depressing, even though Florida Studio Theatre, which is currently producing Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winner, Ruined, assures audiences it is not. On press night […]

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