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Archive for March, 2010

03/29/2010

Rent

With so many plays onstage at the height of the theater season, it’s taken me a while to find a chance to see Venice Theatre’s Stage II production of Rent, which opened two weeks ago. The good news is that, judging from what I saw, the large, mostly young cast has lost none of their […]

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03/26/2010

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

It’s quite amazing to think that a little show like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which started out more than 40 years ago as a brief cantata for a school choir, could have the shelf life it’s had—countless productions, many of them right here—and such a variety of versions of the same Biblical tale […]

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03/22/2010

The Magnificent Music of the ’40s

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe recently had a hit on their hands with The Motown ’60s Revue. Now the company is stretching back further in time to its musical roots with The Magnificent Music of the ’40s. The show, originally titled The Magnificent Mills Brothers, does actually center exclusively on that African-American group, so don’t expect […]

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03/19/2010

Fiddler on the Roof

The status of Fiddler on the Roof as one of the most popular and enduring Broadway musicals of all time is unassailable—and deserved. It’s popped up frequently at community theaters around Sarasota over the years, but it’s been a while since the last visit; so the Players’ current production is a welcome one, especially judging […]

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03/16/2010

Sarasota Film Festival News

Get ready, it’s almost time for the Sarasota Film Festival once more. The 10-day festival of movies, parties, conversations with filmmakers and more (the 12th annual) takes place April 9-18, and details were provided at a kick-off event at the Longboat Key Club’s Tennis Gardens on Monday evening. There’s significant star power lined up, as […]

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03/15/2010

Managing Maxine

A comedy about two senior citizens who fall in love after losing their longtime spouses might seem like a natural production for a Sarasota theater—especially when the story is inspired by a real-life couple living here part-time and the playwright (Janece Shaffer) takes the time to reset the piece right here, too, as is the […]

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03/11/2010

Ringling Festival News

Previous supporters and backers of the Ringling International Arts Festival were among the first to hear about the event’s upcoming second season, to take place Oct. 13-17. At a reception and announcement held at the Historic Asolo Theater, festival manager Dwight Currie welcomed guests and Stanford Makishi, executive director of the New York-based Baryshnikov Arts […]

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03/9/2010

Asolo Rep’s 2010-2011 Season

As we can see the end of the 2009-10 arts season approaching, theaters are, naturally, turning their eyes to next season. That includes the Asolo Repertory Theatre, which on Monday announced to the press and public most of its 2010-2011 season. The theme for the upcoming year might seem to be “Broadway Bound,” especially in […]

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03/4/2010

Machinal

You don’t know what to expect before seeing a production of a 1928 play that’s seldom seen and barely even known by those outside the theater world. After all, there’s usually a reason why a piece is not often revived; buried treasures are not lying around everywhere just for the taking. With Machinal, Sophie Treadwell’s […]

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03/1/2010

Li’l Abner

The first question you might ask yourself before seeing the current production of Li’l Abner at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre could very well be, “Does it feel dated?” The answer: yes and no. What does sometimes feel dated in this 1956 musical, adapted from the long-running comic strip by Al Capp set in mythical […]

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