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The Golden Apple’s “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do”

Sarah Cassidy, Brian Minyard and Alana Opie in the Golden Apple’s Breaking Up Is Hard to Do. Photo by Cliff Roles. For anyone who’s ever been to the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, and for anyone who’s read about their recent financial woes, it was comforting to see an almost full house the other night at […]


Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s “Love Sung in the Key of Aretha”

WBTT’s Love Sung in the Key of Aretha. Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s current show, Love Sung in the Key of Aretha, opens with actress Teresa Stanley taking the stage and singing the Ashford-Simpson tune You’re All I Need to Get By. For those Sarasotans who’ve traced Stanley’s progression on local stages from her early teen […]


Florida Studio Theatre’s “The Last Romance”

Florida Studio Theatre’s The Last Romance. A play about a couple in their “golden” years who may be discovering new love sounds like a perfect offering for Sarasota audiences, especially when it stars veteran actor David S. Howard, who’s earned his respect over the years in theaters both local and beyond. So Florida Studio Theatre’s […]


White Christmas

With its repeated television viewings during the holidays, no doubt there are many people with fond memories of the movie White Christmas. I suspect that may come, not only from the fine Irving Berlin tunes that fill the piece and the star teaming of Bing Crosby et al, but from sentimental recall of who you […]


It’s A Wonderful Life

The Players Theatre presents It’s A Wonderful Life. The classic holiday movie It’s A Wonderful Life will be on television once more this weekend, but the Players Theatre has—sort of—beaten the network to the draw with its current production of a similarly titled show about the impact one man’s life can have on so many […]


The Asolo Rep’s My Fair Lady

The Asolo Rep’s My Fair Lady. How do you reinvigorate a deservedly beloved classic like My Fair Lady, making a show most of us have seen or at least listened to countless times somehow fresh and new? I’m not sure I know exactly how, but the Asolo Rep’s season opening production of this Lerner and […]


Cheerful Little Earful

Steve Dawson, Jenny Abreu and Berry Ayers in the Golden Apple’s Cheerful Little Earful. You may have to be of a certain age to recall some of composer Harry Warren’s songs, which are saluted in the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre’s current show, Cheerful Little Earful. But many of them will be familiar to any music, […]


Next to Normal

Ashley Picciallo, Leo Daignault, Stacia Fernndez and Mike Backes in FST’s Next to Normal. A musical about a family trying to deal with mental illness might not seem likely or even doable. But as anyone who follows the theater world knows, Next to Normal’s Broadway production rose to the challenge brilliantly, capturing the Pulitzer Prize […]


The Brothers Karamazov

The idea of adapting Fyodor Dosteyevsky’s monumental final novel The Brothers Karamazov for the stage is a staggering one. It’s not just a matter of keeping the many characters and complicated dramatic plotlines clear for the viewer; it’s the even more challenging aspect of also bringing to life Dostoyevsky’s arguments about religion and morality, which […]


Big River

Big River, now onstage at Venice Theatre, is a sprawling, always-on-the-move musical epic that demands enormous energy from its cast and crew. And no wonder; it is, of course, based on the equally sprawling classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn—the book about which Ernest Hemingway is always quoted as saying: “All American literature comes from…” […]