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Archive for January, 2011

01/31/2011

Race

    Playwright David Mamet has tackled many different work environments in his pieces, from sales (Glengarry Glen Ross) to academia (Oleanna) to the movie business (Speed- the-Plow). In his latest, Race, now onstage at Florida Studio Theatre, the setting is a legal office. And in typical Mamet fashion, while the office itself (designed by […]

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01/21/2011

I Do! I Do!

    I’ve seen the Tom Jones-Harvey Schmidt musical I Do! I Do! several times, with very different actors essaying the main roles, and I’ve always enjoyed it, not only for its entertainment value but for the underlying truths about marriage it contains.   That’s still the case with the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre’s production […]

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01/17/2011

Hairspray

  If you’ve been feeling a slight case of the post-holiday blahs, I’ve got a cure for your depression: Head on over to the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, where they’re hopping and bopping to the beat of the ’60s in a rousing production of Hairspray.   From a reviewer’s point of view, it’s great to […]

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01/17/2011

Twelve Angry Men

  There have been other dramas that depict what goes on in a tension-packed jury room, but none that I can think of that match the urgent truth of Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men, now onstage in rotating repertory at the Asolo Rep.   The play has had a long life, starting with Rose’s teleplay […]

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01/14/2011

Big, the Musical

  It’s not easy to walk a mile in actor Tom Hanks’ shoes–especially when you’re appearing in Big the Musical, based on the hit 1988 movie in which Hanks so memorably played Josh Baskin, a boy trapped inside a man’s body after making a wish at a carnival. But in the Players’ current production of […]

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01/10/2011

La Bete

      If you haven’t made it up to New York to see the current production of David Hirson’s La Bete, starring the highly acclaimed Mark Rylance–no matter. You can catch an entertaining and well-executed production of the piece right here in Sarasota at the Asolo Rep.   Who is La Bete (the Beast), […]

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01/7/2011

Falsettos

    I’ve heard about the William Finn-James Lapine musical Falsettos for years, but I’d never seen it. So I was happy when I learned that Venice Theatre’s Stage II would be presenting it this season. It’s a first for local stages, and, considering that the original shorter plays on which this production is based […]

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01/6/2011

Reasons to be pretty

    Those who regularly attend productions in the Cook Theatre have seen a couple of strong performances in the past of playwright Neil LaBute’s works, including Fat Pig (in a Banyan Theater offering) and The Shape of Things, presented by the FSU/Asolo Conservatory there. Now the Conservatory tackles yet another LaBute work, also concerned […]

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