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Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys’ talented cast performs at the Straz Center until April 17. I don’t very often make a journey out of town to see theater during the busy season (so much to see right here in Sarasota, you know). But occasionally a show comes along that hasn’t yet made it here–and may or may not […]


Shout! The Mod Musical

    Audiences queuing up for a show called Shout! The Mod Musical probably have a pretty good idea of what they’re in for: a boatload of songs from the ’60s, some trippy wigs and costumes and psychedelic colors, and a satisfying dose of nostalgia. No in-depth examination of the period or its songs is […]


Las Meninas

Lindsay Marie Tierce and Will Little in Las Meninas. Works of art based on historic anecdotes that may or may not be true can leave an audience wondering–but then surely that’s part of the point. And if they’re well enough done, they tell an emotional truth of their own, quite apart from those sticky things […]


Five Guys Named Moe

It’s easy to see why Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe would decide to reprise a musical performed by the company in an earlier season, Five Guys Named Moe. The show is chockfull of good songs by jazz/R&B man Louis Jordan and various collaborators, and, in this production directed and choreographed by Harry Bryce, it’s fast-moving, ultra-energetic […]


The Producers

  Mel Brooks’ long-running hit The Producers is such a strong show, it can probably survive a mediocre production. But don’t worry—it doesn’t have to with The Players’ rousing rendition, now onstage, which deserves to have quite a long run itself.   You may at the outset of the evening find yourself struggling a little […]