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Archive for April, 2011

04/25/2011

Hi De, Hi De Ho! Cab Calloway

With one-person shows (or what feel like one-person shows, even if there are other cast members) based on the lives of real people, the dilemma is always: Will a compelling story somehow conquer the familiarity of the format? You know the drill: a chronological timeline of a historical figure’s achievements and struggles that can become […]

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04/21/2011

Monty Python’s Spamalot

Monty Python fans have had a long wait to see a production of the Tony Award-winning Monty Python’s Spamalot, unless they’ve traveled out of town. Now they have one more night to see it here in Sarasota, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. And if they’re anything like last night’s audience, they’ll be happily […]

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04/20/2011

Tartuffe

What makes a play a classic? Obviously, a topic and characters that we can relate to no matter what the year. And, boy, can audiences today still relate to Moliere’s 1664 classic about religious hypocrisy and gullibility, Tartuffe, now being presented by the FSU/Asolo Conservatory at the Historic Asolo Theater. There’s a great deal of […]

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04/18/2011

The Innocents

Jason Bradley, Kate Hampton, Jud Williford and Scott Kerns in the Asolo Rep’s The Innocents. Who are the innocents in Steven Drukman’s new play The Innocents, now onstage in a world premiere at the Asolo Rep? Are they the approaching-40 couple, Daniel and Edie, planning to have a baby together even though Daniel is gay? […]

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04/18/2011

Wrapping Up the Sarasota Film Festival

It’s been quite a week covering the Sarasota Film Festival, and the wrap-up weekend felt a bit like a whirlwind. First there was a brief stop at the Night Under a Thousand Stars party at the Ritz Members Beach Club–a first-time venue for the festival, and certainly a beautiful one. I had to leave early, […]

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04/15/2011

Victor Victoria

Chris Caswell and Colleen Sudduth in The Players’ Victor Victoria. Many of us might have fond memories of Julie Andrews, Robert Preston and James Garner in the original film/musical of Victor Victoria—a romp through 1930s Paris with the sometimes funny, sometimes touching story of a woman playing a man playing a woman as a female […]

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04/14/2011

Two Movies and a Party

Boy, chatting with fellow attendees of the Sarasota Film Festival can really make you feel like a slacker. “How many movies have you seen?” someone will casually ask, and when you tell them, they say, “Really? I’ve seen this one, that one, the other”—etc. I can’t wait for retirement so I can spend more time […]

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04/10/2011

Ghost-Writer

It’s always a challenge to present a play (or film) about a writer that actually works for the audience. There’s little intrinsically exciting about watching someone typing away as an inner voice dictates–or is there? That Michael Hollinger is able to make the act of creation quite compelling in his new work, Ghost-Writer (onstage at […]

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04/10/2011

Sarasota Film Festival Opening Night

Will 13 be a lucky number for the Sarasota Film Festival (now in its 13th year)? That remains to be seen, but the fest did get off to an interesting start (and a soldout house) for its opening night film, Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times, by director Andrew Rossi. It’s only […]

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04/6/2011

The Drowsy Chaperone

    Feeling a little blue? Join the Man in Chair in Venice Theatre’s The Drowsy Chaperone, and you’re bound to feel better in the wink of an eye.   The Man in Chair (David P. Brown) in this Tony-winning musical comedy is himself feeling a little blue, for reasons that gradually become apparent. That’s […]

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