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The Honky Tonk Angels

Ted Swindley may not exactly be a household name, but he’s gained quite a fair amount of recognition with the success of the musical Always…Patsy Cline, which turns up regularly at theaters around the country. Now Sarasota audiences have another chance to see a Swindley piece with a country twang—although the story of The Honky […]


George Gershwin Alone

There are a lot of one-person, biographical shows out there, but few of them possess the sheer entertainment value and impressive pedigree of Hershey Felder’s George Gershwin Alone, now onstage at the Asolo Rep’s Mertz Theatre.   Felder and Gershwin in George Gershwin Alone.   Although actor-musician Felder, who also wrote the script for this […]


The Diary of Anne Frank

If you, like me, haven’t seen a production of The Diary of Anne Frank in a while, then you probably haven’t seen the version now onstage at Venice Theatre. The work is still based upon the original 1950s theater piece by Hollywood screenwriters Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, but it includes some new scenes and […]


Singin’ in the Rain

Following a rainy Friday afternoon, it seemed sort of appropriate to attend a production of Singin’ in the Rain Friday night at the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre. Definitely in the mood, you know. And it was a fun show, although no stage production I’ve ever seen of it has been able to deliver the magic […]