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12/17/2012

Theater Review: John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker

When I first heard that the Sarasota Ballet was going to produce its very own brand-new production of The Nutcracker, set in the 1930s and with a Ringling Circus theme, I had no doubt that the choreography (by Matthew Hart) would be strong…

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12/10/2012

Theater Review: Best of Enemies

By Kay Kipling A Ku Klux Klan member and a black civil rights activist coming to terms during a pitched battle over school desegregation in 1971 North Carolina? It might sound farfetched if it didn’t happen to be true, as is demonstrated in the current production at Florida Studio Theatre’s Gompertz Theatre, Mark St. Germain’s […]

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12/7/2012

Theater Review: Annie

By Kay Kipling It’s always good to see a packed house and an appreciative audience. I saw both last night at the Players’ production of the perennial holiday hit, Annie. You may think that a show with surefire songs like Tomorrow and Hard Knock Life, plus all those appealing orphans, can’t miss. But I have […]

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12/3/2012

Theater Review: Plaid Tidings

By Kay Kipling If you’ve never seen any version of Stuart Ross’ cozy musical hit, Forever Plaid, you must surely be in the minority. It seems to pop up frequently around town and around the country, leaving a trail of nostalgia for the innocent musical harmonies of the 1950s and early ’60s in its wake. […]

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11/19/2012

Theater Review: WBTT’s “’50s Jukebox Revue”

By Kay Kipling Now that Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has been ensconced for a while in their own building on 10th Way, their shows seem to be getting bigger all the time. Bigger isn’t always better, of course, but with the current production, Nate Jacobs’ ’50s Jukebox Revue, having a varied 12-member cast and a […]

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11/19/2012

Theater Review: “1776”

By Kay Kipling While it’s a pity that composer Sherman Edwards apparently never did another musical besides 1776, thank heavens he did this one. The wit, humor, pathos and drama of this show about our Founding Fathers and the Declaration of Independence, now onstage at the Asolo Rep, make it one of the most exciting […]

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11/16/2012

Theater Review: “Waist Watchers the Musical”

People with a passion to perform will do it anywhere. That “let’s put on a show” mentality works not only for barns, school gyms and storefronts but, occasionally, for Ramada hotel meeting rooms, as in the case of Waist Watchers the Musical, currently being presented at the Ramada Waterfront Sarasota by PLATO, which formerly performed […]

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11/9/2012

Theater Review: “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”

By Kay Kipling In 1961, when it first hit Broadway, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying was a blithe but nevertheless sharp musical comedy about one young man’s climb up the corporate ladder from window washer to president—with a lot of entertaining rungs along the way. More than 50 years later, this Frank […]

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11/6/2012

Theater Review: FST’s “Smokey Joe’s Cafe”

By Kay Kipling Even if you’ve seen the musical Smokey Joe’s Café several times, as I have, you’ll probably still find yourself caught up in Florida Studio Theatre’s current production. It’s not just a wave of nostalgia for all those great ’50s and ’60s tunes by legendary team Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, although remembering […]

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11/2/2012

Theater Review: Twelfth Night

If you think of Shakespeare’s classic Twelfth Night as a “rom-com” (romantic comedy), the FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s current production boasts a lot more of the “com” than the “rom.”

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