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Archive for January, 2012

01/30/2012

Next Fall

No one chooses whom they fall in love with, and once they’ve fallen, it doesn’t mean perfect understanding of the object of their affections. That’s certainly the case with Luke and Adam, the couple at the center of Geoffrey Nauffts’ Next Fall, now onstage at Florida Studio Theatre. They’re both gay, but they’re very different […]

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01/23/2012

Yentl

Hillary Clemens and Andrew Carter in the Asolo Rep’s Yentl. Those familiar only with the Barbra Streisand film version of the Isaac Bashevis Singer story of Yentl, the girl who dressed like a boy so she could study and learn, will likely be a little bit surprised by the Asolo Rep’s stage version of the […]

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01/16/2012

Dear World

At first glance, Jean Giraudoux’s play The Madwoman of Chaillot might not seem the most likely of choices for composer Jerry Herman to convert to a musical, as he did with Dear World (now onstage at the Players Theatre). But when you think about it, Giraudoux’s Countess Aurelia has some things in common with Mame […]

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01/16/2012

God of Carnage

Kate Hampton, Katie Cunningham, David Breitbarth and James Clarke. Just how thin is the veneer of civilized behavior that overlies our baser instincts? Pretty thin, indeed, as it can be stripped off in just 70 minutes or so in Yasmina Reza’s one-act play God of Carnage, now playing at the Asolo Rep. The destruction takes […]

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01/13/2012

Happy Days

Those of you with fond memories of the long-running Happy Days sitcom may enjoy the Manatee Players’ current production of the musical version of the show, a collaboration between the series’ creator, Garry Marshall, and songwriter Paul Williams. On the other hand, you may find those memories better served by tuning in to the reruns […]

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01/11/2012

Smokey Joe’s Cafe

Venice Theatre’s Smokey Joey’s Cafe is a rockin’ good time. They’re rockin’ and rollin’ over at Venice Theatre with the Jerry Leiber-Mike Stoller show Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and no matter what your age, you should find yourself rockin’ and rollin’ along with them. I’ve seen this revue of the songwriting duo’s work several times before, […]

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01/9/2012

Once in a Lifetime

The Asolo Rep’s Once in a Lifetime. Photo by Daniel Perales. The era when silent films in Hollywood gave way to the talkies is big news again right now, thanks to the much acclaimed film The Artist. But George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart were there first with their comedy Once in a Lifetime, now […]

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01/6/2012

Almost, Maine

The cast of Venice Theatre Stage II’s Almost, Maine. John Cariani’s play Almost, Maine, was a big hit at the Portland Stage theater company a few years ago, and it’s easy to see why: If you’re a Mainer, this collection of short scenes related to small-town Maine residents in various throes of love must have […]

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01/5/2012

FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s “Lobby Hero”

  The FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s Lobby Hero. Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero (now onstage at the Cook Theatre in an FSU/Asolo Conservatory production) opens with a conversation between Jeff (Brendan Ragan), a security guard at an apartment building in Manhattan, and his boss, William (Christopher Williams)—a conversation in which our first impression is that Jeff is a […]

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