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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…


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]