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Archive for 2007

10/29/2007

A Tale of Two Cities

  Is it the best of times for the Asolo Rep’s A Tale of Two Cities?   By Kay Kipling   The challenges of adapting a classic novel for the musical theater are enormous; the ones facing a production of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, with its perhaps inevitable comparisons to megahit Les […]

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10/26/2007

Jekyll & Hyde

  Good and evil battle it out compellingly in the Players’ Jekyll & Hyde.   By Kay Kipling   Composer Frank Wildhorn has been wildly successful with musicals ranging from The Scarlet Pimpernel to The Civil War to one of his earlier hits, Jekyll & Hyde—successful with audiences, that is, if not always with critics […]

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10/15/2007

Altar Boyz

  Florida Studio Theatre’s Altar Boyz makes a joyful noise.   By Kay Kipling   Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 40 years, you’ve probably come across one or two boy bands in your time. (Remember Menudo? Remember New Kids on the Block? Remember Backstreet Boys? OK, I’ll stop now.)   […]

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10/8/2007

Noises Off

  The Manatee Players’ Noises Off is bound to make you laugh.   By Kay Kipling   As playwright Michael Frayn slyly has one of the characters in Noises Off say, “I haven’t come to the theater to hear about other people’s problems. I’ve come to be taken out of myself.”   That, of course, […]

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10/3/2007

A Streetcar Named Desire

    Tennessee Williams’ Streetcar makes a stop at Venice Little Theatre.   By Kay Kipling   The challenges of staging Tennessee Williams’ American classic A Streetcar Named Desire are obvious ones; looming at the forefront of them is always the shadow of Marlon Brando, who made the role of Stanley Kowalski unforgettable both on […]

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09/28/2007

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

      There’s comedy tonight with Laughter on the 23rd Floor, at the Golden Apple.   By Kay Kipling   You don’t have to be old enough to remember Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows to enjoy Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor, but it probably helps a little. There’s a fine sheen […]

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09/4/2007

Oklahoma!

  A familiar favorite returns to the Manatee Players stage with added gusto.   By Kay Kipling   Anyone who’s sat through approximately 99 productions of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! can tell you, it’s not easy to bring freshness to such a well-worn classic. That said, the Manatee Players’ current production, under the direction of […]

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08/23/2007

Broadway Buzz

    Take a look at the cast for the Asolo Repertory Theatre’s New York-bound A Tale of Two Cities.   By Kay Kipling   Now that casting has been announced for the Asolo Repertory Theatre’s A Tale of Two Cities, buzz should really begin to build for this Jill Santoriello musical version of the […]

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08/13/2007

The Rabbit Hole

    Florida Studio Theatre’s current production examines grief and loss without flinching.   By Kay Kipling   For playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, The Rabbit Hole was a departure in style from earlier works (absurdist comedies including Fuddy Meers and Kimberly Akimbo among them). It’s a close-up, intimate portrait of a family dealing with grief, presented […]

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08/10/2007

The Faith Healer

  In the Banyan’s current production, the truth depends on who’s telling the story.   By Kay Kipling   The challenges of staging Brian Friel’s The Faith Healer are obvious ones: The three-character play, which centers on an itinerant Irish faith healer, his long-suffering wife and his Cockney manager, is set up as four lengthy […]

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