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Archive for 2008

10/27/2008

The Giver

  There are lessons for those of every age in the Asolo Rep’s The Giver. By Kay Kipling   The Giver, adapted from the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry, is an Asolo Rep production that’s part of its “New Stages” initiative, bringing fully staged theatrical productions to area students, especially those of upper elementary […]

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10/24/2008

Bye Bye Birdie

  It’s not perfect, but the Players’ Bye Bye Birdie provides some welcome fun.   By Kay Kipling   No matter how expert you are, you never really know what musicals are going to hold up 40 or 50 years after their debuts. Who would have thought that Bye Bye Birdie, which seemed so firmly […]

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10/6/2008

A Murder, A Mystery & A Marriage

  It’s time for a touch of Twain with Florida Studio Theatre’s A Murder, A Mystery & A Marriage.   By Kay Kipling   Lively and fun, Florida Studio Theatre’s current production of A Murder, A Mystery & A Marriage may not leave an indelible memory—in fact, chances are you’ll forget it pretty soon after […]

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10/3/2008

Golddiggers of 1633

  A Golden Apple cast romps through the Moliere-inspired Golddiggers of 1633.   By Kay Kipling   Most of the time, the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre’s Robert Ennis Turoff sticks to producing or directing the shows, but every once in a while he steps on stage to perform; and when he does, it’s frequently a […]

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09/29/2008

Steel Magnolias

  The Manatee Players serve up laughs and tears with Steel Magnolias.   By Kay Kipling   I’ve seen Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias a number of times now, and while I can sometimes get restless with all the talk, talk, talk in Truvy’s beauty salon, the test of the production always comes for me in […]

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09/26/2008

Company

  The Players Theatre opens the door to Company.   By Kay Kipling   Stephen Sondheim fans (of which I am one) often have a special fondness for Company, his 1970 musical about a 35-year-old, commitment-averse bachelor named Bobby with a lot of married friends. It’s not his deepest show, and the book by George […]

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09/8/2008

Forbidden Broadway

  Venice Theatre ventures into spoof territory with Forbidden Broadway.   By Kay Kipling   When it comes to biting the hand that feeds you, Forbidden Broadway does it well. You might almost say that writer Gerard Alessandrini and his minions invented the art.   But it’s been a while since we’ve seen a production […]

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08/25/2008

Talent Explosion!

  Revelations from the judges’ seats at the Players’ Talent Explosion.   By Kay Kipling   When I agreed to be one of several judges for the Players Theatre Talent Explosion 2008, I had no idea what I was getting into.   Well, maybe some idea. I had to figure that at some point in […]

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08/25/2008

The Will Rogers Follies

  There’s timely nostalgia in the Manatee Players’ The Will Rogers Follies.   By Kay Kipling   When Manatee Players artistic director Rick Kerby chose The Will Rogers Follies to open his 2008-09 season, he knew the production would coincide with a presidential election year and the August anniversary of humorist Rogers’ death. What he […]

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08/8/2008

The Clean House

  The Banyan Theater Company finds the essential role of disorder in The Clean House.   By Kay Kipling   What a treat it is, in the dog days of August, to emerge from a theater feeling, well, sort of clean and perhaps even a little exhilarated. That’s “clean” as in The Clean House, the […]

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