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Archive for 2008

07/28/2008

Southern Comforts

  It’s better late than never for the couple at the heart of Florida Studio Theatre’s Southern Comforts.   By Kay Kipling   Love may be lovelier the second time around, as the old song goes, but that doesn’t mean it comes without challenges. Case in point: the couple in Kathleen Clark’s play Southern Comforts, […]

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07/18/2008

True West

  It’s time for a no-holds-barred showdown with the Banyan’s True West.   By Kay Kipling   There’s certainly something cathartic as well as comedic about watching Sam Shepard’s True West, now onstage at the Cook Theatre in a Banyan Theater Company production. As we watch the tension between two brothers build until they eventually […]

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07/11/2008

The Musical of Musicals: The Musical

  In the mood for a musical? How about five, with The Musical of Musicals: The Musical.   By Kay Kipling   The more American theater musicals you know, the more you’ll probably enjoy the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre’s current production, The Musical of Musicals: The Musical. But anyone even remotely familiar with the works […]

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06/30/2008

The Mystery of Irma Vep

Summer fun with Florida Studio Theatre’s vampy, campy The Mystery of Irma Vep.   By Kay Kipling   If the price of gas is keeping you closer to home this summer, you can always buy a ticket to Florida Studio Theatre’s The Mystery of Irma Vep—you’ll be taking a trip to England, Egypt and some […]

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06/27/2008

A Moon for the Misbegotten

  It’s a special night for the Banyan’s A Moon for the Misbegotten.   By Kay Kipling   There’s no doubt that A Moon for the Misbegotten is one of Eugene O’Neill’s most beautifully written—and heartbreaking—plays. There’s also little doubt that it provides a formidable acting challenge for those playing in this partly autobiographical story […]

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05/19/2008

Working

  A fresh look at the musical Working enlivens the Asolo Repertory Theatre stage.   By Kay Kipling   Attending a matinee performance of the Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Working, I couldn’t help but be struck by an irony: Virtually everyone in the audience was of retirement age, i.e., no longer “working,” as the characters in […]

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05/16/2008

Chicago

  The Golden Apple pays another visit to that wicked city, Chicago.   By Kay Kipling   The story of the merry murderesses of Chicago has had more lives than a cat, it seems. From 1920s silent film and stage versions to a 1940s film with Ginger Rogers to the award-winning 2002 movie musical version, […]

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05/12/2008

Ragtime

  The Manatee Players mingle drama, music and history with a powerful Ragtime.   By Kay Kipling   Ragtime, adapted from the E.L. Doctorow book by writer Terrence McNally and the musical team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, is a show packed with characters, colors and emotions. So it’s quite a challenge for a […]

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05/12/2008

Lady

  The Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Lady offers some topical drama in a play about friendships at a crossroads.   By Kay Kipling   From its opening moments, prefaced with a riff from a Dire Straits song, the Asolo Repertory Theatre’s production of Lady has great energy and some snapping dialogue, from playwright Craig Wright (who’s […]

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05/9/2008

Aunt Rudele’s Family Reunion

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s Aunt Rudele’s Family Reunion offers some moments of truth and laughter.   By Kay Kipling   Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe founder Nate Jacobs has played many roles over the years, both for his own company and others. But perhaps his most effective work so far remains his turn as Aunt Rudele, […]

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