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Archive for 2009

11/9/2009

Nunsense

Yukking it up with those crazy sisters in the Manatee Players’ Nunsense.    By Kay Kipling   By now, Dan Goggin’s ever-popular Nunsense might seem like a show that can run on its own—a smoothly functioning, automatic laughs-getting machine. In reality, it’s like any other play in that it still can be done in if the […]

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11/4/2009

La traviata

Doomed true love and sacrifice in the Sarasota Opera’s La traviata. By Kay Kipling As a theater critic, I must admit that the world of opera has always seemed a very different one to me, more foreign (not only in the language) and harder to surrender to. But I’m learning.   In the case of […]

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11/2/2009

November

Venice Theatre’s Stage II gets satirical with David Mamet’s November. By Kay Kipling  Those David Mamet fans who head to see his November, currently playing at Venice Theatre’s Stage II, may come away feeling they didn’t get their full Mamet’s worth. While there are some good one-liners and the snap of that usual rapid Mamet […]

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10/30/2009

Red Hot Operetta

The Players try something different with the pastiche Red Hot Operetta.  By Kay Kipling Apparently Players fans love their operettas (it’s said they frequently request them to be performed), and perhaps that’s true, no matter what adulterated form this brand of musical theater takes.   So Players artistic director Jeffery Kin tried something different with […]

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10/29/2009

The Mystery Plays

Two tales of horror in the FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s The Mystery Plays. By Kay Kipling   For FSU/Asolo Conservatory audiences, this time of year has lately provided not only the first opportunity to see most of the second-year MFA students in action onstage, it’s also provided a few Halloween chills. Murder by Poe was the Conservatory’s […]

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10/25/2009

Contact

By Kay Kipling The Asolo Repertory Theatre and the Sarasota Ballet’s eagerly awaited collaboration on their season opening production of the Tony Award winner Contact is finally here, and for those of us who wondered just how this hybrid would perform, the answer seems to be: pretty well.   After leading off previous seasons with […]

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10/21/2009

Run for Your Wife/Caught in the Net

Two Ray Cooney farces double the trouble at the Golden Apple. By Kay Kipling   When it comes to contemporary, knockabout British farce, Ray Cooney is the man with the reputation for bringing in the crowds and making them laugh. So it’s understandable that the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre would try a one-two punch during […]

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10/10/2009

Dance and More

Aszure Barton & Artists and Elevator Repair Service at Sarasota’s Ringling International Arts Festival.   By Kay Kipling   The Ringling International Arts Festival continues through Oct. 11, but I saw my final two shows with a double dance bill featuring Aszure Barton & Artists, presenting the world premiere of Busk, and OtherShore, a company […]

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10/9/2009

From Shakespeare to Sexy

Day Two of the Ringling International Arts Festival.   By Kay Kipling   Knowing that it wasn’t possible for me to see everything going on at this week’s Ringling International Arts Festival (although many festival goers can probably come pretty close), I had to pick and choose carefully. One event I knew I didn’t want […]

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10/8/2009

Ringling Festival Opening Night

A classical music concert kicks off the Ringling International Arts Festival. By Kay Kipling The inaugural Ringling International Arts Festival sprang to life last night with a reception in the Ringling Museum courtyard that featured food, music from Booker High’s Jazz Combo and circus performances by the Florida State University Flying High Circus, followed by […]

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