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Archive for 2009

10/1/2009

Bill Clinton in Sarasota

 The Ringling College Library Association brings the former president to town. By Kay Kipling   The Ringling College Library Association celebrated the start of its 30th anniversary of bringing Town Hall guest speakers to Sarasota with quite a big catch: Former President Bill Clinton filled the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Wednesday night, addressing a […]

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09/30/2009

The Apple Tree

The eternal story of men and women appears at Venice Theatre with The Apple Tree.  By Kay Kipling It’s always intriguing to see something different on area stages—a piece not glimpsed before, or at least not for a very long time. Such is the case with Venice Theatre’s The Apple Tree, a trilogy of short […]

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09/28/2009

Hello, Dolly!/Anything Goes

Two classic musicals entertain local audiences. By Kay Kipling Both Sarasota’s Players Theatre and the Manatee Players have headed into September with an old warhorse of a musical: in the Players’ case, Cole Porter’s 1930s-era Anything Goes, and with the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, Jerry Herman’s 1964 perennial, Hello, Dolly! It’s a strategy that both […]

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08/24/2009

Crazy for You

The Manatee Players mine Gershwin’s gold with Crazy for You. By Kay Kipling   In these dog days of summer, the Manatee Players’ Crazy for You—bright, tuneful and energetic despite the heat—might be just the thing to pull you through another blistering week.   It’s not perfect (whatever is?), but overall director-choreographer Rick Kerby has […]

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08/7/2009

Fat Pig

The Banyan examines the importance of appearance with Fat Pig.  By Kay Kipling Even if you didn’t know anything about playwright/screenwriter Neil LaBute’s other work (The Shape of Things, In the Company of Men, reasons to be pretty) you’d probably still be intrigued by a piece with the title Fat Pig. That sort of brutal, […]

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08/5/2009

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

Florida Studio Theatre pays comic tribute to Shakespeare. By Kay Kipling   You really don’t need to “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” before attending Florida Studio Theatre’s final Summerfest offering, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), so have no fears on that score. While a passing acquaintance with the works of the immortal Will may […]

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07/17/2009

Old Wicked Songs

The Banyan visits Vienna’s past with Old Wicked Songs.    By Kay Kipling   The bond between teacher and student is one frequently explored on stage and in film and literature, but it still seems to provide fertile ground despite being well plowed. The latest example locally: the Banyan Theater Company’s Old Wicked Songs by Jon […]

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07/8/2009

Shirley Valentine

Life change is real and positive in FST’s Shirley Valentine. By Kay Kipling   What would you do if your kitchen—and your life—were so confining that you were literally stuck talking to the wall? Well, if you’re playwright Willy Russell’s winning heroine, Shirley Valentine, you’d take off for a life-changing trip to Greece that would […]

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06/26/2009

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

The Banyan Theater Company serves up a dark comedy with The Beauty Queen of Leenane.  By Kay Kipling The darkly comic, often violent plays of Irishman Martin McDonagh may not be everyone’s cup of “tay.” But for those who appreciate his skill in shifting tone and mood back and forth without losing any of his […]

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06/7/2009

Souvenir

Judy Kaye and Donald Corren forge a bond with each other and the audience at the Asolo.   By Kay Kipling   The idea of paying to hear an atrocious, tone-deaf singer perform might seem an unlikely one. Nevertheless, that’s exactly what thousands apparently did to hear Florence Foster Jenkins back in the 1930s and […]

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