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Archive for 2010

10/17/2010

RIAF, Days 3 and 4

It’s going to be quite a challenge to encapsulate the performances over two days of the Ringling International Arts Festival into one handy summary, but here goes. First up for me on Friday was the John Jasperse Company’s presentation of Magic, Mystery and other mundane events, and somewhat mystifying it was, too. Program notes for […]

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10/15/2010

Ringling International Arts Fest, Day 2

    A festival atmosphere definitely pervaded the grounds of the Ringling Center for the Arts on the second day of the Ringling International Arts Festival, as attendees mingled, chatting about that they had seen and were going to see. At one point, it looked as if the center’s parking lot would overflow and traffic […]

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10/14/2010

Ringling Festival Opening Night

    Hundreds of arts lovers crowded the grounds of the Ringling Museum—and the three theaters there—for the opening of the second annual Ringling International Arts Festival last night.   The evening, and the festival, kicked off with a glass of champagne on the steps leading to the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Then […]

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10/1/2010

The Merry Widow

After making something of a departure over the summer with a production of The Drowsy Chaperone and some evenings of Drag Queen Bingo, the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre returns to more traditional fare with the current show, The Merry Widow.   It’s certainly a durable piece (despite its fluffy, nonsensical plot—or maybe because of it), […]

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09/28/2010

Sunday in the Park with George

Until now, we haven’t had the good fortune to see a local theater produce the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Sunday in the Park with George. Now that situation has been rectified–and in most impressive fashion–with the Manatee Players’ production of this show about the making of art. The art most obviously in question […]

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09/17/2010

The Fantasticks

Try to Remember the last time you saw the Tom Jones-Harvey Schmidt musical evergreen The Fantasticks. If it’s been a while, you should get yourself over to the Players Theatre and fall in love all over again with this frequently magical production.   That it’s so familiar—and yet can still seem so new—is a tribute […]

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08/20/2010

South Pacific

    There are some musicals so embedded in theatergoers’ consciousness that it feels like they must always have been in existence—springing full-fledged from the creators’ minds and landing on the stage to unanimous and perpetual applause. South Pacific, now opening the Manatee Players’ season, is one of those musicals; it’s been around so long […]

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08/6/2010

Side Man

    The late, great Dizzy Gillespie once said of jazz, “Men have died for this music. You can’t get more serious than that.”   No one ends up buried in Warren Leight’s Tony Award winner Side Man, the third and final play of the Banyan Theater Company’s summer season. But there’s plenty of death […]

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08/2/2010

Sylvia

    You don’t have to be a dog lover to enjoy Florida Studio Theatre’s current production of A.R.Gurney’s Sylvia. But those who are will definitely get an extra treat from the show.   FST produced Sylvia once before, and it’s also shown on a community theater stage or two in the past. But it’s […]

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07/17/2010

Sarasota Improv Festival

Florida Studio Theatre’s second annual Sarasota Improv Festival got off to a high-energy start Friday night, with FST playing host to a number of improv troupes from around the country at the company’s Goldstein Cabaret. The festival, which also offers some classes and workshops during its two-day run, was kicked off by FST’s own improv […]

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