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Archive for 2010

07/16/2010

The Drawer Boy

    By Kay Kipling   Some viewers may find the opening scenes of Michael Healey’s The Drawer Boy, now onstage at the Cook Theatre in a Banyan Theater production, a bit too slow and low-key for their tastes. But the quiet, measured pacing and atmosphere of this play are quite intentional; it’s one that […]

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07/14/2010

Family Secrets

Family Secrets, now playing at Florida Studio Theatre’s Gompertz Theatre, was a long-running hit for playwright-actress Sherry Glaser off-Broadway—in fact, the longest-running one-woman show in its history. There has to be a reason for that; and for most audience members, it will probably be in the familiarity of the characters portrayed: distinctively Jewish, yet still […]

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06/30/2010

Beehive, the ’60s Musical

  Beehive, the ‘60s Musical, now playing on Florida Studio Theatre’s mainstage, is apparently doing gangbuster business (since it’s been extended through July 11), and it’s easy to see why: There just seems to be a never-ending lust for nostalgia among the baby boomer crowd, and, after all, there were an awful lot of good […]

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06/25/2010

Ghosts

    The Banyan Theater Company has built its reputation by bringing us worthwhile theater during the long, hot summer days, including classics of theatrical literature we seldom see elsewhere. They continue that tradition with the current product of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts, now onstage at the Cook Theatre.   The Banyan has given us Ibsen […]

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06/24/2010

More International Theatre

    The second evening of performances during Venice Theatre’s hosting of AACT International 2010 offered productions from Israel, Spain and right here at home with Venice Theatre’s own Loveland Follies.   The opening piece, Second Life, was presented by Israel’s Yoram Loewenstein Performing Arts Studio from Tel Aviv. The studio is an acting school […]

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06/23/2010

International Community Theatre Festival

    The American Association of Community Theatre International Community Theatre Festival hosted by Venice Theatre (wow, that’s a mouthful) started off with a bang last night, as opening ceremonies welcomed a full house of theater lovers and participants from around the world. The festival continues through Saturday, June 26, and judging by last night […]

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06/4/2010

The Drowsy Chaperone

By Kay Kipling “I just want to be entertained,” says a disembodied voice in the dark at the beginning of The Drowsy Chaperone (now playing at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre), and it’s clear that entertaining us is what the creators of this Tony Award-winning show have set out to do. No drama, no messages, […]

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05/10/2010

Backwards in High Heels/Gypsy

  By Kay Kipling   Mother-and-daughter relationships are complicated enough, heaven knows. Throw into the mix the dangerous allure of show business, and get ready for fireworks.   That’s demonstrated in two productions that opened this past Mother’s Day weekend. The first is Backwards in High Heels: The Ginger Musical, onstage at the Asolo Rep […]

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05/5/2010

Doubt

      It’s 1964, and winds of change are blowing—make that howling—through the Catholic Church and through St. Nicholas parish in the Bronx. That’s where old-school principal Sister Aloysius (Lynne Buhle) and new-school priest Father Flynn (Douglas Landin) meet to fight a battle over his relationship with one young boy (who happens to be […]

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04/29/2010

Jar the Floor

    By Kay Kipling   Jar the Floor, now onstage at Art Center Sarasota, is something of a departure from the rest of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s 2009-10 season. For one thing, it’s not a musical revue; for another, it requires a bit more in the way of a set. And finally, it […]

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