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10/28/2011

Jerry’s Girls

It’s never as easy as it may seem to present a musical revue. Whether consciously or not, many audience members, when confronted with a host of hits, still long for some storyline to pull them all together; and revues don’t always provide that. Take Jerry’s Girls, now onstage at the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre. This […]

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10/27/2011

Seussical

The Players present Seussical. The colorful characters we all know and love from reading Dr. Seuss explode onto the Players stage with color, energy and charm in Seussical, a musical adaptation of several Seuss stories by the Broadway team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. You feel even before the curtain rises that you’re in […]

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10/16/2011

RIAF Wrap-Up

The Ringling International Arts Festival really took on some of that international flavor for me over the weekend, as I saw Irish dancer Colin Dunne and Ethiopian-born singer-musician Meklit Hadero perform. Sandwiched in between was Doug Elkins & Friends’ Fraulein Maria, and, for a closer on Saturday, the string quartet Brooklyn Rider.  Colin Dunne Dunne […]

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10/14/2011

Disenchanted

If you’ve ever suffered from an overdose of too much Disney sweetness and light, the current show at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre—Disenchanted (featuring the Bitches of the Kingdom)—might work as an antidote for you. The newish musical comedy revue, created by Dennis Giacino with additional lyrics by Fiely Matias, brings to the stage many […]

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10/14/2011

RIAF: Soledad Villamil and Los Hermanos Macana

Soledad Villamil You don’t have to know much about the world of the tango to appreciate the performance of Soledad Villamil in Canto Tangos at the Ringling International Arts Festival. Beautiful, charismatic and talented, Villamil, an Argentinean singer-actress perhaps best known here for her role in the award-winning film El secreto de sus ojos, has […]

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10/13/2011

RIAF: The Wooster Group’s Hamlet

For the first time, the famed experimental theater group The Wooster Group, based in New York, has come to Sarasota, as part of the Ringling International Arts Festival. Their production—or reproduction—of a Hamlet faithful to a little-seen filmed version of the play starring Richard Burton, back in 1964, is a sometimes thrilling, sometimes frustrating experience. […]

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10/12/2011

RIAF Opening Night

Photo by Rebecca Baxter The Ringling International Arts Festival opened with a blast last night—that blast being from the horns of the Asphalt Orchestra, which snaked through the courtyard for three different performances during the evening’s festivities. Actually, it wasn’t just horns; there were drums in the 12-piece ensemble, too, and even RIAF godfather Mikhail […]

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10/10/2011

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening A rock musical based on a 19th-century German play, starring adolescents both confused about and fairly throbbing with sexuality? It doesn’t sound like the go-to choice for a community theater production in little Venice, Florida, but Venice Theatre’s Stage II production of Spring Awakening (which won multiple Tony Awards a few years ago) […]

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10/7/2011

Hamlet Redux

Take Shakespeare’s revered classic Hamlet and pare it down from three-hours-plus to a 45-minute version suitable for taking on tour to schools across the state? You’ve heard of speed dating; this is speed drama. It’s certainly a daunting task, one assigned to Hamlet Redux co-adapters Stephanie Fleischmann and Dmitry Troyanovsky for the Asolo Rep’s New […]

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09/28/2011

The Dixie Swim Club

Longtime friends gather on a yearly basis for a weekend of “no men, no kids, no work.” Sounds like a familiar enough setup for a play or a film, but The Dixie Swim Club, by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, now onstage at Venice Theatre, offers enough originality (including more than a dash […]

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