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Archive for April, 2012

04/27/2012

Theater Review: The Full Monty

Watching a group of “average” guys strut their stuff, nude or nearly so, on stage may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But it’s seemed to work for an awful lot of people over the years since The Full Monty first hit Broadway in an adaptation of the hit British movie. And judging from the […]

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04/27/2012

Theater Review: The Miser

Money, money, money. It’s key to just about all of us, but for the title character in Moliere’s The Miser, Harpagon, it’s virtually the only thing that matters in life—so much so that he’s willing to make everyone around him, family, servants, etc.—suffer so he can hold on to it or accrue more. Such an […]

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04/25/2012

Theater Review: Blackbird

Entertainer and World War II heroine Josephine Baker packed enough excitement into her time on earth for probably at least three lives, but presenting a full picture of those nearly 70 years might be beyond the scope of the average musical. Wisely, collaborators Sherman Yellen and Wally Harper stuck to just five years or so […]

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04/23/2012

Sarasota Film Festival: Closing Weekend

As the Sarasota Film Festival wrapped up its closing weekend, here’s a quick look back at some of the events of the past couple of days. First up: a screening of the latest film by director Todd Solondz, Dark Horse. Solondz has certainly been controversial with his work and its themes in the past (Happiness […]

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04/20/2012

Sarasota Film Festival So Far

Just got back from Sarasota Yacht Club, where actress Penelope Ann Miller received the Sarasota Film Festival’s Career Tribute Award during a Filmmaker Luncheon in her honor. Miller (who’s attended the festival several times before and is here this year with the fest offering Think of Me) was introduced by film critic Thelma Adams (formerly […]

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04/16/2012

Sarasota Film Festival: Frank Langella, Rory Kennedy

With more than 230 films (including shorts) being shown during this year’s 14th annual Sarasota Film Festival, and with lots of filmmakers and stars in attendance, it’s impossible to even begin to cover it all. But let’s talk about a few of the opening weekend activities before we move on to the busy week to […]

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04/9/2012

Theater Review: Jericho

Eleanor Handley, Will Little and Michael Satow in Florida Studio Theatre’s Jericho. Photo by Maria Lyle For many of us, once the first few days and months after the 9/11 attacks passed, we returned as much as possible to our normal lives (aside from dealing with tighter airport security). But for those who lost loved […]

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04/5/2012

Theater Review: Cloud Nine

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s Cloud Nine runs through April 22. You don’t have to think too deeply to enjoy Cloud Nine, the current FSU/Asolo Conservatory production in the Cook Theatre—you can enjoy much of the evening simply at a comedic level. But then you’d be missing a lot of what playwright Caryl Churchill has to say […]

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04/5/2012

Theater Review: Oliver

The Golden Apple Dinner Theatre presents Oliver! Photo by Cliff Roles. It’s a good year for Charles Dickens—a celebration of his birth 200 years ago has brought many tributes, including the current PBS Masterpiece Theatre production of his Great Expectations starring Gillian Anderson as Miss Havisham. Here in Sarasota, the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre does […]

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04/4/2012

Theater Review: Stand by Your Van

The premise of a contest with a variety of people competing to win a new truck—by keeping one hand on it during a marathon session that tests all of their endurance—is one with dramatic and comedic potential. Not all of that potential is realized in Venice Theatre’s Stand by Your Van, but this play, developed […]

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