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Theater Review: Applause

In the theater, timing is everything. But the timing frequently feels off with the Players’ production of the theater-centered Applause—not so much in the cast’s delivery of their dialogue, as in the sort of no-man’s land time period the piece inhabits. Applause first bowed on Broadway as a star vehicle for Lauren Bacall back in […]


Theater Review: Evita

  Faithful local community theatergoers know the work of actors Steve and Dianne Dawson well; the couple, married in real life, has performed together many times in some memorable productions. Their current collaboration, with director-choreographer Rick Kerby, takes place on the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre stage and brings back to life the controversial historical figure […]


Theater Review: “Perfect Wedding” and FST’s New Gompertz Theatre

A Perfect Wedding is now on stage at Florida Studio Theatre. Photo by Maria Lyle. It was a treat Friday evening to get a first glimpse of Florida Studio Theatre’s renovated Gompertz Theatre. Much remains to be done before the entire project, which includes adding new, smaller theaters to FST’s property on First Street, is complete […]


Theater Review: Crimes of the Heart

Lucy Lavely, Maxey Whitehead and Kelly Campbell in Crimes of the Heart. Photo by Gary Sweetman. As director Barbara Redmond remarks in her notes for the Banyan Theater Company’s production of Crimes of the Heart, Beth Henley’s three sisters in the play do bear a strong resemblance to another well-known three sisters—the ones of Chekhov’s […]


Theater Review: FST’s “Talley’s Folly”

Dominic Comperatore and Maren Bush in Florida Studio Theatre’s Talley’s Folly. To the couple involved in any love story, theirs is a special and unique romance. But it takes a writer to tell their story in a way guaranteed to make it as unique and special to everyone else hearing it.   That’s what playwright […]


Theater Review: The Piano Teacher

Christopher Swan, Donna Gerdes and Megan DeLay in Banyan Theater Company’s The Piano Teacher. When the curtain rises on Julia Cho’s The Piano Teacher (now playing at the Cook Theatre in a Banyan Theater Company production), the audience is at first lulled into a sense of old-fashioned coziness, as the elderly woman at center stage […]


Theater Review: All Shook Up

Nikki White and Logan O’Neill in All Shook Up. Photo by Don Walker. There could conceivably be thousands of ways to weave the songs of Elvis Presley into a stage musical, but the one playwright Joe DiPietro devised for All Shook Up is a particularly successful one—fun both to watch and to hear. DiPietro took […]


Theater Review: A Lesson from Aloes

For many in America, the struggles over apartheid in South Africa may seem like a story that’s come to an end. But in the work of Athol Fugard, which is seldom seen on local stages, we can chart the progress of that story and how it affected the lives of not only unnamed millions, but […]


Theater Review: Nora Ephron’s “Love, Loss and What I Wore”

The cast of Asolo Rep’s production of Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore. Photo credit: MYUNIONHOUSE. As the cast of the Asolo Rep’s current production of Love, Loss, and What I Wore worked in rehearsals, they couldn’t have known that during this run of the show, one of its creators, Nora Ephron, would […]


Theater Review: Das Barbecu

Stephen Hope and Joanna Parson in FST’s Das Barbecu. Photo by Maria Lyle With the summer heat, local stages often turn to lighter fare, and Florida Studio Theatre has launched its summer season with Das Barbecu, a musical comedy set in Texas but based, loosely, on Wagner’s famous Ring Cycle. It’s a show I remembered, […]