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04/19/2013

Theater Review: “It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues”

  Whether you’re a longtime fan of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe or a newcomer, you’re bound to find the company’s current production, It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, deeply satisfying. It’s got everything going for it: the right mix of songs (in a revue created by Charles Bevel, Lita Gaithers, Randal Myler, Ron Taylor […]

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04/17/2013

Theater Review: Venice Theatre Stage II’s A Behanding in Spokane

Followers of playwright Martin McDonagh’s work (The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Pillowman) know about the dark places he likes to go—albeit with that trademark, twisted McDonagh humor. So they won’t be too surprised to learn that the current McDonagh work at Venice Theatre’s Stage II, A Behanding in Spokane, contains “offensive language” or “adult situations.” […]

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04/15/2013

Sarasota Film Festival 2013: Peter Bogdanovich Closes Conversation Series

Where do you begin to discuss the more than 40-year career of filmmaker and writer Peter Bogdanovich? That was the challenge faced by film critic–and Bogdanovich interviewer–David Edelstein, who’s associated both with New York magazine and NPR’s Fresh Air, on Sunday afternoon in the Court Cabaret Theatre. Edelstein admitted after the first hour or so […]

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04/15/2013

Sarasota Film Festival 2013: Closing Weekend

The Sarasota Film Festival wrapped up its final weekend with a whirlwind of activities, so many that it’s only possible to give a brief flavor of several here. (You can read more about the festival here.) For me Friday evening started with a screening of Barbara Kopple’s Running From Crazy, a movie about the family […]

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04/12/2013

Sarasota Film Festival 2013: Tribute Luncheon

Some quick takes from today’s Sarasota Film Festival Tribute Luncheon, held at the Sarasota Yacht Club: Suzanne Clement, French-Canadian actress, on receiving her World Cinema Award for her work in the fest’s Laurence Anyways: “I just came from doing a movie in Vancouver, where it was cold and the role was demanding. To wake up in […]

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04/12/2013

Mariel Hemingway Kicks Off Sarasota Film Festival 2013 Conversation Series

The Sarasota Film Festival kicked off its Conversation Series with an appearance by Mariel Hemingway at the new Court Cabaret Theatre at Florida Studio Theatre Thursday evening. Hemingway, here in connection with the documentary Running from Crazy, about her family and its long history of mental health issues (and also to receive the Impact Award […]

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04/11/2013

Theater Review: FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s Candida

Area fans of George Bernard Shaw usually get more of the same of the playwright’s work here: Major Barbara, Arms and the Man, the Lerner-Loewe musical version of Pygmalion, etc. But I can’t recall a production over the past couple of decades of his Candida—one of his “Pleasant Plays,” as he chose to term it, […]

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04/8/2013

Theater Review: Asolo Rep’s Venus in Fur

Love, sex, sadomasochism–there’s something for everyone in David Ives’ Venus in Fur, now showing in an Asolo Rep production at the Historic Asolo Theater. Well, maybe not something for those under 17 (the theater’s recommended guideline for audience members). Since Ives’ play, a hit both off Broadway and on, stems from the novella Venus in […]

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04/8/2013

Sarasota Film Festival 2013: Opening Night

By Kay Kipling (photos by Rebecca Baxter) The 15th annual Sarasota Film Festival commenced Friday with the opening night film and party at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. And a nearly full house turned out to view the documentary Blackfish, with director Gabriela Cowperthwaite in attendance. The festival hasn’t usually started things off with a […]

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04/5/2013

Theater Review: Florida Studio Theatre’s In the Book Of

John Walch’s new play, In the Book Of (now showing at Florida Studio Theatre’s Gompertz Theatre) uses as a reference point the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament, telling the story of the widowed Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi. That relationship between two women is paralleled by the relationship in this play between another […]

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