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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Theater Review: 'Venus makes a lively debut at Venice Theatre by Jay Handelman

David Ives' provocative play raises questions about sexual power... Read more »

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Venice Theatre heads back to a funny 'Forum' by Jay Handelman

Stephen Sondheim's comical musical about Roman slave seeking his freedom... Read more »

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Actress provides something to 'Talk About' at Asolo Rep by Jay Handelman

Actress Tyla Abercrumbie offers readings of poems and stories... Read more »

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

'Venus in Fur' challenges sexual power at Venice Theatre's Stage II by Jay Handelman

A playwright and director goes through an unusual audition with an actress.... Read more »

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

freeFall Theatre builds new season on true lives by Jay Handelman

Hit production of "Peter and the Starcatcher" returns for another run with "Peter Pan."... Read more »

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Exploring identity in Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Disgraced' at Asolo Rep by Jay Handelman

Ayad Akhtar's play pushes a lot of buttons as it looks at issues that drive us apart ... Read more »

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Theater Review: A lively and touching 'La Cage' at Players Theatre by Jay Handelman

A darker take on the hit musical brings out fun and humanity... Read more »

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

'Lettice & Lovage' opens at Island Players by Jay Handelman

Peter Shaffer's comedy about a tour guide who favors dramatic embellishments... Read more »

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Gilhooley tries out his latest play by Jay Handelman

An obscure college faces a major dilemma in new play... Read more »

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Asolo Rep prepares for seventh Unplugged new play reading series by Jay Handelman

Audiences get to respond to readings of three new works in development... Read more »

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Updated 'La Cage' makes Sarasota debut at Players Theatre by Jay Handelman

A familiar local performer is taking on the leading role of the drag queen Albin in the Players Theatre production of “La Cage aux Folles.”... Read more »

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Obituary: Jerry Finn, founder of Banyan Theater, dies at 83 by Jay Handelman

Former trial attorney turned his retirement into a passion project for summer theater... Read more »

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Two plays develop on a Florida reading tour by Jay Handelman

National New Play Network sponsors readings at three theaters... Read more »

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Urbanite Theatre benefits from Whole Foods shoppers by Jay Handelman

Theater will get 5% of net receipts from sales on March 22... Read more »

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Behind the Scenes: Arts groups enjoy robust season by Jay Handelman

Attendance is up at arts venues around the region... Read more »

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Arts groups get a boost despite cuts in state funding by Jay Handelman

State budget cuts nearly $2 million in funding for arts and cultural programs.... Read more »

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Theater Review: 'Birdie' takes you back to a bygone era at Manatee Players by Jay Handelman

Musical spoofs the hysteria that sounds an Elvis Presley-like rock star... Read more »

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Banyan Theater closes after 14 summer seasons in Sarasota by Jay Handelman

Founder Jerry Finn became too ill to continue running the company... Read more »

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Manatee Players are crying 'Bye Bye Birdie' by Jay Handelman

Musical celebrates the early rock days of the 1960s.... Read more »

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Review: A joyous journey with 'Sondheim' at freeFall Theatre by Jay Handelman

The master composer provides perspective on his songs and shows... Read more »

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Verdi Cycle comes to a close at Sarasota Opera by Jay Handelman

A project that began in 1989 comes to an end.... Read more »

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American Stage travels "4000 Miles' by Jay Handelman

Amy Herzog's play about a grandmother and grandson reconnecting... Read more »

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Asolo Rep plans big characters for final year of American Character series by Jay Handelman

Lyndon Johnson, Antonin Scalia and Miss Adelaide are featured in 2016-17 season... Read more »

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Theater Review: Touching 'Asher Lev' needs more depth at FST by Jay Handelman

Florida Studio Theatre presents stage version of Chaim Potok novel... Read more »

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

The romantic side of Shakespeare by Jay Handelman

Katherine Michelle Tanner and Jason Cannon play "Shakespeare's Lovers"... Read more »

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Theater Review: Asolo Rep serves an engaging 'Dinner' by Jay Handelman

Asolo Rep presents stage version of once-controversial 1967 film. ... Read more »

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American Stage director makes bold choices for new season by Jay Handelman

Stephanie Gularte has had a year to get to know the audience and history of American Stage before announcing her first line-up of shows as... Read more »

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'Maid's Tragedy' staged at New College by Jay Handelman

A controversial drama from the early 17th century gets a new staging... Read more »

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'Sam Cooke Story' celebrates a musical trailblazer by Jay Handelman

An original musical looks at the short but impressive career of the pop and soul singer... Read more »

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Jim Sorenson named managing director at American Stage by Jay Handelman

Actor and administrator is leaving position at Florida Studio Theatre... Read more »

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Westcoast Troupe diversifies for 17th season by Jay Handelman

A couple of classics and a world premiere are on the schedule for 2016-17 season... Read more »

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