Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Stage

Tampa comic Matt Fernandez talks filming his own special in a Netflix world

Tampa comic Matt Fernandez talks filming his own special in a Netflix world

Matt Fernandez won’t say quite how much he’s spending. It’s enough to rent out a club. And hire a film crew. And turn the footage into his first standup comedy special. Bottom line: It’s significant.And if the whole thing goes off as he has dreamed f...
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Florida Orchestra president Michael Pastreich steps down after 11 years

Florida Orchestra president Michael Pastreich steps down after 11 years

ST. PETERSBURG — Michael Pastreich, the longest-serving president and CEO of the Florida Orchestra in its 50-year history, is resigning after 11 years leading the orchestra.Pastreich, 52, said he made the decision while in Australia on a long-planned...
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Review: Honky Tonk Laundry is country music show looking for country singers

Review: Honky Tonk Laundry is country music show looking for country singers

HUDSON — The meatloaf on the country-style buffet line at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre’s opening night of Honky Tonk Laundry was terrific.The show? Not so much.Not that it doesn’t have possibilities. It features some of country’s best songs — One G...
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What’s on stage this week: Hawk & Wayne does politics, Opera Tampa toasts Gilbert & Sullivan

What’s on stage this week: Hawk & Wayne does politics, Opera Tampa toasts Gilbert & Sullivan

OPEN SEASON: TRUST METwo candidates will square off Friday to debate one of the hottest topics of the political season: immigration. You can see them in action at the First Unity Spiritual Campus, where you also may spot campaign staffers, managers a...
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Paul Reiser, coming to Clearwater, talks about returning to standup and never winning an Emmy

Paul Reiser, coming to Clearwater, talks about returning to standup and never winning an Emmy

When Paul Reiser returned to standup comedy a few years ago, younger comics couldn’t figure him out. "All the younger comics would say, ‘Are you doing a special?’ I’d go no," said Reiser, 62. "‘What, are you getting rea...
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You won’t have to pay hundreds to see Springsteen on Broadway thanks to Netflix

You won’t have to pay hundreds to see Springsteen on Broadway thanks to Netflix

NEW YORK — Put away your wallet — you won’t have to pay hundreds of dollars to see Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show. Netflix announced Wednesday that it will broadcast the Boss’ one-man show on Dec. 15, his last performance. Springsteen on Broadway ...
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Grief and wit, heritage and family dynamics collide in ‘Bad Jews’ at American Stage

Grief and wit, heritage and family dynamics collide in ‘Bad Jews’ at American Stage

ST. PETERSBURG — Whatever else he learned at Cornell University and the Juilliard School, playwright Joshua Harmon surely learned family dynamics. His play, Bad Jews, bristles with wit and malevolence dished out by people for whom familiarity breeds ...
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‘Honky Tonk Laundry’ starts a summer run at Show Palace in Hudson

‘Honky Tonk Laundry’ starts a summer run at Show Palace in Hudson

HUDSON — If you’re into country, Honky Tonk Laundry, which opens July 21 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, might be the ticket. Written by Roger Bean (The Marvelous Wonderettes/Life Could Be a Dream?), this comedy musical features a two-woman cast ...
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What’s on stage this week: ‘Bad Jews,’ ‘Red,’ ‘It Shoulda Been You’

What’s on stage this week: ‘Bad Jews,’ ‘Red,’ ‘It Shoulda Been You’

AMERICAN STAGE: BAD JEWSWe know that death draws family members closer together. Except when it drives them further apart. A grandfather’s valuable heirloom shifts relatives from grief to competition, questions about who was closer to the deceased an...
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Review: Confident brush strokes paint an eminently watchable ‘Red’ at Heather Theatre

Review: Confident brush strokes paint an eminently watchable ‘Red’ at Heather Theatre

TAMPA — You can always count on the Heather Theatre to do one thing. And that is to produce meaningful plays, and find within each the burning ember that gives off heat and light.So it is again with Red, John Logan’s deconstruction of a brilliant art...
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