Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Stage

Tampa Repertory gives proper respect to Arthur Miller’s ‘A View From the Bridge’

Tampa Repertory gives proper respect to Arthur Miller’s ‘A View From the Bridge’

TAMPA — Arthur Miller’s 13th play, A View From the Bridge, may be set more than a half-century ago but couldn’t be more relevant today. It tackles America’s struggles around immigrant discrimination and gender identity with se...
Published: 06/06/18
Updated: 06/07/18
What’s on stage: Matthew McGee’s country music revue in drag, impressionist Frank Caliendo

What’s on stage: Matthew McGee’s country music revue in drag, impressionist Frank Caliendo

MATTHEW MCGEE: WALTZING MATILDAMatthew McGee has made a name for himself as a versatile actor and a highly visible drag performer. He’s also pretty well traveled, honing his drag skills in New York. With the premiere of Waltzing Matilda, an original ...
Published: 06/06/18
‘Blithe Spirit’ at Stageworks comes loaded with laughs in the hands of a highly skilled cast

‘Blithe Spirit’ at Stageworks comes loaded with laughs in the hands of a highly skilled cast

TAMPA Blithe Spirit is the kind of play theater aficionados could argue about but probably don’t. Does theater have to reinterpret older works to be relevant, or can a well-done rendering of a classic stand on its own?Stageworks Theatre closes its se...
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Show Palace proves it so in ‘Ain’t Retirement Grand’

Show Palace proves it so in ‘Ain’t Retirement Grand’

HUDSON — Playwright-lyricist-composer Gil Perlroth just hit 90 years of age. Supposedly, he retired a couple of decades ago to a 55+ village in Gulfport after many prolific years of writing plays, ads and promotional films in Connecticut.Instead of l...
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St. Petersburg Opera’s ‘La Traviata’ has its moments but still falls short

St. Petersburg Opera’s ‘La Traviata’ has its moments but still falls short

ST. PETERSBURG — The last opera of the St. Petersburg Opera season, La Traviata, is one of the greats, composed by Giuseppe Verdi at the height of his powers. The staging is appropriately big and, as always, inventive as the opera finds ways t...
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Jim Norton talks about doing movies with Robert De Niro and podcasts with Ozzy Osbourne

Jim Norton talks about doing movies with Robert De Niro and podcasts with Ozzy Osbourne

Comedian Jim Norton had to fit this interview in where he could. When he called the Tampa Bay Times from a New York sidewalk, the unapologetically forthcoming comic had just come off the air from The Jim Norton and Sam Roberts Show on SiriusXM. He ...
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Florida Orchestra agrees to pay musicians more, explores summer concerts

Florida Orchestra agrees to pay musicians more, explores summer concerts

ST. PETERSBURG — First, the good news for Florida Orchestra musicians — a 12-percent raise.A new collective bargaining agreement increases musicians’ base pay from $35,282 to $40,040 over three years, the orchestra said Wednesday. The agreement betwe...
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What’s on stage this week: ‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘La Traviata,’ ‘A View From the Bridge’

What’s on stage this week: ‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘La Traviata,’ ‘A View From the Bridge’

THE SOUND OF MUSIC: MIKE MCLEANMike McLean’s mother, a lounge singer in Costa Mesa, Calif., lulled him to sleep as a child with My Favorite Things. He watched the movie many times, so playing Capt. Georg von Trapp in The Sound of Music is a "dream co...
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Local production of "Ain’t Retirement Grand!" promises lots of laughs

HUDSON — What to do in the golden years? Early bird specials, doctor’s appointments, figuring out who to leave what in your will? Or maybe just take some time out for a few laughs about the situation.A local production of Ain’t Retirement Grand! migh...
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Spectre of terrorism upsets a cross-cultural romance in American Stage’s ‘Strait of Gibraltar’

Spectre of terrorism upsets a cross-cultural romance in American Stage’s ‘Strait of Gibraltar’

ST. PETERSBURG — We haven’t had a lot of plays about the Patriot Act, which loosened restrictions on investigating terrorism. Now there is at least one.American Stage Theatre Company selected Strait of Gibraltar, about a young couple torn apart by an...
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