Review: 'Pericles' pops, thanks to Joe Popp
Don't think of Jobsite Theater's Pericles as a rock version of Shakespeare. Except for the skeletal remains of one of his least-known plays, there's virtually nothing of the bard in evidence.
The bare bones of the silly story are fleshed out with a barrage of great new songs by Tampa's former pop-punk king Joe Popp, great performances by a large cast and a fairly clever script by Neil Gobioff and Shawn Paonessa.
Popp's songs have never been better, with great hooks and melodies tempered with punkish rawness. The cast features performers known mostly for their acting, but several of them (notably Ami Sallee Corley and Jason Vaughan Evans) reveal some really impressive pipes. There's really not a bad singer (or actor) in the eight-person cast.
The result is an occasionally unwieldy but mostly incredibly enjoyable hybrid of theater and concert.
The show runs through Aug. 24 at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center's Shimberg Playhouse. About 145 minutes. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. $24.50 plus service charge. (813) 229-7827 or tbpac.org.