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3 stage picks: 'A Lesson From Aloes, 'Sylvia' and 'NOR*MAL, the Musical'

A Lesson From Aloes

Athol Fugard is the leading South African playwright of his generation, the theatrical counterpart of novelist Nadine Gordimer. A Lesson From Aloes, Fugard's 1978 play, opens the Banyan Theater summer season tonight and continues through July 15 at the Cook Theatre in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Peter Thomasson, Sara Morsey and Ron Bobb-Semple star in the drama, set during apartheid and directed by Don Walker. $28.50. (941) 351-2808; banyantheatercompany.com.

Sylvia

A. R. Gurney has written many plays on the decline and fall of the WASP (white Anglo-Saxon Protestant) in America, including such classics as The Cocktail Hour and The Dinner Party, but what may be his most popular play is about a dog. Oh, Gurney also wrote Love Letters, a durable star vehicle, but Sylvia (named after the dog) has been a favorite of theater companies ever since Sarah Jessica Parker played the mutt in the 1995 premiere. Kari Goetz is the tail-wagging canine in the Stageworks production, which also stars Harold Koehler as the husband and Elizabeth Fendrick as the wife. It opens tonight and runs through July 15 at the Channel District theater, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $24.50. (813) 251-8984; stageworkstheatre.org.

NOR*MAL, the Musical

Nor*Mal tests the premise that a musical can be about anything. Based on the experiences of Yvonne Adrian, whose teenage daughter suffered from an eating disorder, this show developed specifically for schools is being staged by the Patel Conservatory Youth Theater. "Everyone who has grown up in America will connect with the members of this family and their plight to attain the elusive ranks of normal," director Ami Sallee said. Performances are at 2 and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Shimberg Playhouse of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. $8 in advance, $12 Friday and Saturday. (813) 229-7827 or toll-free 1-800-955-1045; strazcenter.org.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

A Lesson From Aloes

Athol Fugard is the leading South African playwright of his generation, the theatrical counterpart of novelist Nadine Gordimer. A Lesson From Aloes, Fugard's 1978 play, opens the Banyan Theater summer season tonight and continues through July 15 at the Cook Theatre in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Peter Thomasson, Sara Morsey and Ron Bobb-Semple star in the drama, set during apartheid and directed by Don Walker. $28.50. (941) 351-2808; banyantheatercompany.com.

Sylvia

A. R. Gurney has written many plays on the decline and fall of the WASP (white Anglo-Saxon Protestant) in America, including such classics as The Cocktail Hour and The Dinner Party, but what may be his most popular play is about a dog. Oh, Gurney also wrote Love Letters, a durable star vehicle, but Sylvia (named for the dog) has been a favorite of theater companies ever since Sarah Jessica Parker played the mutt in the 1995 premiere. Kari Goetz is the tail-wagging canine in the Stageworks production, which also stars Harold Koehler as the husband and Elizabeth Fendrick as the wife. It opens tonight and runs through July 15 at the Channel District theater, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $24.50. (813) 251-8984; stageworkstheatre.org.

NOR*MAL , the Musical

Nor*Mal tests the premise that a musical can be about anything. Based on the experiences of Yvonne Adrian, whose teenage daughter suffered from an eating disorder, this show developed specifically for schools is being staged by the Patel Conservatory Youth Theater. "Everyone who has grown up in America will connect with the members of this family and their plight to attain the elusive ranks of normal," director Ami Sallee said. Performances are at 2 and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Shimberg Playhouse of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. $8 in advance, $12 Friday and Saturday. (813) 229-7827 or toll-free 1-800-955-1045; strazcenter.org.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

 
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