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3 stage picks by Times performing arts critic John Fleming

DAS BARBECU

Texas and Wagner's Ring cycle go together like longneck beers and Wotan's eye patch. That's the concept behind Das Barbecu, a spoof by Jim Luigs (book and lyrics) and Scott Warrender (music). A cast of five in multiple roles, with a five-piece band, performs a country-fried version of the operatic epic, directed by Dennis Courtney at Florida Studio Theatre. You don't really need to know anything about the Ring to follow the show, which turns Teutonic gods into good old boys and gals with a Texas twang. Das Barbecu opens Friday and runs through July 9 at FST in Sarasota. $29-$36. There is a preview tonight for $19. (941) 366-9000; floridastudiotheatre.org.

THE TEMPEST

Christopher Plummer may forever be known as Capt. Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, but classical roles have defined much of his career. Plummer plays Prospero in Shakespeare's The Tempest, which is being screened in movie theaters at 7 tonight. Directed by Des McAnuff, the production was filmed live over two days at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada. Showings at AMC Woodland Square 20 in Oldsmar, Park Place Stadium 16 in Pinellas Park, Citrus Stadium Park Mall 20 and Hyde Park Cinebistro in Tampa, AMC Regency 20 in Brandon. $15.

A NUMBER

Steve Garland and Chris Jackson star in Caryl Churchill's gritty little drama A Number. Directed by James Rayfield, the play is about a man who has cloned his son, though the cloning is mainly a poetic device that the English playwright uses to plumb the deepest currents of a relationship. Performances are at 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday at the [email protected] in St. Petersburg. $25, $35 ($5 discount for advance reservations). (727) 895-6620; studio620.org.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

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