To Kill a Mockingbird
Great novel. Great movie. So how good of a play is To Kill a Mockingbird? You can find out at Stageworks Theatre, which is putting on Christopher Sergel's stage adaptation of the Harper Lee novel, opening tonight and running through April 1. The play is something of a tourist attraction in Lee's hometown, Monroeville, Ala., where it runs every spring in an outdoor production. At Stageworks, Jim Wicker plays Atticus Finch, the lawyer who defends Tom Robinson (Kibwey Dorsey), a black man accused of raping a white woman. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Tonight's performance is sold out. $24.50, with $10 tickets a half-hour before curtain for students, seniors and military. (813) 251-8984; stageworks.org.
HOT NIGHTS FOR THE WAR WIVES OF ITHAKA
Jobsite Theater harkens back to Homer's Odyssey for its latest production, a bawdy spoof of the classics by Christopher Buehlman, Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, which opens tonight and runs through March 25. Ricky Cona, Slake Counts, Jason Evans, Spencer Meyers, Roz Potenza and Francine Wolf are among the players. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. $24.50, with $10 tickets a half-hour before curtain for students, seniors and military. (813) 229-7827; strazcenter.org.
No, it's not Private Lives or Blithe Spirit or Hay Fever or another familiar play by Noel Coward. The relatively unknown Fallen Angels is so fluffy that even Coward called his 1925 comedy "extremely slight," and the news release from Asolo Repertory Theatre likens it to "Desperate Housewives onstage" or "a 1920s version of Sex & the City." Hillary Clemens (terrific in Asolo's Once in a Lifetime) and Kate Hampton star in the play, which opens Friday and runs through May 13 at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, Sarasota. $26-$69. Preview tonight: $22-$41. (941) 351-8000 or toll-free 1-800-361-8388; asolorep.org.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic