'Doubt' playwright's 1984 work 'Danny and the Deep Blue Sea' staged in St. Petersburg

Most playgoers know Doubt, John Patrick Shanley's brilliant play on the crisis of the Catholic church, and his screenplay for Moonstruck won an Oscar. But the rest of the Bronx-born playwright's work is not so well known, which makes this weekend's production of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea welcome.

The 1984 play is about a pair of down-and-out New Yorkers who hook up in a bar. Curtis Belz plays a trucker and Dahlia Legault a single mother in a staging directed by Chris Rutherford, with choreography by Shana Perkins keyed to the play's subtitle, "An Apache Dance.'' Performances are at 8 p.m. today, 11 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Studio@620, St. Petersburg. $10, $15.

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Belz performs Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop by Danny Hoch at the studio. It's a solo show in which he portrays characters like an inmate busted for selling Bart and O.J. Simpson T-shirts. Pay what you can. (727) 895-6620; studio620.org.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

'Doubt' playwright's 1984 work 'Danny and the Deep Blue Sea' staged in St. Petersburg 04/14/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 11:25pm]

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