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Gypsy Productions raises curtain in new Tampa home

Special to the Times

Special to the Times

Gypsy Productions is back. The gay theater company, which had a four-year run at the Suncoast Resort in St. Petersburg, has a new home at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. Its first production is Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, a much-honored play about the iconic gay playwright by Moises Kaufman.

Gypsy, run by artistic director Trevor Keller and business manager Daryl Epperly, has been searching for a theater since Suncoast, a gay resort, closed with one last tea dance in June 2007. Keller says they initially focused on St. Petersburg but never found adequate, affordable space. At the Ritz, the company is partnering with nearby Street Car Charlie's Bar & Grille on a dinner theater package for $40 and $45 (VIP seating). Theater tickets only are $20 and $25.

Gross Indecency, directed by Keller, is about Wilde's being charged with "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons" for his relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas in the 1890s. One of the trials included the playwright's famous defense of "the love that dares not speak its name.'' The cast includes Brent Harvey, Michael Titone, Bob Rivelli, Keven Renken, Bill Myerholtz, Mark Myers, David Valdez and Daniel Harris.

The production opens Friday and runs through Sept. 14. (727) 644-7077; www.gypsyproductions.org.

Gypsy Productions raises curtain in new Tampa home 08/27/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 4:30am]
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