Lark Eden .
Lark Eden is a play told entirely in the letters to and from three women, and the playwright, Natalie Symons, is one of the actors in the production that opens Friday and runs through July 31 at New American Theater, St. Petersburg. She is joined in the cast by Roxanne Fay and Dahlia Legault to chronicle the friendship of three Southern women over 75 years.
"I've often been moved, sometimes haunted, by the way in which old friendships persist as time eludes," Symons writes. "For those inconspicuous souls amongst us — for those whose lives are seemingly unspectacular yet the fingerprints that they unknowingly leave on the hearts of those they love endure against the tumult and heartbreak of time."
Lark Eden, a staged reading directed by Karla Hartley, has performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. $17, $20. Preview at 7:30 tonight is $15 advance or pay what you can at the door. (727) 575-9241; newamericantheater.org.
Shakespeare and Shaw (well, Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Lowe putting his Pygmalion to music) are also represented in productions opening this weekend:
My Fair Lady
Jillian Rossi plays Eliza Doolittle and Joe Conboy plays Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, opening Friday and running through July 31 at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center in a staging by the Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Jamie Bierchen directing. Costumes by Dick Poole, musical direction by Constantine Grame. $12-$18. (727) 942-5605; tarponarts.org.
, The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew gets a modern-dress, commedia dell'arte-inspired treatment by Jobsite Theater. Katrina Stevenson plays Kate and Shawn Paonessa plays Petruchio in the David Jenkins-directed production that opens tonight and runs through Aug. 14 at Shimberg Playhouse of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. $24.50, with $10 rush tickets available to students, seniors and military 30 minutes before curtain. (813) 229-7827; tbpac.org.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic