Hamlet, Prince of Cuba .
Asolo Repertory Theatre is presenting Hamlet, Prince of Cuba, setting Shakespeare's most famous play in late 19th century Cuba, directed by Michael Donald Edwards. Frankie J. Alvarez plays Hamlet and Gisela Chipe is Ophelia in the production, which opens Friday and runs through May 6 at the Sarasota theater. The Asolo has commissioned a Spanish translation by Cuban-American playwright Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics), and there will be two performances of it with English supertitles May 3 and 5. $26-$69. Tickets to a preview tonight at 8 are $22-$41. (941) 351-8000 or toll-free 1-800-361-8388; asolorep.org.
, CIRQUE DES VOIX
Ever wondered how Carmina Burana would go with circus acts? Cirque des Voix does just that, combining the forces of the Key Chorale and Circus Sarasota in a production that includes the Flying Wallendas on a high wire to John Williams' The Lost World. Jugglers, hand balancers and clowns are among those who perform at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg. $10-$45. (727) 822-3590; mypalladium.org.
The play about a classics professor with ovarian cancer seems to be everywhere nowadays. There's revival on Broadway, and American Stage recently announced that Margaret Edson's play will be on its 2012-13 season. It's also on Simple Theatre's reading series, featuring Roxanne Fay in the role of Dr. Vivian Bearing with Gavin Hawk and Meg Heimstead in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Studio@620, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-6620; simpletheatre.org.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic