Jobsite Theater has assembled a fine cast for Race, the David Mamet play that had a hit Broadway run in 2009-10. Ranney Lawrence, Paul Potenza, Ned Averill-Snell and Tia Jemison enact what Mamet summarized in an essay for the New York Times: "In my play a firm made up of three lawyers, two black and one white, is offered the chance to defend a white man charged with a crime against a black young woman. It is a play about lies. All drama is about lies. When the lie is exposed, the play is over." It opens tonight and runs through May 27 at the Shimberg Playhouse in the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. $24.50. (813) 229-7827; jobsitetheater.org.
Next Generation Ballet stages Swan Lake, with guest artists Sara Sardelli of Sarasota Ballet and Eddy Tovar (inset), a native of Havana who received his training at the National Ballet School of Cuba and was a principal with Orlando Ballet for nine years. Also featured are NGB dancers Landon Harris, who performed with the Billy Elliot tour, and Hannah Bettes, a 16-year-old who has a scholarship to study at the Royal Ballet School in London this fall. Choreography is by Peter Stark, artistic director of the youth ballet company, and NGB ballet mistress Ivonne Lemus, formerly with the Cuban national ballet. Performances are 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday at Ferguson Hall of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. $17.50, $22.50. (813) 229-7827 or toll-free 1-800-955-1045; strazcenter.org.
Decades of Day Work III
Inspired by The Help, the novel and movie about African-American maids in Mississippi during the Civil Rights era, Decades of Day Work III is the latest installment in a series of presentations at [email protected]20. It features the stories of domestic workers told through drama, music, video and audience participation. Fanni Green (pictured), Paula Barco and Bob Devin Jones are among the performers at 7 tonight at the studio, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-6620; studio620.org.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic