Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Three to see on stage: Young playwrights, 'Streetcar,' life at a call center

YOUNG DRAMATISTS' PROJECT

Gorilla Theatre presents its 12th annual Young Dramatists' Project, featuring works by five playwrights: Icarus by Hannah Mribiha (Northeast High); Full Arc by Sarah Cohen (Berkeley Prep); It's the Way You Heal by Isabella Menna (Shorecrest Prep); A Room With Two People by Jillian Boyar (Bloomingdale High); and No Fap February by Alex Gonzalez (Hillsborough High). Directed by Chris Jackson, Giles Davies and James Rayfield, the plays open tonight and have eight performances through June 10 at the TECO Energy Foundation Theatre, Patel Conservatory, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. $5-$25. (813) 229-7827; strazcenter.org.

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

"Hey Stella!" A Streetcar Named Desire features Amanda Welch as Stella, the Southern belle who has always depended on the kindness of strangers, and Mike Menszycki as the loudmouth Stanley in a production directed by Kevin Renken for St. Petersburg City Theatre. Tennessee Williams' classic drama opens at 8 p.m. Friday and runs through June 17 at the community theater, 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. $10, $22. (727) 866-1973; splt.org. Another staging of Streetcar by Tampa Repertory Theatre opens on June 7.

BETWEEN CALLS

Here's a play for our dreary economic times, set in a call center. Between Calls, written and directed by Rory Lawrence (pictured), is a comedy about a group of workers at RL Components Call Center. "These characters would rather be anywhere else than at RL Components. You've got to see what goes on between calls!" reads a summary that sounds about right. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Jaeb Theater, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. $30. (813) 229-7827; strazcenter.org.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

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