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The Tao Dance Theater of Beijing will be among the performers at the Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota Oct. 15-18.Photo by Jin Hai

Stage Planner: Ringling rolls out smorgasbord, a Tampa native comes home, 'Pantomime' at USF

A PERFORMANCE KALEIDOSCOPE: RIAF RETURNS Every fall, the Ringling rolls out another feast of theater and music and movement. The Ringling International Arts Festival is back next weekend, this time with hard-to-find performers and even entire genres from Asia. "It's going to be an artistic triumph," said Dwight Cur …


  1. You can see Benedict Cumberbatch in 'Hamlet' at movie theaters this week


    Good news for local Benedict Cumberbatch fans came recently when the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts announced it would broadcast a filmed "encore" of the actor's London stint as Hamlet in May.

    Benedict Cumberbatch stars in Hamlet, which will be broadcast live in U.S. theaters Oct. 15, 2015.
  2. Expect adult, irreverent fun from Jobsite's 'Silence of the Lambs' parody



    Of course a musical based on The Silence of the Lambs is, at the very least, R-rated.

    Ryan Sturm as Dr. Chilton surrounded by a chorus of Lambs (L-R: Heather Krueger, Caitlin Greene, Colleen Cherry, Nick Hoop, Spencer Meyers, and Jon VanMiddlesworth). Taken during a technical rehearsal of SILENCE! The Musical, the unauthorized parody of The Silence of the Lambs. This show is a co-production of Jobsite Theater and the Straz Center on stage Oct. 14 - Nov. 15 in the Straz’s Jaeb Theater.
  3. Review: Cast and script make for lots of laughs in Stage West production of 'Don't Drink the Water'


    Times Correspondent

    If you go see the Stage West Community Playhouse production of the 1966 Woody Allen farce Don't Drink the Water, prepare for some fun chuckles and a few good belly laughs.

  4. Review: Stageworks' 'Lights Rise on Grace' a gritty, challenging drama


    TAMPA — Stageworks Theatre has started its season with a substantive play, one that challenges easy but inadequate understandings of race, culture, family and sexual identity.

    The story begins with Grace (Jessica Stone), a shy 17-year-old estranged from her Chinese-American parents. She meets Large (Aaron Washington), a charming African-American man who goes to prison, where he meets Riece (Alexander Craddock).
  5. 'Lights Rise on Grace' spotlights tough emotional issues at Stageworks


    Stageworks Theatre starts its season this weekend with Lights Rise on Grace, a play that explores fear and family and love.

    Lights Rise on Grace explores a love triangle between Grace (Jessica Stone, L), Riece (Alexander Craddock, center) and prison inmate Large (Aaron Washington). [Photo courtesy of Stageworks Theatre]
  6. A varied, lively season in store at Ruth Eckerd Hall


    CLEARWATER — The season starting this month at Ruth Eckerd Hall offers nine Broadway plays, 18 comedians and more than 80 popular concerts, plus dance and classical music.

    Highlights of the theater season include a six-day run of the The Book of Mormon (Feb. 16-21), the Tony award-winning musical that has been called both crass and ground-breaking.
  7. Live Oak Theatre opens season with musical adaptation of 'Around the World in 80 Days'



    It starts with a few men, sitting and chatting at the Reform Club in 1874 London. Discussing how the Earth has "shrunk" and now someone can travel the globe in three months, one man speaks up.

    Surrounded by her handmaidens, Princess Aouda (Esprit Tafelski) prays to be rescued from the flames of a suttee, an Indian funeral custom where, following the death of her husband, a widow must also die to be with him.
  8. Richey Suncoast Theatre brings twisted sex farce 'Key for Two' to stage


    NEW PORT RICHEY — If there's one thing Richey Suncoast Theatre audiences seem to like, it's a good, old-fashioned sex farce. That's one big reason every season has at least one, sometimes more.

  9. Stage Planner: Ringling rolls out smorgasbord, a Tampa native comes home, 'Pantomime' at USF



    The Tao Dance Theater of Beijing will be among the performers at the Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota Oct. 15-18.
  10. Interview: Mel Brooks and 'Blazing Saddles' both as brash as ever


    It's still good for Mel Brooks to be king.

    Legendary director-screenwriter-producer-actor-comedian Mel Brooks attends a 40th anniversary screening of Young Frankenstein, the 1974 film classic he co-wrote and directed.