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Comedian Steve Miller got his start by frequenting open mic nights at Tampa comedy clubs.Courtesy of Steve Miller

Stage planner: Late-blooming comic Steve Miller, Mark Chambers does Truman Capote, improv classes

LOCAL TALENT: STEVE MILLER Just before social media took off, Steve Miller was giving up on the sketch comedy group he had organized with friends. What seemed like a good idea in theory was harder to pull off week to week. "I came to the realization that if I wanted to do something, I had better do it on my own," s …

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  1. Review: 'The Pitmen Painters' digs into weighty subjects with a light touch

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    ST. PETERSBURG — It isn't often someone even tries to accomplish what Lee Hall has done in writing The Pitmen Painters, a discussion of a serious subject — in this case art — built into a storyline people are meant to watch and enjoy.

    Derrick Phillips, left, Ally Farzetta and Gavin Hawk star in American Stage’s production of The Pitmen Painters. 
Photo by Joey Clay.
  2. Dream of seeing last original 'Hamilton' cast performance becomes reality

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    NEW YORK

    Our heels click through Times Square, brushing against floor-length gowns as we anxiously make our way toward the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The marquee is out of sight until we're right up on it, black letters and a familiar image set against a gold background: HAMILTON: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL.

    Lin-Manuel Miranda appears on a balcony outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre after his final performance in Hamilton.
  3. Patel Conservatory names former Pinellas teacher new theater chairwoman

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    TAMPA — Nancy Sears, who took several high school plays to the Florida State Thespian Festival and was twice nominated for Pinellas County Teacher of the Year, has been named the new theater chairwoman at the Patel Conservatory at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.

    Nancy Sears was twice nominated for Teacher of the Year.
  4. Coconuts Comedy Club celebrates 30 years of laughs in St. Pete Beach

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    Thirty years ago B.C. (before comedy), Bob Shoemaker managed a rock and roll band, and all the baggage coming with it.

    Mike & Molly star Billy Gardell, a Coconuts Comedy Club alum, dropped into the club after his gig last year Mahaffey Theatre gig, just to say hello and thanks again.
Courtesy 
of Coconuts Comedy Club
  5. Stage planner: American Stage's 'The Pitmen Painters,' Scott and Patti, Bjorkestra

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    SEASON CLOSER: PITMEN PAINTERS

    Once again, Gregg Weiner performs at American Stage playing an artist. The Coral Springs actor, who turned heads last year with his portrayal of artist Mark Rothko in Red, is back at American Stage, playing a coal miner in The Pitmen Painters. The …

    From left, Derrick Phillips, Ally Farzetta and Gavin Hawk are cast members in American Stage’s production of The Pitmen Painters.
  6. Four voices, chemistry click in Sinatra tribute at Show Palace

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    The jackpot for a theater casting director is finding a triple threat —a performer who can act, sing and dance.

    My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, featuring Mike, left, and Jessica Mathews, will run matinees and weekends through 
Aug. 14 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson.
  7. Family brings 'trouble' to Temple Terrace with 'The Music Man'

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    TEMPLE TERRACE — Well, ya got trouble, my friend, right here.

    Matt Johnson, stars in the production of The Music Man. His wife, Jessica, and children Tilly and Titus are also in the cast. “It’s a great experience for my entire family,” said Matt.
  8. Sarasota Improv Festival draws local and national talent

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    SARASOTA — The Sarasota Improv Festival, a three-day event that brings in some of the biggest names in improvisational theater, kicks off Thursday at the Florida Studio Theatre.

    Patrick Parhiala (front) from ImprovBoston performed at the festival in 2012. ImprovBoston, a staple of late-night television, will return to this year’s three-day event.
  9. Stage planner: Late-blooming comic Steve Miller, Mark Chambers does Truman Capote, improv classes

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    LOCAL TALENT: STEVE MILLER

    Just before social media took off, Steve Miller was giving up on the sketch comedy group he had organized with friends. What seemed like a good idea in theory was harder to pull off week to week.

    Comedian Steve Miller got his start by frequenting open mic nights at Tampa comedy clubs.
  10. Review: 'Time Stands Still' at Jobsite reflects the war of everyday life

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    TAMPA

    It can be hard to find a theater experience that treats audiences as equals, not as children with short attention spans or as rubes in need of consciousness raising. Instead we get slick entertainment, pedagogical lectures or some form of farce.

    Brian Shea and Maggie Mularz play an editor and his new love interest and Joanna Sycz and David M. Jenkins play journalists returned from Iraq in Jobsite Theater’s Time Stands Still.