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  1. 'Forever Plaid' is an oldie, mostly goodie at Show Palace

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    Review | Forever Plaid

    If you've never seen the musical comedy Forever Plaid, you might want to see the production playing through Aug. 24 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre.

  2. Next Generation Ballet brings 'Summer Fantasy' to the Straz

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    Want to give ballet a twirl? Check out the Patel Conservatory's Next Generation Ballet on Friday when it presents Summer Fantasy, featuring more than 200 ballet students from around the world led by siblings Jeffrey and Lia Cirio from the Boston Ballet. The dancers, chosen from a pool of more than 1,000 …

    Jeffrey Cirio and Hannah Beach practice Next Generation Ballet’s Summer Fantasy, which opens Friday at the Straz with more than 200 dancers.
  3. Catch off-color laughs at Jobsite's 'A Night of Inappropriately Funny Moments'

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    The funniest stuff is usually the stuff you know you shouldn't be laughing at. That's the promise of April Bender's collection of comic scenes called A Night of Inappropriately Funny Moments, the latest side project from Jobsite Theater. Topics including hot dogs, boobs, drunken conversations, cat …

    A Night of Inappro-priately Funny Moments will feature a range of topics from hot dogs to phone sex. Tickets are $5 at the door, or free for Jobsite season ticket holders.
  4. Review: 'God of Carnage' at American Stage is fast, funny and revealing

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Somewhere in the thorny crevices of the soul, people know their own truths. The best art brings that self-awareness to the surface.

    Katherine Michelle Tanner, left, Billy Edwards, Cathy Schenkelberg and Brian Shea.
  5. The Clintons are the subject of two New York musicals

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    As Hillary Clinton contemplates another run for the presidency in 2016, she has written a book (Hard Choices), delivered upbeat paid speeches to trade groups ("Leadership is a team sport") and pitched in at her family's foundation. Now, she can add another line to her resume: musical theater muse.

    Karen Mason and Frank Vlastnik rehearse in New York for the musical A Woman on Top, an inspirational tale that draws heavily from the life of Hillary Clinton.
  6. Home-grown musical debuts in downtown New Port Richey

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    For years, singer-actor Diana Rogers played Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables on Broadway and did that role and others in national touring companies. A few years ago, however, family circumstances brought her to Florida, where she became head of the award-winning drama department at River Ridge High School and …

    In Coupled, Diana Rogers, who wrote the musical comedy, plays middle school teacher Donna, longtime wife of computer geek Bill, played by Peter Clapsis. 
  7. 'Forever Plaid' is a fun blast to the past

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    HUDSON — In an era when staggering zombies and aspiring rock stars dominate movies and TV, the 1990 musical Forever Plaid should fit right in. After all, the four main characters have been dead for decades, killed in a car wreck on the way to their first big professional gig back in the 1950s, and they are …

    The four leads of Forever Plaid, a musical comedy that opens Saturday at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson, are played by, from left, Nick Rishel, Matty Colonna, Dick Baker and Brendan Cataldo. The four singers get a second chance to perform one big show.
  8. 5 things to know about 'God of Carnage' at American Stage

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    The setup: A couple of kids have just gotten into a playground skirmish involving the extraction of teeth. Now their parents must get together and try to work it out like mature, civilized adults with jobs and manners and common sense. What could possibly go wrong? � Enter God of Carnage, Yasmina Reza's …

    God of Carnage stars, from left, Katherine Michelle Tanner, Billy Edwards, Cathy Schenkelberg and Brian Shea.
  9. Director Karla Hartley talks juggling two plays on opposite sides of bay

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    Take a look at the roster of plays going on in Tampa Bay right now, and one name inevitably keeps popping up: Karla Hartley.

    Karla Hartley is directing God of Carnage at American Stage in St. Petersburg and Inventing Van Gogh at Jobsite Theater in Tampa.
  10. Comic Bill Bellamy performs at Tampa Improv this weekend

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    Let the history books note that it was Bill Bellamy, then a young comic on HBO's Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam, who coined the term "booty call." The house roared when he scolded that any lady who accepts a phone call from a gentleman at 2 a.m. has got to know he's not calling because he wants to talk. "It's a …

    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 17: Bill Bellamy arrives for the UNICEF "Playlist with The A-List" Karaoke event held at the El Rey theatre on May 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images)