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  1. Three picks: 'Vampire Lesbians,' a 'Fifty Shades' parody and open air opera


    Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

    Every now and then, even the most pearl-clutching theatergoer needs to venture to the wild side. Maybe some Rocky Horror. Maybe some Hedwig. Jobsite Theater is taking up the latest cause of camp with Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. Charles Busch's long-running …

    Zachary Hines, front, as the Virgin and Summer Bohnenkamp-Jenkins as the Succubus, shot at the Rialto Theater in Tampa. 
  2. Straightforward Susan Boyle coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall


    Talking to Susan Boyle is a bit startling.

    SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 08:  Susan Boyle performs at the Balboa Theater on October 8, 2014 in San Diego, California. The concert was the first of Boyle's 21-date city tour in the United States.  (Photo by Robert Benson/Getty Images for Susan Boyle)
  3. Review: New Florida Orchestra conductor Michael Francis wows crowd



    Times Performing Arts Critic

    TAMPA -- It was an evening of significance for the Florida Orchestra, in many ways.

  4. Suddenly everywhere, Mike Tyson brings his reinvented career to Tampa's Hard Rock


    Local fans waiting patiently for Monday's premiere of Adult Swim's new comedy-toon Mike Tyson Mysteries don't have to wait that long to get a dose of the man himself.

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  5. Review: Talented cast takes a lighter look at retirement


    If you're a retiree (or know one), the musical Ain't Retirement Grand! probably won't hold any shocking revelations for you. You've been there, done that.

    Ain’t Retirement Grand!, written by Gil Perlroth, runs through Nov. 16 at Jimmy Ferraro’s Studio Theatre in New Port Richey.
  6. Review: 'Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella' sparkles for a modern crowd


    TAMPA — Much has been made about Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella being a revised feminist fairy tale fit for a new generation.

    Paige Faure as Cinderella in "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella,"on tour. (AP Photo/Allied Live, Carol Rosegg)
  7. Interview: Bill Maher doesn't hold back on politics, pot


    The last time political gadfly Bill Maher came to town, the 2012 Republican National Convention was his opening act. Clint Eastwood's chair, Michele Bachmann. Good times for a comedian. Just in time for midterm elections Maher returns, so the Tampa Bay Times wondered what he thinks about Florida's hottest topics …

    Bill Maher.
  8. Review: Confident 'Swim Club' cast brings plenty of laughs to Richey Suncoast stage


    It's a familiar entreaty to theater audiences in curtain speeches almost everywhere: "So, sit back, relax, and enjoy" whatever play is to come.

    The Dixie Swim Club stars, from left, Christine Stoll, Emily Nettnin, Natalie Pozdol, Heather Clark and Dee Curran.
  9. Review: Stage West production of 'Hairspray' is a 'don't miss'


    Okay. If you're going to see only one stage show this year, make it Hairspray, the cheeky, Tony Award-winning 2002 musical that's all fun and songs on the surface, but sweetly subversive to the core.

  10. Review: St. Pete Opera's 'Pagliacci' perfect balance of buffoonery, drama



    Opera is not known for its subtlety, but Pagliacci might be the least subtle of them all. It's also one of the most fun.

    Tenor John Kaneklides plays Beppe the clown in St. Petersburg Opera’s production of Pagliacci.