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  1. Richey Suncoast Theatre reaches beyond traditional shows for 2015-16 season

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — For years, theaters — especially community theaters — have relied on tried-and-true classic musicals for their bread and butter. A Rodgers and Hammerstein (South Pacific, Carousel) or Lerner and Loewe (My Fair Lady, Camelot) favorite can fill seats (and …

  2. Three picks: 'Birds of a Feather,' 'The Barber of Seville,' 'First Date'

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    Birds of a Feather

    In Marc Acito's Birds of a Feather, two gay penguins named Silo and Roy adopt an egg together in the Central Park Zoo, hatch it and raise the baby. Four actors including Scott Daniel and Robert Richards Jr. play 25 characters in the play, based on a true story, opening at …

    Valerie Witherspoon and Michael Mahany star in First Date at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.
  3. 'Impractical Jokers' from hit show bring live tour to Tampa

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    The stars of TruTV's Impractical Jokers will be at Tampa Theatre as part of their live tour Friday, performing a mix of standup, hidden-camera videos and stories from their popular hidden-camera show. Unlike other prank shows, where the point is to embarrass some unsuspecting passerby, this critically acclaimed …

    Impractical Jokers Brian Quinn, Sal Vulcano, James Murray and Joe Gatto perform two shows at the Tampa Theatre on Friday.
  4. Composer Steve Hackman brings Radiohead-Brahms mash-up to the Florida Orchestra

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    To most of the world, Radiohead and Johannes Brahms may seem like strange bedfellows — a critically hailed British alternative rock band and an iconic German pianist and composer who's been dead 118 years. Why lump those two together?

    Steve Hackman Courtesy of Florida Orchestra
  5. Review: 'Radio Golf' brings August Wilson pros to American Stage

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    ST. PETERSBURG

    Everyone in Radio Golf is good, quite good. But Anthony Chisholm, in his delivery, tone, posture and on and on, is astounding.

    Radio Golf is the latest in playwright August Wilson’s 10-play Century Cycle at American Stage. It stars Kim Sullivan (front), Anthony Chisholm, Chrystal Bates, Alan Bomar Jones and “ranney.”
  6. 'Birdman' tops SAG Awards; Redmayne upsets Keaton

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    The backstage farce Birdman topped the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning best ensemble cast, even though its star, Micheal Keaton, was upset by Eddie Redmayne in the outstanding male actor category.

    Eddie Redmayne won the SAG award for best male actor in a motion picture for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.
  7. Review: Florida Orchestra finds a match in 'Romeo And Juliet'

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    TAMPA — Well, hey. Even a world-class orchestra can suffer the perils of the dreaded "technical difficulties."

  8. 'The Book of Mormon' leaves no doubt at Straz

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    TAMPA — Imagine this planet: Thousands of people in pressed theater clothes buy their Merlot and cappuccino from concessions, politely excuse themselves down the row and settle in to grin gaily while a village of Ugandans simulate how dysentery works out the back end.

    Elder Price (David Larsen), center, and Elder Cunningham (Cody Jamison Strand) meets a new friend (Monica L. Patton) in The Book of Mormon.
  9. Florida Orchestra members recall unexpected moments with Yo-Yo Ma

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    How to explain the magnitude of a Yo-Yo Ma performance? Playing with the superstar cellist is like riffing on stage with Bruce Springsteen. Like sparring with Muhammad Ali. Like foxtrotting with Fred Astaire.

    Acclaimed artist and arts educator 
Yo-Yo Ma performs at the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Art and Public Policy sponsored by Ovation at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
  10. American Stage's 'Radio Golf' the latest in August Wilson's Century Cycle

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    Some say Radio Golf has the lightest tone in August Wilson's famed Century Cycle. But it was the last play Wilson wrote before he died, and he was certainly not light on things to say. • In his 10-play cycle, Wilson illuminates the experiences of everyday African-American people. But in Radio Golf, …

    Radio Golf, the latest in playwright August Wilson’s 10-play Century Cycle at American Stage, stars, from left front, Kim Sullivan, Anthony Chisholm, Chrystal Bates, Alan Bomar Jones and “ranney.”