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  1. Nunsense bunch returns to Stage West for Christmas

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    SPRING HILL — If anyone can bring smiles and laughter to the holidays, it's the Little Sisters of Hoboken, the zany Nunsense bunch from Mount Saint Helen's Convent who have sung and danced their way from the fronts of greeting cards to more than 8,000 productions around the world, a 10-year off-Broadway run, two …

    From left, Stage West Community Playhouse actors Leanne Germann as Sister Robert Anne, Patty Villegas as the Reverend Mother, Angelena Burrow as Sister Mary Hubert, Matthew J. Veasey as Father Virgil and Toni Merchant as Sister Mary Leo star in Nuncrackers.
  2. Santa Claus hit with legal action in Richey Suncoast Theatre's Christmas show

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — Oh dear, oh dear. That harridan, Mrs. Artiluke, is back at Richey Suncoast Theatre, once again trying to ruin Christmas for everyone — except herself, of course.

    Richey Suncoast Theatre’s original presentation, Santa’s North Pole, opens Friday and plays on weekends through Dec. 7.
  3. Freefall's 'A Christmas Carol' tradition is full of changes

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    How do you keep your best loved holiday traditions fresh? A clean dusting of snow might be a good place to start. For the past few years, Freefall Theatre has presented a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Freefall has brought the show back for another season. But after riding a wildly …

    A Christmas Carol opens Saturday at Freefall Theatre in St. Petersburg. David Mann plays Ebenezer Scrooge.
  4. 'Dirty Dancing' musical spins into Straz Center

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    Baby and Johnny, sitting in a corner, D-A-N-C-I-N-G. Only this time, it's happening live. Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage follows in the long tradition of blockbuster movies adapted into crowd-drawing stage productions. Based on 1987's ultimate chick flick starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, the …

    Jillian Mueller plays Baby and Samuel Pergande is Johnny in Dirty Dancing at the Straz Center in Tampa. 
  5. Idina Menzel coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall this summer

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    Get ready for thousands of little princesses singing along to Let It Go. Idina Menzel is bringing her global concert tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater at 8 p.m. July 28, the venue announced Tuesday. Menzel is a Tony Award-winning Broadway star with credits including Rent, Wicked and her current …

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 24:  Idina Menzel performs during Bloomingdale's Holiday Window Unveiling at Bloomingdale's 59th Street Store on November 24, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images) 524704403
  6. Review: A dark side of 'Laughter on the 23rd Floor'

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    We laugh when the alternative is unbearable.

    American Stage’s production of Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor. 
  7. 'A Christmas Cabaret' aims to put audiences in the holiday spirit

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — If you're a theater buff and been in the area a decade or more, you may have seen one of singer/theater owner Jimmy Ferraro's Christmas shows, either at his Angel Cabaret Theatre, Angel "garden cafe" Theatre or the Show Palace Dinner Theatre.

    The cast is the largest that’s been on stage at Jimmy Ferraro’s Studio Theatre and includes Elicia Nystrom, Dee Etta Rowe, Debra Snyder, Jackie Snyder, Pete Clapsis, Dakota Ruiz, Lindsey Ruiz and Janine Paradiso. Ferraro promises “a dazzling array of new songs and dances to delight all ages.”
  8. 3 picks: Neil Simon play, Florida Orchestra galore, 'So You Think You Can Dance' tour

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    Laughter on the 23rd Floor

    American Stage's season was already in place when Sid Caesar died in February, but one play on the lineup unknowingly sat waiting in tribute. The St. Petersburg theater presents Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor, inspired by Simon's time as a writer on Caesar's …

    American Stage’s show harkens back to Neil Simon’s time writing for Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows.
  9. Doug Benson brings 'Doug Loves Movies' podcast to Improv

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    Two days after a solo show at the Improv, stoner comic Doug Benson brings his popular film-fan podcast Doug Loves Movies to the club at 4:20 p.m. Saturday. The podcast features a row of comic guests — which can range from local radio DJs to touring comics to movie stars like Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg and John …

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Actor Doug Benson arrives at the Premiere Of HBO’s Final Season Of “Eastbound And Down” at Avalon on September 27, 2013 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
  10. Review: Onstage and off, Stage West clicks with 'Greater Tuna'

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    Review | Greater Tuna

    There may have been only two actors on the Forum stage at Stage West Community Playhouse (and a few brief appearances by a stagehand or two), but there was an army of behind­-the-­scenes people who were, arguably, just as important to the delightfully successful …