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  1. Review: 'Pippin' at the Straz is high flying fun with some rough tumbles

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    TAMPA — Because Pippin doesn't have much of a plot, it needs a strong director. In 1972, when it opened on Broadway, legendary director-choreographer Bob Fosse put his stamp on the musical, and it became one of the longest-running shows ever.

    The cast of this revival of Pippin have some questionable singing chops, but you might have to forgive that as they’re also doing all manner of acrobatic tricks, including singing and swinging 
on a trapeze.
Photo by 
Terry Shapira
  2. Florida Orchestra plays 'Scheherazade,' plus a modern piece with wine glasses

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    Safe to say, members of the Florida Orchestra don't typically shop for their instruments at Pier 1 Imports. But for the next masterworks concert, orchestra librarian Ella Fredrickson went shopping with her tuner in hand to find the perfect set of eight wine glasses, which the brass musicians will play for contemporary …

  3. Review: Freefall Theatre's 'Harvey' a lovable delight

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Free­fall Theatre's new production of Harvey, the classic play about an affable man and his giant invisible friend, is comfort food of the best possible kind: warm, familiar, delicious and gently nourishing.

    Larry Alexander as Elwood P. Dowd in Freefall Theatre's Harvey. [Allison Davis]
  4. 'Rush Hour' comic Chris Tucker coming to Tampa's Straz Center

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    Chris Tucker, the fast-talking comic best known for the Rush Hour films, is bringing his standup comedy tour to Tampa in June. Tucker, who was one of the defining voices of the Def Comedy Jam in the 1990s, was last here in 2012, selling out two shows at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. He has since taken …

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  5. Review: Able cast can't save thin material in 'Ain't Food Wonderful!'

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    What do you do when you have four really good actors and pretty thin material?

    The best you can.

    Ain’t Food Wonderful! cast members Pete Clapsis, Tracie Callahan, Jared Michael Shari and Elizabeth S. Phillips rehearse the song Who Doesn’t Like Chinese Food? The musical by Gil Perlroth runs through May 3 at Jimmy Ferraro’s Studio Theatre.
  6. Review: 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change' a stellar Stage West show

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    SPRING HILL — When it comes to the musical comedy I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, it's like the old song says: T'ain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It).

    Stage West Community Playhouse’s production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” stars, back row, Ryan Bintz as Pizza Guy, Melody Craven as Debbie, Madison Byers as Pizza Guy; sitting in front, Jessica Virginia as Ma.
  7. Farce turns marital troubles into laughs

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    CLEARWATER

    A troubled marriage is no laughing matter, unless of course, it's the rib-tickler A Flea in Her Ear.

    Don Carlos Homenides de Histangua, played by Tim Rankin, is restrained by Dr. Finache, played by Kevin Laughlin, and Hotel D’Amour staff during rehearsals for Francis Wilson Playhouse’s production of A Flea in Her Ear.
  8. Scheduling delay works for Live Oak Theatre's 'The Music Man'

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    BROOKSVILLE — Harold Hill. Theater buffs know the name well. He is the charming con man who aims to dupe the naive townsfolk of River City, Iowa — the classic and stereotypical sleazy traveling salesman devoid of any scruples.

  9. Catch Dave Chappelle at Ruth Eckerd Hall — if you can

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    The enigmatic and undeniably brilliant Dave Chappelle returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Monday and Tuesday and tickets are as hard to come by as interviews with the reclusive comedian. He quickly sold out four shows, or nearly so (when last we checked, there were only a handful of tickets left in the Tuesday shows.)

    Comedian/actor Dave Chappelle performs at Radio City Music Hall in 2014 in New York City.  (Getty Images)
  10. Catch symphonic sounds of Gershwin and chamber music

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    From the grand tradition of Gershwin to the intimacy of chamber music, the music scene is alive with upcoming performances.

    Amy Schwartz Moretti