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Side Splitters Comedy Club in Tampa.EVE EDELHEIT | Times

Stage Planner: Local comics test their chops, playwrights write short

COMEDY time: show your stuff Call it summer and winter madness. The second Tampa Bay Comedy Tournament at Side Splitters Comedy Club is well under way and likely won't conclude until January or February. The 64-comic format is modeled after the NCAA basketball tournament and pits local performers against each other …

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  1. Comic writes a 'Dear Tampa' letter of apology in postponing Improv show

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    A last-minute cancelation means that comic Iliza Shlesinger won't be performing at the Tampa Improv this weekend, as reported in Thursday's Weekend section, which is printed in advance.

    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 04:  Comeidan  Iliza Shlesinger performs at KROQ Presents Kevin & Bean's April Foolishness at The Shrine Auditorium on April 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
  2. Stage Planner: Local comics test their chops, playwrights write short

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    COMEDY time: show your stuff

    Call it summer and winter madness. The second Tampa Bay Comedy Tournament at Side Splitters Comedy Club is well under way and likely won't conclude until January or February. The 64-comic format is modeled after the NCAA basketball tournament and pits local performers …

    Side Splitters Comedy Club in Tampa.
  3. Idina Menzel combines stellar pipes with down-to-earth charm

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    Since launching her world tour a couple of months ago, Idina Menzel has turned crowded stadiums into her living room.

    Idina Menzel is adored by little girls thanks to her role as Queen Elsa in Disney’s Frozen. Here, she performs for her fans in 2014.
  4. Review: Gritty realism doesn't quite flesh out in Stageworks' 'The Motherf----- With the Hat'

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    TAMPA — Try not to be put off by the title.

    The Motherf----- With the Hat focuses on ex-convict Jackie (Jesse Carolan-Rodriguez) and his attempts to go straight while tied to a tempestuous romantic relationship with Veronica (Jessy Quinones) and neighborhood loyalties in New York’s Washington Heights.
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  5. William Shatner, Tony Bennett among 21 new shows at Mahaffey Theater

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    William Shatner is boldly going somewhere he's never been before: The Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.

    Singer Tony Bennet performs at the Royal Albert Hall on April 29, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
  6. 'Pirates of Penzance' provides a summer romp

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    Prepare for a high Cs adventure as Francis Wilson Playhouse presents the comedic operetta, The Pirates of Penzance. "It's a highly energetic, fun summer romp that was produced in the late 1800s but is still relevant today," said playhouse manager Gabrielle Snapp.

    Lee Holmes as Major-General Stanley, center, is confronted by pirates as his daughters look on. It’s all part of Francis Wilson Playhouse’s production of The Pirates of Penzance, a two-act comic opera with music by Arthur Sullivan.
  7. Wendy Williams ventures into stand-up comedy in St. Petersburg

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    The funniest people on TV rely on rooms full of writers to workshop jokes until they come up with enough gold to fuel memes for days.

    Wendy Williams, 50, will bring her hot topics to St. Petersburg Saturday night in the first stop of her 12-city "sit down" comedy tour at the Mahaffey Theater. [Mahaffey Theater]
  8. Review: 'Mame,' Freefall's season closer, is an inventive stunner

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    ST. PETERSBURG — There are times when a theatrical production exceeds expectations. Perhaps the leads turned in especially memorable performances, or the combination of design and execution just worked out in a memorable way.

    Matthew McGee plays Mame Dennis and Nick Lerew plays her nephew Patrick at Freefall.
  9. Stage Planner: A Stageworks play, a string quartet and a staged reading

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    What do you think qualifies as entertainment? Maybe it's an escape into romance, the blend of highly skilled musicians giving it their best. Or maybe your tastes run to something edgier, to be taken into a world of wrenching drama played out on a stage. You wouldn't want to live in either place all the time, but it's …

    The Motherf----- With the Hat, starring Jesse Carolan-Rodriguez and Jessy Quinones, runs through July 26 at Stageworks Theatre.
  10. Review: Frivolity and substance drive 'One Slight Hitch' at American Stage

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    ST. PETERSBURG — We often assess theatrical works, and even make choices about which ones to see, by the adjectives attached to them: a light or dark comedy, a wrenching or uplifting drama.

    One Slight Hitch, a comedy by Lewis Black, follows a family in chaos on the day of daughter Courtney’s wedding as her former boyfriend shows up.