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  1. Catch off-color laughs at Jobsite's 'A Night of Inappropriately Funny Moments'

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    The funniest stuff is usually the stuff you know you shouldn't be laughing at. That's the promise of April Bender's collection of comic scenes called A Night of Inappropriately Funny Moments, the latest side project from Jobsite Theater. Topics including hot dogs, boobs, drunken conversations, cat …

    A Night of Inappro-priately Funny Moments will feature a range of topics  ranging from hot dogs to phone sex. Tickets are $5 at the door, or free for Jobsite season ticket holders.
  2. Review: 'God of Carnage' at American Stage is fast, funny and revealing

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Somewhere in the thorny crevices of the soul, people know their own truths. The best art brings that self-awareness to the surface.

    Katherine Michelle Tanner, left, Billy Edwards, Cathy Schenkelberg and Brian Shea.
  3. The Clintons are the subject of two New York musicals

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    As Hillary Clinton contemplates another run for the presidency in 2016, she has written a book (Hard Choices), delivered upbeat paid speeches to trade groups ("Leadership is a team sport") and pitched in at her family's foundation. Now, she can add another line to her resume: musical theater muse.

    Karen Mason and Frank Vlastnik rehearse in New York for the musical A Woman on Top, an inspirational tale that draws heavily from the life of Hillary Clinton.
  4. Home-grown musical debuts in downtown New Port Richey

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    For years, singer-actor Diana Rogers played Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables on Broadway and did that role and others in national touring companies. A few years ago, however, family circumstances brought her to Florida, where she became head of the award-winning drama department at River Ridge High School and …

    In Coupled, Diana Rogers, who wrote the musical comedy, plays middle school teacher Donna, longtime wife of computer geek Bill, played by Peter Clapsis. 
  5. 'Forever Plaid' is a fun blast to the past

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    HUDSON — In an era when staggering zombies and aspiring rock stars dominate movies and TV, the 1990 musical Forever Plaid should fit right in. After all, the four main characters have been dead for decades, killed in a car wreck on the way to their first big professional gig back in the 1950s, and they are …

    The four leads of Forever Plaid, a musical comedy that opens Saturday at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson, are played by, from left, Nick Rishel, Matty Colonna, Dick Baker and Brendan Cataldo. The four singers get a second chance to perform one big show.
  6. 5 things to know about 'God of Carnage' at American Stage

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    The setup: A couple of kids have just gotten into a playground skirmish involving the extraction of teeth. Now their parents must get together and try to work it out like mature, civilized adults with jobs and manners and common sense. What could possibly go wrong? � Enter God of Carnage, Yasmina Reza's …

    God of Carnage stars, from left, Katherine Michelle Tanner, Billy Edwards, Cathy Schenkelberg and Brian Shea.
  7. Director Karla Hartley talks juggling two plays on opposite sides of bay

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    Take a look at the roster of plays going on in Tampa Bay right now, and one name inevitably keeps popping up: Karla Hartley.

    Karla Hartley is directing God of Carnage at American Stage in St. Petersburg and Inventing Van Gogh at Jobsite Theater in Tampa.
  8. Comic Bill Bellamy performs at Tampa Improv this weekend

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    Let the history books note that it was Bill Bellamy, then a young comic on HBO's Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam, who coined the term "booty call." The house roared when he scolded that any lady who accepts a phone call from a gentleman at 2 a.m. has got to know he's not calling because he wants to talk. "It's a …

    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 17: Bill Bellamy arrives for the UNICEF "Playlist with The A-List" Karaoke event held at the El Rey theatre on May 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images)
  9. Review: Jobsite's 'Inventing Van Gogh' a thoughtful work of art

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    TAMPA — The first thing you see in the playhouse is the lighting, soft yellows streaming through faux windows of a fairly barren set. Couple that with the classical music overhead, and everything feels cozy as a blanket, small, intimate, contained.

    Jordan Foote as Vincent van Gogh and Steve Fisher as Patrick Stone in Jobsite’s new play.
  10. Largo's Eight O'Clock Theatre puts on the musical 'Hair'

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    LARGO — Hair. Be there or be square.

    During dress rehearsal, Daniel Hayes, left, plays Berger, a psychedelic teddy bear type, always up for a hug or a drug as he leads the tribe of hippies singing and dancing in Hair, the 1960s musical about hippies searching for truth, peace and love.