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  1. Interview: Bill Maher doesn't hold back on politics, pot

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    The last time political gadfly Bill Maher came to town, the 2012 Republican National Convention was his opening act. Clint Eastwood's chair, Michele Bachmann. Good times for a comedian. Just in time for midterm elections Maher returns, so the Tampa Bay Times wondered what he thinks about Florida's hottest topics …

    Bill Maher.
  2. Review: Confident 'Swim Club' cast brings plenty of laughs to Richey Suncoast stage

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    It's a familiar entreaty to theater audiences in curtain speeches almost everywhere: "So, sit back, relax, and enjoy" whatever play is to come.

  3. Review: Stage West production of 'Hairspray' is a 'don't miss'

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    Okay. If you're going to see only one stage show this year, make it Hairspray, the cheeky, Tony Award-winning 2002 musical that's all fun and songs on the surface, but sweetly subversive to the core.

  4. Review: St. Pete Opera's 'Pagliacci' perfect balance of buffoonery, drama

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    ST. PETERSBURG

    Opera is not known for its subtlety, but Pagliacci might be the least subtle of them all. It's also one of the most fun.

    Tenor John Kaneklides plays Beppe the clown in St. Petersburg Opera’s production of Pagliacci.
  5. Review: 'Nureyev's Eyes' illuminates the artist life

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    If the eyes are the hardest thing for an artist to capture, breaking through the surface and into the soul is the challenge for Nureyev's Eyes.

    Jed Peterson, left, plays dancer Rudolf Nureyev and Hughston Walkinshaw plays painter Jamie Wyeth in a compelling friendship.
  6. Top Florida Orchestra leader leaves for new role

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    One of the top officials at the Florida Orchestra is leaving the organization for a job that involves her lifelong love of animals.

  7. Dracula rises in Tampa Bay in ballets, comedy

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    Dracula is having a moment.

    Just in time for Halloween in the Tampa Bay area, there are three shows based on Dracula — two of them ballets — and Hollywood has rolled out Dracula Untold, an origin story in theaters now starring Luke Evans, the hunk from Clash of the Titans.

    Tampa Ballet Theatre's Dracula ballet. Count Dracula played by Nathaniel Reyes and Mina Murray is played by Carolyn Rose.
  8. 'Ain't Retirement Grand!' comes to Pasco — finally

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    It's about time, I'd say.

    For more than 25 years, theaters have been doing Gulfport playwright-composer-lyricist Gil Perlroth's Florida-friendly shows far and wide — but not up the road in Pasco County. Audiences have flocked to Gulfport: the Musical, Francis Wilson: The Man and His Theatre,

    From left, cast members Vicky Stinnett, Matthew Ruley, Tracie Callahan and Pete Clapsis perform a skit.
  9. Review: Bombastic tales abound in 'The Apocrypha of Theodore Roosevelt'

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    TAMPA — It's election season. If you're feeling disillusioned with the candidates and yearning for the hearty political chutzpah of the past, look no further than Theodore Roosevelt.

    Actor is Ned Averill-Snell. performs in The Apocrypha of Theodore Roosevelt from Tampa Repertory Theatre.
  10. Cheat sheet for opera season: Pagliacci, Madama Butterfly and more

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    Opera is dramatic. Opera is tragic and funny, full of betrayal and steamy passion. Opera is big and bold, dripping with emotions sung to the last row. • But is opera outdated? Is opera difficult to understand? We think it's easy if you try. • A new opera season is opening this month, setting off a string of …

    Mark Rucker performing the title role in Rigoletto, coming to the Straz.