Friday, April 20, 2018
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3 stage picks: 'Gershwin's Porgy and Bess,' 'Hound of the Baskervilles' and 'Addams Family'

mThe Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

George Gershwin's American folk opera about the romance between beautiful Bess, struggling to break free from her scandalous past, and Porgy gets an update in this revival. It features classic songs such as Summertime and It Ain't Necessarily So. The Broadway production won the 2012 Tony for Best Revival of a Musical. The tour opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, with shows through Jan. 19, at Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $46.50-$81.50. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org. For more about how the classic was updated, see tampabay.com or Sunday's Latitudes section.

,The Hound of the Baskervilles

If you're looking for the typical, eerie play of the popular Sherlock Holmes tale, this isn't it. Jobsite Theater does a cheeky version of the tale about an ancient family curse, a spectral hound and a deranged killer, starring Giles Davies (Sherlock Holmes, et al), David Jenkins (Dr. Watson) and Shawn Paonessa (Sir Henry Baskerville, et al). It opens at 8 p.m. Friday, with shows at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Preview tonight ($14). Regular tickets $28. (813) 229-7827. Through Feb. 2.

,The Addams Family

Fresh off the holidays, are you feeling like your family is kooky, spooky and all together ooky? This will make you feel a lot better. Meet the dark and delicious Addams family, with Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch. They're a scream. The musical comedy has two shows, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $35-$100. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

 
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