Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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What’s on stage: Matthew McGee’s country music revue in drag, impressionist Frank Caliendo

MATTHEW MCGEE: WALTZING MATILDA

Matthew McGee has made a name for himself as a versatile actor and a highly visible drag performer. He’s also pretty well traveled, honing his drag skills in New York. With the premiere of Waltzing Matilda, an original autobiographical revue, those roads circle back to his roots in rural Washington, Ga.

McGee hosts the show as Matilda, accompanied on honky-tonk piano by Michael Raabe as Matilda’s sidekick, Clem.

"I cover most of my favorites — Dolly, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks," McGee said, "and also do some Broadway songs and standards in country and western arrangements created by Michael. My show sort of reconciles my Red State upbringing in Georgia with my career as a drag artist."

The one-time performance benefits Gulfport’s LGBTQ Resource Center. "Michael and I created this show to have a laugh at what divides and celebrate what unites us." 7 p.m. Thursday at the Catherine A. Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. $20. $25 early access, includes 6 p.m. reception. Tickets at Gulfport Beach Bazaar, 3115 Beach Blvd., the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd., or at the door.

COME AND GO: DANCING AT LUGHNASA, THE SOUND OF MUSIC

You can still see The Sound of Music through the weekend. Starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $31 and up. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Bargain shoppers can be the first to lay eyes on Dancing at Lughnasa, Jobsite Theater’s last show of the season opening June 15. Set in 1936 Ireland, the story about five unmarried sisters tracks the color and pageantry and romance of small-town life, but the peace can’t last forever. A preview Wednesday starts at 8 p.m. at the Straz Center’s Shimberg Playhouse. $18.

Florida Studio Theatre has extended its run of Always ... Patsy Cline. "You have to live up to the standard that people hold for this person and do them justice," Meredith Jones said about playing the queen of country music. "You instantly feel the weight of that, but you also get to learn and watch that real person to help you in your performance." Runs through June 24 at 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota. (941) 366-9000. $29 and up. For showtimes, go to floridastudiotheatre.org.

CATCH HIM WHILE YOU CAN: JIM NORTON

Nobody can accuse Jim Norton of being lazy. When he called the Tampa Bay Times from a New York sidewalk, the unapologetically forthcoming comic had just come off the air from The Jim Norton and Sam Roberts Show on SiriusXM and was later recording his Unfiltered Podcast and doing a standup set. He joked that he’s the kind of famous where people don’t know his name but think they might know his face from somewhere (could be HBO’s Crashing, Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, FX’s Louie or his latest comedy special, Mouthful of Shame on Netflix). "I figure I do a lot of things, none of them particularly well. I figure eventually everything will be taken away, or I’ll die, so if I do a lot, hopefully at least one thing will survive," he says. 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, 6, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $25-$85. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.

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IMPRESSIONIST: FRANK CALIENDO

He’s known for impersonations of Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump; sports figures John Madden and Charles Barkley; and talk show hosts Dr. Phil and David Letterman. Now Frank Caliendo packages those skills in a standup act. 8 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35 and $48.50. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

   
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