'Much Ado About Nothing' among top stage picks

Published March 13 2013

'Much Ado About Nothing'

Roxanne Fay and Ned Averill-Snell plays Beatrice and Benedick, the battling lovebirds of Much Ado About Nothing, the Shakespearean comedy staged by Jobsite Theater "in a timeless fantasy land reminiscent of films such as Terry Gilliam's Baron Munchausen or Nail Gaiman's Stardust," sayeth a news release. David M. Jenkins directs a cast that also includes Betty-Jane Parks, Jonathan Cho and Matt Lunsford. The show opens Friday and runs through April 7 at Shimberg Playhouse of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. $28, with $10 tickets a half-hour before curtain for students, seniors, military. Preview tonight at 8 for $10. Also at Jobsite, Jen Tuder performs her solo show Suicide Punchline at 7 p.m. Sunday. $15. (813) 229-7827; jobsitetheater.org.

'Clybourne Park'

Clybourne Park swept the major theater awards, winning the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for drama and the 2012 Tony Award for best play. Written by Bruce Norris, the play updates the story of the same Chicago home from Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 classic about racist housing laws and their impact on a family, A Raisin in the Sun. Artistic director Michael Donald Edwards stages the play at Sarasota's Asolo Repertory Theatre, with a cast that includes Annabel Armour, Tyla Abercrumbie, David Breitbarth and Douglas Jones. It opens Friday and runs through May 2. Preview at 8 tonight. $20-$72. (941) 351-8000 or toll-free 1-800-361-8388; asolorep.org.

Parsons Dance

David Parsons was a great dancer for Paul Taylor, and in 1985 he went on to form his own company, for which he has choreographed more than 80 works. A selection of Parsons dances are being staged during the company's Florida tour, including Caught, a perennial favorite; the new Round My World; the eight-dancer In the End with music by Dave Matthews Band; Nascimento Novo and Hand Dance. Parsons Dance performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg. $30-$45. (727) 822-3590; mypalladium.org. The company also has a performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Sarasota at Van Wezel Hall. $10-$45. (941) 953-3368 or toll-free 1-800-826-9303; vanwezel.org.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic