Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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Stage Planner: Kathy Griffin, Gasparilla Fringe Festival, '(Title of Show)' opening

DISHING DIRT: Kathy Griffin

Saturday's show will be Kathy Griffin's eighth stop at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall, and she once again promises to tattle on the backstage antics of celebrities and needle the city that is home to the Church of Scientology. For her 80-city comedy tour, the inexhaustible comic promises two hours of new material including her recent run-ins with Sean Penn, Leonardo DiCaprio and the GOP frontrunner for president, Donald Trump. "I have personal Donald Trump stories that are going to blow your mind," she said in a recent phone interview. The gossipy redhead gets new material every day because celebrities just can't stop doing dumb stuff. The show starts at 8 p.m. $52.50-$103.75. rutheckerdhall.com.

To read more of our interview with Griffin, click here.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

ON THE FRINGE: GASP! FESTIVAL

The Gasp! Gasparilla Fringe Festival is back. Modeled after fringe festivals found around the globe that feature edgy, innovative, multi-disciplinary performances, this year's smorgasbord (the third) includes spoken word artist Andresia Moseley, award-winning puppeteer Zach Dorn, a mix of veteran and emerging dance companies, including the Moving Current Dance Collective and Live the Rhythm, Radio Theatre Project Live! and the poets of the Heard Em Say Youth Arts Collective.

The newly formed GASParet cabaret group takes a page from the first festival, which offered creative performance art. It might entail short plays, music, dance or magic, said actor, writer and director Roxanne Fay. Fellow GASParet member Becca McCoy called the group the equivalent of "cabaret tapas." Other performers in GASParet include Paul Wilborn, Eugenie Bondurant and Scott & Patti.

The festival runs from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday at the Tampa Museum of Art, 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $25-$30; $55-$60. (813) 739-4879. gasptampa.com.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne contributed.

NEW OPENING: (TITLE OF SHOW)

M.A.D. Theatre presents the Tony-nominated one-act musical comedy about writing a musical comedy. Called simply (Title of Show) — that is the title, we didn't forget to write it — the show chronicles its own creation. Performances run 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through April 17. $25. Shimberg Playhouse at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

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