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Stage Planner: 'Two Thirds Home' held over, orchestra does Rachmaninoff, 'Undateable' Ron Funches at the Improv

HELD OVER: TWO THIRDS HOME

One of the newer local theaters is getting traction with an intense family drama. Two Thirds Home by Padraic Lillis has been held over an extra weekend. The intimacy of the 35-seat theater, tucked into a mall on W Hillsborough Avenue, works well, said Ward Smith, right, artistic director of the Heather: a Theatre Company and this show's director.

"In that space, if the acting is bad, the audience knows it," said Smith, 52, an actor and standup comedian. "If it's overacting or melodramatic or play acting, you're finished. The audience will not miss a thing."

The theater nonprofit has been around for several years as the Tampa Bay Players, producing three or four full-length plays or sketch comedy shows a year. It has renamed itself after the late Heather Philipsen, who acted in tons of local shows. Its founder, casting agent Kathryn Laughlin, has been able to attract working actors who are members of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists for productions.

A good example is Vincenzo Hinckley, who plays one of two brothers in the 90-minute play, Two Thirds Home. Hinckley and Zach Coppola, who plays the other brother, are sorting out their differing experiences and feelings about their mother, who has recently died.

Hinckley has acted in films, the television series Graceland, and is in the upcoming second season of Netflix's Bloodline. Rebecca Blair plays the mother's lover in the three-person play.

"There are two sons who are dealing with their mother's lover, Sue, who's left behind and living in the house," Smith said. "It was the love that dared not speak its name, just to kind of keep peace. And now that she's out of the way, that filter is off, the gloves are off, and people can now address issues that have been suppressed."

The show starts at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Heather, 8313 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $8.50-$15. heathertheatre.org.

ORCHESTRA FINALE: RACHMANINOFF'S THIRD

The Florida Orchestra season will end as it began, with a symphony by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Rachmaninoff composed Symphony No. 3 in the 1930s, during a self-imposed retreat to his villa in Switzerland. While not as boldly romantic as Symphony No. 2, the third symphony is considered among the composer's most modern and nuanced work.

The concert begins with the orchestra's premiere of Christopher Theofanidis' Rainbow Body, inspired by medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen; and the symphonic suite from On the Waterfront, Leonard Bernstein's only original film score. Stuart Malina, above, will conduct the pair of concerts this weekend. Pre-concert conversations with musical guests begin one hour before curtain in the concert hall. 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org.

LAUGHS ON TAP: RON FUNCHES, MARLON WAYANS

A regular on Undateable, a kind of millennial version of Cheers, begins a three-night run at the Tampa Improv Thursday. Ron Funches, left, played Shelley, the lovable nerd who lives in a storage room above a bar in the sitcom, which NBC canceled last week. His standup style dispenses with segues, floating from one thought to the next. Funches has described himself as "a 300-pound black man who giggles like an Asian schoolgirl."

Not anymore. Funches has lost more than 100 pounds. He appears at 8 Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $22-$25. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.

Or spend an evening with actor, writer and film director Marlon Wayans, right, who appears Saturday in a Ruth Eckerd Hall production held at the Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. Already known for White Chicks, Scary Movie and its sequels, and Fifty Shades of Black, Wayans is selling out venues as a standup comic. See him at 8 p.m. $42.50. (813) 274-8286. tampatheatre.com.

Stage Planner: 'Two Thirds Home' held over, orchestra does Rachmaninoff, 'Undateable' Ron Funches at the Improv 05/18/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 11:01am]
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