Crimes of the Heartm
Only a wonderfully twisted sister would say, "There's plenty of good, sane reasons to shoot another person, and I'm sure Babe had one." It's one of a million morsels of brilliant writing you'll hear when Jobsite Theater presents Crimes of the Heart at the Shimberg Playhouse at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts starting this weekend. The Southern Gothic comedy tells the story of the Magrath sisters, played at Jobsite by Christen Petitt Hailey, Katrina Stevenson and Katie Castonguay. They reunite back home in Hazlehurst, Miss., after respective stints in jail, Hollywood and perpetual singlehood, to await the death of Old Granddaddy. The play by Beth Henley won a Pulitzer Prize in 1981 and was made into a movie starring Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek. The breakneck dialogue alone is worth the trip. There is a preview performance at 8 tonight, followed by regular performances weekends through March 30. $28. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
.Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood
There's a cozy comfort in finding an episode of Whose Line Is it Anyway? on cable. You're in for a hilarious romp, but kids and easily offended puppies can stay in the room. Find out how the improv unfolds live when Whose Line alums Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood's Two Man Group Tour comes to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Sunday. The comics will take ideas (and people) from the audience to invent original sketches. These days, Mochrie can be seen on the new version of Whose Line hosted by Aisha Tyler. $29.50-$47.50. (727) 892-5767. themahaffey.com.
1964, a Beatles tribute
February marked the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, so it's good timing for a top Beatles cover band to swoop through town. 1964: The Tribute, a band with Mark Benson as John Lennon, Mac Ruffing as Paul McCartney, Tom Work as George Harrison and Bobby Potter as Ringo Starr, will perform Beatles hits for two hours at the Mahaffey on Friday. This is all P.S.P (pre-Sgt. Pepper) stuff. Think mop tops, skinny suits and period instruments with a set list including She Loves You, This Boy, All My Loving, I Saw Her Standing There and I Want to Hold Your Hand. 8 p.m., $37.50-$47.50. (727) 892-5767. themahaffey.com.
Stephanie Hayes, Times performing arts critic