Stephanie Hayes, Times Performing Arts Critic

Stephanie Hayes

Stephanie Hayes is the performing arts critic for the Tampa Bay Times, covering plays, musicals, classical music, dance, comedy and more. She also blogs about fashion for the Times' style blog, Deal Divas. She started writing for the Times in 2003, covering everything from suburban politics to zoning to snack foods to Britney Spears. She wrote the Times' feature obituary column, Epilogue, and went on to work as a general assignment reporter, entertainment reporter and higher education reporter. She grew up near Cleveland and graduated from St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida.

Phone: (813) 226-3394

Email: shayes@tampabay.com

Twitter: @StephHayes

Blog: Deal Divas

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  1. See 'America's Got Talent' act Christian and Scooby at the Ringling w/video

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    Surely no one has any interest in watching a beefy young guy balance an adorably tiny dog in precarious places all over his body.

    Kidding! Of course you do! And you can see them this weekend at The Ringling's Summer Circus Spectacular, which wraps up Saturday.

    Christian Stoinev and his wee dog, Scooby, have been performing in the Sarasota show several times a day over the past few weeks, all the while getting a little bit famous on the tube....

    Christian Stoinev balances Scooby at the Ringling during his act, also on America’s Got Talent. See video at tbtim.es/5vw.
  2. A Simple Theatre keeps things simple in fourth season

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    While Gavin Hawk was managing student loan debt from his acting diploma at the Juilliard School, he owned just three pieces of furniture.

    A mattress on the floor. A 15-inch television. A Playstation.

    "Juilliard wasn't cheap," he said. "I wasn't upset about it. It was just the way it was."

    Tellingly, he chose to concentrate on sleep and entertainment. And around that time Hawk learned it was possible to live within your means and focus resources on what you love....

    A Simple Theatre’s Miracle on South Division Street features actors Becca McCoy, from left, Georgia Mallory Guy, Bonnie Agan and Stephen Ray. The play unfolds the tale behind a 20-foot Virgin Mary shrine in a family’s home.
  3. Freefall Theatre puts audiences in the middle of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'

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    ST. PETERSBURG

    There's something about a circle. It's clean and complete. You're either in or out, unless something threatens to break it.

    And there's nothing like a circle to get people talking.

     

    So we sat in a circle on the stage at Freefall Theatre talking about the production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, what the story about institutionalized mental patients meant then, what it means now....

    Larry Alexander (Harding), left, Michael Nichols (Chief Bromden), Steve Garland (Dr. Spivey), Roxanne Fay (Nurse Ratched) and James Oliver (McMurphy) star in Freefall Theatre’s production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which puts the audience right in the middle of the tale of mental patients.
  4. My Outfit Monday: Wedding Week style!

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    A poofy ballgown on a flower girl. A white veil on a First Communion. A sparkle dress (or a sparkle bow tie because we're not gender-normative here) at a first school dance. And let's not even get started on the backless bra-and-ringlet money pit known as prom. The ritual of event dressing starts early, doesn't it?

    But after prom, unless you work for a company with lots of money that throws annual galas (who else is picturing the Nakatomi Plaza building Christmas Party in Die Hard?), there are big, fat gaps where you have no reason to put any extra thought into your outfits. No reason, that is, except weddings!...

    More propaganda for the Instantly Slimming dress, as seen on Katie.
  5. WEDDING WEEK STARTS MONDAY. We want your questions!

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    Remember how Katie tried to slip the exciting news of her engagement into her run-of-the-mill blog post about gel nail polish this week? She was like, "la la la nail polish la la la cough cough I got a huge rock and soon I will be wed cough gel manis ler ler ler."

    Yeah, we're not having that....

    Despite the fishy premise about young women destroying each other, Bride Wars was a surprisingly tolerable wedding movie, if you ask me, especially late at night on cable over a bag of chocolate chips. I relate to it mostly because I have had SOME REALLY BAD SPRAY TANS, YOU GUYS.
  6. Pregnant Midori cancels Florida Orchestra performances

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    Midori is having her first baby! While that's delightful news for her, it's bad news for the Florida Orchestra.

    The renowned violinist, one of the biggest names the orchestra has ever booked to perform, was scheduled to perform as a soloist in the 2014-15 season. But on the advice of her doctor, Midori, 42, has canceled several upcoming concerts including Masterworks performances with the Florida Orchestra Jan. 16, 17 and 18, the orchestra announced Thursday....

     Midori is the soloist in the Sibelius Violin Concert with the Minnesota Orchestra at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Van Wezel Hall in Sarasota. for weekend 3/1/12
  7. Next Generation Ballet brings 'Summer Fantasy' to the Straz

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    Want to give ballet a twirl? Check out the Patel Conservatory's Next Generation Ballet on Friday when it presents Summer Fantasy, featuring more than 200 ballet students from around the world led by siblings Jeffrey and Lia Cirio from the Boston Ballet. The dancers, chosen from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants, will perform in suites from Don Quixote, Coppelia and the world premiere of a contemporary work by Susan Downey and Kelly King in Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $15-$27. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org....

    Jeffrey Cirio and Hannah Beach practice Next Generation Ballet’s Summer Fantasy, which opens Friday at the Straz with more than 200 dancers.
  8. Catch off-color laughs at Jobsite's 'A Night of Inappropriately Funny Moments'

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    The funniest stuff is usually the stuff you know you shouldn't be laughing at. That's the promise of April Bender's collection of comic scenes called A Night of Inappropriately Funny Moments, the latest side project from Jobsite Theater. Topics including hot dogs, boobs, drunken conversations, cat obsessions, birthday parties and phone sex. Shows are at 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Written by April Bender and co-directed by Molly Healy, the show stars David Barrow, Emily Belvo, Selena Frey, Johnny Garde, Robb Lee, Soolaf Rasheid and Nicole Jeannine Smith. Tickets are $5 at the door, or free for Jobsite season ticket holders. The production is in the Shimberg Playhouse at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org....

    A Night of Inappro-priately Funny Moments will feature a range of topics from hot dogs to phone sex. Tickets are $5 at the door, or free for Jobsite season ticket holders.
  9. Review: 'God of Carnage' at American Stage is fast, funny and revealing

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Somewhere in the thorny crevices of the soul, people know their own truths. The best art brings that self-awareness to the surface.

    To wit: If you're a mid-to-upper class parent, if you've ever displayed a book about less fortunate civilizations near a vase of tulips, if you've ever offered guests a pastry from a middle region of France, God of Carnage may prove illuminating and/or horrifying....

    Katherine Michelle Tanner, left, Billy Edwards, Cathy Schenkelberg and Brian Shea.
  10. FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Scrunchies are back in style?

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    Let me guess. You woke up in a cold sweat last night after suffering a terrible nightmare that scrunchies had come back in style. And then you rolled over, grasping for a glass of water and catching your breath, relieved it was all a figment of your somnambulatory imagination.

    WELL, KIDS, IT WASN'T A DREAM. IT'S TRUE.

    The New York Times, eagle-eyed observer of all trends ever, has informed us that indeed, scrunchies are back. Keep in mind that not everything that's in style in New York is in style in Tampa Bay. Remember that Elaine from Seinfeld New York dress fad? My extenstive scientific research proved that people thought it was freaking weird. Nonethless, scrunchie-makers are hot on the case. I got a frenzied press release the same day from scünci, that CVS mutlipack scrunchie staple, letting me know that they they were special and gosh darnit, people liked them....

    A Rag and Bone model shows us what's what in 2014.
  11. Thor is a woman now, says Marvel comics

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    Here's one for all the women out there ready to drop some hammers.

    Marvel comics announced Tuesday that come October, superhero Thor will be a woman in a brand new series. That's not a girl version of Thor, that's just straight-up Thor.

    What's the deal? Said Marvel editor Wil Moss in a press release:

    "The inscription on Thor's hammer reads 'Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.' Well it's time to update that inscription. The new Thor continues Marvel's proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn't a temporary female substitute - she's now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!"...

  12. 5 things to know about 'God of Carnage' at American Stage

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    The setup: A couple of kids have just gotten into a playground skirmish involving the extraction of teeth. Now their parents must get together and try to work it out like mature, civilized adults with jobs and manners and common sense. What could possibly go wrong? � Enter God of Carnage, Yasmina Reza's play about parenthood, and what happens when the people in charge are pulled evermore to childlike destruction, opening Friday at American Stage in St. Petersburg. This contained, four-person play just might surprise you in a handful of ways. � Intrigued? Here are five things to know about God of Carnage before you go....

    God of Carnage stars, from left, Katherine Michelle Tanner, Billy Edwards, Cathy Schenkelberg and Brian Shea.
  13. Director Karla Hartley talks juggling two plays on opposite sides of bay

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    Take a look at the roster of plays going on in Tampa Bay right now, and one name inevitably keeps popping up: Karla Hartley.

    The producing artistic director of Stageworks Theatre in Tampa has been one busy woman, recently directing Stageworks' production of The Sugar Bean Sisters, then heading into simultaneous jobs directing God of Carnage at American Stage in St. Petersburg and Inventing Van Gogh at Jobsite Theater in Tampa, open now through Aug. 3 at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts....

    Karla Hartley is directing God of Carnage at American Stage in St. Petersburg and Inventing Van Gogh at Jobsite Theater in Tampa.
  14. Thor is a woman now, says Marvel comics

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    Here's one for all the women out there ready to drop some hammers.

    Marvel comics announced Tuesday that come October, superhero Thor will be a woman in a brand new series. That's not a girl version of Thor, that's just straight-up Thor.

    What's the deal? Said Marvel editor Wil Moss in a press release:

    “The inscription on Thor's hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it's time to update that inscription. The new Thor continues Marvel's proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn't a temporary female substitute - she's now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!”...

    Here SHE is. It's Thor!
  15. Boot the heat: Rainy day shoe alternatives

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    Happy rainy Tuesday!

    Was lingering in Katie's pod today after a lunch (I can't even talk about how much we ate, or what we ate, can't talk, too ashamed). She noticed my safety yellow jelly platforms with delight, which I pointed out were a stylish option for visibility and water resistance on a rainy day. She snapped a pic so I could bring them to you, readers. It's up there in the slide show....

    Oh, hey, it's yours truly with the neon yellow Harajuku Lovers! Mine.