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Tampa Bay stage events this week: Marc Maron, ‘Mean Girls,’ Shen Yun

The Masters of Illusion, Les Ballets Trockadero and the Florida Orchestra round out the list.
Marc Maron, show here during his Netflix special "Marc Maron: Too Real," will perform at the Straz Center in Tampa on Feb. 15. [ADAM BETTCHER  |  Netflix]
Marc Maron, show here during his Netflix special "Marc Maron: Too Real," will perform at the Straz Center in Tampa on Feb. 15. [ADAM BETTCHER | Netflix]
Published Feb. 12

WHAT THE...? MARC MARON

Okay, people, let’s do this. Well, not “this,” in the same way that Marc Maron means it each time he opens his hugely popular podcast WTF With Marc Maron. When he comes to Tampa this weekend for the first time in years, he won’t be live on stage interviewing Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Keith Richards, David Letterman or anyone else. It’ll be Maron himself, alone with his thoughts and a microphone, and dutiful WTF listeners know the dark, confessional places that can take him. Before he became arguably the best podcast host in America, Maron spent decades honing his chops as a standup, only occasionally working in film and TV. WTF has not only taken him from clubs to theaters, it’s earned him prominent roles in TV shows (Glow, Maron) and films (Joker, Sleepwalk With Me). If you’ve ever wanted to hear what he sounds like outside your earbuds, you finally have your chance. $37.50 and up. 8 p.m. Saturday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

SO FETCH: MEAN GIRLS THE MUSICAL

A lot has happened since the Tina Fey-penned movie Mean Girls took the world by storm in 2004. The plot follows homeschooled Cady as she tries to fit in at public high school, which is ruled by the evil Regina George and her clique, the Plastics. The rise of social media and internet trolls would have made a very different, even darker movie today. But when Fey and her husband, composer Jeff Richmond, adapted it into Mean Girls the Musical in 2017, they chose to preserve the script, cleverly addressing contemporary issues in one of the songs. See the nationally touring Broadway production in Tampa starting Tuesday. Runs through Feb. 23. $51 and up. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. For showtimes, visit strazcenter.org.

Danielle Wade, Megan Masako Haley, Mariiah Rose Faith and Jonalyn Saxer in the nationally touring production of "Mean Girls the Musical," which will hit Tampa's Straz Center on Feb. 18. [Courtesy of Joan Marcus]

SAX APPEAL: FLORIDA ORCHESTRA

Get ready for a nice 'n' saxy Valentine’s Day weekend with the Florida Orchestra. The highlight of this weekend’s Masterworks series is Philip Glass’ Concerto for Saxophone Quartet, performed with the Rascher Saxophone Quartet. The lively 1995 piece was commissioned by the renowned quartet, which was founded more than 50 years ago (although its members have rotated over the years). Stuart Malina conducts the program, which also features Bernstein’s Candide overture, Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Christopher Theofanidis’ Symphony No. 1. $18 and up. 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa; 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.

ANCIENT TRADITION: SHEN YUN

Got tickets to Shen Yun, the colorful, acrobatic celebration of traditional Chinese culture? Don’t worry about catching coronavirus. That’s the message the company wants to impart to ticketholders to its upcoming performances, including seven shows in St. Petersburg. “Shen Yun is based in New York, not China,” the company wrote in a statement on its website. “Performers have not been to China in years, have not had recent direct contact with people from China, and in fact Shen Yun is not even allowed to perform in China.” In fact, the culture portrayed in Shen Yun, based on the religious practice Falun Dafa, is banned in China by the Communist regime. The performance celebrates that culture with soaring dancing and incredible sets, costumes and music. Opens Friday and runs through Feb. 20. $80-$200. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. For showtimes, visit themahaffey.com.

Shen Yun will return to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Feb. 14. [Shen Yun]

MEN IN TIGHTS: LES BALLETS TROCKADERO

Fresh off their documentary Rebels On Pointe, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo pirouettes through town. The all-male dance troupe performs in drag and serves sassiness and humor, spoofing classic ballets. But seriously, their ability and artistry are no joke. $39-$75. 8 p.m. Saturday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

SLEIGHT OF HAND: MASTERS OF ILLUSION

Nine seasons on television is a magic trick in itself, but Masters of Illusion has pulled it off. The CW series is the country’s largest touring magic show. Illusionists mess with the audience’s mind through grand tricks, escapes and comedy magic. $35-$65. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

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  1. Danielle Wade, Megan Masako Haley, Mariah Rose Faith and Jonalyn Saxer in the nationally touring company of the musical "Mean Girls." The role of Regina George was played by English Bernhardt, not Faith, for the Feb. 18 performance.
  2. Jeff Foxworthy will perform at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa on Feb. 20.
  3. Danielle Wade, Megan Masako Haley, Mariah Rose Faith and Jonalyn Saxer in the nationally touring company of Mean Girls the Musical, coming to the Straz Center Feb. 18-23.
  4. Marc Maron, show here during his Netflix special "Marc Maron: Too Real," will perform at the Straz Center in Tampa on Feb. 15.
  5. Marc Maron, show here during his Netflix special "Marc Maron: Too Real," will perform at the Straz Center in Tampa on Feb. 15.
  6. Shen Yun returns to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Feb. 14-20, 2020.
  7. A national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats" will return to the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on April 27-May 2, 2021.
  8. Catherine Daniel will star in Opera Tampa's production of "Carmen" at the Straz Center this weekend.
  9. Opera Tampa performers Susan Hellman Spatafora, foreground, and Timothy Wilt rehearse for Georges Bizet's 'Carmen' on Jan. 21, at the Straz Center in Tampa. Opera Tampa's 25th season will feature "The Pirates of Penzance" and "Aida" later this spring.
  10. Julia K. Harriman, left, and Austin Scott star in a national tour of 'Hamilton,' which will return to the Straz Center in Tampa June 1-27, 2021.
  11. Enoch Armando King (Reggie), Dee Selmore (Faye), Camille Upshaw (Shanita) and Rasell Holt (Dez) in "Skeleton Crew," on at American Stage through Feb. 23.
  12. Sinbad, in a scene from his 2014 special "Sinbad: Make Me Wanna Holla," will perform on Feb. 1 at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater.
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