What’s on stage this week: Tyler Perry brings Madea to Tampa, plus Penn and Teller, ‘Kiss Me Kate’ and more

A Spanish tribute by the Florida Orchestra also is on tap.
Published January 30
Updated January 31

NOW YOU SEE THEM: Penn and Teller

Penn and Teller haven’t dominated the Las Vegas Strip for decades for nothing. Between the towering carnival-barker act of raconteur Penn Jillette and the world-class sleight of hand of silent partner Teller, they’ve created an iconic act that transcends traditional magic, begging you to rethink everything you think you know about entertainment — yes, magic included. This show was scheduled for August before Teller had to undergo back surgery, but he’s fine now, and tickets to the old show will be honored here. 8 p.m. Friday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $52 and up. (727) 893-7832. themahaffey.com.

HALLELUJER: Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farewell Play

Madea is dead. Or dying. Or something. We’ll find out soon enough, when A Madea Family Funeral — Tyler Perry’s 11th and purportedly final film featuring his wildly popular character — hits screens sometime this year. Until then, there’s Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farewell Play Tour, which arrives in Tampa next week. Perry may be a multimedia mogul and film star, seen most recently as Colin Powell in Vice, but this stage play tour gets him back to his roots, and is said to be the last time he’ll take his tough-talking granny out on the road. 7 p.m. Feb. 6 and 7. $48.75 and up. 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.


Considering the presence of the Salvador Dalí museum next door, it just feels right to have the Florida Orchestra bring Dreams of Spain to the Mahaffey Theater this weekend. Conductor Jeff Tyzik will lead acclaimed singer Camille Zamora, bandoneonist Hector del Curto and tango dancers Hugo Patyn and Celina Rotundo through a selection of Latin-inspired numbers by Georges Bizet, Astor Piazzola and more. 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey in St. Petersburg. floridaorchestra.org.


The St. Petersburg Opera company’s nonoperatic musical selection this year is the play-within-a-play, Kiss Me Kate. It features a score by Cole Porter, which will be performed with the original-sized Broadway orchestra. The cast members of a Shakespeare troupe putting on a production of The Taming of the Shrew are entangled in relationship dramas. The backstory of how the play was conceived adds yet another layer. Broadway producer Arnold Saint-Subber observed the on- and off-stage battles between a husband and wife during their 1935 production of Shrew. He turned to Samuel and Bella Spewack (who were going through their own issues at the time) to pen the play, who then enlisted Cole Porter to write the music and lyrics. Porter’s soaring score made it a smash when it opened in 1948, and cements it as a classic today. Saturday through Feb. 10. $20-$75. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave., St. Petersburg. stpeteopera.org.


The government shutdown has ended, but local theaters are still offering free tickets to employees who were furloughed.

Ruth Eckerd Hall will give each employee up to four free tickets to Tony Orlando Thursday at 1 p.m. and 111 Years of Broadway Monday at 7:30 p.m. While supplies last. 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

Tampa’s Straz Center will give two free tickets for Hundred Days and Othello, Thursday through Sunday. strazcenter.org.