Andrew Meacham, Times Staff

Andrew Meacham

Times Staff

I’ve been on both sides of performer-reviewer split, acting in plays after college and singing with the Master Chorale. So it is with much respect that I try to keep readers up to date on our mushrooming performing arts scene. What’s good in theater, orchestra and opera? What should you think twice about before seeing? As a St. Pete native, it was my dream to work for the Times, joining the staff in 2005 after five years freelancing. For a half-dozen years I wrote the Epilogue obituary feature. I miss running over the old Gandy Bridge and having knees that made that easier. Find me with another local, Linda Mastry, at Spinnergy or on opening night.

Review: Powerful production of ‘Hamilton’ at the Straz in Tampa worth the wait

Joseph Morales as Alexander Hamilton (in the foreground) and the Company of the National Tour of HAMILTON - (c) Joan Marcus 2018
The tour packs a tight suitcase. It’s a piece of history, a love story and no small amount of comedy.

Classical opera meets modern in Opera Tampa’s world premiere of ‘Lady Swanwhite’

Opera Tampa’s Lady Swanwhite — Thomas Massey as The Prince and Maria Brea as Lady Swanwhite. (Photo by Will Staples)
Anton Coppola turns 102 next month. His latest opera is all 21st-century.

Anton Coppola, 101, is ready to debut his latest opera ‘Lady Swanwhite’

Maestro Anton Coppola poses for a photograph prior to a 2012 performance in Tampa. CHRIS URSO/STAFF
The maestro got the idea for the opera from his nephew, Francis Ford Coppola. It debuts Saturday in Tampa.

Delightful conflict in ‘Perfect Arrangement,’ Freefall Theatre’s dark comedy about McCarthyism

Photo by Thee Photo Ninja
During the Red Scare, two gay state department employees marry each other’s partners in A Perfect Arrangement presented by Freefall theatre.
Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s ink-stained thumb print smudges everyone and sends potential targets scurrying for safety.

Class, race and a challenged educational system combust in ‘Pipeline’ at American Stage

The cast of Pipeline includes (from left) Cranstan Cumberbatch, Aaron Morton, Cynthia Beckert, Kiara Hines, Andrew Montgomery Coleman, and Gillian Glasco. The show runs through Feb. 24 at American Stage. (Joey Clay Photography)
Class, race and a challenged educational system combust in ‘Pipeline’ at American Stage