Tuesday, September 25, 2018


Andrew Meacham, Times Performing Arts Critic

Andrew Meacham, Times Performing Arts Critic

Andrew Meacham is the performing arts critic for the Tampa Bay Times, covering the growing local venues for theater, orchestra, opera and dance. Andrew previously served as the Epilogue obituaries writer for the Times. He grew up in St. Petersburg, graduated from Eckerd College and holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

Grace Choi plays Luisa and Cameron Kubly plays Matt in The Fantasticks, running at Freefall TheatreSept. 22-Oct. 21, 2018. (Photo be Thee Photo Ninja)

Review: Freefall opens its season with a crafty and talent-laden ‘The Fantasticks’

ST. PETERSBURG — The longest-running musical ever, The Fantasticks, weaves fairy tale and disillusionment, theater and its deconstruction together in charmingly simple ways. Freefall Theatre take it a few steps further, with two actors also...
Published: 09/24/18
Photo by Jeremy Daniel
Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly and company in the touring Chicago, playing at the Straz Center through Sunday this week\uFEFF.

Despite the razzle-dazzle, ‘Chicago’ is starting to feel dated

TAMPA — There’s a reason Chicago has been delighting audiences since 1975, and is one of the longest-running musicals in Broadway history. Jaded and funny, fast-paced and flamboyant, this sentimental journey to the tabloid culture still seems...
Published: 09/19/18
Courtesy of Moving Current
Dancer Tina Tidwell of the Moving Current Dance Collective performs. Moving Current\u2019s fall concert runs Sept. 22 and 23, 2018, at the University of South Florida. (Photo courtesy of Moving Current)

On stage this weekend: Game of Thrones, Rocky Bleier, Florida Orchestra pops up

PAGEANTRY AND PASSION: GAME OF THRONESThis ought to be fun for hard-core fans of Game of Thrones, which won its third best drama Emmy this week. HBO and Live Nation concert producers combined to create Game of...
Published: 09/19/18
Photo by Jeremy Daniel
Dylis Croman plays Roxie Hart in Chicago, which runs at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts Sept. 18-23, 2018. (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)

On stage this week: ‘Chicago,’ ‘The Guys,’ Ginger Minj of RuPaul fame

Published: 09/12/18
One of Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror rooms,

Fall Arts Preview: Your guide to museums, plays, opera and classical music in Tampa Bay

Welcome the sweet approach of fall. Despite our current heat index, we’ll soon experience milder air, shorter days and too many things flavored like pumpkin.But in Tampa Bay, the true indicator of fall is the rebirth of local art. Our...
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Opera Tampa maestro Anton Coppola receives a standing ovation March 25, 2017, at a concert honoring his 100th birthday. His latest composition will debut in February, a month before he turns 102.

Fall Arts Preview: Opera Tampa will premiere new opera by Anton Coppola, 101, and more

Have you decided yet which operas you’re going to compose after age 100?
Updated one month ago
Benjamin Grosvenor will play Brahms\u2019 Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Florida Orchestra March 29-31, 2019. (Florida Orchestra)

Fall Arts Preview: In a new season, Florida Orchestra expands reach, new top soloists

The Florida Orchestra has prepared a 51st season with a wide range of grand masters and newer work, an increased visibility for minorities and women and more collaborations with museums and other artistic institutions.
Updated one month ago
Photo by Joan Marcus
The touring production of Hamilton comes to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts Feb. 12 to March 10, 2018.

What’s new on stage: Arts foundations appeal to the public, ‘Hamilton’ warning

ARTS FUNDING: BRIDGING THE GAPPerforming arts companies sell tickets, but that might cover 40 to 60 percent of expenses. Donations and grants cover the balance. That system became a little less workable in March, when the state slashed...
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Joseph Morales and company in the touring production of Hamilton, coming to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the performing Arts Feb. 12-March 10, 2018. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Fall Arts Preview: Light and dark, classic and groundbreaking round out Tampa Bay theater

Theater mirrors our world and enlarges it, responds to current events, and allows us to glimpse the present by retelling the classics. Just touch this lineup of shows. In the palm of your hand you can almost feel tremors of anxiety about racial...
Updated one month ago
A tense moment in a game of Truth or Dare erupts on Neighbors, by Rory Lawrence. The cast (from left) includes Brianna Borello as Gina, Tiffany Edwards as Elaine, Jay Washington as Dante, Cornelio Aguilera as Ricardo, Len Jackson as Ned, Jeff Sheppard (seated) as David, and Shaila Velasquez as Sarai. Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Theatre Festival)

A weekend of original work at the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival opens with laughter

TAMPA — Sometimes in neighborhoods, the smallest things can start a war. In Neighbors, a new play about people of different ethnic backgrounds living together, all it took was a dog, doing what dogs tend to do in yards.The...
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