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: Slick treatment, first-rate cast elevate Freefall’s ‘Pippin’

Kellie Rhianne, Emanuel Carrero, Hannah Benitez and Alison Burns in Freefall Theatre’s July 2019 production of Pippin. Courtesy of Thee Photo Ninja.
The remake the 1972 hit calls for seduction, humor and heart. This production has all that and more.

Review: ‘Come From Away’ at the Straz Center is a life-affirming post-9/11 story

The First North American Tour Company of Come From Away. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
Canadians took in bewildered travelers on Sept. 11. Their generosity lives on in the musical.

Art and advertising collide unevenly in Heather Theatre’s ‘Billboard’

The cast of ‘Billboard,’ running through Saturday at Tampa theater Heather, includes Joshua Dupree, left, Ashaad Ferebee and Simone Farrell. [Darren Constantine]
The theater is a best-kept secret. But this show at times either piquant or messy.

Review: A teen’s insecurities take center stage in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ at the Straz

The touring production of Dear Evan Hansen runs through Sunday at Tampa’s Straz Center. [Courtesy of Matthew Murphy]
The trappings and performances are magnificent, but the plot of this hit Broadway musical falls short.