Jay Cridlin, Entertainment Critic

Jay Cridlin

Entertainment Critic

I grew up in a small town in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, graduated from Wake Forest University, and am now the tall guy who stands in front of you taking photos at concerts. IT'S FOR WORK, I SWEAR. I write mostly about music, but also some things that are not music -- the whole pop-cultural gamut, really. My favorite song is the Verve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony," but then I like a little bit of everything, which means I probably like your favorite song, too. More than anything, I like documenting how music and entertainment intersect with our daily lives in Tampa Bay. If you see me at a show sometime, come say hi. And again, sorry for blocking your view.

Review: ‘Fun Home’ unpacks a lot of Broadway baggage in American Stage’s small space

From left: Mercy Roberts, Mollie Posnik and Adrianne Hick play different versions of Alison Bechdel in American Stage’s production of “Fun Home” in St. Petersburg. [Courtesy of Joey Clay Photography]
The intimate theater’s production brings you inside the memories and graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel.

Shawn Mendes, returning to Tampa, talks anxiety, staying sane and those underwear ads

Shawn Mendes performs at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore., on June 12, the first date on his 2019 North American tour. He plays Amalie Arena in Tampa on Saturday. [Courtesy of Kevin Mazur]
The pop heartthrob opens up to the Times before his concert Saturday at Amalie Arena.

SoundBytes: Bishop Briggs, Zara Larsson, Joe Bonamassa, Brian Setzer Orchestra and more

Bishop Briggs will perform at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Oct. 23, 2019. Photo courtesy of Eric Ray Davidson.
Catch up on today's Tampa Bay concert announcements.

30 years after Say Anything, John Cusack comes to Tampa ready to reflect on Lloyd

John Cusack will appear at a 30th anniversary screening of his film “Say Anything” at the Straz Center in Tampa on July 24. [Courtesy of Creative Artists Agency]
Before a Straz Center screening, the actor talks about how fans still relate hard to one of his most iconic roles.

What’s happening on Tampa Bay stages: ‘Fun Home,’ Natasha Leggero

From left: Mercy Roberts, Mollie Posnik and Adrianne Hick play different versions of Alison Bechdel in American Stage’s “Fun Home,” which runs through Aug. 18 in St. Petersburg. [Joey Clay Photography]
Local shows tackle political satire and the moon landing this week, too.