Review: Edison finds comedic gem with "Government Inspector"
Published 4/6/2013 at 4:30 a.m. 0 comments
Hey, Stu? The kids are alright. In fact, they're pretty darn good. Students at Edison State College delivered a giddy, effervescent production of "The Government Inspector" on a cold, wet, rainy Thursday. The show delights to no end, ranking among ...
Review: FGCU, Hayford capture canine whimsy in "Dog Wish"
Published 4/4/2013 at 3:34 p.m. 0 comments
Oh. Hey. Look. Shoes. Feet. People. Sniff. Smell. People. People. People. I am surrounded by all these people and what are all these smells. I am in heaven up in here. I love people. Yay. Oh I like you pretty ...
"Wicked Diva" Julia Murney casts bold spell on April 6
Published 4/3/2013 at 12:22 p.m. 0 comments
As of this writing, a handful of tickets remain for the April 6 "Wicked Divas" concert at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts. What is "Wicked Divas" you ask? Oh, just two women who have both performed in Broadway ...
Preview: Gulfshore Playhouse "passionate" about opera diva Maria Callas
Published 4/3/2013 at 12:01 p.m. 0 comments
Marina Re has never been accused of being a diva. Well, not exactly. Her eyes flash and the corners of her mouth turn up in the beginnings of a grin that quickly spreads to her entire face. Her nose crinkles ...
Review: BIG ARTS entertains with restaurant comedy "Fully Committed"
Published 4/2/2013 at 12:24 a.m. 0 comments
There's one man (and a bunch of junk) on the stage. There's 40 characters on the stage. There's a laptop. A desk. A chair. A phone. An intercom. Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring. That. Incessant. ##### ####### ######## ######## ...
Review: "Clean House" sweeps audience up into director's gorgeous vision
Published 4/1/2013 at 11:43 p.m. 0 comments
Whatever I expected at the Naples Players show "The Clean House" Wednesday, I didn't get it. I got something better. Thank you, Michael Scanlan, your actors and a talented creative team for bringing Sarah Ruhl's vision of a frozen tableau ...
Longtime Naples philanthropists donate $100K to Gulfshore Playhouse
Updated 3/28/2013 at 5:04 p.m. 0 comments
Patty and Jay Baker, already prominent philanthropists in the Naples area, will be getting even more exposure in coming months. Gulfshore Playhouse announced Thursday morning that the Bakers had donated $100,000 to the group, becoming "Season Benefactors" for the group's ...
Preview: Hayford, FGCU going to the dogs in new play "Dog Wish"
Updated 4/4/2013 at 2:17 p.m. 0 comments
Dr. Michelle Hayford, an assistant professor of theatre at Florida Gulf Coast University, loves dogs. She tells me this just two questions into our interview, in a statement that leaves no wiggle room. Not even for the slightest tail wag ...
Review: Second City delivers first-rate comedy at Phil
Published 3/26/2013 at 11:49 p.m. 0 comments
There's a reason - a simple one - that Second City can fill an auditorium on a cold, windy evening in late March in Naples, when the sun is shining and the million distractions of a coastal resort town beckon. ...
Review: Broadway Palm eagles out with golf farce "Fox on the Fairway"
Published 3/25/2013 at 1:08 a.m. 0 comments
Rival golf clubs. A prodigy with a broken arm. A priceless vahze. A $200,000 wager. Granny's engagement ring. The Golf Channel. Oprah. Raw oysters. Champagne. There's even a couple putters & golf balls knocking about the stage. Sounds like a ...
Review: Florida Rep casts magical spell with entrancing "Fantasticks"
Published 3/24/2013 at 9:46 p.m. 0 comments
Call. Now. Get tickets to the Florida Rep production of "The Fantasticks." There's a reason the show has been running for decades in New York. Jason Parrish finds every one of them in this magical dreamscape that celebrates the whimsical ...
Review: "Deathtrap" serves up thrills, chills at Marco Players
Published 3/24/2013 at 9:18 p.m. 0 comments
I could spend days explaining the plot of "Deathtrap," the final show of the Marco Players season. I won't. Suffice to say it thrills, it chills, characters talk in funny voices, disappear, re-appear with weapons when you least expect it ...
Review: "The Liar" offers great, gaudy fun at Theatre Conspiracy
Published 3/18/2013 at 6:18 a.m. 0 comments
Bill Taylor popped "The Liar" into his "classics" spot when he announced the 2012-13 schedule. Daniel Benzing as Dorante. Brittany Albury, wearing frilly period clothes. The married Hales were going act on stage together. "The Liar" is here. "The Liar" ...
Preview: Broadway funny man Seth Rudetsky brings acidic wit to Naples
Published 3/18/2013 at 3:15 a.m. 0 comments
Seth Rudetsky might be the funniest man most of you have never heard of, myself included. Before I got the assignment to write about Rudetsky's upcoming "Deconstructing Broadway" show at the Naples Philharmonic," I'd never heard of him either. Don't ...
Review: Florida Rep opens wonderful, intelligent "Other Desert Cities"
Published 3/18/2013 at 2:47 a.m. 0 comments
Florida Repertory Theatre scored a coup, grabbing the rights to red-hot Jon Robin Baitz play "Other Desert Cities" for their 2012-13 season. In some ways a thinly veiled take on Ron and Nancy Reagan, the show features a daughter confronting ...
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