Review: Gulfshore Playhouse delivers with extraordinary 'Whipping Man'
Published 3/17/2013 at 11:29 p.m. 0 comments
Gulfshore Playhouse explores the Civil War in frightening, fascinating, thrilling, extraordinary fashion in this Matthew Lopez show. A Jewish soldier returns home, his house in ruins, just two former slaves left. The starving trio celebrates Passover with a makeshift Seder, ...
Preview: Politics, family at play in scorching "Other Desert Cities"
Published 3/15/2013 at 11:27 a.m. 0 comments
On Interstate 10 in California, as motorists launch their rolling tanks made of steel, rubber and fiberglass down the concrete ribbon heading toward Palm Springs, a sign appears overhead. It bears the name of no particular city, no finite destination; ...
Review: Renewed, refreshed "Les Miserables" thunders into Fort Myers
Published 3/13/2013 at 3:13 a.m. 0 comments
Let's get to the point. "Les Miserables" is back in Southwest Florida for the second time in fifteen months, playing through March 17 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers. Will you like it? That depends. ...
Preview: Gulfshore Playhouse delves into Civil War with drama "Whipping Man"
Published 3/12/2013 at 3:52 p.m. 0 comments
With Matt Pfeiffer, it's all about religion. Or movies. He name-checks "Lincoln" twice. Or politics. He name-checks "Zero Dark Thirty." That "s" word even crops up in our conversation. No, not "sequester." Instead of Boehner, budgets and billions, we're talking ...
Review: Lab Theater finds salvation in stirring "Judas Iscariot"
Published 3/10/2013 at 4:49 p.m. 0 comments
The Lab Theater continues its genre-hopping season with "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot," a play about the trial of the betrayer of Jesus. Screams of laughter mix with questions of faith while Satan quaffs wine at the bar. Before ...
Review: TheatreZone tackles crazy with "Next to Normal"
Published 3/8/2013 at 5:52 a.m. 0 comments
Mark Danni continues to tackle ambitious projects at TheatreZone. With critical and commercial hits "Forum" and "Grand Hotel" behind him, success augured well for edgy small-cast, sung-through musical "Next to Normal." The pieces just don't fall into place.
Review: Rachel York blows the roof off "Anything Goes" at the Phil
Published 3/6/2013 at 2:13 p.m. 0 comments
The Roundabout Theatre Club production of "Anything Goes" sailed into the Naples Philharmonic Tuesday on a tide of tapping and trilling, carried along by one of the single greatest act one curtain numbers in musical theatre history.
Review: Naples Players pack punch with peppy "Producers"
Published 2/28/2013 at 5:52 a.m. 0 comments
The Naples Players threw everything at the audience Wednesday. A kick line of goose-stepping Nazis. Old ladies with a rat-a-tat chorus of walkers. Dancing birds. Bialystock & Bloom are in town for "The Producers." With sets and costumes rented straight ...
Review: Comedy about married life brings big laughs to the Phil
Published 2/26/2013 at 9:23 p.m. 0 comments
Comedy "You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!" playing through Thursday at the Phil is for married folks. I was quite possibly the only non-divorced, non-widowed singleton in the room. The rest of the crowd rolled over the laugh lines ...
Review: Hills ring with song in Broadway Palm's beautiful "Sound of Music"
Published 2/25/2013 at 4:39 p.m. 0 comments
Sitting in a darkened house, listening to the scrape of chairs, the clink of glasses and the rustle of napkins, you forget just how charming "The Sound of Music" can be. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II could write songs. ...
Review: Fall in love with the "Marvelous Wonderettes" out on Sanibel
Published 2/25/2013 at 4:24 p.m. 0 comments
By the time the final notes of Aretha Franklin girl-power anthem "Respect" die down, after Friday's opening night crowd whooped and cheered as Anne Chamberlain juggled, flipped and successfully caught an errant microphone, you're totally, completely, utterly in love with ...
Review: Theatre Conspiracy taps transcendental romance in "Call Me Waldo"
Published 2/22/2013 at 4:47 p.m. 0 comments
Theatre Conspiracy asks audiences to "Call Me Waldo" in their latest show, a romantic comedy with the subtitle "A Transcendental Romance." The call gets completed - begrudgingly. "Waldo" has charms, but it feels as if we're yelling down a mile ...
Review: "Addams Family" amuses, in a kooky sort of way
Updated 2/21/2013 at 5:57 p.m. 0 comments
Da da da dum (snap snap). "The Addams Family." You want a verdict? Not bad. Pretty good. Da da da dum (snap snap). Sitcom. Very sitcom. Which it is. (snap snap). Memorable? Not at all. (snap snap). Fun? Absolutely. But ...
Review: Beautiful, but unsatisfying, 'Billy Elliot' dances into Naples
Published 2/20/2013 at 4:04 a.m. 0 comments
The national tour of "Billy Elliot" dances into Naples for a six-night run at the Philharmonic. The show thrills, but never quite forges the intense emotional connection it so obviously labors toward. While dazzling ballet sequences and soaring lyrics wow, ...
Review: "Steel Magnolias" bloom at Firehouse Theatre in LaBelle
Published 2/18/2013 at 5:09 p.m. 0 comments
"Steel Magnolias" remains a favorite of local playhouses. The play offers six strong female roles, a colorful set and a beloved story identified with the award-winning movie. With that in mind, I journeyed out to the Firehouse Community Theatre in ...
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