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 ...
Review: "Pageant Play" crowns new group's inaugural effort with laughs
Published 2/18/2013 at 2:09 p.m. 0 comments
Let's Put On A Show Productions earned their company name Saturday. "Pageant Play," the fledgling theater venture's first show, offers a palpable sense of surprise and delight to everyone in the room - actors, volunteers and audience alike. The joyful ...
Review: Gulfshore Playhouse discovers magical "Importance of Being Earnest"
Published 2/16/2013 at 2:29 p.m. 0 comments
Gulfshore Playhouse has produced good shows, great shows and shows I wasn't quite a fan of. Now, with "The Importance of Being Earnest," Kristen Coury finds herself in a different place entirely. "Earnest" is amazing. This will be the best ...
Review: FGCU explores magnetic attraction in "Fool for Love"
Published 2/16/2013 at 2:15 p.m. 0 comments
Florida Gulf Coast University's theatre program continued their season with a play for the Valentine crowd, Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love." My second foray into collegiate theatre turns up fascinating themes and a strong performance or two, if not a ...
'Forme de la Femme' Marco Island Center for the Arts celebrates the female form
Published 2/14/2013 at 12:16 p.m. 0 comments
The Marco Island Center for the Arts opened their latest show Tuesday evening with a reception at the centers gallery on Winterberry Drive. Entitled Forme de la Femme, the exhibit features new interpretations on an old th
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