About BILL O'NEILL
BiographyBill O'Neill writes theater reviews for the Collier Citizen.
- Correspondent - Collier Citizen
05/10/2008 - current
Curtain Up: Naples Players finds its footing with 'Leading Ladies'
Published 11/30/2012 at 3 a.m.
The Naples Players are presenting the third production of their season, master farceur Ken Ludwigs Leading Ladies. Our community theater finds its footing here, boding well for the rest of the season.
Curtain Up: Strong close to a strong season for Players, TheatreZone
Published 05/10/2012 at 9:53 a.m.
Two of our local theater companies filled out their 2011-2012 season with charming low-key ensemble pieces. Both close their runs this weekend. “Steel Magnolias” — the title itself has become famous for its association with Roslyn Carter, and the story ...
Curtain Up: ‘Streetcar’ casts a spell to make one believe, for a little while
Published 04/11/2012 at 10:03 a.m.
There is much to admire of Gulfshore Playhouse’s very professional production of Tennessee Williams’s classic “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The physical aspects of the production are all excellent — the evocative set, the lighting, the period costumes, the sound, not ...
Curtain Up: ‘A Picasso’ works quite well, while ‘Little Women’ falls a little flat
Published 03/28/2012 at 9:59 a.m.
The Naples Players and TheatreZone have lately presented two interesting plays outside the usual tried and true offerings. One is a pleasantly successful surprise, the other a well-produced effort that nevertheless disappointed this viewer.
Curtain Up: Despite some minor faults, ‘Hello, Dolly!’ a success at Naples Players
Published 03/06/2012 at 5:16 p.m.
Can “Dolly” survive without “Hello, Dolly”? This musical is perhaps the best star vehicle ever written, and the title number the best production number. It is in some ways the heart of the show.
Curtain Up: ‘Race’ and ‘Doubt’ show power of professional and community theaters
Published 02/08/2012 at 9:48 a.m.
Now to Naples come two well-presented serious dramas which, though very different superficially, thematically have much in common. David Mamet’s “Race” at Gulfshore Playhouse is a taut, profane chamber piece, focusing sharply on the issue of race relations, with uncertainty ...
Curtain Up: ‘Moonlight and Magnolias’ makes for an entertaining evening
Published 01/25/2012 at 10:35 a.m.
The Naples Players presents “Moonlight and Magnolias,” a good production of a pretty good play, which adds up to an entertaining evening, especially for a fan of old movies.
Curtain Up: Solid cast makes ‘Company’ a great production
Published 01/10/2012 at 12:48 p.m.
“Company,” now being presented by TheatreZone, is Stephen Sondheim’s breakout play, where he found his voice as a composer and lyricist. When first produced, in the cynical 70’s, it spoke to the zeitgeist and was a hit among the cognoscenti.
Curtain Up: ‘Spelling Bee’ production not too s-h-a-b-b-y at all
Published 12/14/2011 at 9:42 a.m.
TheatreZone started its season strong with a fine production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” I was interested to see this hit show, having only heard some of the music before. Music and lyrics are by William Finn ...
Curtain Up: Sugden productions continue to improve, but ‘Sherlock Holmes’ lacking that extra something
Published 11/29/2011 at 4:58 p.m.
The continuing popularity of Sherlock Holmes is a phenomenon as remarkable as its early success. Virtually countless plays, movies and television shows have been made from the stories. The written texts appear near the top in the mystery category of ...
Curtain Up: Catch these seasonal treats at Sugden and Gulfshore theaters
Published 12/11/2013 at 2:24 p.m.
Warm the cockles of your heart this holiday time by catching the offerings of two of our local theater troupes. “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” at GulfShore Playhouse is a new take on a perennial favorite and is both interesting and ...
Curtain Up: You will not find better community theater than 'Les Miz' by Naples Players
Published 07/01/2013 at 12:48 p.m.
There is nothing not to like about The Naples Players current production of "Les Miserables."
Curtain Up: Marco Players put forth good effort with 'Deathtrap'
Published 03/26/2013 at 3:33 p.m.
The Marco Players are presenting "Deathtrap" through April 7. It has been many years since we saw this play, and I had forgotten just how clever it is.
Curtain Up: TheatreZone puts on tremendous show with 'Grand Hotel'
Published 01/18/2013 at 3 a.m.
TheatreZone is presenting Grand Hotel: The Musical, in one of the most solid productions we have seen from this talented group.
BILL O'NEIL: On the Town - Looking beyond season for performing arts
Published 05/12/2010 at 4:42 p.m. 1 Comment
It’s time to get in the last licks on the busy performing arts season and start thinking about venues that don’t shut down for the summer. The Sunday Times had its annual supplement describing summer festivals and special events nationwide, ...
Mercato’s ‘First Friday’ is fab
Published 01/06/2010 at 10:20 a.m.
Mercato hosts a monthly “First Friday” event, featuring specials and outdoor entertainment. This hopping new downtown, with popular retail stores, restaurants and watering holes, turned out to be the place to be on Friday night.
LaMancha delivers the dream
Published 12/09/2009 at 2:48 p.m.
It’s hard to put your finger on what went wrong with The Naples Players’ production of “Crimes of the Heart.” The play won a Pulitzer prize. The set is just about perfect. The performances - although there is some distracting ...
BILL O'NEILL: Phil's 'Giovanni’ short of greatness
Published 11/24/2009 at 3:11 p.m.
Don Giovanni” is often said to be Mozart’s greatest opera, perhaps the greatest opera of all time. Its themes of justice and retribution, its gorgeous music, its compelling characters – not only the title character, but also some of the ...
BILL O'NEILL: Treat yourself to Silverspot
Published 09/30/2009 at 11:05 a.m.
once had the privilege of seeing and hearing the great Bobby Short at his Manhattan haunt, the Cafe Carlyle. After his opening number, Short greeted the audience, saying, “It is so good to be here among all you r-r-r-rich people.” ...
BILL O'NEILL: Cahlua & Cream fresh as ever
Published 08/19/2009 at 4:49 p.m.
It may still be August, but there are hints that the season will be upon us before too long. The brochures have been arriving for next year’s offerings at the Phil and other local venues and Cahlua and Cream are ...
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