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FST’s Comedy Lottery, Sarasota Ballet presents a Jerome Robbins classic, SARTQ’s print party and more.

By Ilene Denton April 27, 2017

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Sarasota Ballet: De Valois, Balanchine & Robbins

April 28-30

Jerome Robbins’ delightful Fancy Free, the 1944 ballet about a trio of sailors on the town in New York City (in fact, it was the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical, On the Town), closes the Sarasota Ballet season this weekend on a jaunty note. Also on the program, two pieces by George Balanchine and Dame Ninette de Valois’ Checkmate. Four performances Friday-Sunday at the Opera House. 

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FST Improv's Will Luera, Christine Alexander, Steve Turrisi and Patrick A. Jackson

FST Improv presents Comedy Lottery

April 29

Will you be one of the 12 lucky audience members who get to pick the evening’s improv sketch themes? One of FST Improv’s most popular game nights returns to Bowne’s Lab Theatre. 

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The sketch comedy group Millennial Fresh is (front row, l-r) Matthew Walker, Kathryn Parks and Ariel Blue; (back row, l-r) Earley Dean, Natasha Samreny, Joey James and Naquila Gregory. (Not pictured: Satchel Dennis)

Millennial Fresh

May 1

Few hot-button topics are off-bounds when this comedy ensemble, comprised of young Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe performers, returns to the WBTT theater.

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SARTQ's annual print party.

SARTQ’s Annual Print Party

April 29

Grab a plain T-shirt and head to Mandeville Beer Garden for the artist collective’s big, fun print party. Fifteen original designs created by 10 area artists will be available for silkscreening, including a special Mandeville silkscreen created just for the event.    

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Garrett Turner 

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at the Asolo Rep

Through April 30

Last chance to catch this creatively staged, provocative and laugh-out-loud funny play about what lies behind the scenes of televised wrestling. Our own Kay Kipling calls it “a fist-bumping, adrenaline-filled ride…” It closes Sunday.

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Orioles Extended Spring Training Home Games

April 29 and May 1

Miss spring training? The Orioles minor league players are still in residence at Ed Smith Stadium’s Field 4 through June 12. Saturday, they play the Rays at 10 a.m. and Monday they face off against the Red Sox at noon. Free. Get the complete lineup here

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Sarasota Ballet: De Valois, Balanchine & Robbins

Editor’s Pick $30-$110 Sarasota Opera House

Jerome Robbins' "Fancy Free" is a highlight of this eclectic program performed to live music at the Opera House.


FST Improv presents Comedy Lottery

Editor’s Pick $12-$15 Florida Studio Theatre

The popular improv show returns to FST's Bowne's Lab Theatre.


Millennial Fresh: Sketch Comedy Show

Tickets are $30/adults, $15/students (with valid ID). Westcoast Black Theatre

Sketch comedy group Millennial Fresh, which is directed by the company manager of and features several artists from Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, a...

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SARTQ Annual Print Party

Editor’s Pick $5 for each silkscreen Mandeville Beer Garden

Celebrate art with music, food and brews at the 9th annual SARTQ Print Party, hosted by Mandeville Beer Garden.


Asolo Rep presents "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity"

Editor’s Pick FSU Center for the Performing Arts

The 2011 Obie Award-winner for Best New American Play is a knock-out comedy about professional wrestling.