Review

Aretha Franklin Gets Her Due in Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's Season Closer

Love Sung in the Key of Aretha delivers a blend of the Queen of Soul's many hits.

03/17/2019 By Kay Kipling

Review

The Lion King Brings Spectacle, Imagination and Heart to the Van Wezel

At long last, the megahit musical roars its way into Sarasota.

03/17/2019 By Kay Kipling

Review

Urbanite Theatre's In A Word Mingles Comedy and Tragedy with an Unusual Approach

Lauren Yee's play about the aftermath of a child's disappearance is sometimes surreal.

03/10/2019 By Kay Kipling

Preview

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Announces 50th Anniversary Season Broadway and Classical Series

The Broadway season presents 10 shows, with seven of them Sarasota premieres.

03/06/2019 By Kay Kipling

The Lion King

Actor Jared Dixon Perfects His Craft in Disney's The Lion King

Dixon stars as Simba in the Tony Award-winning musical, coming to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in March.

02/28/2019 By Giulia Heyward

Just Say Yes

We Tried It: FST's Improv Workshop

“Anatomy of the Story” is a class taught by two members of the Austin-based improv comedy troupe Available Cupholders.

02/28/2019 By Isaac Eger

A Night at the Opera

Sarasota’s Own Adelaide Boedecker Makes Her Sarasota Opera Professional Debut This Month

Boedecker became involved with the Sarasota Youth Opera the summer after second grade and says, “I fell in love with it."

02/28/2019 By Kay Kipling

Review

Taking on Hatred in Florida Studio Theatre's Cherry Docs

David Gow's two-character play asks where hatred begins, and if it can be stopped.

02/24/2019 By Kay Kipling

Preview

Booker High Grad Charlie Barnett to Speak at VPA Fund Raiser

The star of Netflix hit Russian Doll will be guest of honor March 9 at the school's Kaleidoscope of Creativity, raising money for visual and performing arts students.

02/22/2019 By Kay Kipling

Review

FSU/Asolo Conservatory Gets Reckless with Craig Lucas Comedy

Absurdities escalate quickly in this piece about a woman on the run for her life.

02/21/2019 By Kay Kipling

Preview

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's "Hush, Hush" Season Announcement

The 2019-20 season includes four shows new to the WBTT stage, including a world premiere musical.

02/12/2019 By Kay Kipling

Review

Working Hard to Bring Sweat to Asolo Rep

Lynn Nottage's prize winner about tough times in a factory town tells a familiar story.

02/10/2019 By Kay Kipling

Sneak Peek

Asolo Rep Announces World Premiere Musical Knoxville

The creative team bringing James Agee's A Death in the Family to life includes Frank Galati, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

02/06/2019 By Kay Kipling

Circus Act

Cirque Italia Comes to Palmetto

The first traveling Italian Water Circus comes to Palmetto to honor the area's circus legacy.

01/31/2019 By Giulia Heyward

Review

WBTT Brings to Light James Baldwin's Seldom-Seen The Amen Corner

Baldwin's tale of a woman pastor and her Harlem congregation bears some resemblance to his own life story.

01/27/2019 By Kay Kipling

Review

FST's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time a Stirring Journey

Simon Stephens' adaptation of Mark Haddon's novel takes us into the mind of young "detective" Christopher Boone.

01/27/2019 By Kay Kipling

It's A Hit!

New York Theater Writer Michael Riedel Recalls Some Unforgettable Show Biz Parties

Riedel, an author, radio host and frequent Sarasota visitor, is also the theater columnist for the New York Post.

01/25/2019 By Michael Riedel

Curious Coincidence

Florida Studio Theatre’s New Production Pairs a Character on the Autism Spectrum With an Actor Who Knows the Condition Firsthand

“This is a big play, about a lot of stuff, and the biggest challenge is to keep its integrity."

01/24/2019 By Kay Kipling

Unity Awards 2019

Mary Braxton-Joseph Taps Into the Magic of Live Theater to Spark Cross-Cultural Connections

Braxton-Joseph is sharing stories about diversity through live theater.

01/24/2019 By Kay Kipling