The Sarasota Ballet's performance of its Modern Greats program on Friday night was impressive and thrilling, particularly in light of last-minute cast changes that occurred when one dancer took ill.
Sarasota Ballet supporters view the decision as a damaging competitive move by a disgruntled former director. De Warren's supporters, who have traded barbs with Webb's fans in the newspaper, say De Warren has a perfect right to start a new venture.
The Asolo Rep's production of Bonnie and Clyde isn't as technically complicated as the new Broadway musical Spiderman, whose troubles have been front-page news in New York. But the show does feature gun battles, vintage autos that move off and on stage, and lots of spurting erzatz blood. The blood caused some problems for lead actor Jeremy Jordan recently. During the scene that recounts his murder of an inmate who was assaulting him in prison, Jordan slipped on the blood, slammed into a set piece and injured his back. But the pain didn't cause him to miss any performances, and I'm told he's returned to machine-gun ready shape now.