How Well Do We Know Them?

Sarasota Film Festival Movies Tell the True-Life Stories of Some Well-Known Women in the Arts

"Karen Carpenter: Starving for Perfection" is just one of several documentaries this week about real-life stars of the arts world and their offstage lives.

03/28/2023 By Kay Kipling


Urbanite Theatre Tells a Soldier's Story with Backwards Forwards Back

The one-actor show is part of a rolling world premiere for playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger.

03/28/2023 By Kay Kipling


Asolo Rep Announces 2023-24 Season

The Monday afternoon announcement also welcomed new producing artistic director Peter Rothstein.

03/28/2023 By Kay Kipling


Asolo Rep's Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Flashes Back to the 1970s

The comedy brings back memories of the clothing, the music and the challenges for women in the era.

03/20/2023 By Kay Kipling

Sing, Sing a Song

Hermitage Artist Retreat CEO Andy Sandberg Makes a Brief Return to the Stage

He'll appear in a benefit concert March 20 at the Van Wezel, along with some of his Broadway friends.

03/05/2023 By Kay Kipling


Dreamgirls Returns to WBTT Stage with a Big Production

The show is often a hit with audiences, and this staging is no exception.

02/27/2023 By Kay Kipling

Celebrating Our Arts

New Sarasota Arts Festival Moving Forward

Sarasota Rising is working toward presenting a weeklong festival in 2024.

02/24/2023 By Kay Kipling


Asolo Rep's Chicken & Biscuits Goes for Big Laughs

You could say this show about a Black family puts the "fun" in funeral.

02/20/2023 By Kay Kipling

The Square Root of Love

On His 55th Birthday, the Sarasota Community Remembered Artist John Sims

Sims, whose work was conceptual, sometimes controversial and always thought-provoking, died suddenly in December 2022.

02/15/2023 By Kay Kipling

Far From Home, High Above Earth

Circus Sarasota Welcomes Ukrainian Aerialists to Its 25th Anniversary Season

The female duo from the war-torn country will add both beauty and drama to this year's performances, Feb. 10 through March 5.

02/02/2023 By Kay Kipling

Mad As Hell

Paddy Chayefsky’s Network Comes to Florida Studio Theatre, and It’s More Relevant Than Ever

Nearly 50 years since its debut, it feels like little has changed—which makes the story ripe for a revisit.

02/01/2023 By Kay Kipling


FST's Network Makes for Compelling Viewing

Paddy Chayefsky's 1970s tale of a newsman and a world on the edge proves as timely as ever.

01/30/2023 By Kay Kipling

The Gift of Color

Selby Gardens’ Upcoming Exhibition Brings to Life the Vivid Designs of Louis Comfort Tiffany

"Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature" opens Sunday, Feb. 12.

01/25/2023 By Kay Kipling


Disney's Aladdin Dazzles On Tour at the Van Wezel

The Broadway musical adaptation makes some successful changes to the classic animated film version.

01/25/2023 By Kay Kipling


Silent Sky Shines at Asolo Rep

Lauren Gunderson's play springs from the real life of astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, and it's something of a relevation.

01/23/2023 By Kay Kipling


Sarasota's Own Tori Byrd Tours in Disney's Aladdin at the Van Wezel

It's her first national tour, but she may be familiar to local audiences from roles here.

01/18/2023 By Kay Kipling


Asolo Rep's The Three Musketeers Goes for the (Comic) Gusto

A lot of swash gets buckled in Ken Ludwig's adaptation of the "all for one, one for all" story.

01/17/2023 By Kay Kipling


Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's Flyin' West Tells a Surprising Story with History Behind It

Black settlers in 19th-century Kansas struggle for land and freedom in Pearl Cleage's play.

01/10/2023 By Kay Kipling

A Year of the Arts

Sarasota's Top 10 Performances of 2022

We pulled together a short list of the best of the arts, theater and performance in Sarasota this year worthy of reminiscing or catching before they close.

12/27/2022 By Kay Kipling