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Sep2016
By Jay Handelman, Herald-Tribune /  Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 One of the best compliments I can offer about the new Venice Theatre production of Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys” is that it had me chuckling, and occasionally laughing out loud, even though I’ve seen it a dozen or more times and knew ... Read More
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Sep2016
By Dahlia Ghabourdahlia, Herald-Tribune/ Friday, September 9, 2016 Venice Theatre’s production of C.S. Lewis’ classic “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” wastes no time inviting guests into the magical world of Narnia. The doorway to the Pinkerton Theatre has been transformed into the elaborate wardrobe itself; so ... Read More
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Aug2016
By Marty Fugate, Staff Writer/ Monday, August 1, 2016 More than 100 years ago, children in London reported sightings of a flying being — a boy — apparently human, who claimed an ageless immortality. Said entity offered to take them to his home world of “Neverland,” a dimension where ... Read More
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May2016
By Jay Handelman , Herald-Tribune /  Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach” was one of my favorite books when I was a kid, but I didn’t remember much about it until I wrote a preview story in advance of Tuesday’s opening night at ... Read More
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Apr2016
By Jay Handelman , Herald-Tribune / Saturday, April 30, 2016 The stories in Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses” may date back thousands of years, but her reinvention of some ancient Greek and Roman myths proves they still have a lot to say. There are lessons about greed, narcissism, deep love and ... Read More
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Apr2016
By Carrie Seidman , Herald-Tribune /  Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Sometimes – especially after a stressful 12-hour work day) what you are looking for in a night at the theater is simply to be entertained – no great intellectual challenges, just a handful of engaging characters, a little music ... Read More
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Apr2016
By Jay Handelman, Herald-Tribune /  Friday, April 1, 2016 Tables get turned literally and figuratively in David Ives’ “Venus in Fur,” a dynamic, funny and intellectually challenging dramatic comedy about sex, power and identity that gives a lift to Venice Theatre’s Stage II series. Tables do ... Read More
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Feb2016
By Jay Handelman, Herald-Tribune / Wednesday, February 17, 2016 A sign of a great play or musical is how well it speaks to an audience years after it was written. It is only 20 years since the 1996 Broadway debut of “Ragtime,” the musical based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel ... Read More
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Jan2016
Sarasota Magazine Arts editor Kay Kipling reviews this macabre Stephen Sondheim musical. BY KAY KIPLING 1/22/2016  No matter how many times I’ve seen the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical Sweeney Todd, I still get a little ... Read More
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Nov2015

Theater review: ‘Hair’

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The spirit of the ’60s is alive and well in this Venice Theatre production. by: Marty Fugate Staff Writer, The Observer Group The American hippie is alive and well and living in Venice Theatre. You can study a tribe of them on stage in the current production of “Hair.” Or ... Read More