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Peter Nason

Peter Nason

    An actor, director, and theatre teacher, Peter Nason fell in love with the theatre at the tender age of six when he saw Mickey Rooney in “George M!” at the Shady Grove in Washington, D.C. He has appeared in dozens of productions around the country, helmed several films and directed over thirty plays. His love of the theatre, and his passion for the craft of acting and directing, has led him to reach hundreds of Florida teenagers to help make the stage their home.  He has currently started a new theatre program at the CCMS Conservatory of the Arts where he hopes the students there will find the same joy of performing that he found.
 
A graduate of the University of Alabama and the Scuola Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy, Peter is an award-winning playwright and has written for various periodicals and newspapers, including “The Tampa Tribune,” where he was a book reviewer and community columnist. One of his literary heroines, the late great Pauline Kael, summed up his philosophy of reviewing:  “In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.”   Peter resides in Wesley Chapel, Florida with his beloved Boston Terrier, Ike. 
 




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Review: A Cute FIRST DATE at the Carrollwood Cultural Center
September 18, 2022

Craig Ruska and Kara Doyle endear as the leads in this small-scale slice of life musical.

Review: Jobsite Theater Presents Steve Martin's Absurdist Comedy PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE at the Shimberg
September 17, 2022

Albert Einstein meets Pablo Picasso (as well as some surprise guests) in this hilarious but sometimes forced comedy.

Review: J. Elijah Cho Channels Mickey Rooney in the Delightful, Hilarious and Moving One Man Show, MR. YUNIOSHI, at Urbanite Theatre (and freeFall Sept. 15-18)
September 11, 2022

In a clever twist, Cho, an Asian actor, plays the white Hollywood star who, in 'Breakfast at TifFany's,' played every Asian stereotype as Mr. Yunioshi.

Review: GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT Snaps, Crackles and Rocks at American Stage
September 10, 2022

Amazing songs and a strong cast can't mask the fact that American Stage is a peculiar venue to house Green Day's riotous punk masterwork.

Review: Lab Theater Project Presents Owen Robertson's CREATING MONSTERS, A New Take on Mary Shelley's Creation of Frankenstein
August 27, 2022

It's structurally a mess, but well worth your time to explore.

Review: Latoya McCormick and Topher Warren Rock the House in Eight O'Clock Theatre's Production of Jonathan Larson's RENT
August 13, 2022

The musical is all over the place, but key performances make this one show to go out of your way to see.

Review: Stephen Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall Is Filled with an Abundance of Heart and Soul
August 7, 2022

The wonderful young cast makes this show feel entirely fresh and new!

Review: Theatre eXceptional's INTO THE NIGHT at the Tampa Fringe Will Make Your Heart Sing
August 1, 2022

A wonderful cast, led by Nicole Jeannine Smith and Ryan Prince, brings this sweet show to life, another treasure at the Fringe.

Review: Spanish Lyric Theatre's Production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS Roars with Energy
August 1, 2022

Doug Buffaloe, Elizabeth Sierra Cabrera and a marvelous ensemble stand out in a musical that's wonderfully alive.

Review: STRANGE GIRLS at the Tampa Fringe with Bridget Bean, Dawn Truax, Laila Lee and Madison LeVine
July 30, 2022

Some of the monologues are more gripping than others, but they are all captivating.

Review: Matthew Belopavlovich's GOING TO THE TOP at the Tampa Fringe
July 30, 2022

Based on real life events, it's a coming out story that needs to be expanded to be able to feel the full emotional weight.

Review: Taryn Lumia and Todd William Donovan Dazzle in the Tarpon Arts Production of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
July 25, 2022

It's mostly a beauty of a production with some beastly issues that get in the way. I have seen dozens of productions of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST over the years, but rarely if ever have I seen Belle connect with the title Beast. Usually the two come across as distant cousins at best, not a romantic pairing for the ages. Sometimes the rose has more personality than this duo. But finally--FINALLY!--we have a Belle and Beast who connect with the Tarpon Arts' latest production of this classic musical (music by Alan Menken; lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice; and a book by Linda Woolverton, although her name was misspelled on the front cover of the program).

Review: Amiri Baraka/Leroi Jones' DUTCHMAN Is a Powerful Punch in the Gut at American Stage
July 2, 2022

Led by a visionary, risk-taking director, Erica Sutherlin, this important work will rattle you to your core.

Review: Stephen Sondheim's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Thrills at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall
July 1, 2022

What did our critic think? Chris Cavazza as George and Lindsey Fabian as Dot are stellar in this production of one of Sondheim's most uncompromising shows.

Review: Party Hearty Like It's 1985 with THE WEDDING SINGER at the Carrollwood Players
June 27, 2022

It's a feel-good retro-musical set in the era of Miami Vice jackets and Flock of Seagulls haircuts, parachute pants and Rubik's Cubes.

Review: Young Performers Shine in LES MISERABLES, SCHOOL EDITION at the Tota Music and Theatre Conservatory
June 26, 2022

A heartbreaking and potent production featuring students who prove that the future of the performing arts is in good hands!

Review: Attend the Tale of Stephen Sondheim's Masterpiece at SPC: SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
June 25, 2022

Director Scott Cooper has done it again with this incredible production!

Feature: The 101 GREATEST YACHT ROCK SONGS OF ALL TIME for Your Summer Playlist - featuring Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Christopher Cross and Steely Dan
June 16, 2022

Reviewer Peter Nason counts down the greatest 101 YACHT ROCK HITS for your summertime listening pleasure.

BWW Review: Arts in Motion Presents an Adorable SHREK THE MUSICAL at the PHSC Instructional Performing Arts Center in Wesley Chapel
May 27, 2022

Director Mitchell Gonzalez leads his young cast in bringing to life this audience favorite.

BWW Review: A Soaring, Powerful TITANIC THE MUSICAL at the Manatee Players
May 15, 2022

No matter how much you know about the Titanic disaster, the musical grounds the story, humanizes it, and you leave the theatre an emotional wreck.