Sarasota Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: FROM DALLAS WITH LOVE at Neel Performing Arts Center BWW Review: FROM DALLAS WITH LOVE at Neel Performing Arts Center
by Carolan Trbovich - February 13, 2018

Audrey Landers & Pops Orchestra Share Some Valentine Love... (more...)
BWW Review: Laura Benanti Comes to the David A Straz Center For The Performing Arts BWW Review: Laura Benanti Comes to the David A Straz Center For The Performing Arts
by Carolan Trbovich - February 12, 2018

Tony Award-winning actress Laura Benanti brought her consummate performance style to its pinnacle in her one-woman cabaret show, An Evening with Laura Benanti to the Straz Centre for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Her exuberant fans showed up in big numbers to see a performer whose act transcends gen... (more...)
BWW Review: CARMINA BURANA at Sarasota Choral Artists BWW Review: CARMINA BURANA at Sarasota Choral Artists
by Carolan Trbovich - February 04, 2018

Composed by Carl Orff in 1935, Carmina Burana is described as a scenic cantata incorporating narratives and pieces of music for voices with instrumental accompaniment, typically with solos, chorus, and orchestra. Scenic cantatas often add portraiture, dance or other forms of moving media that furthe... (more...)
BWW Review: NORTHSIDE HOLLOW at Urbanite Theatre BWW Review: NORTHSIDE HOLLOW at Urbanite Theatre
by Carolan Trbovich - January 28, 2018

Sarasota's edgy Urbanite Theatre is to theatre what Chihuahuas are to the world of canines. Tiny but mighty. Chihuahuas are said to be the smallest of breeds but after meeting one you would never know it. In their minds they can do anything. They are fearless. They know no boundaries and stand tall ... (more...)
BWW Review: GREASE at Rise Above Performing Arts BWW Review: GREASE at Rise Above Performing Arts
by Carolan Trbovich - January 21, 2018

Rise Above Performing Arts Presents Grease... (more...)
BWW Review: SINGING IN THE RAIN at The Players Centre For Performing Arts BWW Review: SINGING IN THE RAIN at The Players Centre For Performing Arts
by Carolan Trbovich - January 21, 2018

Who doesn't appreciate the beloved film Singing in the Rain? Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor sang and danced their way into our hearts in this 1952 movie classic about the pandemonium that plagued the movie industry in the late 1920s when motion pictures morphed from silence to full ... (more...)
BWW Review: MORNING AFTER GRACE at Asolo Repertory Theatre BWW Review: MORNING AFTER GRACE at Asolo Repertory Theatre
by Carolan Trbovich - January 20, 2018

Not a lot of plays are written for the 50+population of which makes up a good percentage of theatregoers, according to statistics from Broadway League. This doesn't help the rising number of tenured actors looking for work either. Writer Carey Crim's Morning After Grace satisfies both the mature aud... (more...)
BWW Review: THE MOUNTAINTOP at Westcoast Black Theatre BWW Review: THE MOUNTAINTOP at Westcoast Black Theatre
by Carolan Trbovich - January 15, 2018

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Pays Homage to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With Production of The Mountaintop... (more...)
BWW Review: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS at Sarasota Orchestra BWW Review: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS at Sarasota Orchestra
by Carolan Trbovich - December 26, 2017

Under the clever and fun direction of conductor Andrew Lane, the Sarasota Orchestra gave us a merry evening of popular Christmas songs in the cozy Holley Hall. Mixing in a little traditional with a little jazz, celebrating songs from around the globe and blending classics with contemporary was on th... (more...)
BWW Review: JOHN RINGLING'S CIRCUS NUTCRACKER at Sarasota Ballet BWW Review: JOHN RINGLING'S CIRCUS NUTCRACKER at Sarasota Ballet
by Carolan Trbovich - December 18, 2017

Re-imaginings of originally presented productions often fail in execution and relevance. Some, such as Wicked's re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz, become blockbusters of their own. Sarasota Ballet's John Ringling's Circus Nutcracker is an homage to The Nutcracker and a beautiful tribute to Sarasota's... (more...)
BWW Review: THE 1940'S RADIO HOUR at The Players Centre For Performing Arts BWW Review: THE 1940'S RADIO HOUR at The Players Centre For Performing Arts
by Carolan Trbovich - December 17, 2017

Playing through December 23 at The Players Centre is The 1940's Radio Hour, A Prairie Home Companion-type production that takes us back to the good ole days of radio, where voices and sound effects allowed your mind to wander and create a world only you could envision. Although film and television h... (more...)
BWW Review: TOO HOT TO HANDEL at Choral Artists Of Sarasota BWW Review: TOO HOT TO HANDEL at Choral Artists Of Sarasota
by Carolan Trbovich - December 12, 2017

Under the direction of Dr. Joseph Holt, The Choral Artists of Sarasota, previously known as Gloria Musicae, an ensemble of 40 singers, presented Too Hot to Handel, their gospel version of Handle's Messiah last year to a crowd that wanted more. This year they moved the performance that packed the Ope... (more...)
BWW Review: SYMPHONIC CARNIVAL at Sarasota Orchestra BWW Review: SYMPHONIC CARNIVAL at Sarasota Orchestra
by Carolan Trbovich - December 12, 2017

Berlioz's 'Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9', Barber's 'Violin Concerto, Op. 14', Berstein's 'West Side Story, Symphonic Dances', Stravinsky's 'Suite from the Firebird' (1919) was a part of the stunning repertoire presented by the Sarasota Orchestra under the magnificent direction of celebrated Guest ... (more...)
BWW Review: ECHOES at Urbanite Theatre BWW Review: ECHOES at Urbanite Theatre
by Carolan Trbovich - December 10, 2017

Hauntingly Beautiful Echoes Plays at The Urbanite... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Straz Center For The Performing Arts BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Straz Center For The Performing Arts
by Carolan Trbovich - December 10, 2017

The Book of Mormon at The Straz Tampa... (more...)
BWW Review: A MOTOWN CHRISTMAS at Westcoast Black Theatre BWW Review: A MOTOWN CHRISTMAS at Westcoast Black Theatre
by Carolan Trbovich - December 04, 2017

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Triumphantly Stages A Motown Christmas... (more...)
BWW Review: METROPOLITAN at Sarasota Ballet BWW Review: METROPOLITAN at Sarasota Ballet
by Carolan Trbovich - December 04, 2017

Sarasota Ballet Metropolitan... (more...)
BWW Review: FUN HOME at Straz Center For The Performing Arts BWW Review: FUN HOME at Straz Center For The Performing Arts
by Carolan Trbovich - November 30, 2017

Fun Home is a coming-of-age musical about a lesbian and her repressed gay father, who teaches literature, manages the family funeral home and eventually commits suicide. The musical is based on the memoirs of writer/cartoonist Alison Bechdel. Bechdel's 2006 book and was adapted into a musical with b... (more...)
BWW Review: EVITA at Asolo Repertory Theatre BWW Review: EVITA at Asolo Repertory Theatre
by Carolan Trbovich - November 20, 2017

Evita Triumphant At Asolo Repertory Theatre... (more...)
BWW Review: LA TRAVIATA at Sarasota Opera BWW Review: LA TRAVIATA at Sarasota Opera
by Carolan Trbovich - November 20, 2017

Verdi's renowned La traviata, (The Fallen Woman), formerly titled Violetta after its tragic heroine, is beautifully cast and staged at Sarasota Opera. Story has it, inspired by a performance Verdi saw of Alexander Dumas fils's The Lady of the Camellias, he immediately started to pen La traviata. Thi... (more...)
BWW Review: ONCE at Florida Studio Theatre BWW Review: ONCE at Florida Studio Theatre
by Carolan Trbovich - November 13, 2017

Lively Production of Once Wows Sarasota Audiences... (more...)
BWW Review: ON YOUR FEET at Straz Center For The Performing Arts BWW Review: ON YOUR FEET at Straz Center For The Performing Arts
by Carolan Trbovich - October 25, 2017

Join the Conga Line In Tampa for On Your Feet... (more...)
BWW Review: TARRA CONNER JONES HERE IS LOVE at Westcoast Black Theatre BWW Review: TARRA CONNER JONES HERE IS LOVE at Westcoast Black Theatre
by Carolan Trbovich - October 18, 2017

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, under the brilliant direction of Nate Jacobs, produces some of the best entertainment theatregoers will savor. From the simplicity of beautifully staged plays to lavish musical productions and intimate talkbacks, audiences can always expect a high-end caliber of artis... (more...)
BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at Westcoast Black Theatre BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at Westcoast Black Theatre
by Carolan Trbovich - October 17, 2017

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Stages Stellar Performance of In The Heights... (more...)
BWW Review: TASTE OF DOWNTOWN at Sarasota Opera House BWW Review: TASTE OF DOWNTOWN at Sarasota Opera House
by Carolan Trbovich - October 01, 2017

Sarasota Opera's 4th Annual Taste of Downtown Fundraiser Supports Sarasota Youth Opera... (more...)