Sarasota Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: RAGTIME at Asolo Repertory Theatre BWW Review: RAGTIME at Asolo Repertory Theatre
by Carolan Trbovich - May 15, 2018

RAGTIME is such an underrated piece of art. Although written in 1996 and staged for Broadway in 1998, it is almost prophetic in its reflection of the social unrest, racism and immigration sanctions prevalent in our world today. Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, with a book by Terrence McNal... (more...)
BWW Review: TONY DANZA STANDARDS AND STORIES at Sarasota Opera House BWW Review: TONY DANZA STANDARDS AND STORIES at Sarasota Opera House
by Carolan Trbovich - May 07, 2018

Tony Danza Charms Sarasota Audience... (more...)
BWW Review: MEGAN HILTY at Straz Center For The Performing Arts /Tampa BWW Review: MEGAN HILTY at Straz Center For The Performing Arts /Tampa
by Carolan Trbovich - April 24, 2018

If this is all you read, this is all you need to know. Stop what you are doing and get tickets to Megan Hilty's one-woman cabaret.... (more...)
BWW Review: FUNNY GIRL at The Players Centre For Performing Arts BWW Review: FUNNY GIRL at The Players Centre For Performing Arts
by Carolan Trbovich - April 03, 2018

Funny Girl Brings Chutzpah To Players Centre... (more...)
BWW Review: Lisa Loomer's Powerful ROE Tackles the Abortion Issue from All Sides at the Asolo Theatre BWW Review: Lisa Loomer's Powerful ROE Tackles the Abortion Issue from All Sides at the Asolo Theatre
by Peter Nason - March 23, 2018

A strong play, well-directed by Lavina Jadhwani, that features a bravura turn by Terri Weagant as Norma McCorvey, a.k.a. 'Jane Roe.'... (more...)
BWW Review: LAUREN MOLINA ACTING THE SONG MASTERCLASS at The Players Centre For Performing Arts BWW Review: LAUREN MOLINA ACTING THE SONG MASTERCLASS at The Players Centre For Performing Arts
by Carolan Trbovich - March 19, 2018

Lauren Molina Brings Masterclass To Life in Sarasota... (more...)
BWW Review: AUDRA MCDONALD at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall BWW Review: AUDRA MCDONALD at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
by Carolan Trbovich - March 16, 2018

Paying tribute to The Great American Songbook and composers such as Lerner and Loewe, Gershwin, Berlin and the likes, Audra started off with 'When Did I Fall In Love' from Fiorello. Pausing before the next song to appreciate Florida's warm and sunny weather, Audra joked that the North has had so man... (more...)
BWW Review: BEST OF BROADWAY at Sarasota Orchestra BWW Review: BEST OF BROADWAY at Sarasota Orchestra
by Carolan Trbovich - March 13, 2018

Broadway Stars Laura Osnes & Norm Lewis Headline With Sarasota Orchestra... (more...)
BWW Review: CARMEN at Sarasota Opera BWW Review: CARMEN at Sarasota Opera
by Carolan Trbovich - March 12, 2018

Don't Miss Sarasota Opera's Production of Carmen... (more...)
BWW Review:  Don't Miss Eugene Ionesco's Hilarious, Horrifying RHINOCEROS at the Asolo Repertory Theatre BWW Review: Don't Miss Eugene Ionesco's Hilarious, Horrifying RHINOCEROS at the Asolo Repertory Theatre
by Peter Nason - March 07, 2018

With its stellar cast and direction, you are unlikely to find a better production of RHINOCEROS anywhere!... (more...)
BWW Review: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL at Westcoast Black Theatre BWW Review: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL at Westcoast Black Theatre
by Carolan Trbovich - March 05, 2018

Melba Moore Owns The Stage in WBTT Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill... (more...)
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...)