If you love Steel Magnolias as much as I do, you always wait with bated breath to see if the actresses in the production can pull off the believability of long-term bonds of friendship. At the opening night of director Aaron Washington's production at Carrollwood Players Theatre, as soon as the cast... (more...)
I'll admit - I'm addicted to 'Who's Line Is It Anyway.' From my first taste of the British version to discovering the US version on ABC Family to following its revival over to CW Seed, I've loved every crazy minute watching the talented cast make up hysterical performances on the fly. I actually won... (more...)
Whether you find Betty Taylor socially irresponsible or admirable for wanting to share her love with a family of 12, "Raising Twelve on a Nickel and a Prayer" is a special holiday treat.
The true-story musical written by Fran Powers about her parents and siblings, with music by Terez Hartmann, has ... (more...)
Playing through December 25 at Show Palace Dinner Theatre, in Holiday Incorporated, it doesn't matter what you celebrate, multitalented actor, director and playwright Jonathan Van Dyke has you covered in a musical tale about an elf named Ivy who's lost her love for the holidays and the five magical ... (more...)
To say something magical happened last night in Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center would be like describing The Texas Tenors as just three gorgeous singers from Texas. Magic doesn't fully encompass what happened in that hall as the enormous vocals of John Hagen, Marcus Collins, and JC Fisher envelope... (more...)
With tongue firmly planted in cheek, from the imagination of local playwright Joe Pauly comes the outrageous tale of Ebenezer Scungili, the heat-toting Italian olive oil import company proprietor (wink-wink-nudge-nudge) and his miserly, Christmas-hating ways.
In this clever adaption of the holid... (more...)
Should you ever need to be a lodger in the warm and inviting Brooklyn home of sisters, Abby and Martha Brewster, and you are a male of any age, never admit to being someone without family ties or friends and even more importantly, no matter how delicious the wine is claimed to be, be a teetotaler. ... (more...)
"I hope he does the song."
The 14-year-old at our table in Jaeb Theatre was a huge fan of Jeremy Stoll's interpretation of Panic at the Disco's "This Is Gospel."
In black suit and red tie, Jeremy Stoll came up to the mic with no introduction and launched into "This is the Moment," setting the sta... (more...)
Just in time for Halloween, a sexy, brooding vampire has taken Carrollwood Players Theatre captive. With sound and lighting effects reminiscent of a vintage serial, "Dracula: A Vampire Play," is the story of Count Dracula played with eerie conviction by Michael C de Baca and his three fanged wives (... (more...)
When describing Hat Trick's brilliantly twisted production of Mindgame, the only thought that came to me as the lights faded to black was "what the" and I word I cannot write in print. The manipulation was so intense, yet you don't realize the emotional roller coaster you were on until the last scen... (more...)
Is there a proper way to describe the best worst play ever? If I was in the audience for "The Murder at Haversham Manor," I probably would have walked out. Before the play even began, scenery was falling, the door wouldn't stay closed and the weary stage manager brought out duct tape.... (more...)
To explain the immensely talented ensemble that appeared in Calendar Girls at Powerstories last night, I am going to borrow a quote from Trish Farber as retired teacher Jessie. "I've never had a problem with age, my dear; it only has a problem with me."... (more...)
When starring in a production like Annie, you'd better be a powerhouse. Last night at the opening of New Tampa Players' production of Annie, twelve-year-old Annie Sardouk proved why she was the lead. This young actress sang with vocal power of someone twice her age. To say I was impressed is puttin... (more...)