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Record Store Day is today!


Added by Michael W. Silvestri on April 13, 2019 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Social commentary with sprinkles of humor is a piece of cake at Asolo Rep!

“The Cake,” now playing at Asolo Repetory Theatre, was the show I was most eager to see on the theater’s schedule for this season. Bekah Brunstetter, who is also behind the wildly popular TV show “This is Us,” has written a masterpiece about the ways hearts and minds can be influenced, one person at a time, to create a more hopeful, inclusive world.


I often marvel that “This is Us” became such a sensation during the most divisive political period of my lifetime. People all…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on April 7, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Cake!

The Cake opens this weekend at the …


Added by Michael W. Silvestri on April 4, 2019 at 9:41pm — No Comments

Opens today at Florida Studio Theatre!

Wise, heartfelt, and often hilarious, this anthology of award-winning short plays highlights the most creative and imaginative writing from Elementary school students. Performed by a cast of professional actors, these authentic stories from the minds of children contain laughter, lessons, and learning for us all.

A Beary Big Adventure will play EVERY SATURDAY and SELECT SUNDAYS from March 30, 2019 - April 20, 2019 in the Keating Theatre.…


Added by Michael W. Silvestri on March 30, 2019 at 9:28am — No Comments

The Lion King is Here!

Now through March 31, 2019 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist.…

Added by Michael W. Silvestri on March 19, 2019 at 9:26am — No Comments

In A Word

Urbanite Theatre

In A Word

by Lauren Yee

Directed by Erin Kraft

Regional Premiere

March 8 – April 14

Wednesday - Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm

Two years…

Added by Michael W. Silvestri on March 15, 2019 at 8:55am — No Comments

"Poetry and Liberty" prove an electric combination for the Sarasota Ballet

Sarasota Ballet combined two key ingredients to the good life for the March performance - “Poetry and Liberty.” Poetry without liberty is heartbreaking; and liberty without poetry results in an unexamined life – together they proved electric. The company turned in a powerhouse evening with two major ballets, Sir Frederick Ashton’s “Apparitions” and George Balanchine’s “Stars and Stripes” representing the range of human emotions.


“Apparitions” is an unusual ballet that could…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on March 10, 2019 at 5:36pm — No Comments

The Sarasota Ballet's Poetry and Liberty is tonight!


Added by Michael W. Silvestri on March 8, 2019 at 7:38am — No Comments



Added by Michael W. Silvestri on February 27, 2019 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Tonight at the Van Wezel!


Added by Michael W. Silvestri on February 26, 2019 at 6:55am — No Comments

The Martha Graham Dance Company gives a jam-packed triumphant performance presented by the Sarasota Ballet

Several years ago, the Sarasota Ballet began hosting a touring company early in the new year to give local audiences a greater breadth of experience with modern dance and to give the dancers a chance to relax in the audience for a change.


Local balletomanes have been treated to companies ranging from the well-known Paul Taylor Dance Company to, more recently, the less familiar Smuin Dance Company. This year, the Sarasota Ballet has hosted the grande dame of the dance world –…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on February 17, 2019 at 2:30pm — No Comments

"Sweat" - a rumination on working class America is currently playing at Asolo Repertory Theatre

“Sweat” by Lynn Nottage opened February 8th at Asolo Repertory Theatre. “Sweat” is considered the first play to speak directly to the Trump era because of its focus on a working class community in America’s heartland.


Pundits have spent the better part of nearly three years discussing the forgotten working class voters that have been touted as the key to Trump’s appeal. I was intrigued to see a play that would address head on a community impacted by the loss of…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on February 14, 2019 at 8:08pm — No Comments

"Transcending Movement" moves beyond typical fare to achieve the sublime

Sarasota Ballet’s latest production “Transcending Movement” was an exciting mix of classic and modern featuring four divergent pieces that captured the spirit of what the company is all about.


The evening began with the delightful “Four Scottish Dances” by David Bintley – light and fresh with a particularly strong performance by Weslley Carvahlo, a coryphée dancer who brings leading male star quality to his role. Breezy and fun, this piece was a great aperitif for the rest of…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on January 26, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

"A Doll's House, Part 2" features Kate Hampton in a revelatory performance about the revolutionary Nora Helmer!

“A Doll’s House, Part 2” now playing at Asolo Repertory Theatre started simply with an unopened door signifying the threshold where we last saw housewife Nora Helmer in the classic Ibsen original. As the lights came up the infamous doorway itself was met with thundering applause from an audience that has clearly been hungering to learn what became of Nora, who, in 1879, defied convention by departing through that door leaving behind her husband and children.


Lucas Hnath has…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on January 21, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Opening Night Tonight for The Crucible at the Asolo Repertory Theatre!

Opening Night Tonight for The Crucible at the …


Added by Michael W. Silvestri on January 11, 2019 at 6:30am — No Comments

Kicking off a Balmy Sarasota Holiday Season with Victorian Winters at the Sarasota Ballet

With “Victorian Winters,” the Sarasota Ballet took the audience on an elegant journey back in time celebrating the grandeur of belle époque choreography.


“Les Patineurs,” choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton to depict a Victorian skating party, was a gorgeous production. Kate Honea and Kaitlyn May were a lovely duo as Blue Girls; and I especially enjoyed watching them tiptoeing on toe gingerly across the “ice.”


We saw “Les Patineurs” a few years ago featuring…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on December 18, 2018 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Toe-tapping Joy in Re-Imagined "The Music Man" at Asolo Rep

From the minute the curtain went up, it was clear Asolo Repertory’s tap infused “The Music Man,” directed by Tony-nominated Jeff Calhoun, was going to be something special.


A group of salesmen on a jittery train introduce us to the tall tale of Professor Harold Hill, who is prone to skipping town once he has made his sale. The salesmen move up and down and sway a little until they reach a turn and then they gently lift their chairs and guide them around the bend simulating…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on November 25, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments

"Masters of Dance" - a Sarasota Ballet showcase featuring guest artist Mathias Dingman

We weren’t sure we could make it to this week’s performance of “Masters of Dance,” but the stars aligned. I am thrilled I had the chance to be introduced to Mathias Dingman, principal dancer of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, dancing the role first created by Sir Frederick Ashton for Mikhail Barshnikov.


For “Rhapsody,” the Sarasota Ballet secured the original sets from the Royal Ballet; and the exquisite dancing before the regal Greek columns had me enraptured from start to…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on November 23, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

Iconographic - a Triumphant Launch for the Sarasota Ballet 2018-2019 Season

The Sarasota Ballet officially launched its 2018-2019 season with “Iconographic,” an evening featuring three major works each introducing the audience to a very separate and distinct picture of time and emotion.


When the company of radiant female dancers in white and gold tutus entered the stage adorned simply with chandeliers, I felt a sigh of relief come over me. At the conclusion of yet another difficult news week, punctuated with familiar but continuously unthinkable…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on October 29, 2018 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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