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Added by Michael W. Silvestri on April 13, 2019 at 2:16pm — No Comments
“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…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on April 7, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments
The Cake opens this weekend at the …Continue
Added by Michael W. Silvestri on April 4, 2019 at 9:41pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
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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…Continue
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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 –…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on February 17, 2019 at 2:30pm — No Comments
“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…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on February 14, 2019 at 8:08pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on January 26, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments
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“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…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on January 21, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Opening Night Tonight for The Crucible at the …Continue
Added by Michael W. Silvestri on January 11, 2019 at 6:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on December 18, 2018 at 8:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on November 25, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on November 23, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on October 29, 2018 at 7:00pm — No Comments