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Asolo Rep takes Sarasota audiences "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" through July 1st

Asolo Repertory Theatre’s latest foray into theater appropriate for children is a thrilling ride taking the audience “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.” For Sarasota, a town punctuated by many beautiful bodies of water and home to a world-class sanctuary for sea life, the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, this play is the perfect entrée to the Jules Verne classic – fun and lighthearted but with an important message.…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on June 15, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Asolo Rep's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea opens this weekend

June 7–July 1

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea

By Craig Francis and Rick Miller

Directed By Rick Miller

Based on the book by Jules Verne

Produced by Kidoons/Wyrd Productions from Montréal, Canada

Magnificent sea creatures! A spectacular…


Added by Michael W. Silvestri on June 6, 2017 at 9:37am — No Comments

Prayers for Peace

Here in Sarasota our hearts and prayers go out to the wonderful people of Manchester today. My daughter is just a few years younger than the youngest of the victims. My heart breaks for these families. This is a photo of us from 2013 in front of the "Doves of Peace" sculpture in Manchester, UK.

Did you know in 1980 Manchester became the first city in the world to declare itself a nuclear free zone? As part of this…


Added by Michael W. Silvestri on May 25, 2017 at 6:26pm — 1 Comment

Eerie charm in store in world premiere of "Beatsville"

“Beatsville” is a hip new musical making its world premiere at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. The Asolo tends to explore new musicals in late spring; and I applaud the theater’s efforts to support something so crucial to musical lovers like me – new productions. The theater world places a heavy emphasis on revivals such as the first production of the Asolo season, perhaps the most perfect Broadway musical, “Guys and Dolls," which are as they say, "s'wonderful," it is also critical to expand…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on May 17, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments

END OF THE RAINBOW at freeFall Theatre Company

END OF THE RAINBOW by Peter Quilter. Playing now through June 4, 2017 at the freeFall Theatre Company​

A play with music about the final years in the life of Judy Garland, End of the Rainbow triumphed in London's West End in 2010/2011 and on Broadway in 2012. It's Christmas 1968, and Judy Garland is booked for six weeks of "comeback concerts" at London's Talk of the Town. The failed marriages, the suicide attempts, and the addictions are all behind her. At forty-six and with new flame…


Added by Michael W. Silvestri on May 17, 2017 at 10:32am — No Comments

Brash bold and bombastic “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” delights at Asolo Repertory Theatre

Brash, bold and bombastic- "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity" by Kristoffer Diaz is a truly original theatrical experience produced by the Asolo Repertory Theatre. Directed by the indomitable Jen Wineman, the black box Cook Theatre was transformed into a wrestling arena complete with laser lighting and rock music to pump up the excitement.…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on April 16, 2017 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Call for Art – 7th Annual “Landscapes” Online Art Competition

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the gallery’s 7th Annual “Landscapes” Online Juried Art Competition for the month of April 2017.  The gallery invites all 2D and 3D artists (including photographers) from around the world to make online…


Added by John R Math on April 6, 2017 at 12:06pm — No Comments

"Girl Groups: The ‘60s Explosion” at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is one of the company’s best performances!

“Girl Groups: The ‘60s Explosion” at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe was my favorite show of the season and one of the company’s best performances. This show has everything Sarasota audiences love about WBTT. Artistic Director Nate Jacobs regularly designs shows that reintroduce some of the greatest songs ever written, interpreted by Broadway caliber performers for the WBTT’s loyal and adoring audiences.…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on March 18, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Gomes turns in a performance for the record books in Sarasota Ballet's Tribute to Ashton

It helps to have friends in high places; and Iain Webb and Margaret Barbieri have ably used their considerable ballet pedigrees to great effect in the Sarasota Ballet decade of Webb. The company scored another major coup this past weekend as the first United States company to perform “Scenes de Ballet” by choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton and was joined by the larger than life ballet star Marcelo Gomes, principal of the American Ballet Theatre. The “Tribute to Ashton” event was everything I…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on March 16, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

"Born Yesterday" at Asolo Rep is an entertaining clarion call for civic education

Theater is a place of refuge; and Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director Michael Donald Edward’s decision to develop a Washington Trilogy in the early weeks of a new administration is nothing short of brilliant. “The Great Society” was a cautionary tale; “The Originalist” was a peace offering extolling the search for common political ground; and “Born Yesterday” is a clarion call to energize citizens to reassert the founding principals of democracy.


Don’t get me wrong,…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on February 20, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Ed Gero as Scalia wins hearts and minds in "The Originalist"

In these heady times where the Constitution is on everyone’s minds and lips, it was an unexpected pleasure to watch “The Originalist,” a play about famed and recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, which premiered at Asolo Repertory Theatre on inauguration day.


Scalia’s death last year has thrown the Supreme Court into the forefront of political discourse. “The Originalist,” written by John Strand, premiered in Washington, D.C. while he was still alive. Edward…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on January 30, 2017 at 8:15pm — No Comments

Ashton, Graziano, and Tuckett is a bonafied hit!

Nearly every time I see the Sarasota Ballet these days, I think to myself, they have reached an entirely different level and they have outdone themselves! In fact, this weekend’s performance of the powerful line up of choreographers Ashton, Graziano, and Tuckett was transcendent; and there are three remaining shows (tonight, tomorrow afternoon, and tomorrow night).


I was eagerly anticipating “Changing Light” by Will Tuckett, which I first saw in 2013, my…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on January 29, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Originalist at the Asolo!

The Originalist

By John Strand…


Added by Michael W. Silvestri on January 20, 2017 at 4:59pm — No Comments

The Ghostlight Project - Sarasota, Today at 5:30 PM, Five Points Park 1 Central Ave, Sarasota, Florida 34236



Added by Michael W. Silvestri on January 19, 2017 at 11:23am — No Comments

Asolo's The Great Society is a poignant and important history lesson

At a time when our nation is riveted to partisan politics, it is refreshing to take a page out of history with the Asolo Repertory Theatre’s “The Great Society.” Last year, the Asolo began our journey with President Lyndon Baines Johnson with the fabulous production “All the Way.” That production introduced us to the intriguing tête a tête between Martin Luther King Jr. and LBJ. In the “The Great Society” the two continued their dance - each one needing each other, slightly loathing each…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on January 17, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

Running Now through February 18, 2017

It’s the Depression era and an impoverished black family argues over an heirloom piano that their enslaved grandfather carved with figures representing their rich history. Should they honor their past by…


Added by Michael W. Silvestri on January 16, 2017 at 11:57am — No Comments

Opening Night Tonight at the Asolo Repertory Theatre!

The Great Society

By Robert Schenkkan

Directed by Nicole A. Watson…


Added by Michael W. Silvestri on January 13, 2017 at 7:53am — No Comments

"Jewels" - a perfect gift for the holiday season!

I have been eagerly anticipating the opening night of “George Balanchine’s Jewels” when all three pieces, “Emeralds,” “Rubies,” and “Diamonds” would be performed on one night; and the Sarasota Ballet delivered in spades.




Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on December 17, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Grand Tour through a Decade with Iain Webb

The Sarasota Ballet started off the season with a wonderful opener, “Walsh, Tudor, Graziano, and Layton.” To honor Iain Webb's 10th season with the Sarasota Ballet, the company restaged the classic “Wolfgang for Webb,” choreographed by Dominic Walsh. This was the first piece Webb commissioned for the Sarasota Ballet, so it was a fitting beginning to his decade celebration. This relatively exotic piece began with a diaphanous tarp covering the stage and our beloved dancers lifting…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on November 1, 2016 at 9:01pm — No Comments

Ease on Down the Road to Check Out the New Production of "The Wiz"

Ease on down the road to check out “The Wiz” at the Westcoast Black Theatre Company through November 20, 2016. This timeless classic about Dorothy, a young woman searching for her way back home, is a tale of friendship, acceptance, and growing up. Dorothy, played with youthful exuberance by the radiant Khadijah Rolle, meets a cast of quirky characters on her journey. Rolle carries the show beautifully and is the moral compass at the center. As the cast swirls around…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on November 1, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

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