Be Robin Hood! It’s about time to revisit the heroic outlaw who has a unique mission of righting the wrongs of income inequality. So, what better opportunity to take a deeper dive into the story of the Bernie Sanders of the middle-ages.
It was cathartic to be able to laugh at something that a year ago was one of the most difficult periods for parents, probably since the polio epidemic. New College graduate Jonathan Spencer wrote a masterful and prescient script before the COVID pandemic that speaks to the very human desire to control nature. In retrospect, it seems entirely predictable that people, particularly Americans, would clash over a debate between individual rights and a communitarian push to ensure the safety of others.
Finally, “Elite Syncopations” was so theatrical and spunky and let the company fully enjoy their final performance of a momentous season on the heels of nearly two years out of the theater. Ian Spurling’s designs were colorful and playful reflecting the lighthearted ragtime piece. Once again, the dancers brought their own personalities to the performance and left the audience wanting more. It’s hardly fair to blow us away with a fabulous final piece and then drop the curtain until the fall. Yet, these dancers deserve a break after dazzling us all year and helping us find our joy again after such a painful time in our history.
I love that Sarasota has the potential to be a pre-Broadway hub, and Asolo Repertory’s latest musical “Knoxville” by the award-winning creators of “Ragtime,” one of the finest musicals of all time, has found its way to Sarasota as an incubator.
“‘The Great Leap’ is a giant win for the Asolo Repertory Theatre. The more than two-year hiatus has done nothing to dampen the spirits of the cast and crew of Lauren Yee’s tremendous play. The incredible energy from the cast and the compelling script made this the best staged play I have seen in at least five years.”
“Graziano’s final scene at the Madhouse was filled with artistry and pathos. He committed so fully to the rake’s unfortunate state, as he slowly, methodically depicted his descent into madness.”
The connection among the characters is strikingly pure and harmonious, and spending two hours in a time before cell phones, social media, and globalization is a welcome relief for weary souls.
“Giselle” was a unique choice for the Christmas holiday season performance, and I cannot recommend the evening-length production enough. As I have been remarking since the live season began, the grandeur of such a sprawling piece on the sweeping Van Wezel stage is another remarkable step forward for the Sarasota Ballet. Although the audience’s faces […]
Being back at the beautiful Sarasota Opera House after a two-year hiatus, you could feel the buzz of excitement. A season like no other is picking up the pace now, and it is clear we are all savoring every moment of renewal more than ever before. Even crossing the threshold into the remarkable downtown venue […]
Fifty years is a fruitful passage of time to consider what the social and political revolution depicted in the hit Broadway musical “Hair” has meant to audiences around the world and how it can be interpreted through the lens of our current climate. Asolo Repertory Theatre’s decision to stage such a politically charged and emotionally […]
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