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Actors, artists, directors, filmmakers and events in the news January 1-7, 2022


Grouped under headings that include art openings, film, outdoor art fairs and festivals and theater are advances, announcements and articles about the actors, artists, filmmakers and events making news in Southwest Florida this week:


1      ACTORS (alphabetically)


Robert Armstrong to play neurotic waiter Stephen for Studio Players in ‘Slow Food’

Robert Armstrong stars in January as Stephen, an absurdly neurotic waiter in Wendy MacLeod’s newest comedy, Slow Food. Prior stage credits include George in the Tim Sniffen parody Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf, Mary Sunshine in Chicago, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Max in Lend Me a Tenor, Leo (and Maxine) in Leading Ladies and Freddy in Noises Off.



Gerrie Benzing playing Jinx in TNP’s ‘Savannah Sipping Society’

Gerrie Benzing is Jinx in The Naples Players’ January/February production of The Savannah Sipping Society. The manager of a beauty supply company, Jinx volunteers to play life coach for newfound friends Dot Haigler, Marlafaye Mosley and Randa Covington. Determined to help each woman break out of her rut, regain her swagger and reclaim her life, she hatches a series of challenges that have the girls participating in a Medieval Fair, finding dates for Valentine’s Day and doing other activities that are way out of their comfort zone … and sampling a mixture of adult beverages from good old fashioned Kentucky bourbon to fine wines.

Gerrie was last seen on the TNP stage as Ruth in Calendar Girls. She has extensive stage and film credits, which you can access here.



Natalie Brouwer in ‘Night and Day’ at Players Circle Theatre

Natalie Brouwer is appearing at Players Circle Theatre in Night and Day, a romance that features over thirty of Cole Porter’s most beloved and memorable songs. Natalie’s other credits include Lady in the Street in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeLaughter on the 23rd Floor and Ho! Ho! Ho! The Christmas Show for Players Circle Theatre; Bright Star, Marvelous Wonderettes, Sanders Family Christmas, Something’s Afoot and Working: The Musical for Appalachian Repertory Theatre; Common Enemy for Triad Stage; and The Wizard of Oz, Bridge to Terabithia, Winnie the Pooh and Sleeping Beauty for Barter Theatre.



Ken Bryant in ‘Quartet’ at New Phoenix

Audiences last enjoyed Ken Bryant as Francisco/Master in Shakespeare’s Tempest at Lab Theater. He next appears in Quartet at New Phoenix Theatre. Bryant has spent a lifetime acting, directing, designing and teaching theater in colleges across the country. He was the Artistic Director of Key West’s Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center, stage managed for Miami City Ballet, and staged opera in Poland. In addition to his many other accomplishments, Ken holds a Master’s degree in Shakespeare and a Doctoral degree in Dramatic Criticism. Go here for all of Ken’s directing and acting credits.



Cantrella Canady in ‘Colored Museum’ and ‘Curious Incident’

Cantrella Canady is now in rehearsal at the Alliance for the Arts, where she’ll be reprising the role of Lala Lamazing Grace in George Wolfe’s The Colored Museum (which she performed at the conclusion of the Alliance’s inaugural CHANGE class). After that, the amazing Cantrella will go on to appear for Players Circle Theatre in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. If you’d like to survey Cantrella’s extensive stage credits, you’ll find them here.



Tijuanna Clemons to appear for Alliance in George Wolfe’s ‘Colored Museum’

Fresh from her performance for Lab Theater in The Color Purple, Tijuanna Clemons will appear for Director Sonya McCarter and the Alliance for the Arts in George Wolfe’s The Colored Museum. She will play Lady in “Last Mama on Couch” and LaWanda in “The Hairpiece.” Tijuanna has also appeared as Diana Dahner in Steven Dietz’s Rancho Mirage, Ruby in August Wilson’s King Hedley II, Bertha Holly in August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Louise in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars, all for Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts.



Steven Coe plays drug dealer named Chris in ‘Killer Joe’ at Lab Theater

Steven Coe returns to the Lab Theater boards in January to play the role of a drug dealer named Chris in Killer Joe. One of Southwest Florida’s most intelligent and engaging actors, Coe’s evolving body of work includes starring roles as Jim Fingal in Lifespan of a Fact for Players Circle Theatre, Joe Gillis in Lab’s summer spoof Sunset Schmoulevard, Sandro Botticelli in the regional premiere of Jordan Tannahill’s Botticelli in the Fire, John Proctor in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Thomas Novachek in David Ives’ Venus in Fur for The Studio Players, Andri in Andorra, and The Boy in Veronica’s Room. But that’s not all. Go here for Steven’s full profile.



Harvey Evans to reprise role of Christopher Boone in ‘Curious Incident’ in February

After completing weeks of rehearsal and weathering the rigors of tech week, Harvey Evans was deprived of playing the part of Christopher Boone for Players Circle in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by the shut-down that accompanied the COVID19 pandemic in March of 2020. He’ll finally get the opportunity to portray Christopher when Players Circle brings Curious Incident to the stage in February of 2022. To see what else Harvey has been in, please go here.



She was Celie in ‘Purple,’ next Ruthgena Faraco plays Topsy in ‘The Colored Museum’

She brought the house down at Lab Theater for her portrayal of Celie in The Color Purple. Next Ruthgena Faraco will play Topsy in “The Party,” which is the culminating exhibition in George Wolfe’s The Colored Museum, coming next month to the Alliance for the Arts. Some of Ruthgena’s other stage credits include Mary Warren in Lab Theater’s production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Molly Cunningham in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (for Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance), Lorraine in All Shook Up (Cultural Park Theatre), Kala in Tarzan (Cultural Park) and Brenda in The Pajama Game (Cultural Park). But go here to see everything Ms. Faraco has done.



Renee Freeman plays Hairpiece’s Janine in Wolfe’s ‘Colored Museum’

She was just Gonzala in Lab Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s Tempest. Next up, she’ll play Janine in “The Hairpiece,” one of the exhibitions in George Wolfe’s The Colored Museum, coming to the Alliance for the Arts January 8-30. A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Renée Freeman made her Southwest Florida theatrical debut in the role of Madre Maria in the regional premiere of Jordan Tannahill’s Botticelli in the FireYou can view Renee’s full theatrical profile here.



Karen Goldberg to play Rosemary Muldoon in ‘Outside Mullingar’

Karen Goldberg will play the lead, Rosemary Muldoon, when Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts brings Outside Mullingar to the Foulds Theatre stage. Among Karen’s Among her favorite roles are Kristine Linde in A Doll’s House, Anna Berniers in Lillian Hellman’s Toys in the Attic, Maureen in The Beauty Queen of Leenane (for which she won Florida Weekly‘s Best Actress Award) and Jean in Good People. She has also enjoyed roles in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, Women in Jeopardy, Little Shop of Horrors, Marat/Sade, The Bad Seed, Invasion of Privacy and See How They RunGo here for more on Karen.



Paul Graffy to play Ed for Players Circle in ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’

Players Circle Artistic Director Bob Cacioppo cast Paul Graffy in the role of Christopher Boone’s father, Ed, back in 2020, but he only got to perform the role in a pre-opening preview on the night that theaters across the nation shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He gets another chance, though, in February of 2022 when Players Circle Theatre brings The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to its theater-in-the-round. Since 2001, Paul has appeared in more than 30 productions and directed over a dozen others at such theaters as The Naples Players, Artis Naples, TheatreZone, The Studio Players, The Naples Dinner Theater, the Laboratory Theater of Florida and The Players Circle. You can view his extensive theatrical profile here.



Betsy Greenblatt in hangry in Studio Players’ production of ‘Slow Food’

Betsy Greenblatt made her Southwest Florida premiere as Judge Murdoch in Nuts for The Studio Players. She appears next in the role of Irene in The Studio Players upcoming performance of Slow Food. Betsy is a New Jersey community theater transplant. Prior to moving to Southwest Florida at the end of 2019, Betsy performed in community theatre in New Jersey for almost 40 years, where some of her favorite roles included Mama in A Shayna Maidel, Charlotte Hay inMoon Over Buffalo, Florence inFemale Odd Couple, and Miss Prism inThe Importance of Being Earnest.



Joann Haley in cast of Players Circle Theatre’s ‘Curious Incident’

Joann Haley is part of a star-studded cast assembled by Players Circle Artistic Director Bob Cacioppo for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Joann Haley is an actor known for interesting character roles over the course of her 20-plus year career in local community theater. Her credits include the role of Martha in Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: a Parody for Lab Theater, Beverly in The Shadow Box for New Phoenix Theatre, seductive Lady Shirley in Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood, and Mrs. Kendal in The Elephant Man. You can see what else Joann’s been in here.



Joanna Harmon will reprise the role of Teacher in ‘Curious Incident’

Joanna Harmon will reprise the role of the Teacher for Players Circle Theatre in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The word reprise refers to the fact that Joanna was part of the production in 2020 which closed after a single preview performance as a consequence of the shut-down necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. She was phenomenal in 2020 and promises to be even better when the show returns to the Players Circle stage in February of 2022. But there’s more! Go here to see what else Joanna’s been in.



Heather Johnson plays Sharla in Southwest Florida premiere of ‘Killer Joe’

Heather McLemore Johnson plays the part of Sharla in the Southwest Florida premiere of Tracy Letts’ Killer Joe. a recent theatrical transplant from Starkville, Mississippi, Heather’s stage credits include Jane in the Florida premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s How to Transcend a Happy Marriage, Rebecca Nurse in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, an aggrieved soccer mom (and the only adult cast member) in The Wolves, Andre’s mother in Max Frisch’s Andorra, multiple roles in Every Christmas Story Ever Told and the dip-spittin’ sheriff in Hush Up Sweet Charlotte. Go here for Heather’s full theatrical credits.



Justin Larsche plays detective who moonshines as killer for hire in ‘Killer Joe’

Justin Larsche goes from Caliban the monster in Shakespeare’s The Tempest to a detective who moonshines as an assassin for hire in Killer Joe. The Southern Gothic dark comedy comes to Lab Theater beginning January 12 with two half-price previews prior to the opening on January 14. Some of Justin’s other credits include Mark in The Shadow Box for New Phoenix Theatre, Sheriff of Nottingham in Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance’s production of Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood and lovestruck lawyer Burnette Lloyd in another Southern Gothic, Beth Henley’s tragi-comedy Crimes of the Heart. Go here for all of Justin’s stage and film credits.



Anna Joy Lehman to play Shelbie in ‘Steel Magnolias’

Anna Joy Lehman will play the part of Shelbie in Steel Magnolias followed by Myrtle in The Great Gatsby, all for Fort Myers Theatre. an actress, dancer, and singer/songwriter. She graduated in 2020 from the Institute for American Musical Theatre in New York City, where she trained with Broadway professionals as a triple threat for the stage and screen. Anna’s local credits also include Greta Bell in Fame and Miep Gies in The Diary of Anne Frank for Fort Myers Theatre. You will find Anna’s full profile here.



Derek Lively is Miss Roj in Colored Museum’s ‘Gospel According to Miss Roj’

Derek Lively will portray Miss Roj in “Gospel According ot Miss Roj,” one of the “exhibitions” included in George Wolfe’s The Colored Museum, which will be staged by the Alliance for the Arts in January. Since relocating to Fort Myers from New York City in 2015, Lively has starred as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Katori Hall’s Mountaintop, Frederick Douglass in The Agitators, Walter Lee Younger in Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance’s production of Lorraine Hanberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and Canewell in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars. A member in good standing in both the Actor’s Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, Lively will next play the part of King in August Wilson’s King Hedley II for Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts. Go here for Derek’s full profile.



Thomas Marsh joins cast of ‘Curious Incident’ for Players Circle Theatre

Thomas Marsh has joined the cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time for Players Circle Theatre. A local thespian who is building an impressive resume, he is best remembered for his portrayal of Joseph Carey Merrick in Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man. If you are curious to see what else he’s been in, please go here.



Trace Meier next appears in ‘Quartet’ at New Phoenix

On the heels of his appearance in multiple roles for New Phoenix Theatre in Young Frankenstein and as a Techno Dog in Lily Hatchett’s Paper Grotto Live!, Trace Meier will next appear in Quartet, in which four old-time opera singers try to decide whether or not to revive their old act. For more on Trace’s stage and other credits, please go here.



Elvis Mortley in ‘The Colored Museum’ in January

Elvis Mortley will appear in the role of the son in “Last Mama on Couch” in the Alliance for the Arts’ production of George Wolfe’s The Colored Museum. Mortley has been performing since the age 19. In the ensuing 40 years, he has performed in Trinidad, St. Lucia and New York before relocating to Fort Myers. Although he did not garner a role on Broadway or 47th Street, he did land a part as an extra on an episode of Law & OrderGo here if you’d like to access his local stage credits.



Angela Watson joins cast of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Last on stage at Players Circle Theatre playing multiple roles in The Dining Room, actor Angela Watson will take on the role of Christopher Boone’s mother in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time this February. Most know Watson through her work over seven seasons as Karen Foster, Suzanne Somers and Patrick Duffy’s very vain and seemingly shallow, though good-hearted, teenage daughter in the sitcom Step by Step. But Angela is also a talented singer, as she’s proved in the delightful country Christmas video We Love Santa ClausFor more on Angela, please read here.



Jim Yarnes to play Tony Reilly for Alliance in ‘Outside Mullingar’

Actor Jim Yarnes will play Tony Reilly for Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts in Outside Mullingar. Yarnes has built a reputation for playing off-kilter and larger-than-life characters. Yarnes is enjoying his 42nd year on stage. He started with Gulf Coast Opera Company before going on to perform at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, Cultural Park Theater, Lab Theater and Theatre Conspiracy. For the latter, he has appeared in the roles of Etienne in Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Phil in Rich Orloff’s Engagement Rules (Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance), August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Ludwig van Beethoven in Moises Kaufman’s 33 Variations and two characters in The Book of Liz. You can access Jim’s full profile here.





Kyra Belan receives prestigious ARTYA Emerald Award

On November 12, Cape Coral artist, author and educator Kyra Belan received the prestigious Art Tour International Magazine 2021 ARTYA Emerald Award.  Belan is also the subject of a feature article by Yadira Roman and her colored pencil drawing of Frida Kahlo appears on the back cover of the Fall issue of Art Tour International Magazine. The magazine’s Fall issue, which celebrates the artists who received Artya awards, is available at Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

Belan also currently has work included in a feminist art exhibition at the Newhouse Center of Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor, New York. Go here for the full story.



Back from Art Basel, Marcus Jansen prepares for ‘Victims and Victors’ London show

Local icon, Marcus Jansen, has just returned from Art Basel in Miami Beach, where he exhibited work in two separate booths and fairs this year. Since joining world-renowned Almine Rech Gallery in 2020, Jansen’s work has since been included in ten international shows. All have sold out. Included in this number are three solo exhibitions – Almine Rech Paris, Power Structures at Art Paris and Futute Fair with Richard Beavers Gallery in Brooklyn, New York – as well as Jansen’s retrospective, Two Decades of Relevance, at the Baker Museum of Art in Naples, Florida. Jansen’s next show, titled Victims and Victors, is January 13-February 19, 2022 in London at Almine Rech’s UK location.





Kevin Hendricks directs ‘Slow Food’ for Studio Players

Kevin Hendricks makes his directorial debut with Wendy MacLeod’s Slow Food. His stage credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, You Can’t Take It With You, Things Being What They Are, Clever Little Lies, A Streetcar Named Desire (he played Stanley Kowalski), Burn This and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. He also played Dasher for Lab Theater in their filmed production of The Eight: The Reindeer Monologues. When he’s not acting or directing, Kevin produces Studio Players shows, builds sets and sits on The Studio Players’ board.



Sonya McCarter directs ‘Colored Museum’ for Alliance

Sonya McCarter is directing George Wolfe’s The Colored Museum for the Alliance for the Arts. This is not her first go with The Colored Museum. She also directed the play at the end of the Alliance’s inaugural CHANGE class a few years ago. Besides The Colored Museum, McCarters directorial credits include David Mamet’s Race for Lab Theater, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, August Wilson’s King Hedley IISeven Guitars and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Lydia Diamond’s The Bluest Eye all for Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts. “Theatre,” Sonya observes, “equals transformative power – the power to enlighten, challenge and inspire; the power to connect us to our own humanity while encouraging us to recognize the humanity of others; the power to dispense laughter like medicine for the heart; to provoke consideration of ideas and concepts that are contrary to our own; to unify and speak truth to power.” Go here for all of Sonya’s theatrical and related credits.



Betty Nordstrom directing ‘Savannah Sipping Society’

Betty Nordstrom is directing The Savannah Sipping Society for The Naples Players. She previously directed Agnes of God, Over the River and Through the Woods and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. Nordstrom is a Southwest Florida based actor/director. She has been performing for forty years and has been a member of The Naples Players since 1980. Betty studied acting in Chicago, has a musical/dance background and has performed professionally both in Chicago and Florida, including some commercial and independent film projects.



Nykkie Rizley directs ‘Killer Joe’ for Lab Theater

Nykkie Rizley directs the Southwest Florida premiere of Killer Joe. Rizley is a founding member and Vice President of the Laboratory Theater of Florida. She has previously directed Hand to God, Veronica’s Room, Lab’s cumfuddled Shakespearean classic Twelfth Night, The House of Yes, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and BUG.





TGIM returns to Davis Art Center on January 3

T.G.I.M. returns to the Davis Art Center on Monday, December 6. As in years past, T.G.I.M. gives area cineastes a look at how the Fort Myers Film Festival views submissions and a voice in the selection process.

“This is one of the highlights of our season,” says Melissa Tschari DeHaven, producer and co-host of T.G.I.M. and the Fort Myers Film Festival. “It’s so much fun! Everyone loves coming out on Monday nights. There’s always something happening that you wouldn’t expect on a weeknight.”





DAAS CO-OP’s small format show becomes invitational exhibition in January

Various artists will be participating in DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery’s January small format exhibition Pequeño Formato. The opening reception is scheduled for 6:00-9:30 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2022 in conjunction with Fort Myers Art Walk.

The Pequeño Formato group show concept began during the inception years of the first DAAS Gallery. However, this year the exhibition expands as an invitational show, limiting the size to twelve inches on any side. Artists from all over Southwest Florida were invited by DAAS CO-OP to submit size-limited pieces, showcasing the same skillset as a regular size artwork but celebrating the constrictions of the space.  Submissions were received and curated in an inviting display for all to enjoy during January.

One of the artists taking part in Pequeno Formato is Mike Dressler. Dressler’s style combines interesting subjects with patterns and contrasting monochromatic subjects. A professional dance instructor by day, Dressler has rekindled his relationship with his art production, becoming one of the newest members of the Union Artists Studios in Fort Myers.

The exhibition will be on display through January 29, 2022.

DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery & Gifts is located at 1815 Fowler Street in the Butterfly Estates complex in Fort Myers, FL. The gallery’s temporary business hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. More information about the venue and/or how to become a member can be found at or by calling 239-590-8645.

NB:  Images show work by Xavier Brignoni, Mike Dressler and Alex Wilkinson.





Finalists chosen for Fire Station 17 artwork

The City of Fort Myers Public Art Committee has announced that Robert Barnum, Haijing Wu and James Lynxwiler are the finalists for the artwork that is to be installed at Fire Station 17, which is being constructed in Ward 6 on Six Mile Cypress Parkway. Each artist will receive a $500 honorarium to design a representational three-dimensional artwork of sufficient size, scale and composition to be visible to passing motorists and pedestrians. The winning design will ultimately be installed adjacent to the flagpole that will be erected in the parking area along Six Mile Cypress, where it will accommodate small groups that periodically gather for memorial event such as 9/11 commemorations and observances for fallen firefighters and police officers.

You can read about the finalists here.






‘Colored Museum’ being staged as traveling exhibition thru Alliance gallery and campus

Sonya McCarter and the Alliance for the Arts produced Emmy-winning George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum at the end of their inaugural 9-week CHANGE (Communities Harnessing the Arts to Nurture and Grow Equity) course that challenged eleven adults from minority communities to explore the fundamentals of acting, character development and scene work. In January, the Alliance brings back the vignette-based play that has electrified, discomforted and delighted audiences of all colors since 1986, undermining black stereotypes, old and new, and redefining our ideas of what it means to be black in contemporary America.

You can read the full advance here.

Go here for play dates, times and ticket information.



Broadway Palm brings ‘Greatest Movie Musical of All Time’ to main stage

In time for the 70th anniversary of the iconic film, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre brings the “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” to the main stage. Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue, extraordinary dancing, a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards and a well-spun tale about the golden age of movie musicals make Singin’ in the Rain the perfect entertainment for kicking off a brand spanking new year. Set in Hollywood in the late 1920’s, the story focuses on Don Lockwood, his sidekick Cosmo Brown, aspiring actress Kathy Selden, and Lockwood’s silent film leading lady Lina Lamont, who’s less-than-pleasant vocal tones make her an improbable contender for stardom in the new talking pictures.


Cultural Park welcomes back original cast for ‘Nunsense 2: The Second Coming’

Cultural Park Theater is thrilled to welcome back the original cast from its 2019 production of Nunsense for Nunsense 2: The Second Coming.

Opening on January 13 with performances through January 23rd, this sequel takes place six weeks after the sisters have staged their first benefit. The sisters are back presenting a “thank-you” show for all the people who supported them in the past. But now, they’re a bit slicker, having been “bitten by the theater bug.” Things get to off to a rousing start as the sisters sing “Nunsense, the Magic Word” but before long. chaos erupts.

You will find the rest of this advance here.

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SWFL premiere of ‘Killer Joe’ opens at Lab Theater on January 14

The Southwest Florida premiere of Killer Joe by Tracy Letts opens at The Laboratory Theater of Florida on January 14. There’s no denying that every family has its secrets. But some family secrets are darker than others. With a plot that’s pure Pulp Fiction, this dark comedy follows a dysfunctional family that hires a hitman to kill a relative with a sizable life insurance policy.

Read the rest of this advance here.

‘Killer Joe’ play dates, times and ticket information.



Quartet opens at New Phoenix Theatre on January 6

Coming to New Phoenix Theatre January 6 is Ken Harwood’s Quartet. The setting is a retirement home for musicians. Sitting on the terrace are three elderly former opera-singers who often worked together. Reginald is quietly reading a serious book. Jovial, priapic Wilfred is chuckling about sex as he regards Cissy lying back and listening to music through her headphones. They are joined by a newcomer ,Jean, who was a major star in her day. She has history with Reginald. The pair was once unhappily married. A gala concert is in the works at the retirement home to celebrate Verdi’s birthday. Three of the four singers are keen on recreating the third act quartet “Bella figlia dell’amore” from Rigoletto. One is not. Is there any chance that these four will ever sing together again?

The balance of this advance is here.

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Falling in and out of love with Players Circle’s ‘Night and Day’

Night and Day opens at Players Circle Theatre on January 5. Created by Robert Cacioppo, Victoria Casella and Arthur D’Alessio for Players Circle’s Musical Theater Series, Night and Day follows the touching, sophisticated, funny, and emotional journey of four friends who fall out of love and back in love on a night and day that they, and you, will never forget. The show features over 30 of Cole Porter’s most memorable and beloved songs and stars Natalie Brouwer, Elizabeth D’Aiuto, Matt Michael and Andrew Scoggins.

Go here for play dates, times and ticket information.



Players Circle’s ‘Curious Incident’s long-awaited opening slated for February 16, 2022

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was set to open on March 20, 2020 (with discounted previews on March 17-19). But after months of rehearsals and untold hours spent logging the hundreds of complex lighting cues required for the production, Players Circle was forced to shutter its doors and illuminate its ghost light on an empty stage by the COVID-19 pandemic after a single preview performance. As Players Circle founder and Artistic Director Bob Cacioppo has proven on numerous occasions and under myriad circumstances, he’s resilient and determined when targeted by the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. And so it is that Players Circle will finally bring The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to the stage February 16-27, 2022.

The rest of this advance is here.

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Female friendships focus of TNP’s ‘Savannah Sipping Society’

The Savannah Sipping Society opens January 12 at The Naples Players. It’s a delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy featuring four unique Southern women in need of escaping their boring daily routines. At an unplanned happy hour, they resolve to turn their newfound sipping society into a weekly platform from which to break out of their ruts and renew the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Their raucous humor and collective strength see them through a string of unexpected challenges. But over the ensuing six months, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment. In the best tradition of female friendship films like The Women (Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell), A League of Their Own (Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna), Steel Magnolias (Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton) and Sex and the City (Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon), they also realize it’s never too late to make new old friends.

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‘Slow Food’ a comedy for anyone who’s ever been hangry

Slow Food comes to the Joan Jenks Auditorium at Golden Gate Community Center January 14-30. Wendy MacLeod’s latest, Slow Food is a comedy for anyone who’s ever been hangry.

Ever notice how when your tummy is rumbling, you’re more likely to lash out at unsuspecting family, friends, co-workers and even innocent bystanders? This sudden, irrational rage is often referred to as “hanger” (a combo of hunger and anger). It’s a thing. Just ask Peter and Irene.

Peter and Irene are out for a nice meal on their big anniversary in Palm Springs. But not only won’t their highly neurotic waiter bring them their food, Stephen has them examining everything from their menu choices to their very future together! The rest of this advance is here.

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