PLAY FOR KEEPS

Florida Rep’s 18th sea­son gets na­tional recog­ni­tion, praised by top drama critic

RSWLiving - - Features - BY KLAU­DIA BALOGH Klau­dia Balogh is an Ed­i­to­rial As­sis­tant for TOTI Me­dia.

Florida Rep’s 18th sea­son gets na­tional recog­ni­tion, praised by top drama critic

Florida Reper­tory Theatre founder and pro­duc­ing artis­tic di­rec­tor Robert Ca­cioppo called donors “an­gels” at the show­ing of Twelve An­gry Men at the His­toric Ar­cade Theatre, not­ing that the the­ater wouldn’t be close to as suc­cess­ful with­out their help. But per­for­mances and stag­ing bring pa­trons. Wall Street

Jour­nal writer Terry Tea­chout, for in­stance, called Florida Rep “one of the top re­gional troupes in the United States,” rec­og­niz­ing this Jan­uary’s pro­duc­tion as “the finest stag­ing of The Cock­tail

Hour” he had ever seen per­formed. The last pro­duc­tion of the 18th sea­son is The Ding­dong, play­ing un­til May 8. This clas­sic French piece was writ­ten in 1896 and was cho­sen for pro­duc­tion dur­ing Florida Rep’s PlayLab last May—a festival that gives se­lect play­wrights a chance to have their play read aloud and to re­ceive feed­back.

The Ding­dong was also picked up by a New York pro­ducer and had a world pre­miere only two weeks be­fore the South­west Florida re­gional pre­miere in April.

This adapted bed­room farce, writ­ten by Mark Shana­han, puts fi­delity to the test when two hus­bands, two wives, one maid and one call girl meet in an apart­ment in Paris. Who had an af­fair with whom? Who is next and why? Can they save their mar­riage?

Florida Rep pa­trons each year are in for a heck-of-a-ride sea­son of won­der­ful dra­mas, come­dies and mu­si­cals at the his­toric Ar­cade Theatre, which opened in the early 20th cen­tury. Then in the 1990s—from funds raised by the City of Fort My­ers and bal­let/film star Mikhail Barysh­nikov—it was ren­o­vated and be­came Florida Rep's per­ma­nent home.

One of the top re­gional troupes in the United States.”

—Terry Tea­chout, Wall Street Jour­nal drama critic in de­scrib­ing Florida Rep Theatre

Robert Ca­cioppo, Florida Rep pro­duc­ing artis­tic di­rec­tor

Florida Rep pro­duc­tions this sea­son in­cluded the court­room clas­sic Twelve An­gry Men. A French adap­ta­tion runs at the His­toric Ar­cade Theatre through May 8.

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