Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Writers

Andrew Meacham, Times Performing Arts Critic

Andrew Meacham, Times Performing Arts Critic

Andrew Meacham is the performing arts critic for the Tampa Bay Times, covering the growing local venues for theater, orchestra, opera and dance. Andrew previously served as the Epilogue obituaries writer for the Times. He grew up in St. Petersburg, graduated from Eckerd College and holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.



Comedian Benji Brown, who will perform his national stand-up tour at the Straz Center in Tampa. Photo courtesy of the Straz Center.

What’s on stage this week: Benji Brown, ‘No Man’s Land’ on screen, Florida Orchestra does Bruch

KIKI OR BUST: BENJI BROWNWherever Benji Brown goes, Kiki follows. The comic, known for his work on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, created the fast-talking female character on the fly when he called a girl’s house in high school and...
Published: 11/15/17
Jeff Lluis pauses for a moment to look at the stage at the Improv in Ybor City on Wednesday, July 12,  2017.

From stickup to stand-up, bank robber's second act is comedy

TAMPA — He had dreamed about returning to comedy in odd moments, between meetings with the lawyer, the lonely trip to the correctional institute, picking up trash on state roads while a guard stood by with a rifle. This nightmare would make him...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/12/17
Jeff Lluis pauses for a moment to look at the stage at the Improv in Ybor City on Wednesday, July 12,  2017.

From stickup to stand-up, bank robber’s second act is comedy

TAMPA — He had dreamed about returning to comedy in odd moments, between meetings with the lawyer, the lonely trip to the correctional institute, picking up trash on state roads while a guard stood by with a rifle. This nightmare would make him...
Published: 11/10/17
What’s on stage this week: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ in Key West, Travis Wall Shaping Sound

What’s on stage this week: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ in Key West, Travis Wall Shaping Sound

AMERICAN STAGE: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHINGTwo couples nearly come apart at the seams for different reasons, the premise for Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, opening at American Stage. This version is set in Key West in the 1940s, the...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/15/17
Brian Moorhead and Mark Sforzini will perform Premium Blend, a composition for clarinet and bassoon written by Sforzini, at ClarinetFest 2017 in Orlando. Times files.

What's on stage this week: 'The Year of Magical Thinking,' Florida Orchestra milestone concert, John Cleese

STAGEWORKS:MINING GRIEF FOR HEALING
Published: 11/01/17
Updated: 11/08/17
Michael Francis, now in his third season as music director, has planned a celebratory lineup for the Florida Orchestra's 50th anniversary.  [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]

Florida Orchestra blazes through Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture

TAMPA — Even people who aren’t music fans have heard of the 1812 Overture. Tchaikovsky’s booming showpiece lives on a mezzanine level of the mass mind, somewhere between Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Chopin’s Études. In the prolonged celebration of...
Updated one month ago
Violinist and conductor André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra perform at Amalie Arena on Nov. 1, 2017. Times files.

Andre Rieu aims to have Tampa Bay area hearing a waltz

TAMPA He’s the Thomas Kinkade of classical music, painting nostalgic castles of sound with an orchestra he named after the king of waltzes and his own violin, a sound that warms the soul.Critics have called André Rieu sentimental, even...
Updated one month ago

Rhythm’s gonna get you with Gloria Estefan musical ‘On Your Feet!’ at Straz

TAMPA — At 17, Gloria Fajardo had the world at her fingertips. Bright and driven, with strong family support and a chance at success in the United States, the Cuban immigrant stood only to gain.Alas, the very circumstances that frame her...
Updated one month ago
Miscreants in Jobsite Theater's The Threepenny Opera, which runs through Nov. 12, include (from left) Amy E. Gray, Jonathan Harrison, Giselle Muise, Chris Jackson, Fo'i Meleah, and Derrick Phillips. Courtesy of Jobsite Theater.

Josbite goes all out, gets results with annual musical, ‘The Threepenny Opera’

TAMPA — As the house lights dimmed for the second act, burglars and pickpockets, prostitutes and scam artists weaved between the little tables of the Jaeb Theater, warning customers they’d best wind down their talking and silence their phones. This...
Updated one month ago
The St. Petersburg Opera Company begins its season with Faust, in a production seemingly aligned with the original intent of French composer Charles Gounod and librettists Jules Barbier and Michel Carre. [St. Petersburg Opera Company]

Seasoned cast scores an extra-base hit for St. Petersburg Opera with ‘Faust’

TAMPA — Charles Gounod’s Faust sets the table early. The world-weary philosopher immortalized in a dramatic poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is in his study, lamenting his state of affairs. He’s willing to give away everything he has to be young...
Updated one month ago