Tuesday, July 17, 2018


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.

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Matt Acquard plays Jonah, a solid family anchor reeling after the death of his grandpa, and Jenny Lester plays his sharp cousin Diana in Bad Jews.

Grief and wit, heritage and family dynamics collide in ‘Bad Jews’ at American Stage

ST. PETERSBURG — Whatever else he learned at Cornell University and the Juilliard School, playwright Joshua Harmon surely learned family dynamics. His play, Bad Jews, bristles with wit and malevolence dished out by people for whom familiarity...
Updated: 8 hours ago
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The cast of Bad Jews includes, from left, Kate Berg, Jackson Goldberg, Matt Acquard and Jenny Lester.

What’s on stage this week: ‘Bad Jews,’ ‘Red,’ ‘It Shoulda Been You’

AMERICAN STAGE: BAD JEWSWe know that death draws family members closer together. Except when it drives them further apart. A grandfather’s valuable heirloom shifts relatives from grief to competition, questions about who was...
Published: 07/11/18
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David Schneider, left, and Ward Smith play apprentice Ken and master painter Mark Rothko in Red.

Review: Confident brush strokes paint an eminently watchable ‘Red’ at Heather Theatre

TAMPA — You can always count on the Heather Theatre to do one thing. And that is to produce meaningful plays, and find within each the burning ember that gives off heat and light.So it is again with Red, John Logan’s deconstruction of...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/10/18
The cast for Cinderella, running July 5-8, 2018 at the Straz Center, includes (from left) Sean Ryan, Leslie Jackson and Tatyana Lubov in Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella. (Photo by Carol Rosegg)

This week on stage: ‘Cinderella,’ ‘So Long Life,’ American Stage previews ‘Bad Jews’

THE BALL IS BACK: CINDERELLAThe national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella comes with flamboyant colors, ebullient music and lavish costumes."My favorite song is a huge ball scene at the end...
Published: 07/05/18
The cast of the St. Petersburg Opera's The Music Man includes Olivia Sargent as Zaneeta Shinn and David Bevis as Tommy Djilas. The show runs through July 8, 2018 at the Palladium. (Courtesy of the St. Petersburg Opera Co.)

St. Petersburg Opera finishes season with an energetic ‘The Music Man’

ST. PETERSBURG — Musically, the creative team behind the St. Petersburg Opera’s season-ending musical, The Music Man, were clearly going all out. Meredith Willson’s paean to small-town Americana outdid West Side Story...
Published: 07/02/18
Menopause the Musical, shown here with a different cast in 2015, returns to the Straz Center through July 1, 2018. (Courtesy of the Straz Center.)

This week on stage: Cindy Williams in Menopause the Musical, The Music Man at St. Petersburg Opera

STRAZ CENTER: MENOPAUSE THE MUSICALCindy Williams has made a career of saying yes. When producer Garry Marshall asked Williams and Penny Marshall, his sister, to parlay the success of their roles in Happy Days...
Updated one month ago
Matthew McGee (foreground) emcees a sendup of Cabaret in The Musical of Musicals -- The Musical, running at Freefall Theatre through July 15, 2018. In the background are cast members (from left) Robert Teasdale, Jennifer Byrne and Ann Morrison. (Thee Photo Ninja)

Parody and theater trivia combine in Freefall’s light-hearted of ‘Musical of Musicals’

ST. PETERSBURG — Forgive yourself if you recognize only a portion of the dozens of musicals being lampooned in The Musical of Musicals — The Musical!, Freefall Theatre’s season closer. This mash-up of the works of five celebrated composers...
Updated one month ago
The cast of I Enjoy Being a Girl, which runs through July 21 at Havana Harry's 2 in Largo, includes (from left) Mary Anne Furey, Jeremiah Gibbons, Holly Marie Weber and McKenzie Pollack. (Photo by Limelight Stage Productions)

On stage this week: Freefall Theatre’s ‘The Musical of Musicals,’ Jay Pharoah

SENDUP: MUSICAL OF MUSICALSFive composers, a talented cast, choreography by Cheryl Lee and music directed by Michael Raabe — that’s Freefall Theatre’s recipe for a laugh-filled, season-ending summer musical,...
Updated one month ago
The cast of Dancing at Lughnasa, running through July 8 at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, includes (from left) Jonelle Meyer, Katrina Stevenson, Emily Belvo, Nicole Jeannine Smith (standing), and Caitlin Eason.  Pritchard Photography.

Jobsite’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ should be more gripping than it is

TAMPA — The virtues of Dancing at Lughnasa, with which Jobsite Theater closes its season, are many. This drama by the celebrated Brian Friel opened in 1990 to much acclaim. It captures a family’s joys and sadnesses, and the quickness with...
Updated one month ago
Connor Coyle spars with Rick Caronongan at Spinnergy gym in St. Petersburg. Coyle is due to compete for a middleweight title on Saturday. MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times

Irish boxer brings his dream to St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — In his vision for this weekend, Connor Coyle is standing in the ring at the Coliseum, and the referee is raising his gloved fist.He’s got a National Boxing Association middleweight championship belt around his waist, the first...
Updated one month ago