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Great first weekend for Gnit!

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Gnit: Recommended by Critics and Theatre Tampa Bay!

We had a great opening weekend for Gnit!  Not only were we recommended by Theatre Tampa Bay, but critics heaped praise on the production.  Writing in the Tampa Bay Times, Julie Garisto said “Tampa Repertory Theatre’s Gnit strikes gold for theatergoers who appreciate deadpan wit, clever wordplay and incisive commentary on the human condition.”  The play, she notes, “supplies a bellyful of laughs followed by quick releases of therapeutic catharsis.” You can read her review here.


Jonelle Meyer and Jon VanMiddlesworth in a scene from Gnit.
(Photo by Megan Lamasney)

Peter Nason, in BroadwayWorld, agreed about the play, saying that “Gnit is quite hilarious, with some incredibly funny dialogue and giggle-worthy quips, but there’s an underlying sadness that makes for an uneasy ride.” He especially liked the acting:  “Enough accolades cannot be placed on Jonelle Meyer and Lauren Buglioli. Both of these local talents are very different in their approaches to the stage, but when you watch them perform, especially like here in a variety of roles, you are in for a treat.” He added these comments, as well: “Nick Hoop, always a blessing onstage, also appears in numerous small roles, from the voice of the Sphinx to a Pale Man, each distinct and full of zest.” and that “Newcomer TR Butler is a real find here.”  Peter also noted about us that “Every city needs a theatre company like TampaRep–a company that produces smaller, edgier, more thought-provoking work.”


Lauren Buglioli (Solvay) with Lynne Locher (Mother) in Gnit.

Nick Hoop as Moynihan shares a moment with TR Butler as Town in Gnit.

The STAGE, TV, CINEMA, ART & ARTISTS page in Facebook also praised the acting: “Jon VanMiddlesworth is our Peter Gnit and does marvelously conveying both Gnit’s hubris and ignorance, showing us a man who always sees the grass greener on the other side, until he gets there,” and noting that “Lynne Locher does a fabulous job as his mother. . . magically making her an incredibly sad and sympathetic creature. . . .”  The final conclusion? “Don’t “miss this incredibly simple yet remarkably complex production.”


Here’s a short trailer to give you a taste of what the production looks (and sounds) like.  Sierra Umberger made it and the music is by Igor Santos, who composed quite a score for the production.

We’re back on stage on Thursday night at 8pm, with additional performances on Friday and Saturday night and Sunday at 3.  Then one more weekend (Jan. 25-28) and Gnit is gone.  Don’t miss it.  Get your tickets at TampaRep.org/Gnit.

See you at the theatre.

C. David Frankel
Artistic Director

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