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News from TampaRep:

theatreTampaBay Recommends; Audiences Rave!

It’s official.  Imagining Madoff is a hit.  We had a very successful first weekend, with enthusiastic audiences.  There’s a great review in the Tampa Bay Times, and the theatreTampaBay judges have recommended the show. Members of the audience have left words of praise on Facebook; here’s a small sample:

  • “Wow! It was amazing. Thank you.”
  • “Tremendous Play! Please, please, please don’t miss this one!” 
  • “. . . a wonderful, thought-provoking evening of theater. Congratulations on a great production!”
  • “Went to opening night of Imagining Madoff at The Tampa Repertory Theatre. Beautiful play and Great performances”

I’m extremely proud to be a member of this superb cast, along with Jim Wicker and Joanna Sycz, all under the masterful direction of Steve Mountan.  And we’re so pleased that the playwright, Deborah Margolin, was able to join us for the first two performances.

We re-open on Thursday. There are 8 more performances, through January 25th.  You can get tickets on our website.  Remember, this production takes place in Studio 120 on the USF Tampa Campus.  The address is 3837 USF Holly Drive.  Hope to see you there.


Opens January 23rd

Our laboratory company,TRT2, is back with an intiguing play by Laura Marks: Bethany.  A darkly comic thriller, the play takes place at the height of the foreclosure crisis.  Crystal, single mother, struggles to stay positive—with plenty of help from a roommate with conspiracy theories, a motivational speaker with a secret, and her colleagues at the local Saturn dealership. She’s soon in a desperate quest to regain what she’s lost, as the play explores just how far we’ll go to get back what’s ours.

The production features a stellar cast:  Emily Belvo, Maxx Janeda, Caroline Jett, Isabel Natera, Nicole Jeannine Smith, and Greg Thompson. Director Dan Granke makes his Tampa debut with Bethany, but he’s already making his mark as one of the directors of Tampa’s newest theatrical venture, the Tampa Shakespeare Festival.  Dan, a certified stage combat director, will stage Macbeth, which, along with Romeo and Juliet, will play in repertory for Tampa Shakes.

Bethany opens on January 23rd  and plays through February 8th in the newly renovated Silver Meteor Gallery in Ybor City,  Tickets are on sale now on our website.


Coming in May — Harold Pinter’s Betrayal

with Emilia Sargent, Ned Averill-Snell, and Greg Thompson

Directed by C. David Frankel