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Dennis Duggan plays Robert while Marie-Claude Tremblay plays his daughter Catherine in the play Proof at Innovocative Theatre.Courtesy of Staci Sabarsky

New theater company, Innovocative Theatre, opens at Stageworks with 'Proof'

MEET INNOVOCATIVE THEATRE: PROOF A new professional theater takes a major step forward this weekend with Proof, a Pulitzer and Tony winner in 2001 that explores the lines between genius, mental illness and family dynamics. Innovocative Theatre was established by Staci Sabarsky, who directed a well-received one-woma …


  1. Review: Time, gender, ethnicity play musical chairs in Jobsite's farcical 'Cloud Nine'


    TAMPA — Seven actors and a doll play 17 roles in Cloud Nine, Jobsite Theater's last production of the season. The farce by British playwright Caryl Churchill was a local hit in 2003, one that helped establish Jobsite as the resident theater at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, in part …

    Plantation owner Clive (played respectably by Giles Davies, right) controls everyone, including wife Betty (David M. Jenkins, left).
  2. New theater company, Innovocative Theatre, opens at Stageworks with 'Proof'



    Dennis Duggan plays Robert while Marie-Claude Tremblay plays his daughter Catherine in the play Proof at Innovocative Theatre.
  3. Review: Big wigs and bigger thinking shape Freefall's 'Marie Antoinette'


    ST. PETERSBURG — Freefall Theatre's Marie Antoinette takes audiences back in time and maybe forward. This interpretation of David Adjmi's play casts the historically maligned title character as a real person while not diminishing the vacuous detachment the world saw, perhaps rightly, as arrogance.

    Lucas Wells as King Louis XVI, left, and Megan Rippey as Marie Antoinette in Freefall Theatre’s “Marie Antoinette.”
  4. American Stage delivers a smart look at relationships in 'Sex With Strangers'


    ST. PETERSBURG — As might be inferred from the title, Sex With Strangers is about seduction.

    Novelist Olivia (Carey Urban) and sex blogger Ethan (Ben Williamson) try to reinvent themselves online while navigating a new relationship.
  5. The best things on stage this week: Sarasota Improv Festival, Puddles Pity Party



    BLANK! The Musical, an improv troupe based in Chicago and New York, will perform at the Sarasota Improv Festival July 14 and 15 at Florida Studio Theatre.
  6. Review: 'The Little Mermaid' at the Straz has something for kids and adults


    TAMPA — Like the pre-fixed ideas Disney's the Little Mermaid tries to fight, the show itself resists labeling.

    Diana Huey plays Ariel in the title role of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, at the Straz Center July 11-16, 2017. Courtesy of the Straz Center.
  7. Review: Racial, sexual tensions combine in taut production of 'Race' at Heather Theatre


    TAMPA — For a while now, the Heather Theatre has been one of the Tampa Bay area's best kept secrets. The professional company holds shows in a converted office suite in a nondescript park behind a Popeye's restaurant on W Hillsborough Avenue.

    The excellent cast of the Heather Theatre’s Race includes Sharell Nichole Williams, left, as Susan, Vincenzo Hinckley as Jack, Pierce Lackey as Charles and Darren Constantine as the world-weary Henry. 
Heather Theatre
  8. Freefall, American Stage and Jobsite wrap up seasons with sex and satire


    Turn out the lights, the party's over. Almost.

    Lucas Wells as King Louis XVI, Megan Therese Rippey as Marie Antoinette and Matthew McGee as The Sheep in Freefall Theatre’s Marie Antoinette.
  9. Review: Show Palace's '8-Track' brings back pleasant memories of the '70s


    Whew! I didn't remember that so many of the songs of the 1970s (also known as "the forgotten years") were so sexy. Nor that so many were wonderful and memorable and still being sung by the original singers, as well as covered by scads of newer ones.

    Ericka Womack, from left, Dante J.L. Murray, Zander Morales and Heather Krueger are set to bring a decade of music, and fashion, to the Show Palace Dinner Theatre through Aug. 13.
  10. Best things on local stages this week: 'The Little Mermaid,' Val Kilmer



    A recent trivia game with theater friends reminded Diana Huey of her passion for Disney movies.

    Disney’s The Little Mermaid opens Tuesday at Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center in Tampa.