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CLEARWATER - Tickets were still available as of March 23 for comedian Dave Chappelle's fourth show at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Tuesday, April 14, 9:30 p.m. But, they may not last long.

Chappelle's first show at 7 p.m. Monday, April 13, sold out quickly after it was announced on March 5. Ruth Eckerd Hall added a second show on April 13 show at 9:30 p.m. the next day, but it too sold out. A third show was announced on March 7 scheduled at 7 p.m. April 14, but that show sold out as well.

Fans still have one more chance, with the fourth show added to the schedule on March 19.

Tickets are priced at $62.50 and are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office, by calling 727-791-7400 or visiting www.RuthEckerdHall.com. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and one hour prior to show time.

Chappelle sold out two shows at Ruth Eckerd Hall in December 2013 and his popularity with the locals hasn't dimmed a bit, as evidenced by how quickly tickets are selling.
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ST. PETERSBURG - As part of freeFall’s Tandem Series will showcase New York City cabaret stars The Skivvies at two late-night performances on Thursday and Friday, March 26-27, at the theater, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Show times will be Thursday, 9:30 p.m.; and Friday, 10:30 p.m.

The Skivvies will be joined by local favorites Matthew McGee and Joey Panek for a wild night of uncensored and sexy fun.
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CLEARWATER - The cast and director have been selected for the East Coast premiere of “To Quiet the Quiet,” a new mystery, being presented by Ruth Eckerd Hall Inc. The readings will take place Thursday through Saturday, March 26-28, 7:30 p.m.

The show will be presented in the all-new Murray Theatre at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road.
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CLEARWATER - Flashdance - The Musical, the stage adaptation of the 1983 hit film that defined a generation, will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall Saturday, March 28, 8 p.m.

Joining Karli Dinardo as Alex Owens and Adam J. Rennie as Nick Hurley are Brianna-Marie Bell as Kiki, Heidi Friese as Gloria, Danielle Marie Gonzalez as Tess, Patricia Bartlett as Hannah, Randy Charleville as C.C., Michael Kingston as Harry and Jacob Tischler as Jimmy.
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CLEARWATER - The Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater welcomes veteran stand-up comedian Tom Papa Saturday, March 28, 8 p.m., as he returns for the first time since opening for Jerry Seinfeld at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Papa has found success in film, television and radio as well as on the live stage. His second hour stand-up special Tom Papa: Freaked Out, directed by Rob Zombie was named one of the 10 Best Comedy Albums of 2013. His first hour special, Tom Papa Live in New York City, premiered on Comedy Central in January of 2012.
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SAFETY HARBOR - The Players of Safety Harbor will host auditions for the June production of “Steel Magnolias” on Monday, March 23, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.

This dramatic comedy is set in the 1980s in Louisiana at Truvy's Beauty Shop. POSH welcomes all those interested in community theater to audition with cold readings from the script. Performances are scheduled the weekend of June 5-7.
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CLEARWATER - The national tour of I Love Lucy Live on Stage comes to at Ruth Eckerd Hall for three shows, Tuesday, March 24, 8 p.m., and Wednesday, March 25, at 2 and 8 p.m.

Thea Brooks and Euriamis Losada lead the company as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, with Kevin Remington and Lori Hammel playing Fred and Ethel Mertz, the Ricardo’s loveable landlords and sidekicks. The cast also includes Sara Jayne Blackmore, Sarah Elizabeth Combs, Gregory Franklin, Jody Madaras, Carlos Martin, Denise Moses, Cindy Sciacca, Kami Seymour, Richard Strimer and Mark Christopher Tracy.
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PINELLAS PARK - In May 2014, Venue Theatre and Actors Studio was forced to leave its U.S. 19 location at Mainlands Boulevard and was left scrambling for a home. The nonprofit has served actors in the Tampa Bay area since 1992, and had been in that particular venue since 2005.

Now, after months of operating out of hotel conference rooms, the organization has found a new, permanent space. Since October, it’s been operating out of a small space in a strip mall at 4989 72nd Ave. in Pinellas Park.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Up next at American Stage Theatre Company is a two-man musical spoof featuring the talents of Matthew McGee and Joey Panek.

“Gutenberg! The Musical,” by Scott Brown and Anthony King, runs March 13 through April 5, on the main stage at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N.

Previews will be presented Wednesday and Thursday, March 11-12. The March 11 performance will be a pay-what-you-can night.
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CLEARWATER - “Hotbed Hotel,” by Michael Parker, runs March 7 through April 26, at the Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 13355 49th St. N.

In Parker’s comedy, Terri and Brian Cody are hoping to sell their one-star hotel in the Florida Keys to the only man who has expressed any interest in buying it - Sam Lewis from New York. In order to bolster Lewis' interest, Terri and Brian devise a plan to make the hotel appear busier and more prosperous than it actually is. Their staff will masquerade as paying guests, thereby, giving Lewis the impression that the hotel is overflowing with loyal customers and vacationers.
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LARGO - The Largo Community Center's Readers Theater group is looking for new members.

Readers Theater is a style where the actors do not completely memorize their lines, but rely on scripts throughout the show. Actors only use vocal expression to help the audience understand the story rather than visual storytelling such as stage sets, costumes, blocking and movement.
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