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CLEARWATER - After playing to a sold-out auditorium in September 2012, Bill Maher returns to perform his notoriously candid stand-up at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m.

With more than 20 years experience in television, the political commentator, comedian, and host of HBO’s Emmy nominated Real Time with Bill Maher has earned more than 32 Emmy nominations for his hit TV shows and specials.

Maher’s first creation, the late night talk show Politically Incorrect (Comedy Central, ABC-TV), ran from 1993 to 2002 and featured a round-table discussion of current events with four guests coming from pop culture, politics, and news. For the past 12 years, Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) has combined Maher’s unflinching honesty with big laughs and has featured many well known guests including Howard Dean, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Arianna Huffington, Cory Book and Michael Moore.

Along with his two hit shows, Maher has also written five bestsellers: Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? Politically Incorrect’s Greatest Hits (1997); True Story (2005); New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer (2006); When You Ride Alone, You Ride with Bin Laden (2007); and most recently, The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody but Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass (2012).
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LARGO - Grab your girlfriends and head to the Largo Cultural Center for a night of musical comedy on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 22-23 at 7:30 p.m.

A touching and hilarious 'tell-it-like-it-is' look at the lives of a group of female friends, Girls Night: The Musical promises to provide non-stop laughter for everyone.

Follow five friends as they re-live their past, celebrate their present, and look to the future on a wild and hilarious karaoke night out. Girls Night is bursting with energy and is packed with hit songs “Lady Marmalade,” “It’s Raining Men,” “Man I Feel Like A Women,” “I Will Survive” and “We Are Family”.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Auditions for "Footloose, The Musical" will be Sunday and Monday, Nov. 9-10, 7 p.m., at St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st St. S.

Callbacks will be Wednesday, Nov. 11. Director Rodney Hamilton and musical director Jessica Burchfield will be looking for quality dancers who can sing and for strong singers who can move. They will be accepting auditions from ages 15 and older. All dancers must be able to convincingly play high school juniors and seniors. Due to the high energy, tight harmony, dance-heavy script, five-hour Saturday rehearsals can be expected. Rehearsals will take place on weekday nights as well. Rehearsals will be seven days a week for the last two weeks leading up to opening night. The production will run Jan. 23 through Feb. 8.

Those auditioning should bring 32 bars of upbeat pop-music to the audition, unless otherwise directed by specific character descriptions.
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TARPON SPRINGS - Acting Workshop with Nick Abounader take place Thursdays, Oct. 16, 23, 30 and Nov. 6, 13, 20 from 7-9 p.m., at Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane, Tarpon Springs.

Interested in improving your acting?  Professional actor/director Nick Abounader teaches technique, audition strategies, improvisation, cold reading and much more.

Abounader, who is a former Broadway musical touring actor, has performed all over the world, bringing such roles to life as Bobby Strong in Urinetown, Radames in Aida, and Roger in Rent. He is one of Tarpon Arts’ favorite directors, recently directing The Prisoner of Second Avenue and Doubt and the upcoming Blithe Spirit and the 2015 musical, The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee.
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When it comes to certain plays, the simpler the set, the better the production.

Why? Because sometimes the effectiveness of a play comes down to nothing more than the words of the playwright - and the proficiency of those delivering the words. That’s doubly true when it comes to works by William Shakespeare.

New Stage Theatre opens its 2014-15 season with an austere, fervent production of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” running through Nov. 2, at 11650 131st St. N., Largo.
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PINELLAS PARK - Since closing Venue Theatre at Mainlands on May 1, some may have thought that Venue Theatre had hit the age of full retirement.

According to founder Corinne Broskette, Venue Actors Studio is alive and well and has found a new space at 4989 72nd Ave. N., Pinellas Park.

In a press release, Broskette explained that after searching for a new theater space for several months, it was decided that “smaller is better,” at least for the time being.
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ST. PETERSBURG - freeFall Theatre’s 2014-15 season, billed as An Escape from Reality, will open with Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical “Into the Woods,” running Oct. 10 through Nov. 9 at 6099 Central Ave.

Performances are Thursdays, 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m.

“Into the Woods” is Sondheim’s take on what happens after happily ever after. One of freeFall’s top-requested shows, this will be the second Sondheim musical produced at the theater since the inaugural production of “The Frogs” in 2010. Eric Davis, artistic director, has created a new and exciting staging that will delight and intrigue audiences of all ages with its imaginative storytelling.
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CLEARWATER - Second Stage Studio Theater presents Ann Frank and Me Oct. 19 through Nov. 2. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

No show is scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 25 or Friday, Oct. 31.

Anne Frank and Me is serio/comic about a young girl who comes to grips with the truth about the holocaust. 

This multiple national award-winning new American classic, which was a hit in New York, is about the awakening of a modern teen Holocaust denier. Nicole Burns doubts the truth and cares even less, but ultimately comes face-to-face with the hell of the Holocaust, and--in an extraordinary sequence - meets Anne Frank on a cattle car to Auschwitz.
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ST. PETERSBURG - St. Petersburg City Theatre is putting the fun into fundraiser with a cheeky adaption of an "Oh, so British" Pantomime, or Panto. Dracula is on the loose in London hunting for the keys to Vlad the Impaler's treasure with Sapphi the vampire slayer in hot pursuit.

Coco Van Helsing and Lucy Lastic are not far behind. When they all meet up in Transylvania raucous chaos ensues. Music, outrageous comedy and audience participation...come see what the rowdy fun is all about. 
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CLEARWATER - Enjoy an evening of great stand-up comedy with the finalists from NBC’s Last Comic Standing, as the official tour comes to Clearwater and makes a stop at the Capitol Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 28. at 7:30 p.m.

The eighth season of NBC’s Emmy-nominated competition series returned last month starring three new celebrity judges, comedy icons Roseanne Barr (Rosanne, The Office) and Keenen Ivory Wayans (Scary Movie, In Living Color) as well as international comic sensation Russell Peters (Comics Without Borders). JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Millers) is on board as the new host.
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ST. PETERSBURG - A Simple Theatre recently announced its 2014-15 season of productions, which will be built exclusively around staged readings and collaborations with local community groups.

The theater-in-residence at Eckerd College is calling the new season “Friends and Neighbors: A series of plays about the people we work and play with.”

"I'm very excited about the reinvention of A Simple Theatre as a theater company that does high-quality staged readings,’’ said Gavin Hawk in a press release. Hawk is associate professor of theater and artistic director of A Simple Theatre. “This bare-bones, storytelling approach really focuses on the playwright's words as interpreted by our talented local actors in an intimate setting, and allows to us to perform fantastic new plays that otherwise might be too costly or technically difficult for us to produce. It also opens the door for collaborations with wonderful organizations like The Dali Museum and the St. Petersburg Opera Company."
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