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State cuts arts and culture funding 47 percent in new budget

Cutbacks follow a year of record funding for arts and culture organizations… Read more »

Area theaters stay busy this summer

Nearly two dozen plays, musicals and cabaret shows planned during a once-slow season… Read more »

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Sarasota County arts groups receive record $1.8 million in tourist tax grants

33 groups share in tourist tax money while they await word on state arts and culture grant levels… Read more »

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Venice Theatre reveals Summer Cabaret Festival line-up

A diverse lineup for cabaret festival’s third season… Read more »

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Actors let their 'Hair' down for Ben Vereen at Venice Theatre

A hair-throwing audition process for a new production of the tribal love-rock musical… Read more »

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Theater Review: 'Miracle Worker' still inspires at Venice Theatre

Alexia King and Corinne Woodland draw us in to the battles between Helen Keller and her teacher…. Read more »

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Venice Theatre shares story of 'The Miracle Worker'

William Gibson’s play shares how the deaf and blind Helen Keller learned to communicate.
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Ben Vereen begins auditions for 'Hair' at Venice Theatre

Tony winner will stage community theater’s production of the tribal rock musical… Read more »

Venice Theatre extends 'Next to Normal'

Tony-winner gets two extra performances… Read more »

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Theater Review: Vibrant 'Next to Normal' provides thrills at Venice Theatre

A compelling and involving musical about a woman dealing with bipolar disorder…. Read more »

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Venice Theatre looks at life that's 'Next to Normal'

Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is about a woman dealing with bipolar disorder and trouble at home… Read more »

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Theater Review: Venice Theatre loses laughs on the 'Fairway'

Ken Ludwig’s golf-centered comedy misses the cup with every shot… Read more »

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Venice Theatre seeks laughs on golf course with Ken Ludwig comedy

“Fox on the Fairway” is a tribute to classic British sex farces of the 1930s and 1940s…. Read more »

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Playwright helps Venice Theatre support edgy theater

Arthur Kopit talks with haters and friends after performances of “Road to Nirvana.”… Read more »

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Theater Review: Provocative 'Road to Nirvana' scores some points

Arthur Kopit’s controversial play fits nicely in the Venice Theatre’s Stage II series… Read more »