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Heart Song

“Florida Rep Comes Alive with Flamenco Dancing!"
Charles Runnells, The News-Press
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"FLAMENCO!"
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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Clybourne Park

“Nothing Short of INCREDIBLE!” "Explosive and Powerful!..It is this season's TRIUMPH!"
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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"Full of Spot-On Performances!"
Charles Runnells, The News-Press
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“GENIUS! Talented actors create INTENSE portrayals that smolder like banked fires, then erupt in flames!”
Chris Silk, Naples Daily News
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Hound of the Baskervilles


“'Keeps its audience on the edge of its seat throughout the night! I dare you not to laugh!”
Chris Silk, Naples Daily News
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“A MASTERCLASS IN FUNNY!”
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'A Grand Night for Singing'


“Possibly the BEST revue you'll ever see! It's Magical!”
Chris Silk, Naples Daily News
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"Sweeps the audience along on a stream of beautiful voices, warm humor, energetic dancing!"
Charles Runnells, The News-Press
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Arsenic and Old Lace


The Wall Street Journal RAVES! Arsenic and Old Lace is "VERY, VERY FUNNY! A CHARMING REVIVAL!”
Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
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“Mr. Delaney gets EVERYTHING right with this production! Leaves you giddy!”
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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Florida Rep Takes classic 'Arsenic' for comedic spin
Chris Silk, Naples Daily News
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"'Arsenic and Old Lace' still has PLENTY of kick!"
Louise Wigglesworth, The News-Press
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"Wine, women and death!" Florida Weekly's Nancy Stetson Interviews Arsenic director.
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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My Three Angels


“SOARING moments of holiday passion! The show could NOT be better!”
Chris Silk, Naples Daily News
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“The PERFECT Feel-Good Holiday Play!”
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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"Expert comedic timing and just the right amount of mirth!"
Charles Runnells, The News-Press
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David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries

“Serves up exactly - EXACTLY - what everyone needs this holiday season!”
Chris Silk, Naples Daily News
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Florida Weekly celebrates 'An elfin milestone' for Florida Rep
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Naples Daily News recounts the highlights of the past five years of SANTALAND!
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Social Security

"A reliable laugh machine that keeps you chuckling, and often full-on guffawing, from start to finish."
Charles Runnells, The News-Press
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“A deliciously highbrow comedy with delectably lowbrow undertones! They squealed. They screamed. They howled. They raised a ruckus fit to wake the dead!”
Chris Silk, Naples Daily News
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“A top-notch cast that knows how to do comedy well!”
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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Collected Stories

“Feels like two hearts being ripped out on stage - and it will leave you breathless.”
Chris Silk, Naples Daily News
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“Powerful and mesmerizing! Food for both the heart and the brain.”
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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"Fascinating, Provocative and Exciting!"
Charles Runnells, The News-Press
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Florida Weekly talks to 'Collected Stories' Playwright, Donald Margulies!
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Educating Rita

"A TRIUMPH! Excellant! Brilliant Acting! Mesmerizing, Entertaining and Thought-Provoking!"
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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"Charming! Exciting! JESSICA WORTHAM'S RITA is A FORCE OF NATURE!"
Charles Runnells, The News-Press
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"AMUSES TO NO END! IMPRESSIVE! A Love Letter to Literature!"
Chris Silk, Naples Daily News
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The Fantasticks

"Simply FANTASTIC! Gorgeous! Evocative! Poignant! Perfect for Lovers both Young and Old!"
Chris Silk, Naples Daily News
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"A MUST-SEE! Hilarious! Enchanting! Beautiful Songs You'll Be Humming Out the Door!"
Charles Runnells, The News-Press
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"Superb! Wonderful! Spectacular Voices! Thoroughly Enjoyable!"
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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Other Desert Cities

"Thought provoking, moving and humorous! More than timely!"
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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"Jaw-Dropping! Downright Riveting! Will keep you rooted to your seat!"
Charles Runnells, The News-Press
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"Powerful! Brilliant! Engrossing! Smart Theatre that will leave audiences talking and thinking for days!"
Chris Silk, Naples Daily News
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"Family history seen through veils of perception": Interview with leading actress, Rachel Burttram
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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Miracle on South Division Street

"Laughing Live: A remarkable play...with a wonderful cast! Laughs rarely stopped!"
Letter to the Editor, The News-Press, from Victor A. Smith
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"Wall-to-wall funny! Jaw-dropping surprises! Plenty of good humor & heart!"
Charles Runnells, The News-Press
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"Puts the fun in dysfunctional! Charming! Pitch-perfect! Laughs come quickly! Lines bring down the house!"
Chris Silk, Naples Daily News
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"Comedy galore! Masterful! Terrific! Waves of laughter are fast and unstoppable!"
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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Time Stands Still

"Superb! Enthralling! Perfect! A window into how individuals move through their lives!"
Chris Silk, Naples Daily News
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"Profound! Brilliantly funny! The best production of the SW Florida season!"
Sidney B. Simon, The Sanibel-Captiva Islander
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"A richly layered drama! Plenty of humor! Inspires both emotion and thought."
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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"You feel like a fly on the wall, peering into a realistic set and watching as life unfolds."
Charles Runnells, The News-Press
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The Little Foxes

"SUPERLATIVE! Theatrical Effectiveness! Florida Rep's revival gets EVERYTHING out of The Little Foxes that there is to be gotten!"
Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
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"NO WEAK LINKS! It's ENTERTAINING and GRIPPING theatre!"
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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"TERRIFIC ACTING. STRONG PERFORMANCES."
Charles Runnells, The News-Press
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Talley's Folly

"As perfect as a poem, as heartfelt as a love letter!"
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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"Delicate, poetic, and deeply emotional!"
Charles Runnells, The News-Press
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"It was a perfect evening of live theater!"
Sidney B. Simon, Sanibel-Captiva Islander
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Camping with Henry & Tom

"A two-hour battle of wits! An elegant, funny and entertaining production!"
Louise Wigglesworth, The New-Press
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"A lesson on humanity! Shockingly timely!"
Chris Silk, Naples News
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"Intriguing and exhilarating! a first-rate night at the theater. ArtStage is a space where theater magic happens!"
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor

"COMEDY GOLD! KEEPS THE LAUGHS COMING! Florida Rep gets its 15th season off to a RIB-TICKLING start!"
Charles Runnells, The New-Press
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"A night full of LAUGHTER, HEART and CHEER!"
Justin P. Cowan, BroadwayWorld.com
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"INGENIOUS! TERRIFIC! PERFECT! Makes you laugh over and over again!"
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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The Mystery of Irma Vep

"A HILARIOUS ROMP! THRILL-A-MINUTE ACTION & VA-VA-VOOM OUTRAGEOUSNESS! The Show Serves Up A Huge Basket Of Laughs!"
Chris Silk, Naples News
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"EXTREMELY FUNNY! "Irma Vep" is inspiried Lunacy!"
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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"You'll have a blast! Just the right touch of lunacy"
Charles Runnells, News Press
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[Title of Show]

""[title of show] brings the funny in a big way! Delightful! Fun! Snarky! & Wonderfully Quippy!"
Chris Silk, Naples News
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""Read my exclusive interview with "[title of show]" composer (and Fort Myers native) Jeff Bowen!"
Chris Silk, Naples News
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Black Tie

""HILARIOUS! DELIGHTFUL! HEARTWARMING! If you have ever planned a wedding- you'll laugh!"
Chris Silk, Naples News
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"Performances are TOP-NOTCH!"
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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"The show's heart is in the right place!"
Charles Runnells, News Press
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RED

"RED IS A MUST-SEE! A CAPTIVATING VERBAL BATTLE! INTELLIGENT, PASSIONATE DIALOGUE! McNulty and McElwee WORK WONDERS…You forget that you’re watching actors! RED IS THEATRE OF THE HIGHEST ORDER! IT ENGAGES YOUR HEART! IT ENGAGES YOUR MIND! IT CHANGES THE WAY YOU THINK!"
Charles Runnells, New Press
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"SEDUCTIVE! SEXY! FASCINATING! RED flings thoughts and philosophy and ideas about the stage like drops of paint! The audience can FEEL THE TENSION of an artist struggling with his legacy. AN ORGY OF FAST, FURIOUS BRUSHSTROKES! A distinctly EDGY and ENTERTAINING piece of theatre!"
Chris Silk, Naples News
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"HEARTSTOPPING, THOUGHT- PROVOKING, CHALLENGING and COMPLEX! JAM-PACKED 90 MINUTES! A feast for both the mind and heart! OVERWHELMINGLY POWERFUL!"
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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"EXTRAORDINARY! ENTHRALLING! ENGROSSING! and THRILLING! McNulty and McElwee are at their best! Florida Rep's "Red" captures the audience!"
Marsha Wagner, Sanibel-Captiva Islander
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Florida Rep Stage Play At Phil
Charles Runnells, New Press
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Seeing Red! Florida Rep Brings Rothko And His Paintings To The Stages!
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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TRU

""Sassy and saucy was never so much fun! Terrifically Entertaining! Stylish, fascinating and full of wit and verve! A "Tru"-ly great night!"
Chris Silk, Naples News
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"Mark Chambers protrays Mr. Capote with glee!"
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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"ENGAGING! FASCINATING! Draws Playgoers Into The World Of Capote!"
Drew Sterwald, News Press
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Bedroom Farce

""Set the lava lamp for laughs- and dive in!"
Chris Silk, Naples News
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"The Laughs come fast and furious! Absolutely Hysterical!"
Marsha Wagner, Sanibel-Captiva Islander
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"Outstanding comedic acting!"
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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The Year of Magical Thinking

"Intimate. Enchanting. Perfect.
Morsey brings Didion to life with a delicate touch."
Chris Silk, Naples Daily News
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"Superb. Carefully Crafted. 'The Year of Magical Thinking' has moments of insight, moments of emotion and moments that are food for thought."
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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God of Carnage

"AS GOOD AS BROADWAY! Directed with hair-trigger percision! Staging is so fine it could be used to teach students how to direct a farce! COULDN'T BE BETTER!"
Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
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"HILARIOUS! FUN TO WATCH! EXCELLENT!"
Drew Sterwald, News Press
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"STUNNING! AWE-INSPIRING! INTRIGUING! Sure to leave audiences talking about it long after the final bows!"
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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"A Tag-Team bout of couples behaving badly! LAUGH-OUT-LOUD FUNNY! MAGNIFICENT! One of the MOST SATISFYING evenings you're likely to spend inside a theater!" — Chris Silk, Naples Daily News
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“A comedy of manners…without the manners!"
Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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The Santaland Diaries

Silk Interviews Parrish and Clavelli
Chris Silk, Naples Daily News
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"Unwrap "The Santaland Diaries" today!"
Chris Silk, Naples Daily News
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Santaland Interview on WINK News!
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It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

"CHARMING! ENGAGING! ENTIRELY SUPERB! Delivers a heaping package of warm fuzzies for families to enjoy!"Chris Silk, Naples Daily News
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"SWEET! MAGICAL! The perfect production for the season!"Nancy Stetson,Florida Weekly
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"Florida Rep has worked some Christmas-time magic! If you love the classic movie, you're sure to love the radio play!"Charles Runnells, New Press
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Rumors

"ENORMOUS FUN! OUTRIGHT SILLINESS! TRULY GUT-BUSTING! Rumors brings a literate script together with a professional cast at the top of their game!"Chris Silk, Naples Daily News
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"BRILLIANT! WONDERFUL! SHEER LUNACY! If you're in desperate need of some levity, Rumors is definitely the play to see!" Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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"FUNNIEST AND CLEVEREST! A PLEASURE TO WATCH! Rumors is unapologetically and delightfully silly!" Di Saggau,The River Weekly
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Lucky Season 13 Highlights

Sylvia
"Florida Rep is one of America't top repertory companies!" Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
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August: Osage County
"August: Osage County is devastatingly powerful; horrifying, yet funny. It’s a masterpiece of American theater!" Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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39 Steps
"Consistently Excellent!" Chris Silk, Naples Daily News
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The Santaland Diaries
Jason in Santaland, An interview with Ft. Myers Magazine Andrew Elias, Ft. Myers Magazine
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High Flying Season 12 Highlights

You Can't Take It With You
"Florida Rep's Revival Sets the Bar High!" Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
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The Santaland Diaries
Santaland snarks through the winter of a writer's discontent Chris Silk, Naples Daily News
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Boeing-Boeing
Florida Rep Takes Off with 'Boeing-Boeing.' Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
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