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Center Stage: Florida Rep’s next season to offer new plays, theater classics

By Staff | Jun 4, 2019

Marsha Wagner

The Florida Repertory Theatre’s 2019-2020 schedule is heading into its “Third Decade of Theatre that Moves Us as it continues with a 22nd Season of Excellence in Live Professional theatre.” It has been hailed by the Wall Street Journal as “One of America’s Top Repertory Companies.”

After attending last season’s offerings, I can attest that the Wall Street Journal was totally correct in its evaluation. The Florida Rep is without a doubt one of the most active arts organizations in the area. Under the fine guidance of Artistic Director Greg Longenhagen, the mission statement to “improve the quality of life in our community through all the arts” is not merely a statement but a fact.

There are several ways to select the ideal subscription series for both your available dates, the number of shows you can attend and the prices that are most suitable for you budget.

Select package choices are as follows:

Preview show subscriptions (bold)

– Section A seating (center and aisles): Nine shows for $315, eight shows for $280, seven shows for $245, and six shows for $210

– Section B seating (side sections): Nine shows for $261, eight shows for $232, seven shows for $203, and six shows for $174

Previews are on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Wednesday/Thursday matinees are at 2 p.m., and Wednesday/Thursday at 7 p.m.

Premium show subscriptions (bold)

– Section A seating (center and aisles): Nine shows for $414, eight shows for $376, seven shows for $343, and six shows for $309

– Section B seating (side sections): Nine shows for $351, eight shows for $322, seven shows for $301, and six shows for $261

By the way, there are also Flex Pass subscriptions (six tickets or more), $50 each ticket for each show. Choose your dates when single tickets go on sale in July for Flex Passes. Or as the season progresses – best available seats. Use in any combination to any play. Just to let you know, single show seats sell out fast, so plan and get your Flex Pass ASAP.

To order, or for questions or special requests, phone the box office at 239-332-4488.

Here are the shows to select from the 2019-2020 season:

– “Always Patsy Cline,” by Ted Swindley, Sept. 24 to Nov. 10

– “Ken Ludwig’s Fox On The Fairway,” Oct. 29 to Nov. 20

– “An Inspector Calls,” by J.B. Priestly, Dec. 3-22

– “Alabaster,” by Audrey Cefaly (a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere), Dec. 17-30

– “Barefoot In The Park,” by Neil Simon, Jan. 7-29

– “A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder,” a musical with book and lyrics by Robert Freedman and music by Steven Lutvak, Feb. 11-30

– “Every Brilliant Thing,” by Duncan Macmillan with Johnny Donahoe, Feb. 25 to March 29

– “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” by Lucas Hnath, March 17 to April 8

– “Ripcord,” by David Lindsay-Abaire, April 21 to May 10

There you have it, a full season of some new plays along with some theater classics, but always played by some of the finest Equity Actors, directed by talented directors, and always produced with excellent sets, costumes, performed either in the Historic Arcade Theatre or the comfortable renovated ArtStage Studio Theatre.

Now go forth have a wonderful summer of fun in the sun, while I am off to the cool climes of the Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts where the best summer stock theater rules the nights and daily yoga classes rule the days.

Tata for now and cheers!