‘A Raisin in the Sun’, magic shows, Final Fantasy music
AFTER AUGUST: A GRAPE IN THE SUN
After Joe Turner’s Come and Gone wrapped up August Wilson’s Century Cycle last year, people asked American Stage artistic director and producer Stephanie Gularte what was to come. The answer is A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, the first play by a black woman to be produced on Broadway (1959-60). Raisin launches the American Legacy series, “pieces that draw on our history but are incredibly relevant to today,” said Gularte.
“This is a family whose dreams are constantly pushed aside because of the reality of their lives,” said director L. Peter Callender, returning from directing Joe Turner. The cast members include Enoch King and Sheryl Carbonell as Walter and Ruth Younger, Fanni Green as Walter’s mother, Lena, and Gavin Hawk as Karl, who represents the White Quarter in which the family plans to s ‘to install. “The actors are strong, they are dedicated, they are young,” Callender said. “They represent what the black theater will be in the years to come.”
Opens Fridays and runs through February 18 at the Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N. $ 39 and up. A preview Thursday costs $ 29. (727) 823-7529. For schedules, visit americanstage.org.
MAGIC: ADAM TRENT
In his early days with the Illusionists, Adam Trent called himself “the Futurist”. Now the star of this hit show is just himself. The Magic of Adam Trent provides more than a glimpse of what made Trent’s Broadway number fly.
“I always do a lot of futuristic magic on the show. There’s a lot of tech and stuff. But that’s just my name now,” Trent told The Times.
Still, its variety show format could represent the future of magic – a genre more laid back than the guys in cloaks who call themselves amazing.
“There are two types of people who come to magic shows,” Trent said. “One is just trying to have fun. And the others are all about magic. And they’re trying to play me against them and can I cheat on them? I never go out into an audience and say that what I do is real. I never try to make it seem like I really do this. I always said it was fun and fun. ”
Starts 8 p.m. Monday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $ 45 and more. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
more magic: MASTERS OF ILLUSION
They were chained, drilled, held under water and sawed in half. There is no challenge from which the Masters of Illusion cannot levitate to safety. Now the full complement of what was born from a TV show returns to the Mahaffey Theater with dancing, sleight of hand, and comedy. Starts 8 p.m. Saturdays at 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $ 29.50 and more. (727) 892-5767. themahaffey.com.
PLAYER GOD: NOBUO UEMATSU
The eminent video game composer will be on hand for a pair of concerts celebrating his work. Song of the Year Gold Disc Award winner Nobuo Uematsu, the Japanese equivalent of the Grammys, composed Eyes on Me for the Final Fantasy series. This weekend, Grammy-winning Arnie Roth will lead the Florida Orchestra in Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy, selections from 30 years of Final Fantasy games as popular characters move on a high-definition screen. 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. $ 25 to $ 95. Separate welcome tickets of $ 50. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org.
TWO WEEK-END: SARASOLO
There Ain’t No More – Death of a Folksinger, a truly original show from last year’s Tampa Bay Fringe Festival, is back. Willi Carlisle’s character of folk singer Ozarks, honed by his study of all forgotten tunes, tells stories in many ways, including his own violin, guitar, banjo, and drawings. 5:00 p.m. Saturday at Crocker Memorial Church, 1260 12th St., Sarasota. For full tickets and schedules for the SaraSolo Festival (Saturday, February 4), visit sarasolo.org.