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Your weekend arts forecast: After Sunday, ‘Dutchman’ sails

Bill DeYoung



American Stage's production of 'Dutchman' closes with Sunday's matinee. Photo provided.

American Stage’s acclaimed production of Amiri Baraka’s taut racial drama Dutchman has just four performances left – tonight (Thursday, July 28), Saturday night, and Saturday and Sunday matinees. There is no performance scheduled for Friday.

Tickets for these final shows are $10, considerably less than the going rate. You’re asked to us the promo code FINAL1 here.

Next up for American Stage is Green Day’s American Idiot, the rock musical, opening Sept. 7. In October, Helen R. Murray will start work as the company’s newest producing artistic director.


More theater

When a door closes, a window opens: As Dutchman disappears, Neil Simon’s Rose and Walsh makes its debut.

Opening night is Friday, and the play will run through Aug. 28. Tickets are here.

More on Rose and Walsh Friday in the Catalyst.

At the Straz Center in Tampa, Jobsite’s production of Animals Out of Paper (read about it here), while the Jaeb Theatre production of Nunsense: A-Men is still on a brief Covid-related hold (folks are feeling much better, thanks). It’ll return Aug. 4.

The sixth annual Tampa International Fringe Festival, comprising 22 different shows (theater, burlesque, standup, the whole gamut) commences tonight (Thursday, July 28) in Ybor City. We spoke with director Trish Parry this week – here’s that interview.


Movie stuff

Kind of a slow weekend for performing arts. Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre is screening John Carpenter’s horror film The Thing (just what the doctor ordered for a blistering hot July, right?) Friday night, followed Saturday by Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Both movies are 40 years old in 2022, and part of the theater’s ongoing “Salute to 1982” film series.

And the Tampa Theatre is showing 1972’s The Godfather Sunday afternoon.



The Tampa Convention Center plays host to the annual Tampa Bay Comic Convention (aka Comic-Con) Friday through Sunday, with a smattering of stars and creators on hand for you autograph-seekers. To wit, none other than Star Trek vets William Shatner (autographs for sale, photo ops $130 per) and Gates McFadden (autographs for sale, photo ops $60) will be there. All details are here.


And more

The musical duo Orilla (Ona Kirei and Alejandro Arenas are in performance Thursday night at thestudio@620, to celebrate the release of an extraordinary new album, Daring Flowers. We spoke with them this week – check that out here.

At the Palladium Side Door Saturday, it’s the bay area swing and dance bands Boho Sideshow and Dean Johanesen & The 24-Hour Men. Tickets.

Reggae artist Steven Marley, from Jamaica’s most famous family, is at Jannus Live Sunday, Tickets are here.

The Zero Empty Spaces artist studio/galleries, in Tyrone Square Mall (near Dillard’s) have an Open House Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Here’s our story about it.

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