Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner in St. Tropez?
Live theater abounds in Sarasota, providing us with lots of choices, whether professional troupes, groups of local thespians, or teenagers from a nearby performing arts high school. I try to see them all, and each one has been filled with enjoyment.
“La Cage au Folles” is finishing up a run here at The Players Community Theater. I have a faint memory of having seen Nathan Lane and Robin Williams in the movie version entitled “The Birdcage,” but I had never seen the staged production, let alone a recent revival. But could anyone be on par with Broadway and Hollywood greats? The answer is a resounding “yes!”
The beautifully staged musical centers around a gay couple, Albin and Georges, who run a drag club in St.Tropez. Comedy ensues when Georges’ son brings home the ultra-conservative parents of his fiancee. Studded with raucous jokes and soaring songs, the farce is both clever and edgy. The Players’ set design, lighting, and costumes rival that of any professional company.
The gender-bending performers, especially the leads Berry Ayers who plays ZaZa, the glitzy star of the club, and Matthew Ryder, who plays his partner, are clearly having big fun in the “cage of women.” Director Jeffery Kin hit the mark when he said, “For our actors, doing a show is not their JOB…it’s their DREAM!”
It’s been my dream to land in a city rife with culture and art. And here I am!
The Sarasota Spectator
Our Sarasota Spectator is Betsy Miller, a retired high school teacher and college professor. Originally from Columbus, Betsy has fallen in love with the Gulf Coast of Florida, especially Sarasota. Blogging about the area has been a creative outlet for the writer, opening up an avenue of exploration. You may find the bon vivant enjoying happy hour at a tiki bar, shopping on historic Main Street, or seated at a concert or show at a local theater. Chances are you also might find her buried in a book on one of our beautiful beaches. Asked to give one word about her feelings for Sarasota, Betsy replied, “Smitten.”