Sunday at thestudio: ‘Shakespeare in a Day,’ literally

  With all its magic, majesty and mellifluousness, Veronica Leone Matthews believes, a Shakespeare play is a dish best served outdoors. “For me,” says the founder of the St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival, “the reason is really personal, and maybe a little selfish.”...

The whales

This was the first feature story I wrote, after a couple of concert reviews. I was 18 years old. It was published in the St. Petersburg Times Sunday, Feb. 20, 1977. It’s reproduced here exactly as it was written. MAYPORT – A large school of pilot whales...

‘He was freckled like a spotted dolphin’

It’s only right that this tribute to Fred Neil begins and ends with one of his most beloved and personal songs, “The Dolphins.” With few exceptions, Fred Neil preferred the company of dolphins – sleek, sensitive, majestic mammals of the oceans – over people. The...

Just another day at the beach (2009)

I applied to work as an extra on The Last Song, was accepted, and for 10 hours I did everything asked of me as the Disney cameras followed Miley Cyrus up and down Tybee Beach. Then, without explanation, I was forcibly removed from the set, publicly embarrassed and...

Sibling revelry: Jobsite goes ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’

  It’s a week before opening, and the cast and crew of Dancing at Lughnasa are gathered in the intimate Shimberg Playhouse, one of Jobsite Theatre’s performance venues inside the Straz Theater complex in downtown Tampa. Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa is a drama...
Review: ‘Strait of Gibraltar’ at American Stage

Review: ‘Strait of Gibraltar’ at American Stage

The moment of foreshadowing in Strait of Gibraltar arrives three-quarters of the way through the first act. In a New York City apartment, Sameer is telling his new girlfriend about how he gets what he wants from his domineering father, a businessman back home in...