Some shows open as COVID continues to impact arts schedule

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John Rapson and Dayna Lee Palya in Asolo Rep’s “Grand Horizons,” one of  of the shows not impacted by COVID delays.
John Rapson and Dayna Lee Palya in Asolo Rep’s “Grand Horizons,” one of of the shows not impacted by COVID delays.

Hoooray! Some shows were able to open without a problem over the weekend. Sadly, that's almost news these days.

I’m glad I switched from a paper to a digital calendar. With all the changes in the arts schedule, I wouldn’t have the space to know what’s happening when. My personal theatergoing schedule has been upended in the last few weeks, and it’s been difficult to keep up with delays, and, sadly, cancellations, of some productions.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe decided on Wednesday that the COVID situation was making things too complicated for it to present the world premiere of “Ruby” at this time. The show, which has a cast of 20 and 10 people working behind the scenes, was supposed to open in mid-January and then delayed two weeks after some positive test results delayed rehearsals. More positive cases discovered in regular testing protocols, led the theater to wait until the virus won’t be as much of a factor in the production.

Florida Studio Theatre had some COVID issues with its production of the comedy “the Play That Goes Wrong,” which was delayed a week, and then a second week. It’s now expected to begin on Feb. 2.

The Sarasota Ballet dropped one of the three pieces it was planning for its weekend program “Love & Betrayal,” but the performances will be going forward. Susan Rife previews the program.

And Manatee Performing Arts Center was forced to delay the opening of the musical “Chaplin” because of COVID. It’s now set to begin this week.

But it was not all about changes. Asolo Repertory Theatre continued its season with the opening of Bess Wohl’s comedy “Grand Horizons,” which I saw on Friday night with an enthusiastic but lightly attended audience.

The Players Centre opened its comedy musical “Forbidden Broadway” to a full house, and DaNiesha Carr returned to Venice Theatre for the opening of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.”

In case you missed it, our art critic Marty Fugate takes a look at two major exhibitions on display at the Sarasota Art Museum. And Sarasota Contemporary Dance is highlighting the work of choreographers from around the country with its annual Dance Makers program.

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