Monday, November 2, 2009

Lots going on at American Stage

American Stage Theatre Company is quite the busy place this month.

This weekend, the theater will host JLA Visionary Productions, which will present the New York cabaret-styled "From Havana to Hell's Kitchen." Featured will be Latin standards, a variety of pop and show tunes and a Tango mixed in with funny tales performed in the theater's Hough Lobby. Performance times are 8 and 10 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7 and 9 p.m. Nov. 7-8. Tickets are "pay-what-you-can."

For those who like late night shows, check out the theater's "After Hours" Cabaret Series. Next up in the series is Tampa Bay artist Aleshea Harris' "Grit and Silk," from 7 and 9 p.m. Nov. 13-15. It's a showcase of Harris' musings on love, hope, war and other things about life through stories and song. The show is brought to you by a new performing arts company called Bag of Beans Productions. Tickets for the show are also "pay-what-you-can."

Lastly, with the holiday season just around the corner, American Stage is producing "This Wonderful Life," a one-man show spin on the Christmas classic "It's A Wonderful Life." It stars Christopher Swan. The show opens Nov. 20 and runs various times through Dec. 27. Tickets are $26-$45 with "pay-what-you-can" nights at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 22.

For more information on any of these shows, call (727) 823-7529 or visit

American Stage's brand new theater is at 163 3rd St. N., St. Petersburg.

-January Holmes

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