Do It Today: Bad Dates in Tampa, opera adventures in Clearwater and Turandot at the theater

Rebeck weaves in her heroine’s encounters with Romanian gangsters and Tibetan Buddhists while Haley reveals her wit, frailties and layers of complexity during a succession of humorous monologues. Can Rothert pull off her tall order? As they say, “If the shoe fits…”  Nov. 18-Dec. 6, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 4 p.m. Sun., Shimberg Playhouse, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa, $24.50, $10 students and seniors 90 minutes prior to curtain and for Nov. 18 preview, stageworkstheatre.org. – Anthony Salveggi


The Met Live presents Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Puccini’s classic opera, Turandot, broadcast live in HD from the hallowed stage of the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC. Encore presentation, 6:30 p.m. on Weds., Nov. 18. Visit fathomevents.com for full list of participating locations. Citrus Park Stadium 20, Tampa, $22, $15 children.


Renowned opera stage director Tito Capobianco presents "Opera: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" in conjunction with the Pinellas Opera League for tonight's installment in the Adventures in Opera series. Visit rutheckerdhall.com for more info. Wed., Nov. 18, 2 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, $5.

Hot on the heels of her appearance in Jobsite Theater’s And Baby Makes Seven, recent Tampa Bay area transplant Jessica Rothert slips into Stageworks’ production of Bad Dates, which previews tonight at the Shimberg Playhouse. Theresa Rebeck’s one-woman show, which premiered Off Broadway in 2003, is about Haley Walker, a Texas transplant living in Manhattan with her teenage daughter. And lots of shoes. Six hundred, in fact. Having found a measure of success in the big city as a restaurateur, single Haley is ready to dip her feet and their fashionable footwear back into the dating pool. From her bedroom, Haley addresses the audience as she prepares for or reacts to her titular encounters with the opposite sex.

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