Do It Today: The New Century, Robin Williams and more

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Robin Williams -- yes, he of Mork & Mindy, Mrs. Doubtfire and, um, Death to Smoochy fame -- brings his sweaty comedy schtick to Tampa tonight on his "Weapons of Self-Destruction" tour. Tues., Oct. 20, 8 p.m., USF Sun Dome, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, $45-$85.


Local author Deborah Frethem shares scary stories and thrilling tales of local lore, many of which are compiled in her book, Ghost Stories of St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Pinellas County. Tues., Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Tarpon Springs Library, 138 E. Lemon St., Tarpon Springs.

American Stage’s After Hours Series returns with Paul Rudnick's new comedy, The New Century, which has gotten some pretty good press — the New York Post warns that there are "so many gut-busting one-liners that those with heart conditions are advised to steer clear." Here's the set-up: Helene brags on her three gay sons at her Long Island chapter of POLGBTQCCCO: Parents of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, The Transgendered, The Questioning, The Curious, The Creatively Concerned and Others. Mr. Charles, on the other hand, is finding his flamboyant ways a bit of a drag. The new gay order of NYC exiles him, and Charles now spends his time with a hunka-hunka burnin' love named Shane, with whom he produces a cable TV show called Too Gay? On the other side of the world (or so it seems) Midwestern Barbara, a competitive cake decorator and craftswoman, has lost a son to AIDS. When the three drastically different characters collide, expect a lot of laughs tossed with a hefty dose of poignancy. Oct. 20-Nov. 1, 7 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., American Stage, 163 3rd Street N., St. Petersburg, $20, $10 student rush tickets 30 minutes prior to curtain, 27-823-7529, americanstage.org. – Franki Weddington

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