The Tampa Bay theater that's not to be missed this spring

Our 6 top picks.

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click to enlarge freeFall's 'Perfect Arrangement' is one of the fantastic chances you have to see theater in Tampa Bay this spring. - via Thee Photo Ninja
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freeFall's 'Perfect Arrangement' is one of the fantastic chances you have to see theater in Tampa Bay this spring.

It goes without saying we think you should see every play on offer in Tampa Bay this spring. But since there are about 8,765 other things to do, we know that may not be possible. Given that, we’re telling you which shows we’re excited about from each of our local theaters this spring. These are by no means the only shows you should see, but if you can’t get to all the plays, you’ll be sorry if you don’t see these.  

Now, go see some theater, would ya?


Perfect Arrangement

Two gay couples pretend to be married to each others’ partner to keep up the (exhausting) pretense of heretonormative mores. Yay, the 1950s. Because what’s funnier than McCarthy-isms and suppression of sexuality? Well, hopefully, this play. (Seriously, though, we’re jazzed to see it.) freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Jan. 26-Feb. 24.


Out of the Mouths of PoetsThis locally written play — the author lives on the site of an old peacock farm in Clearwater — proves that Tampa Bay’s vault of talent overflows. As if you needed proof, right? Lab Theater at the Silver Meteor Gallery, 2213 E. 6th Ave., Ybor City. Feb. 8-24.


The Mousetrap
Every now and then we all need a little Agatha Christie in our lives, and Stageworks delivers amid a season filled with delightful shows. We could give you the plot, but seriously, y’all, it’s Agatha-friggin-Christie and, like Sherlock Holmes (most recent disaster of a film excluded), the work always delights. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Mar. 22-Apr. 7.


Mamma Mia!

American Stage in the Park returns with Abba. Every year AmStage throws a party in the form of a musical on the waterfront. The show’s no doubt going to entertain, but nobody tailgates before movies and plays (uh, Movies in the Park, anyone?) like St. Petersburg does. We’ve seen coffee tables at American Stage in the Park. No, we’re not making this up. American Stage in the Park at Demen’s Landing, St. Petersburg. Apr. 10-May 12.



If you’re a woman or you know one, this is the don’t-miss play. Adapted from Ibsen, this play tells Hedda’s story, and man, is it depressing. Can she fix her life? Jobsite at the Straz Center, 1010 N. WC MacInnes Place, Tampa. May 10-June 2.

Stupid Fucking Bird

We never get tired of this take on Chekov, and we never get tired of Tampa Rep’s quality and choices. This play, “sort of adapted” from The Seagull, offers satire. We’ve loved everything else they’ve done this season and we expect to love this, too. Tampa Rep at USF Tampa, Studio 120 at the Theatre Center (TAR 120), 3837 USF Holly Dr., Tampa. May 31-June 16.

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Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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