A Doll's House

March 26 – April 11, 2010
by Henrik Ibsen
translated by Frank McGuinness


The world of local theater is plush these days. For the next couple of weeks you can see a vintage A.R. Gurney play, CRAZY MARY, a superb Ibsen epic, A DOLL’S HOUSE, and a raucous comedy that I had never seen before called THE CEMETERY CLUB. I think any one of them is worth your time, and seeing all three is a real kick. Consider what fun it can be to catch three diverse, but all interesting, plays in a row. (more…)

A Doll’s House
THEATER NOTES By Sidney B. Simon

Beau Jest

Feb 19-March 7, 2010
by James Sherman

Two Nights Of Theater: One A Dazzling Comedy, One Cutting Edge
There’s an utterly delightful comedy playing at Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples.

It’s James Sherman’s riotous play, BEAU JEST. What a joy it was to laugh my head off and to witness a cast of genuine Equity Professionals tackle a play that they really seemed to glad to be part of. That came across. I urge you to save a night for this one. It runs until March 7th, at 8 p.m., with 3 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.

BEAU JEST is contagious. You start laughing almost from the first line, and you just keep on, joining the audience in recognition of so much that is just so damn funny about families and love relationships. The plot is a winner. Sarah Goldman, beautifully played by Sarah Baskin, is from a conventional (but not cliched) Jewish family. Behind her parents’ backs, she’s dating a gentile Man. So she concocts the plan to hire a nice Jewish boy, an actor, tired of waiting on tables in between roles, to pretend to be Dr. David Steinberg, whom she will pass off as her new boyfriend, to please her parents. “Pleasing her parents” is almost another actor in this play. Sarah is desperate, hating her mother’s nagging. “For nine days I’ve been trying to call you and I’m convinced your dead in some gutter somewhere, all nine days.” She hopes a Doctor boyfriend will call the demon off. (more…)

Beau Jest
Theater Notes, by Sidney B. Simon


January 22-31, 2010
by Joanna Murray-Smith

The Cast, VIP guests and the Gulfshore Playhouse staff enjoyed “Honour”

Gulfshore Playhouse’s production of “Honour”, a Broadway drama about marriage, betrayal and hope, enjoyed a sold out V.I.P. Opening Night on Friday January 22nd. Along with the performance guests enjoyed pre and post show receptions with delicious cuisine sponsored by AZN.


Honour VIP Reception

A Challenging Top- Flight Play at Gulfshore Playhouse

This first play for 2010 at Gulfshore Playhouse is a rare and beautiful thing. “Honour” is a serious play with substance, craft, complex characters, and memorable dialogue. On top of that, it has a superb cast and they pull it all off. The play is HONOUR by Australian playwright, Joanna Murray-Smith.

Honour: Top-Flight Play
THEATER NOTES by Sidney B. Simon - The Sanibel Captiva Islander

Gulfshore Playhouse’s 2010 Season to Begin with Honour; Casting Announced

Kristen Coury, producing artistic director at Gulfshore Playhouse, directs a cast that features Allen Fitzpatrick (Broadway’s Les Miserables, Sweet Smell of Success, Damn Yankees, Passion, The Scarlet Pimpernel, 42nd Street) as Gus and Broadway, Off-Broadway and television actress Elizabeth Hess (M. Butterfly, Beggars in the House of Plenty and television’s “Law and Order” and “Clarissa Explains it All”) as Honor, the central character. Jessica Rothert and Heidi-Marie Ferren round out the cast.

Originally developed as a part of the playwriting program at Columbia University, Honour, according to press notes, “examines what happens when a comfortable, upper middle-class, middle-aged marriage suddenly stalls. Honour challenges the notion of honor, our sense of decency and the belief that love will prevail.” The play first premiered on Broadway in 1998 and has since been produced twice on London’s West End.

Honour opens
By Allison Klamkim

Broadway Drama ‘Honour’ Opens Gulfshore Playhouse Season

This masterful drama examines what happens when a comfortable, upper middle-class, middle-aged marriage suddenly stalls. When shared values and responsibilities no longer coalesce. When the opportunity arises for one life to be renewed but at the expense of another’s happiness and security. And how does this impact the rest of the family? This provocative play challenges the notion of honor, our sense of decency and the belief that love will prevail.

by Beau Higgins, Broadwayworld.com

Playhouse News

Gulfshore Playhouse Ribbon Cutting with The Chamberchamber2

Ribbon Cutting

Gulfshore Playhouse earns Equity status

Just as it announces its new season, Gulfshore Playhouse has earned status as Equity Theatre under an SPT 8 contract. All performances take place at The Norris Center.

“I am ecstatic to have achieved the status of an Equity Theater,” says Kristen Coury, founder and producing artistic director. “I look forward to our season filled with remarkable plays and terrific actors.”

The company’s new season presents an eclectic mix of Broadway, Off-Broadway and Florida-based performers.

Gulfshore Equity status

2009 Gulfshore Playhouse Charity Golf Classic Was a HUGE Success!

The 5th Annual Charity Golf Classic was a HUGE success, raising over $75,000. Thank you to all who participated in supported both by playing golf at The Colony and by attending the cocktail at Naples Tomato. Many thanks to our Corporate Partners Cohen and Grigsby and TIB Bank, and our event sponsors Gendelman Insurance and Naples Illustrated for helping make this our most fantastic golf tournament so far. (more…)

Charity Golf Classic

2009 Gulfshore Playhouse Charity Golf Classic kicks off with a reception at Naples Tomato!

On Sunday, November 8th at 5:30pm The 2009 Gulfshore Playhouse Charity Golf Classic kicks off with a reception at Naples Tomato! Tickets are just $50 for an evening that will include an open bar, and plenty of delicious Naples Tomato cuisine.

This event is not restricted solely to players. Anyone wishing to support Gulfshore Playhouse may attend the reception and its a great way to support New York-quality professional theatre and unique educational opportunities in our area.

An exciting part of the evening is the lively silent auction featuring hard to get tickets such as the Tony Awards and US Open, luxury items, travel packages, collectors’ items and much, much more! (more…)

Charity Golf Classic