Strictly Complicated

April 27 and 28, 2012
The Elegant Escapades of a Danish-Israeli Opera Singing Tank Commander

A Streetcar Named Desire

Apr 6 – 22, 2012
By Tennessee Williams

Review: Gulfshore Playhouse rides superb “Streetcar Named Desire” to success

“A Streetcar Named Desire” burns with a quiet intensity. The play crafts a gorgeous narrative of a woman flailing in discontent colliding with a man sizzling with life. Every part of the show’s creative work represents professionals at the top of their game. The acting is sublime. Brownell’s Blanche could seduce the audience out of their seats.

Sit back. Let the heat envelope you. Watch the sunrise. Grind the coffee. Wait for New Orleans to wheeze to life and start another day and listen to the jazz coming out of the clubs as you rattle by on a streetcar named Desire.

Streetcar Named Desire
CHRIS SILK, Naples Daily News

Tennesee Williams’ ‘Streetcar’ a volatile classic for Gulfshore Playhouse to explore

“I like to pick plays that have fantastic stories, good writing and compelling characters, and there is no play that satisfies those requirements better than ‘Streetcar Named Desire,’ ” [Kristen Coury] said. “This is the reason the story endures, and has had more productions than almost any play in history, and why these characters are iconic.”

Streetcar Named Desire
neapolitan, Naples Daily News

Fox on the Fairway

Mar 2 – 23, 2012
By Ken Ludwig

A Hilarious Farce At Gulfshore Playhouse

You’ve heard me say several times that farce is not my favorite genre, but “A Fox On The Fairway” at Gulfshore Playhouse, found me eating those words. It was a very funny, physical comedy, directed by Matt Lenz, with an outstanding cast.
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A Fox On The Fairway
ByDi Saggau, The River

Review: Gulfshore Playhouse hits hole in one with golf farce “The Fox on the Fairway”

Gulfshore Playhouse knocked one straight off the tee and hit a hole in one Friday. Farce “The Fox on the Fairway,” which mixes golf, romance and fashion keeps the audience in stitches. Pitching wedges, drivers, putters and nine irons – golf was never so much fun.

“The Fox on the Fairway” comes from Ken Ludwig; he also wrote “Lend Me a Tenor” and “Moon Over Buffalo.” Quail Valley Golf Club faces Crouching Squirrel in the inter-club championship. Quail Valley’s director, Henry Bingham, makes an outrageous bet on the match – and things go wrong. Bumbling assistant Justin takes the field, with Quail Valley’s pride, Henry’s job – and the honor of Justin’s brand-new fiance Louise – at stake.

 

The Fox on the Fairway
By CHRIS SILK, Naples Daily News

Foxes are on the fairways, and laughs are in the house at Gulfshore

Could “The Fox on the Fairway’ have been written in Naples? Its elements sound oh, so familiar: Competitive golf clubs with a little bloodthirst in tournament gambling. Hired-help romances. Team stars with a temperament.

And at least one monumental blunder. In this case, it’s by club president Bingham, who has bet heavily on his Quail Valley Club’s victory. He is going through qualified golfers like a mole through the greens, and he can nearly see his home foreclosure papers lying at the 18th hole

Fox On the Fairway
By HARRIET HOWARD HEITHAUS, Naples Daily News

Race

Jan 27 – Feb 12, 2012
By David Mamet

Curtain Up: ‘Race’ and ‘Doubt’ show power of professional and community theaters

David Mamet’s “Race” at Gulfshore Playhouse is a taut, profane chamber piece, focusing sharply on the issue of race relations, with uncertainty over an accused man’s guilt as the engine of the plot.

All the roles are superbly performed by the professional actors. Kristen Coury again demonstrates her knack in identifying the right actors and her versatility in directing very different genres. Particularly fascinating is Brent Langdon’s portrayal of Charles Strickland, the accused rapist. This ambiguous character is by turns pompous, outraged, self-justifying, self-loathing and self-destructive. Langdon integrates all this into the man.

David Mamet’s “Race”
By BILL O'NEILL, Collier Citizen

RACE, by David Mamet, was a superb production

RACE, by David Mamet, was a superb production. Mamet at the top of his game, a ruthless, unrelenting whack in the face, game. And it featured four actors rising to the challenge, all directed brilliantly by Kristen Coury, who knows what she’s doing!

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RACE, by David Mamet
THEATER NOTES, by Sidney B. Simon

Gulfshore’s ‘Race’ takes on tough questions of human tendency to profile

And there are so many things to discuss about it, says Kristen Coury, Gulfshore Playhouse artistic director and director of this play.

“This is my favorite kind of play to direct because there’s a lot of what we’ve talked about before as ‘table work’ in advance, where we sit down and talk about issues in the play,” she said.

Race
By HARRIET HOWARD HEITHAUS

Handle With Care

Oct 28 – Nov 20, 2011
By Jason Odell Williams

HANDLE WITH CARE – Southeastern Premiere Kicks Off Gulfshore Playhouse Season

Handle with Care is the story of Ayelet, an Israeli girl who is dragged by her grandmother on a road trip to America in search of a dream. Despite a botched DHL delivery, an unexpected blizzard, and an ill-equipped translator who is not really cut out for the job, the clues her grandmother deftly leaves behind eventually lead Ayelet to find what she didn’t even know she was looking for: her destiny.

Handle With Care
by Beau Higgins, Broadway World.com

Gulfshore Playhouse Education

Review: Gulfshore Playhouse rides superb “Streetcar Named Desire” to success

“A Streetcar Named Desire” burns with a quiet intensity. The play crafts a gorgeous narrative of a woman flailing in discontent colliding with a man sizzling with life. Every part of the show’s creative work represents professionals at the top of their game. The acting is sublime. Brownell’s Blanche could seduce the audience out of their seats.

Sit back. Let the heat envelope you. Watch the sunrise. Grind the coffee. Wait for New Orleans to wheeze to life and start another day and listen to the jazz coming out of the clubs as you rattle by on a streetcar named Desire.

Streetcar Named Desire
CHRIS SILK, Naples Daily News

Cohen & Grigsby’s Florida Office Relocates to Mercato in Naples

Cohen & Grigsby has already established relationships with a host of cultural organizations in Southwest Florida that include the United Arts Council, Naples Players, Gulfshore Playhouse and Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speakers.  The firm also serves as a sponsor of ART SMART, the Gulfshore Playhouse theatre education project that brings theater-based workshops into schools to enhance self-esteem and encourage cooperative learning.

“For any region to serve as a desirable place to live and work, it should also have a thriving cultural community filled with art and music,” Korn added.  “We are proud to play a part in supporting the region’s efforts.”

Gulfshore’s ‘Race’ takes on tough questions of human tendency to profile

And there are so many things to discuss about it, says Kristen Coury, Gulfshore Playhouse artistic director and director of this play.

“This is my favorite kind of play to direct because there’s a lot of what we’ve talked about before as ‘table work’ in advance, where we sit down and talk about issues in the play,” she said.

Race
By HARRIET HOWARD HEITHAUS

Gulfshore Playhouse students let imagination run wild on fantastic ‘Alice in Wonderland’ set

Take six adorable children. Add in one of literature’s most beloved creations. Stir in fantastic original costumes crafted from recycled material by Naples artist Jackie Morelisse. Add flamingos. Voila! Gulfshore Playhouse presents “Alice in Wonderland.”

“Alice in Wonderland,” served up to an audience of adoring parents and a few members of the public at noon Friday at the Norris Center in downtown Naples, offers a bite-size peek at Lewis Carroll’s fantasy. Kathryn Schultz Miller adapted the tale into a 20-minute children’s theater piece – performed here by the students in Gulfshore Playhouse’s STAR summer theater program.

Fantastic ‘Alice in Wonderland’
by Chris Silk, NaplesNews.com

Playhouse News

Cohen & Grigsby’s Florida Office Relocates to Mercato in Naples

Cohen & Grigsby has already established relationships with a host of cultural organizations in Southwest Florida that include the United Arts Council, Naples Players, Gulfshore Playhouse and Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speakers.  The firm also serves as a sponsor of ART SMART, the Gulfshore Playhouse theatre education project that brings theater-based workshops into schools to enhance self-esteem and encourage cooperative learning.

“For any region to serve as a desirable place to live and work, it should also have a thriving cultural community filled with art and music,” Korn added.  “We are proud to play a part in supporting the region’s efforts.”

Gulfshore Playhouse wins an Allegra FootPrint Fund Grant

Local Collier County non-profit organizations will be spending less on printing and marketing services this year thanks to Allegra of Naples and their FootPRINT Fund.

Last year, Allegra granted $10,000 worth of printing and marketing services to 16 local agencies. This year, grants were increased to $12,000 in order to add more recipients. Each winning organization will receive a $500 or $1,000 grant to be used during the year of 2012.

Over 30 local organizations applied for the FootPRINT Fund and the winners were chosen according to need and overall budget. An independent judging panel, comprised of local business professionals, was created to select this year’s 19 winning organizations. The second annual FootPRINT Fund awards luncheon was held on December 6 at Sophia’s restaurant in Naples.

“Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle” … Kristen Coury, founder and producing artistic director of Gulfshore Playhouse

Lytle: You say that when you choose your productions, you look for plays that people will remember.

Coury: I like to give people a full meal as opposed to an appetizer. I have seen, obviously, as being a theater professional for nearly two decades … I have seen a lot of plays that were not very good, and by the time I got to my car, I was turning the key in the lock and forgot what show I had seen — or wondered did I even see one?

And so my goal is to … whether it’s making people laugh, whether it’s making people cry, whether it’s making people angry, or happy or joyful, whatever it is, I want people to walk out, talking about it, excited that they spent their two hours with us and still remembering it.

Kristen Coury on Daily NewsMakers
Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle