The Mystery of Irma Vep

APR 28 – MAY 20, 2018
by Charles Ludlam

Scott Greer and Jeffrey Binder rehearse a scene for the Gulfshore Playhouse production of “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” a Penny Dreadful by Charles Ludlam, at the Norris Center on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

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Gulfshore Playhouse Presents THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP

Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples’ premiere professional regional theater, presents “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” a Penny Dreadful by Charles Ludlam, Saturday, April 28 through Sunday, May 20.

Lunacy meets laughter in this tour-de-force performance where two actors transform from master to French maid, victim to villain, and living to “undead” at breakneck speed. Blending the best of Alfred Hitchcock, gothic melodrama and monster movies, “The Mystery of Irma Vep” is a gender-bending hilarious horror spoof.

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Miss Keller Has No Second Book

MAR 31 – APR 15, 2018
World Premiere
by Deb Hiett

“Miss Keller Has No Second Book” is one of those rare things in theater: a new play that works on all levels, has a superlative cast and grabs your heart and won’t let go.

It reminds us that time is our most precious commodity.

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Nancy Stetson Florida Weekly

Sacpino

FEB 17 – MAR 18, 2018
based on Moliere’s Scapin
Adapted by Jeffrey Binder

 

Moliere’s ‘Scapino’ brought into 21st century at Gulfshore Playhouse

Sleazy lawyers. Romance in the sun. Even the thought of mafia types making their way to sunny Naples seems believable in the latest offering from Gulfshore Playhouse.

(more…)

Dave Osborn Naples Daily News

Gulfshore Playhouse premieres a ‘Godfather’ twist on a classic Moliere comedy

Gulfshore Playhouse presents the world premiere of “Scapino” on stage at The Norris Center Saturday, Feb. 17, through Sunday, March 18.

Moliere’s 17th century French comedy has been adapted by Jeffrey Binder of Broadway’s “The Lion King” into a mafia comedy set in Naples. Directed by award-winning Chicago director Zeljko Djukic, it tells the story of the crafty servant Scapino (Mr. Binder) scheming to unite two pairs of lovers against the wishes of their mafia boss fathers.

(more…)

Moliere’s ‘Scapino’ brought into 21st century at Gulfshore Playhouse

Jeff Binder doesn’t mention that the title character of “Scapino” was written for him.

Binder, associate artistic director of Gulfshore Playhouse, talks about admiring Moliere as a playwright-actor whose intimacy with the stage filtered into his scripts.

(more…)

The Price

by Arthur Miller
JAN 13 – FEB 4, 2018

Theater Notes by Sidney B. Simon

Kristen Coury, Producing Artistic Director, took this play under her wing with incredible dedication. Touches of her miraculous hand reached each performer who clearly sent messages that there was no other play they wanted to be in. This was dialogue an actor believes in. It matters. It changes lives. It is, in my mind, what theater is all about. This production is definitely in my “must see” category. It will be a sell out.

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The Price: It matters. It changes lives.
Sidney B. Simon

BWW Review: THE PRICE at Gulfshore Playhouse

Gulfshore Playhouse never fails to thoroughly impress me with the attention to detail in their productions. THE PRICE involves many, many props, and they all seemed to have a purpose in bringing the show to life. The set itself was beautiful, and I absolutely felt like I was peering into an old attic that held many memories for these two brothers. Kristen Martino, the scenic designer of THE PRICE, did an excellent job with this production. (more…)

BWW Review: THE PRICE at Gulfshore Playhouse
by Emily Yorgey Broadway World

Kristen Coury Talks about The Price on the Bob Harden Show

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Kristen Coury Talks about The Price on the Bob Harden Show

Leading Ladies

Ken Ludwig’s Leading Ladies
NOV 7 – DEC 10, 2017

Cast of Gulfshore Playhouse ‘Leading Ladies’ elevates farce

In Shakespeare’s time, men would play both the male and female roles.

In Ken Ludwig’s “Leading Ladies,” a pair of Shakespearean actors are once again pretending to be women — but they do so in attempts to swindle a dying woman out of her money by claiming to be her long-lost nieces.

(more…)

BWW Review: LEADING LADIES at Gulfshore Playhouse is Wonderfully Witty!

LEADING LADIES at Gulfshore Playhouse is truly one of the most hilarious, witty, and well-performed plays I have ever seen. It is Gulfshore Playhouse’s first production post-Hurricane Irma, and I have to say, they are starting out incredibly strong, after what I am sure was a tough recovery. (more…)

Gulfshore Playhouse comedy: Donning hair to be an heir

Seams straight. Lipstick on. Heels — high enough for smart young women of the 1950s.

Yet these are two guys. They not only must be young men, but young women in the next moment. Then — who knows? — perhaps Cleopatra and Richard III. (more…)

Gulfshore Playhouse comedy: Donning hair to be an heir
Harriet Howard Heithaus Naples Daily News

Gulfshore Playhouse

Scott Greer and Jeffrey Binder rehearse a scene for the Gulfshore Playhouse production of “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” a Penny Dreadful by Charles Ludlam, at the Norris Center on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

(more…)

Gulfshore Playhouse Presents THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP

Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples’ premiere professional regional theater, presents “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” a Penny Dreadful by Charles Ludlam, Saturday, April 28 through Sunday, May 20.

Lunacy meets laughter in this tour-de-force performance where two actors transform from master to French maid, victim to villain, and living to “undead” at breakneck speed. Blending the best of Alfred Hitchcock, gothic melodrama and monster movies, “The Mystery of Irma Vep” is a gender-bending hilarious horror spoof.

(more…)

“Miss Keller Has No Second Book” is one of those rare things in theater: a new play that works on all levels, has a superlative cast and grabs your heart and won’t let go.

It reminds us that time is our most precious commodity.

(more…)

Nancy Stetson Florida Weekly

Moliere’s ‘Scapino’ brought into 21st century at Gulfshore Playhouse

Sleazy lawyers. Romance in the sun. Even the thought of mafia types making their way to sunny Naples seems believable in the latest offering from Gulfshore Playhouse.

(more…)

Dave Osborn Naples Daily News

Gulfshore Playhouse premieres a ‘Godfather’ twist on a classic Moliere comedy

Gulfshore Playhouse presents the world premiere of “Scapino” on stage at The Norris Center Saturday, Feb. 17, through Sunday, March 18.

Moliere’s 17th century French comedy has been adapted by Jeffrey Binder of Broadway’s “The Lion King” into a mafia comedy set in Naples. Directed by award-winning Chicago director Zeljko Djukic, it tells the story of the crafty servant Scapino (Mr. Binder) scheming to unite two pairs of lovers against the wishes of their mafia boss fathers.

(more…)

Moliere’s ‘Scapino’ brought into 21st century at Gulfshore Playhouse

Jeff Binder doesn’t mention that the title character of “Scapino” was written for him.

Binder, associate artistic director of Gulfshore Playhouse, talks about admiring Moliere as a playwright-actor whose intimacy with the stage filtered into his scripts.

(more…)

Theater Notes by Sidney B. Simon

Kristen Coury, Producing Artistic Director, took this play under her wing with incredible dedication. Touches of her miraculous hand reached each performer who clearly sent messages that there was no other play they wanted to be in. This was dialogue an actor believes in. It matters. It changes lives. It is, in my mind, what theater is all about. This production is definitely in my “must see” category. It will be a sell out.

(more…)

The Price: It matters. It changes lives.
Sidney B. Simon

BWW Review: THE PRICE at Gulfshore Playhouse

Gulfshore Playhouse never fails to thoroughly impress me with the attention to detail in their productions. THE PRICE involves many, many props, and they all seemed to have a purpose in bringing the show to life. The set itself was beautiful, and I absolutely felt like I was peering into an old attic that held many memories for these two brothers. Kristen Martino, the scenic designer of THE PRICE, did an excellent job with this production. (more…)

BWW Review: THE PRICE at Gulfshore Playhouse
by Emily Yorgey Broadway World

Kristen Coury Talks about The Price on the Bob Harden Show

Listen Now

Kristen Coury Talks about The Price on the Bob Harden Show

Cast of Gulfshore Playhouse ‘Leading Ladies’ elevates farce

In Shakespeare’s time, men would play both the male and female roles.

In Ken Ludwig’s “Leading Ladies,” a pair of Shakespearean actors are once again pretending to be women — but they do so in attempts to swindle a dying woman out of her money by claiming to be her long-lost nieces.

(more…)

BWW Review: LEADING LADIES at Gulfshore Playhouse is Wonderfully Witty!

LEADING LADIES at Gulfshore Playhouse is truly one of the most hilarious, witty, and well-performed plays I have ever seen. It is Gulfshore Playhouse’s first production post-Hurricane Irma, and I have to say, they are starting out incredibly strong, after what I am sure was a tough recovery. (more…)

Gulfshore Playhouse comedy: Donning hair to be an heir

Seams straight. Lipstick on. Heels — high enough for smart young women of the 1950s.

Yet these are two guys. They not only must be young men, but young women in the next moment. Then — who knows? — perhaps Cleopatra and Richard III. (more…)

Gulfshore Playhouse comedy: Donning hair to be an heir
Harriet Howard Heithaus Naples Daily News

The Show Must Go On


Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples had to cancel its fifth annual New Works Festival, which was already in progress when Irma bore down on the Florida peninsula Sept. 10. That meant grapping with the logistics of getting flights for eight actors and four playwrights who had to return to Washington D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, Portland, Ore., and Montana.

In addition to cancelling its New Works Festival, the company has cancelled its opening play of the season, “Paradise.” Chosen from last year’s New Works Festival, it was supposed to open Oct. 14. (more…)

The Show Must Go On
Nancy Stetson Florida Weekly

Gulfshore Playhouse Education

Theater intensive brings aspiring young playwrights into the process

 

Gulfshore Playhouse offers aspiring playwrights between the ages of 13 and 18 an opportunity to create an original work and have it performed in a public reading by professional actors. The STARwrights program is a behindthe-scenes professional theater intensive where students work with Gulfshore Playhouse staff and guest artists to develop their writing skills, create a short play and attend Gulfshore Playhouse productions, panel discussions and opening night parties.

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SURVIVOR TAKES STAGE

Sabine van Dam of Naples and her sister were 4 and 9 years old when their family put on all clothes they could wear, loaded their coat linings with valuables and slipped out the door of their Polish home forever. The sisters were close to the age of schoolchildren who will see their chilling story this year wherever the drama “In Flight: The Story of Sabine van Dam” is invited in Collier County schools. It’s a collaboration between the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida and Gulfshore Playhouse, based on van Dam’s life.

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SURVIVOR TAKES STAGE
HARRIET HOWARD HEITHAUS, Naples Daily News

5th Annual New Works Festival

SEPT 7-16 2017

Tycho’s Fool by Ross Peter Nelson
Hungarian Rhapsody by Susan Cinoman
Buried Under a Blackbird Sky by Stephen Spotswood
Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Elusive Ear by David MacGregor
Miss Keller Has No Second Book by Deb Hiett