A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart;
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
November 17th-December 30th
Previews: November 15th & 16th

BWW Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at Gulfshore Playhouse is Hilarious and Fresh!

Whether you’ve seen FORUM performed previously or you haven’t seen it ever before, I absolutely recommend checking out Gulfshore Playhouse’s version of this comedic tale. I had a smile on my face from beginning to end, and I’m sure you will too. From the clever story the show tells to all the fun songs and the many laugh out loud moments, Gulfshore Playhouse’s A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM is thoroughly enjoyable.

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FORUM with a TWIST

I BEGAN THE YEAR AS A MAN AND I’M ENDING it as a man,” declares the definitely feminine Kristen Mengelkoch. “I guess 2018 was about trying to do it all. But I promise I’m a woman! I identify as a woman.”

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FORUM with a TWIST
BY NANCY STETSON Florida Weekly

Naples take on ‘Forum’ twists the genders but puts the fun first

The current production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is about to be a dream come true to every overworked female who has declared “I need a wife!”

Its women are all about to get them.

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Gulfshore Playhouse Brings To Life One Of Broadway’s Funniest Musicals

Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples’ premier professional regional theater, travels back to Ancient Rome for its second production of the 2018-19 season, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” The Tony Award-winning farce written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, takes the stage Nov. 17 to Dec. 30.

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An Iliad

Based on Homer’s The Iliad
Translated by Robert Fagles
October 20th-November 4th
Previews: October 18th & 19th

Twist on a Greek classic opens Gulfshore Playhouse season

Jeffrey Binder

Gulfshore Playhouse kicks off a new season of professional theater with “An Iliad,” a modern retelling of Homer’s soaring epic, running Oct. 20-Nov. 4 at The Norris Center in Naples.

In the one-man play Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, an embattled storyteller grapples with the timeless tale of “The Iliad” about the horrors and heroism of war in Ancient Greece. With intimacy and immediacy, the new work shines a light on how Homer’s poem rings true today.

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Naples theater’s ‘Iliad’ a different odyssey from classic

Note to high school honors students: You will not get an easy Cliff Notes version of Homer’s classic when Gulfshore Playhouse opens “An Iliad” this week. You will get the distillation to its most precious nugget of truth, however: That war is a bloody zero-sum game, often the territory of narcissists and true believers.

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Naples theater’s ‘Iliad’ a different odyssey from classic
Harriet Howard Heithaus, Naples Daily News

Review: Gulfshore Playhouse ‘Iliad’ is tragedy for today as well as for ancient Greece

One of the major hurdles to appreciating the drama “An Iliad” is its title. You’re probably even looking at this review and saying, “Done that already.”

But you haven’t. Even those of us who have read the entire Greek classic poem in honors class haven’t done this “Iliad.”

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War: What is it good for? ‘An Illiad’ retold at Gulfshore Playhouse

This is the one they’re all going to be talking about.

It’s a knockout play, one that socks you right in the gut. It is so singular, so striking, it’ll surely wind up on many “Best Of” lists at the end of season. (more…)

9th Annual Gala ``Bubbles, Baubles, and Broadway``

Barbara And George Franks Named Event Chairs For Gulfshore Playhouse Annual ‘Bubbles, Baubles, And Broadway’ Gala

Gulfshore Playhouse will host its 9th Annual Gala “Bubbles, Baubles, and Broadway” on March 18, 2019 at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. The event also celebrates the 15th anniversary of Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples’ premiere professional regional theatre, and commences with cocktails at 5 p.m.; dinner and program begin at 6 p.m.

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2018 New Works Festival

Gulfshore Playhouse Announces Call For Submissions For 2019 New Works Festival

Gulfshore Playhouse has announced the Seventh Annual New Works Festival call for submissions will begin Thursday, Nov. 1.

The New Works Festival brings together playwrights, professional actors and directors from across the country for a weeklong event culminating in a series of staged readings for an audience.

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Gulfshore Playhouse

Gulfshore Playhouse Hires Nonprofit Fundraising Expert As Interim Capital Campaign Director

Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples’ premier professional regional theater, has named Jeanne Sigler as its interim capital campaign director of the Next Stage Campaign. Sigler has served as the theater’s capital campaign consultant for several years and will fill this position until the end of the current season.

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Gulfshore Playhouse Hires Nonprofit Fundraising Expert As Interim Capital Campaign Director

Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples’ premier professional regional theater, has named Jeanne Sigler as its interim capital campaign director of the Next Stage Campaign. Sigler has served as the theater’s capital campaign consultant for several years and will fill this position until the end of the current season.

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Regional Awards

Voting is now open for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Ft. Myers/Naples Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favorites.

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Regional Awards
by BWW News Desk

Kristen Coury: The Force Behind the Drama

How the Gulfshore Playhouse founder is leading the way to fresh initiatives and a bold new theater space.

“​This was by accident. Completely.”

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Kristen Coury: The Force Behind the Drama
BY JENNIFER REED Gulfshore Life

Fourteen local theaters announce upcoming seasons

There are large-cast musicals (“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at Gulfshore Playhouse, “The Music Man” at Asolo Repertory Theatre) and one-person shows (“Becoming Doc tor Ruth” at Florida Repertory Theatre, “An Iliad” at Gulfshore Playhouse.) There are old chestnuts (Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers” by the Naples Players and “The Glass Menagerie” by The Studio Players) and edgy new plays (“Damascus” at Florida Rep, “Marjorie Prime” by the Naples Players.)

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