Florida Repertory Theatre has filled its 20th anniversary season with something for everyone.
The line-up includes A.R. Gurney’s comedy about a street-smart pooch, Sylvia; the 12-time Tony Award-winning musical and Academy Award-winning Best Picture, Cabaret; and 2013’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Disgraced.
The professional theater company brings more than 87,000 people to the Fort Myers River District annually throughout its September to May season. It is just 15 miles from Fort Myers Beach and surrounded by a wide variety of restaurants and shops.
Florida Rep’s 2017-18 season features the following shows:
Sylvia (Oct. 24-Nov. 15)
Disgraced (Nov. 7-Dec. 10)
The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Nov. 28-Dec. 17)
Night and Day: A Cole Porter Revenue (Dec. 19-Feb. 25)
How the Other Half Loves (Jan. 9-31)
The Miracle Worker (Feb. 13-March 7)
Cabaret (March 20-April 11)
George Washington’s Teeth (April 24-May 13)
Highlights of the Season
Sylvia, based on the book by A.R. Gurney, is a revival of Florida Rep’s biggest hit, being brought back by popular demand. When empty nesters, Greg and Kate, find themselves at a crossroads – his career winding down and hers ramping up – they move to Manhattan to escape the suburbs. Kate thinks the dog phase of her life is over, but when Greg brings a street-smart labradoodle named Sylvia into their home, all bets are off. Sylvia quickly becomes a bone of contention, testing their marriage to hilarious and touching effect.
The theater is also presenting the world premiere of George Washington’s Teeth by Mark St. Germain, author of “Best of Enemies” and “Camping with Henry and Tom.” This hilarious comedy follows the exploits of the women of the beleaguered New Bunion Historical Society as they battle the male city council to keep the doors open.
About Florida Rep
Florida Rep is housed in a charming building constructed in 1908. Originally used as a Vaudeville house, this was the very auditorium where Fort Myers resident Thomas Edison saw his first films, along with his friends Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone.
The Arcade eventually became a movie house but by 1989 had fallen into severe disrepair. The City of Fort Myers and famed ballet and film star Mikhail Baryshnikov organized a benefit in 1991 to restore the historic building. It became the permanent home of the Florida Repertory Theatre in 1998.
Florida Rep performs on two stages. Its Historic Arcade Theatre is a beautifully restored 393-seat proscenium space, while the smaller ArtStage Studio Theatre holds up to 120 seats.
Getting Your Tickets
Weekday evening performances (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) start at 7:00 p.m., while weekend evening performances (Friday and Saturday) begin at 8 p.m.
Regular tickets range from $45 to $55, while preview tickets are $25 to $35.
Florida Rep is located at 2268 Bay Street in Fort Myers. Find more information and purchase tickets on the Florida Rep website or call their Box Office at 239-332-4488.
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