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Jobsite cues up ‘1984,’ ‘50 Shades’ parody’s Danielle Trzcinski premieres ‘Little Black Dress’


When selecting an adaptation for George Orwell’s 1984 (there have been a few of them), Jobsite Theater had to strike the most controversial one off the list. That version by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan ran for 125 performances at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre. Before closing in October, it created a stir over controversial torture scenes, with some in the audience reportedly fainting or vomiting.

The show’s New York producers have limited the ability of other states to put on 1984, at least until they can put together a tour, Jobsite producing artistic director David Jenkins said. Regardless, Jenkins found an adaptation by Michael Gene Sullivan with a smaller cast that better suited his theater.

That doesn’t mean this adaptation won’t challenge audiences. Moreover, Jenkins believes the hype around the Icke and Macmillan show was overblown.

"That was classic marketing," he said. "e_STnS‘It’s too frightening for the audience! You shouldn’t see this!’ They made a big deal about Jennifer Lawrence vomiting in the lobby. She came out later and said, ‘No, I had bad sushi.’?"

The show runs Friday through May 20 at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $29.50 and up. Wednesday and Thursday previews are $18. (813) 229-7827. For showtimes, go to strazcenter.org.

Read more about Jobsite’s production of 1984 in Sunday’s Latitudes and at tampabay.com/things-to-do/stage.


Growing up in Tampa, all Danielle Trzcinski, center, wanted to do was play soccer. She captained the Tampa Catholic soccer team and dreamed of playing professionally. Then her women’s league closed down and on a lark she auditioned for the lead in a local production of Annie.

She later joined the tour of Spank! The Fifty Shades of Grey Parody, which played for three years to sold-out halls.

That experience inspired Trzcinski and fellow Spank! cast member Amanda Barker to create their own show. The result, Little Black Dress, premieres today in her hometown.

The musical sees three friends through childbirth and funerals, love and friendship, plenty of drinks and a male stripper. "We just want women to have a fun night for themselves where they can leave the kids at home and wear their little black dresses, call their girlfriends, have some drinks and go to the theater," Trzcinski said. 8 p.m. Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Straz Centers, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $32.75 and up. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.


Baritone Daniel Narducci headlines a Florida Orchestra pops concert, Celebrate Broadway. On a national tour of Camelot, Narducci played Sir Lancelot opposite Robert Goulet. Bob Bernhardt conducts the orchestra and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay in songs from The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Mary Poppins and more. Concerts start at 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45. Flutist Clay Ellerbroek, right, plays Vivaldi’s "Goldfinch" concerto in a coffee concert starting at 11 a.m. today at the Mahaffey Theater. $24 and up. Ellerbroek repeats the performance at the season’s final Happy Hour Concert, 6:30 p.m. today (bar opens 5:30 p.m.), Straz Center, Tampa. $35 and up. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org.


Tampa Repertory Theatre has announced its eighth season. Heisenberg (Sept. 5-23) by Simon Stephens examines a woman’s search for her missing son. A 75-year-old butcher she met at a London train station helps her. The play stars Emilia Sargent, left, and Michael Mahoney, recent winners of Theatre Tampa Bay awards for outstanding lead actress and actor. Sargent then directs Copenhagen (Jan. 10-27) by Michael Frayn. Set in the afterlife, the play pits physicists Werner Heisenberg against Neils Bohr, a discussion moderated and humanized by Bohr’s wife, Margrethe. Finally, artistic director C. David Frankel directs Aaron Posner’s Stupid F------ Bird (May 30-June 16), a takeoff on Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. Performances will be held at the University of South Florida or Hillsborough Community College’s Ybor City campus. tamparep.org.

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