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Gypsy Stage Repertory presents Sedaris’ ‘The Book of Liz’


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BRANDON – Gypsy Stage Repertory, a new theater company based in Dunedin, presents “The Book of Liz” by Amy and David Sedaris at 6 p.m. Sunday at Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association, 619 Vonderburg Drive.

The one-act comedy will be followed by an intermission with light, cheesy snacks (the show has a lot to do with cheese balls) and then an after-show of improv.

“Most of the cast are also part of our comedy improv troupe, The Improv-ables,” said director Lil Barcaski, “so it seemed a good fit for them show off a little of their stuff along with the play.”

The troupe’s actors, from all over the Tampa Bay area, include: Brianna Larson, Tamara Spiri, Jakob D. Nordstrom, Jordan Harner, Johanna Griese and Ricky Jones. Barcaski’s assistant director is Ashley Collins; costumes and props manager is Alicyn Weber.

“Our last show [at Center Place] featured a high school student from Brandon, Colleen Rose Trundy, in an original play called, ‘Picking up Sticks,’ ” Barcaski said.

“The Book of Liz” is “a very zany” comedy, said Barcaski, who would rate it PG: “There is a tiny bit of cursing and we are toning even that down, but it has a couple of lines of blue humor.”

The play was chosen because of its farcical nature, but also because it was “so very well written,” Barcaski said. “Its ending has a great message about how to tackle the problems in your life, the places you are from and the people that love you.”

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors. The price includes snacks.

For tickets, call (813) 922-8778, email Barcaski at Lil@GypsyStage.com or contact Center Place, (813) 685-8888.

Send news of community interest to Barbara Routen at Neighbors@tampabay.rr.com.

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