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Florida Studio Theatre

1241 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
+1 941-366-9000
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Ranked #14 of 89 Attractions in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
Owner description: Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is one of the major cultural resources in the Gulf Coast region, bringing the best in Contemporary plays, musicals, and... more » Owner description: Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is one of the major cultural resources in the Gulf Coast region, bringing the best in Contemporary plays, musicals, and comedy to the Sarasota community since 1973. An Equity theatre, the FST campus is a village of theatres - the historic Keating and Gompertz Theatres,the Parisian style Goldstein Cabaret and the new John C. Court Cabaret. In January 2014 we opened our fifth venue, The Bowne Lab Theatre. Near the Sarasota bayfront, FST brings an energy and vitality to the downtown area. Each theatre is small in size and large in impact - providing an intimate and engaging setting for high-quality, professional performances. Hip and historical, entertaining and challenging, we are the theatre where the street meets the elite, where everyone is welcome to come and engage in the art of theatre.FST has modeled itself on the strength of creating the best in contemporary theatre at an affordable price. Overall, FST serves over 160,000 attendees per year through its major programs: the Mainstage Series, the Cabaret Series, WRITE A PLAY, Education, and New Play Development. « less
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I attend FST for the entertainment. One night because I couldn't walk well, we decided to eat there. Not the best food or selection but then the show was the draw

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

FST has an easy to navigate website and friendly staff if you call in for tickets. Each year they strive to provide a variety of shows - there are 2 cabaret theaters as well as 2 main stages. Attended an improv festival this summer that was well run and would definately attend next year. Once you purchase tickets, if your... More

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AudraL_FST, Public Relations Manager at Florida Studio Theatre, responded to this review

We are so glad that you have had wonderful experiences here at FST. We hope that you continue to attend our shows and events during this upcoming season! More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A small theatre that puts on a good show for its location and size. Hopefully you won't run into a field trip like we happened upon once. Be sure to call and ask for the day you wish to attend.

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AudraL_FST, Public Relations Manager at Florida Studio Theatre, responded to this review

We are happy to hear that you had a nice experience here at FST! We hope to see you again soon during our upcoming season. More

Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Years ago my son was in their summer programs and we love to go and see their new place when we are in the area. keep up the good work!

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AudraL_FST, Public Relations Manager at Florida Studio Theatre, responded to this review

We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience here at FST! We hope to see you come back soon for our 2014-2015 Winter season. More

Longboat Key, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A Saturday evening at the Improv showed promise and good seats were still available for this "limited engagement" show, and that should have tipped us off. The crew had great energy, decent chemistry, but weren't funny. Some in the audience laughed, but they must have had a secret you tube video on their pocket device. Save the $15 and give... More

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Venice, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Went to see a Magic Show in the Cabaret that we enjoyed. The building is beautiful having been recently renovated. We sat a small tables and cushioned chairs - a very comfortable arrangement. The menu (you can choose to eat before the show or not) was comprehensive. We had chicken caesar salad and shrimp cocktail. The food quality is good.... More

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AudraL_FST, Public Relations Manager at Florida Studio Theatre, responded to this review

We are pleased to hear that you had a nice experience at FST. Looking forward to having you come again for Improv! More

Orlando, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I was looking for a family-friendly venue during our vacation on Siesta Key. Made reservations for Magic Show. Arrived 1/2 hour early and was surprised to be ushered to tables against the wall of the upstairs balcony where we could not even see the stage. We were advised that we would be permitted to move our bar stools to sit... More

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Longboat Key, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

FST is a jewel. The productions are first rate and there literally is not a bad seat in the house. Even at full price, the shows are a bargain and if you are around for the entire winter or summer season you can get a package deal which gives you 3-4 shows at 50% off the normal rate.

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AudraL_FST, Public Relations Manager at Florida Studio Theatre, responded to this review

We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience here at FST. We hope to see you again! More

Stockbridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

An outstanding one woman show about Dr. Ruth. I learned lots about her life and really made me admire her . She had a difficult and fascinating life. and overcame so much.

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AudraL_FST, Public Relations Manager at Florida Studio Theatre, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed Becoming Dr. Ruth! Hope to see you again soon at the theater! More

Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

FST delivers great theater, whether on the Mainstage or Cabaret. The cost is VERY low: kudos to the board, who is committed to making theater accessible to all. The campus is charming and all the seats are good. Enjoy!

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AudraL_FST, Public Relations Manager at Florida Studio Theatre, responded to this review

Thank you so much for coming to FST! We are so delighted that you had a wonderful experience. We hope to see you back here soon! More

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