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“LIve Theatre Treasure in Sarasota” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Florida Studio Theatre

Florida Studio Theatre
1241 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
+1 941-366-9000
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Ranked #11 of 49 Attractions in Sarasota
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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.
Sarasota, Florida
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“LIve Theatre Treasure in Sarasota”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We have seen 5 shows at FST. After the first two, we purchased subscriptions - we don't want to miss one of their delightful presentations. Great talent - delightful entertainment.

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Sarasota, Florida
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“From intimate Cabaret to Exciting Main Stage Productions”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Intimate professional theatre in the heart of downtown Sarasota with free parking at the parking garage across the street.

Visited January 2013
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“Great little theatre”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We recently visited the Florida Studio Theatre for the first time to see "Smokey Joe's Cafe" The atmosphere is very welcoming and attractive and there is not a bad seat in the house. The lobby has a small snack bar where beverages and snacks can be purchased adjoining a small room with tables for customers' convenience.
The play itself was terrific; costumes were very attractive and fitting for the times and music. The performers were also excellent and we truly enjoyed the afternoon.
The only drawback was the restroom situation. The ladies' room had two stalls, although one was out of order, so the line grew rapidly at intermission.
Aside from that, I look forward to going back to the theatre soon.

Visited January 2013
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AudraL_FST, Public Relations Manager at Florida Studio Theatre, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful review. The great news is our newly renovated Gompertz Theatre features multi-stall large beautiful bathrooms. FST is always changing and improving! We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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“New Gompertz is a treat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

The Florida Studio theater has been presenting good to excellent plays for years. Now after a speedy construction job the new Gompertz is open and it is so nice! The old facility had minimal rest rooms, so the new and expanded ladies' room was a welcome change. The play "Best of Enemies" was very well done. The subject of bigots from both sides of the civil rights issue in Durham, NC in 1971 was based on a true story.

Visited January 2013
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“One of the best regional theatre in the country”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

FST's productions rival those of any off broadway plays and shows. Love the newly renovated Gompertz theatre with it's new seating, dining and restroom facilities! Definitely a Sarasota cultural gem.

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