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Address: 1241 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236-5602
Phone Number: +1 941-366-9000
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Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is one of the major cultural resources in the...

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 professional regional theatre, the FST campus is a village of five theatres - the historic Keating and Gompertz Theatres,the Parisian style Goldstein Cabaret and John C. Court Cabaret, and Bowne's 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,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 200,000 attendees per year through its six major programs: the Mainstage Series, the Cabaret Series, the Stage III series, WRITE A PLAY, Education, and New Play Development.

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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

You will not believe you can find this quality of talent other than NYC!! they are amazing!! it was an evening full of surprise and high energy! The talent just blew our... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
jbb52015
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Sarasota, Florida
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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You will not believe you can find this quality of talent other than NYC!! they are amazing!! it was an evening full of surprise and high energy! The talent just blew our minds!! So much great talent and so little cost!!! We loved this show!!

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is a wonderful rendition of this musical. The theater is intimate, so the seating is great. The cast is very energetic and talented. It's worthy of a Broadway production. We had a great time and would definitely recommend this production.

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The productions can run from excellent to "let's leave at intermission". There is no in between. The 2016 season kicked off with Million Dollar Quartet, an excellent production that works well in revival. As with most seasons, I am sure there will be at least one play that is painful to sit through. The good thing is the subscription is... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a collection of small theaters offering professional theatre at it's best. New York actors are drawn to work here based on the reputation of the quality of these productions. Each season a list of plays, some new, some revised offer a wide range of stimulating, fun and intellectually stimulating pieces. Do yourself a favor and get the seasonal... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

We have never been disappointed at the Florida Studio Theater's Cabarets. Just saw Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves and it was outstanding. Great songs and a very talented cast made for a wonderful evening. Ticket prices are very reasonable and you can enjoy a light meal or a glass of wine during the show. Highly recommend it

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AudraL_FST, Marketing Director at Florida Studio Theatre, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback, glad you enjoyed the first cabaret of the season! More 

Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

I was invited as a birthay present to a Sunday matineé from 2-4 PM in August. The place was packed! Looks like there are some 200 seats in all. There is a lovely bar that serves drinks and meals beside the lobby, so you might want to think of arriving early and chilling with a good drink or lunch/dinner. We... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

My husband and I went and found this theatre to be very reasonably priced and adequately clean. We enjoyed the theatre that we went twice while on vacation. There aren't too many movie theatres you can get beer and wine at the concession stand and that was surprising.

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Venice, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

We got to see the God of Isaac play and the performance itself was absolutely wonderful, hysterical, well played, and extremely enjoyable. This theater is such a wonderful experience; it's beautiful, comfortable, every seat has a good view of the stage, the acoustics are perfect, and it is so professionally run. This is one of our favorite in use in... More 

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Venice, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

A delightful and insightful journey into what it is to be Jewish as seen through the eyes of a young man from Skokie IL in 1977. Well performed before a full house in the Gompertz theatre. A great cultural experience for this "goy".

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

Try to patronize FST when productions meet our schedule. Shows are uniformly well acted and good seating is easy to come by.

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