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Florida Studio Theatre

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Address: 1241 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236-5602
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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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Great venue and night out

We recently went to see the piano man show and a great little Theatre downtown Sarasota. Six friends decided to go out for a night in Sarasota. We got our tickets late so we... read more

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Osprey, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We recently went to see the piano man show and a great little Theatre downtown Sarasota. Six friends decided to go out for a night in Sarasota. We got our tickets late so we didn't get the tables downstairs. When we arrived the show manager explained everything about the theater and what would be happening and he escorted us upstairs... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took our friends Cindy and Suzie to the play and was thoroughly entertained and our lobster bisque soup was delicious we all had the bisque from the green room the theater was very interesting place just beautiful and the atmosphere was excellent and we had very good table upstairs and there was an elevator to the upstairs but we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We saw Brownsville Song in the Gompertz theater recently. The play was well acted and emotionally engaging. Well worth seeing anywhere. This was our first time at the FST and we were quite taken with the five-theater complex very conveniently located in downtown Sarasota. The opportunity to have dinner before the play at the theater is a plus. The only... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed the meal, loved the dessert, and the show-Old as Dirt- in the beautiful intimate supper theatre was the icing on the cake! The pianist was superb, the revision of so many well known songs kept us laughing. The four actors were class acts and great singers to boot-another Wonderful evening at the FST Cabaret!

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Streamwood
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Saw "the Piano Men" and was thoroughly entertained. Great show! Had a wonderful dinner and wine before the show which was intimate and engaging. The building décor was rich and inviting. We have visited Sarasota many times in the last 40 yrs, but only just found this gem. Great night out for a little culture. Very affordable, highly recommended

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to the Florida Studio Theatre for a number of performances ( Improv. Cleaver Little Lies, Music Men etc.)and have enjoyed each of them. Each venue is intimate so the audience is close to the show. The acting has is a very good quality and made for an enjoyable evening.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hubby and I visited FST for the first time Saturday night and enjoyed an outstanding performance. We saw 'Gideon's Knot', and the production was professional and the actresses were terrific. The play was in the Bowne Theatre, which is a small cabaret type theatre, where you sit at tables on two levels. When the ushers seated us, we were informed... More 

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Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are subscribers to the winter season at the Florida studio theatre and could not be more pleased. The mix of plays and cabaret shows have been great. If you are in the area for an extended time this is a can't miss.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

i have been a patron of Florida Studio for over five years and can't say enough about it. With one exception during that time the productions, whether is was drama, comedy, or musical, were professionally presented and totally enjoyable. The food that is available before most performances is quite nice and reasonably priced. During a construction period in downtown Sarasota... More 

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Deerfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

We saw the play Clever Little Lies and it was excellent. Small venue with good views from every seat. Not very expensive (compared to Chicago), parking is easy. Many nearby restaurants. There is an in-house restaurant that is inexpensive and is average in quality.

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