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“Small theater with a lot of class”

Asolo Repertory Theatre
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Owner description: Asolo Repertory Theatre, Florida's premier professional theatre, is one of the most important cultural forces in the Southeastern United States. A center for theatrical excellence, Asolo Rep stages up to 10 productions every season, spanning a diverse repertoire of newly commissioned plays, bold reinterpretations of contemporary and classical works, and provocative new musical theatre experiences.
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15 reviews
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“Small theater with a lot of class”
Reviewed March 15, 2012

There really isn't a bad seat in the house, although there is a steep climb to the "cheap seats." We saw "My Fair Lady" and could hear every word, except when the ladies behind us decided to sing along with the cast. At one point, I had to ask one of them to be quiet, since she was talking about everything other than the theater.

My only complaint is that they allow patrons to drink in their seats, which interferes with the enjoyment of others. We had several 30-ish men climbing over us to get out to the bar, and the singing ladies behind us were a little looped, as we could tell from their conversation we couldn't help overhearing. I wish the management would make drinks stay in the lobby or bar area. Nobody needs to be drinking during the show. They can do that at home, where they can embarrass themselves in private.

Visited November 2011
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Englewood, Florida
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281 reviews
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“Asolo Theatre for the Performing Arts”
Reviewed March 14, 2012

This is a lovely, unique, spot and one that we'll visit again when a program turns up that we like.

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Akron, Ohio
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9 reviews
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“Excellent professional repertory theatre”
Reviewed March 9, 2012

The productions at the Asolo are always top professional quality, performed in an authentic European opera house that was dismantled and rebuilt on the Ringling estate in Sarasota.

Visited February 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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“Quality west-end quality theatre in an exciting and surprising place”
Reviewed March 3, 2012

My partner and I were delighted by the week we stayed in Sarasota and Asolo was the highpoint of our trip. We saw 3 amazing productions; Yentl, Once in a Lifetime, and God of Carnage. Every production was of immensely high standard and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We were lucky to catch a concert there that week of Jill Saboule, who did the music for the production of Yentl we saw. Her love of the theatre and the time she spent with the rep company was palpable and contagious watching the concert. The theatre is beautiful, the staff are friendly and helpful, and the whole experience of being there is glorious. Do not miss this opportunity to see repetory theatre at its absolute best.

Visited February 2012
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Pepperell, Massachusetts
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59 reviews
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“Nice theatre”
Reviewed March 2, 2012

Went and same Once in a Lifetime. Great performance. We had seats in the every last row in the balcony. Seats were fine and we could hear fine. Fun evening.

Visited February 2012
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