Sarasota's Florida Studio Theatre opens three shows

June 5, 2014 

From left, Sarah Hund, Randy Glass and Charlynn Carter star in "Pump Boys and Dinettes." Photo by Brian Braun.

Apparently no one told the people at Sarasota's Florida Studio Theatre that June, July and August are supposed to be the slow time of year for theater.

FST has three shows opening this month -- an '80s musical, a revue of songs from the '50 and '60s and the return of the theater's popular improv comedy series.

The musical is "Pump Boys and Dinettes," a slight but fun show about four men who work at a rural gas station in North Carolina and two sisters who wait tables at a nearby restaurant. Its songs are country-tinged, and the best-known number is "The Night Dolly Parton Was Almost Mine."

The revue is "At the Hop." It features classic songs from the pre-Beatles era of rock 'n' roll, performed by the Alley Cats, a 25-year-old doo-wop group known for blending harmonies and comedy.

The improv show, "Out of Bounds Summer Match Up," pits two teams of FST comic actors against each other. They build sketches around audience suggestions, and the audience decides which team is funnier.

Details: "Pump Boys and Dinettes" June 6-29; "At the Hop" June 12-July 6; "Out of Bounds Summer Match Up" June 7-Aug. 23, Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Show times: Various. Tickets: "Pump Boys" $34-$44; "At the Hop" $32-$36; "Out of Bounds" $15. Information: 941-366-9000, floridastudiotheatre.org.

-- Marty Clear

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