Even if you've never seen "She Loves Me," you almost surely know the story.
It's based on a Hungarian play, but before the play was turned into a "She Loves Me," it was adapted into two classic films -- "The Shop Around the Corner," starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan in 1940, and "In the Good Old Summertime" with Judy Garland and Van Johnson in 1949. The story was turned into another film, "You've Got Mail," with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, in 1998.
Obviously, it's a story that people love. "She Loves Me," the stage musical adaptation with songs by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, was a hit both on Broadway and in London, and has been a staple at regional theaters ever since it premiered in 1963. (Harnick and Bock have had several other hits, most notably "Fiddler on the Roof.")
The Players Theatre in Sarasota opens its production of "She Loves Me" Dec. 3, but begins with a preview performance Wednesday.
Details: Dec. 2-20, The Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 7 :30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. No show Dec. 4, no matinee Dec. 5 and 19. Tickets: $25-$30 adults, $12 students. Information: 941-365-2494, theplayers.org.
-- Marty Clear