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Sarasota’s Starlite Players stage four new comedies

“Killer Date,” starring Grace Vitale, Lauren Ward and Joseph Rebella, will be staged by the Starlite Players in Sarasota this weekend.
“Killer Date,” starring Grace Vitale, Lauren Ward and Joseph Rebella, will be staged by the Starlite Players in Sarasota this weekend. PROVIDED PHOTO

It should be an interesting evening of theater from the Starlite Players.

The Sarasota company stages a collection of four short comedies on one weekend every month, all grouped together under a loose theme. This month’s theme is “Skirting the Law.”

One of the planned plays was a satirical look at America’s gun culture, and it contained references to a mass shooting. People involved with the show and the company had no trouble deciding to scrap that one play for this weekend’s performances.

That means that they’ve had just three days to put a replacement play together. Since Monday, they memorized lines, rehearsed, developed characters, built a set, come up with costumes and done all the many other things that go into theater.

They say they’re committed to making it work, but it’s possible that the actors may still have to have scripts in hand. Chances are nobody will mind. It might take a little extra imagination on the part of the audience, but that may add to the appeal.

The revised program includes “ ‘Honest Abe’ Mazulu” by Stephen Cooper, “Killer Date” by David Abolafia, “Gram Scams” by Cary Pepper and the replacement play “At Sea Two Guys in Clerical Guise” by Denis Meadows.

The play that was scuttled, “Gunplay” by Jack Gilhooley, will be back on the Starlite stage at a later date.

Details: June16-19, The Starlite Room, 1001 Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Sunday. $17.50. 941-587-8290, starliteplayers.com.

Marty Clear: 941-708-7919, @martinclear

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