Streisand-centric ‘Buyer & Cellar’ delights at Florida Studio Theatre

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Before she was watching HBO documentaries to craft controversies of her own, film and stage superstar Barbra Streisand was generating another type of headline: for her interior design.

That’s because Streisand—the only artist to receive Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Endowment for the Arts and Peabody awards—has a mall in the basement of her Malibu mansion. “Instead of just storing my things in the basement,” the diva detailed to Harper’s Bazaar in 2010, “I can make a street of shops and display them.”

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‘Rent—In Concert’ is the newest offering from the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project

By : Aaron Alper
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Sarasota – Rent is a time-honored musical amongst the LGBT community. It’s a story of a group of impoverished young artists living in Alphabet City in NYC while living under the nightmare of the initial onslaught of AIDS. It’s the perfect musical for the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project to present Nov. 3 and 10 at Florida Studio Theatre.

Rather than being maudlin or prone of victimizing it’s gay characters (as many Hollywood movies are want to do) Rent imparted a message of hope amidst the decimation and that is probably the reason why it continues to be relevant more than 20 years after its debut.

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