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Sunday, March 07, 2021

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THE AVENUE  |  ART AND THEATER

"Up" portrays awkward American life

Just so you know, "Up" is a play based on the life and family of a man who tied balloons to a lawn chair and ended up 16,000 feet in the air, not a stage adaptation of the 2009 Disney-Pixar cartoon with the same name. As long as you know this, you probably won't be confused for the entire first act by the lack of old men, little boys and flying houses. Not that I was. I can just imagine the confusion it might cause.


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UF takes act to east coast

In a time of tight budgets and limited resources, UF musical theater students keep singing and dancing. Economic hardships and stormy weather don't stop these performers from sharing their talents with the world.


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Death of Polaroid is end of an era

For most, the start of the new year signaled a fresh beginning, but for Polaroid film it marked the end of an era. Last year Polaroid announced that it would stop making instant film, and it should be phased out of stores by 2009. To many people in this digital age, Polaroids are no more than ancient relics, but to those in fashion, art and photography industries they are very much alive.


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Local actors give new spin to classic playwright's work

Scot Davis and Shamrock McShane's rendition of David Mamet's play "American Buffalo" is not your conventional theater production.The dimming lights, heavy curtains and theatrical music are nowhere to be found.Instead, they opt to produce the play with what Davis calls "organic staging" - the stage is set up so the audience can be included in the dramatic action.The audience sits on and around the set in the intimate setting of the Civic Media Center stage, which can hold about 30 people at the most."They see it from every possible perspective," McShane said."American Buffalo" will be opening at the center, 1021 W University Ave., on Friday.


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