A Night at the Theater in Naples (2014)

Naples’ vibrant theater companies have drama, musicals, comedies, and more. Here’s a look at the current 2014 season on stage in Naples:

Naples’ vibrant theater companies have drama, musicals, comedies, and more. Here’s a look at the current 2014 season on stage in Naples:

At the Gulfshore Playhouse

The Gulfshore Playhouse at the Norris Center, 755 8th Avenue South, has something for every audience, from theater Games Afootclassics and Broadway shows to edgy contemporary drama and world premieres of new works:

  • The God Game (Jan. 17 – Feb 9). This is a world premiere of a gripping political drama about privacy, politics, and religion.
  • The Game’s Afoot (Feb. 21 – March 16). Nothing’s hotter these days than Sherlock Holmes material. This is a play about William Gillette, a Broadway star famous for his portrayal of Holmes. When a cast member is murdered, Gillette must channel the character of Holmes in order to solve the crime.
  • All My Sons (March 28 – April 19). Renowned playright Arthur Miller wrote this story of a small-town Ohio family and their secrets and discoveries in the aftermath of World War II.

At The Naples Players, Sugden Community Theater

Moon Over BuffaloNaples’ thriving amateur theater, The Naples Players, is is known for exuberant productions staged at Blackburn Hall and The Tobye Studio in the Sugden Community Theatre, 701 5th Avenue S.

  • Black Tie (Jan. 15 – Feb. 8). A wedding becomes the scene for a dramatic clash of traditions and cultures — plus the appearance of an eccentric surprise guest.
  • Good People (Feb. 5 – March 1). This though-provoking play by Pulitzer-winner David Lindsay-Abaire is about the reunion of two old friends from South Boston — one of whom made it from the working class to the middle class and one who continues to struggle.
  • The Drowsy Chaperone (March 5 – April 5). This Tony Award-winning musical is a lighthearted tribute to musicals themselves, with a play-within-a-play about a Broadway starlet who wants love more than she wants fame.
  • Distracted (March 26 – April 19). Teachers, parents, and doctors look for answers when 9-year-old Jesse shows symptoms of hyperactivity. This drama focuses on a very real problem affecting today’s families.
  • Moon Over Buffalo (April 23 – May 17). The Sugden winds up the season with a lighthearted comedy about a regional theater company’s madcap efforts to impress a famous Hollywood director.

In Naples, the play is just part of an exciting evening in the elegant downtown. You’ll find plenty a great pubs and restaurants open on Fifth Avenue South for before- and after-theater drinks and dining.