Award-winning Theater in Naples

Naples is renowned for its nightlife, including vibrant theater companies presenting dramas that range from the classic to the experimental. Here’s a look at the first part of the 2013-2014 season on stage in Naples:

At the Gulfshore Playhouse

Venus in Fur at Gulfshore PlayhouseThe Gulfshore Playhouse at the Norris Center, 755 8th Avenue South, has something for every audience, from theater classics and Broadway shows to edgy contemporary drama and world premieres of new works. The 2013-2014 season gets off to an exciting start with:

  • Venus in Fur (Oct. 4-20). This Tony-nominated work by contemporary writer David Ives is set in the theater world. It explores some highly adult themes as a mysterious actress turns a demanding director’s life upside down.
  • Something Intangible (Nov. 1-24) is set in 1940s Hollywood and follows the struggles of a creative genius and his businessman brother who will change the world of animated film.
  • Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (Dec. 6-22). This is the Scrooge story — but told from the point-of-view of the ghost, Scrooge’s late partner Jacob Marley. This magical one-man show is a perfect holiday treat for the entire family.

At the Naples Players, Sugden Community Theater

Irma Vep in NaplesNaples’ thriving amateur theater is known for its exuberant productions, staged at Blackburn Hall and The Tobye Studio in the Sugden Community Theatre, 701 5th Avenue S.

  • The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Oct. 9 – Nov. 2). Florida trailer park Armadillo Acres is the setting for this musical about delightful American eccentrics. Off-beat (and sometimes off-color).
  • The Mystery of Irma Vep (Oct. 30 – Nov. 23). Had enough of vampires, zombies, and Gothic horror? No you haven’t. This satiric take-off on the classics takes you from England to Egypt in the company of the hilarious Lord Edgar and Lady Enid Hillcrest. Voted one of the best plays of the year by Time magazine.
  • Our Town (Nov. 27 – Dec. 21). Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic about the small town of Grover’s Corner, N.H., is a celebration of life in small-town America.

 Make a night at the theater a part of your Naples vacation. We suggest a light meal at your Naples Florida Vacation Home so you won’t have to rush from a restaurant to make curtain time. You’ll find plenty a great pubs and restaurants open on Fifth Avenue for after-theater drinks and dining.