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Florida Studio Theatre

1241 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236-5602
+1 941-366-9000
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Culture both edgy and traditional

We have been season members for as long as we have been in Sarasota. FST has now expanded to... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2016
Sarasota, Florida
A JEWEL for all Soul Mates

If you haven't heard of, or attended a Cabaret at the Florida Studio Theatre; you need to. The... read more

Reviewed 11 February 2016
Venice, Florida
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Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is one of the major cultural resources in the Gulf Coast region, bringing the best in Contemporary plays, musicals, and comedy to the Sarasota community since 1973. An professional regional theatre, the FST campus is a village of five theatres - the historic Keating and Gompertz Theatres,the Parisian style Goldstein Cabaret and John C. Court Cabaret, and Bowne's Lab Theatre. Near the Sarasota bayfront, FST brings an energy and vitality to the downtown area. Each theatre is small in size and large in impact - providing an intimate and engaging setting for high-quality, professional performances. Hip and historical, entertaining and challenging,where everyone is welcome to come and engage in the art of theatre. FST has modeled itself on the strength of creating the best in contemporary theatre at an affordable price. Overall, FST serves over 200,000 attendees per year through its six major programs: the Mainstage Series, the Cabaret Series, the Stage III series, WRITE A PLAY, Education, and New Play Development.
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  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“main stage” (8 reviews)
“cabaret shows” (6 reviews)
“small venue” (10 reviews)
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1241 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236-5602
+1 941-366-9000
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Reviewed 18 February 2016

We have been season members for as long as we have been in Sarasota. FST has now expanded to several venues in the same area. The Mainstage offers great plays, some familiar ones but some new truly wonderful new. Some musicals, some comedy and some...More

Thank TravelJunkie365
Reviewed 11 February 2016

If you haven't heard of, or attended a Cabaret at the Florida Studio Theatre; you need to. The show we attended (held over) was "Soul Mates" : A Journey to Hiitsville, a compilation of MoTown hits of the 60's performed in an intimate setting. The...More

Thank Philtownbank
Reviewed 9 February 2016

we are season subscribers and have enjoyed going to various performances over the last three years. the theatre as always was packed and well the performance very well received. this visit brought us to the goldstein cabaret which is a small intimate stage. the actors...More

Thank larryt887
Reviewed 25 January 2016 via mobile

FST is like Forrest Gump's veritable box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get. Sometimes a new production, sometimes a retrofitted classic, sometimes just a good play, and sometimes a real stinker. However, for the price, it's the best bargain in town....More

Thank JordanS8
Reviewed 19 January 2016

I didn't have any expectations going in - first visit with this theater. Performance was very engaging and entertaining. Well done!! Food service was bad, wait staff was overwhelmed and visibly crabby about it (asked FOUR times for water but ended up having to find...More

1  Thank Sunnynaples1
Reviewed 6 January 2016

We have season ticket holders for many years and this show ranks as one of the two worst shows that we have seen over that time. In fact at least 30% of the audience did not stay for the second half which indicates how bad...More

Thank edbenn007
Reviewed 25 December 2015

Saw Saturday night improv. Cast was very clever and enthusiastic. It was very enjoyable. We also saw Soul Mates, Motown review. Cast was talented, accomplished, and hard working. It was great to relive the songs. Tickets are very reasonably priced. Next time we're visiting Sarasota,...More

1  Thank bjam2
Reviewed 6 December 2015

My husband was reading the Venice paper and saw a play at this theater about the civil war he wanted to see. I went on the web for the weekend and saw what the performances we could see. How luck for us to be able...More

Thank sadieh923
Reviewed 30 November 2015 via mobile

Saw this play this past Friday, what a treat. People dressed up, there was a cafe or perhaps a cabaret in the theater. This is how theater should be. Excellent production though it may be a little risqué for some

Thank tcobb31408
Reviewed 30 November 2015

We were seated in G17 & 18 and I was unable to see the stage. G15 & 16 had two (2) seats plus a wheelchair and encroached upon our space. The spinach and artichoke dip for $9.95 was a joke. No artichoke to be found,...More

Thank 431don
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Myrna D
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Seldom are seats available except single seats.