Florida Studio Theatre

Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota: Hours, Address, Florida Studio Theatre Reviews: 4.5/5

Florida Studio Theatre
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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. A professional regional theatre with the largest subscription base in the state, FST serves more than 230,000 live attendees each year across its six core programs: Mainstage, Cabaret, Stage III, Children’s Theatre, The FST School, and New Play Development. Located in the heart of downtown Sarasota, FST consists of five theatres—each providing intimate and engaging settings for high-quality, professional performances. Since its founding, Florida Studio Theatre remains firmly committed to making the arts accessible and affordable to as many people as possible. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Richard Hopkins, FST develops theatre that speaks to our living, evolving, and dynamically changing world.
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Scott C
Sarasota, FL545 contributions
Jan 2022
Being from NY, we are used to seeing huge Broadway productions, and have gone off-broadway and off-off-broadway. this theatre is a great place to see a show. it is small so it feels intimate, great sight lines, great acoustics. We had a great time!
Written 5 January 2022
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dennis b
West Palm Beach, FL57 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
This is alway our place to go to when we are in Sarasota the shows are the best we come from west palm beach to see the shows they put on
Written 14 November 2021
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nancy c
3 contributions
Jul 2021
We’ve been buying subscriptions to FST’s main stage venue for some years. This year, we included cabaret subscriptions for the first time and for a party of six. Last Sunday 7/25/21, we saw a cabaret show and enjoyed it, but not the dining experience. Service and food quality were below the quality we’ve previously experienced from FST.

The server at our table seemed to be the only one taking food orders as he was all over the ground floor working with different guests. It was hard to flag him down. Staffing seemed to be unorganized. (I have other comments after seeing what happens when the “Green Room” closes)

Chicken quesadilla order was burnt black; our dining partner did not want to make a scene. We asked how cook/serving staff think it was ok to serve burnt food? Additionally, our dining partner kept flagging down staff to get the extra salsa/sour cream he had originally ordered.

Quiche dinner was a very small wedge of something yellow, bland surrounded by a ton of green stuff……. Served cold.

Two crab cake dinners came as one crab dinner and a Cesar salad. Really? Even after our orders were read back to us? Continually flagged down staff to get status of our re-do orders; no one knew. Table partners were finishing their meals and twenty minutes before the show, we finally got our crab cake dinners. Surprise..............Served cold!

Show/dining partners feedback: Show = Positive. Dinner = Negative.
At this time, no one wants use FST dining. I called FST box office 7/26/21, explained our poor experience, and asked to speak to a dining manager. No response, yet. Maybe come with the crab cake re-do, this time warm?. Will update.
Written 27 July 2021
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dennis b
West Palm Beach, FL57 contributions
Jul 2021
When we come to Sarasota we always go there they have great show always and the food is good very good staff
Written 4 July 2021
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Joanna W
Middlebury, IN180 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
We have supported FST for several years, were so excited to finally return. We arrived to see Vintage Pop which really was nicely done. However, the staff absolutely ruined it for us. Social distancing and masks were such a big issue for the staff. Most of the audience were senior citizens, most of us, I’m certain, have our vaccinations. Stop being so controlling! Several staff members continued walking through the auditorium barking orders to wear those masks properly. It absolutely ruined the show for us. Our seats were in the top row, it was a bit warm, I had trouble breathing. We left at intermission. We will not return till this controlling behavior stops.
Written 8 May 2021
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Diane K
Venice, FL3,651 contributions
May 2021
My husband and I went to FST for the first time to see Vintage Pop. It was our first experience inside a theater after COVID and they did a wonderful job making everyone feel comfortable. The Vintage Pop performance was great! Carole Bufford has a tremendous voice and was quite entertaining. The theater was small - which made for an intimate performance and there wasn't a bad seat in the house. We have just subscribed now to the Summer Mainstage. Quite reasonably priced too. And parking is also reasonable nearby.
Written 4 May 2021
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BDF831
Manchester, NH35 contributions
Mar 2020
On 3/13/20, we attended a performance of "Light My Fire" at the Florida Studio Theatre's Cabaret. The show was terrific fun. The 5 performers did a wonderful job bringing the music of the 60's and early 70's to life. They used the songs to outline the history of Women's Rights, Civil Rights, and the Anti-war movement.
One side note - we ate dinner in the cabaret as well, and the cheeseburger and fries I ordered came out exactly as ordered. The burger patty seemed freshly made, not frozen. Very satisfactory.
Written 16 March 2020
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Kingston_Lou
Kingston, Canada200 contributions
Mar 2020
We attended two performances at FST this year: American Son, and Light My Fire. They couldn’t have been nice different. The first was a tense, troubling drama and the second a light-hearted musical trip through the sixties. Both were very well done. Both times we ate at the FST, once cabaret style, which we really enjoyed. Will definitely be back next year.
Written 15 March 2020
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paulhollinger
Sarasota, FL476 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
Buying a subscription to one of their series is one of the best bargains in town. The casts are made up of professionals from all over the country, making each production first class. You might not like a particular play but won’t find fault with the actors.

I have found this season to be especially good
Written 1 March 2020
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Buddy
21 contributions
Feb 2020
My wife and I have season tickets along with another couple. We "double date" on a frequent basis to attend performances. We really look forward to these evenings and the performances are always super fantastic. We have trouble not singing along with the performers which I am sure the customers around us appreciate when we don't.
Always a wonderful way to spend an evening and the studio (Cabaret) is intimate and you can almost reach out and touch the performers on stage. I recommend it highly and give it a five star rating.
Written 28 February 2020
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Florida Studio Theatre is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 - 18:00
  • Mon - Sat 09:00 - 18:00