In theaters and galleries: shows to see

Recent reviews of current productions and exhibitions


My Camera Speaks for Me:

Photography by Douglas Nesbitt

Uncompromising reality has led photographer Douglas J. Nesbitt into nearly every aspect of contemporary photography, from advertising to portraiture to documentation to fine art. When he manipulates certain images, the result creates a completely new narrative. Nesbittâ??s recent work, including photos from around Orlando, shows us our own context in a fresh way and brings us other contexts for contemplation and insight. (through Nov. 15 at Albin Polasek Museum, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park; $5; 407-647-6294;

Full review by Rex Thomas.


Andy Warhol: Personalities

This tiny exhibition of Polaroids used as figure studies for Andy Warholâ??s register-ringing assembly line of society portraits is valuable as a window into the fastidious methods of a man who (disingenuously) presented his work as a casual toss-off. (through Jan. 3 at Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; $5; 407-646-2526;

Full review by Jessica Bryce Young.

André Kertész: On Reading

The images taken by photojournalist André Kertész â?? one of the most influential photographers of the century â?? capture a timeless depiction of book lust, from a sunbathing reader on a New York rooftop to a Venetian gondolier drowsing under the arch of a bridge. The collection of more than 100 prints has been simply installed to allow total focus on the black-and-white photos, made between 1915 and 1970. (through Jan. 3 at Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; $5; 407-646-2526;

Fall Guide preview by Jessica Bryce Young


The biographies of the 18 artists in the group exhibition â?? all recipients of an United Arts of Central Florida grant â?? confirms that these artists are indeed the "arts intelligentsia," with heavy representation by local professors, MFAs and members of the professional gallery and museum scene. The resulting show is fine, if somewhat safe in its scope. The artists include: Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson, Jolie Spelman, Cathy Hempel, Craig Richards, Doug Rhodehamel, Donne Bitner, Fatima Lotfi Rice and Hye Shin. (through Jan. 9 at Crealdé School of Art, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park; donations; 407-671-1886;

Full review by Rex Thomas

The Japan Craze and Western Art 1880-1920

Dragonflies, fish, and other animals were seen anew by American artists through Japanese culture, and joining in the fun was Louis Comfort Tiffany. Indeed, Tiffany lamps flank the tea table set with an exquisite porcelain tea service in the detailed vignette. Also, Tiffany rival John La Fargeâ??s stained-glass Gothic cathedral window is added for depth, as are historic photos of Japan. (through Aug. 8 at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; $3; 407-645-5311;

Full review by Rex Thomas.

Jekyll & Hyde

To its credit, GOAT has managed to cram the expansive creation into its less-than-cavernous Cherry Street space with a cast of 30 well-costumed performers who sing acceptably and move comfortably in the small acting area. But the seams show â?? awkward transitions on the stage, the lighting set too dark for the audience to see properly and way-too-loud vocals (thanks to mic'd actors performing only 10 feet away from the audience). (through Nov. 28 at Greater Orlando Actors Theatre, 669 Cherry St., Winter Park; $18; 407-872-8451;

Full review by Al Krulick.

Linda Schäpper: Central Florida Folk Art Painter of Historic and Sacred Scenes Linda Schäpperâ??s visual approach to the west Winter Park community has yielded a rich story line; the individuals, their hardships and involvement with their churches connect on human and spiritual levels to the viewer, reminding us that the sacred is everywhere. (through Dec. 19 at Hannibal Square Heritage Center, 642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park; donations; 407-539-2680;

Full review by Rex Thomas.

Salt Water Taffy

At first the exhibition appears to be all fun and visual games. Barbie-pink vintage cars seem poised over inviting surf in Tammy Rejimbal's pastels, and stormy clouds are boldly decorative bands in Lesley Giles' oils. Edges curl gently upward in boat-shaped vessels by ceramist Robert LaWarre, the varied textures of their quiltlike surfaces begging for the visitor's touch. But the show is serious while still lively and accessible, and at the same time it's a satisfying look at current Florida art. (through Dec. 18 at Atlantic Center for the Arts at Harris House, 214 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach; free; 386-423-1753;

Full review by Laura Stewart