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A&E BRIEFS (From left) Benjamin Williamson, Amanda Lynn Mullen and Brian Nemiroff in the FSU/Asolo Conservatory's production of Candida by George Bernard Shaw. Photo by Frank Atura FSU/ASOLO CONSERVATORY TO PERFORM CANDIDA The Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training will present Candida by George Bernard Shaw April 9-28 in the Cook Theatre in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. "Our second-year students get to stretch their muscles, push themselves creatively and explore a stimulating mix of roles and situations in both classic and modern masterpieces," he points out in the release. "Simultaneously, our audiences get the rare opportunity to see works that aren't often performed. Candida is a terrific ensemble piece. Our students will breathe new life into it and make it completely appealing to contemporary audiences," he adds. "In Candida, a minister's wife must choose between a passionate young poet who is smitten with her and her older but far more reliable husband," a news release notes. Shaw, who wrote this "sparkling comedy about love, passion and the liberated woman," was one of the 20th century's "most vibrant playwrights," Director Andrei Malaev-Babel approaches Shaw's text with respect. "This is going to be the release adds. George Bernard Shaw's Candida, not a piece Greg Leaming, director of the FSU/Asolo Con- of conceptual theater," he says in the release. servatory, explains in the release that he al- "Shaw was very specific about his stage diways includes plays from classical dramatic rections, and we are going to honor his inliterature when choosing the season's four tentions. We are not going to put our own productions. contemporary spin on the play, or set it in a

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