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Longtime Companion 

When: Mon., Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m. 2013
Phone: 727-823-PLAY
Price: Admission is pay-what-you-will at the door, or purchase tickets in advance for $15.
Last year, before I saw the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project’s staged reading of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart at American Stage, I wondered whether this 1985 drama about the early years of the AIDS epidemic would seem dated. Hardly. In fact, the reading was so raw, so heartfelt, that it has stayed in my memory as one of 2013’s most powerful theater events. It may go on to be one of 2014’s, too; freeFall is giving the play a full production next year with much of the same cast from the reading. Now Suncoast is doing another staged reading of an early landmark of AIDS drama: Craig Lucas’ screenplay for Longtime Companion, the 1989 film (pictured here) that was the first major wide-release film about AIDS. Like the movie, which starred such well-known names as Campbell Scott and Mary-Louise Parker, SATP has assembled a crackerjack cast of award-winning actors: Katherine Michelle Tanner, Chris Crawford, Larry Alexander, Brian Shea, Steve Garland, Vincent Stalba, Jim Sorensen, Joey Panek, Jonelle Marie Meyer, Drew DeCaro, Chris Jackson and Daniel Harris. This sounds like a must-see to me, and even better, ticket proceeds benefit HIV/AIDS programs at Metro Charities in Pinellas, by special permission from screenwriter Lucas. —David Warner


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