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[FEATURE] "A Celebration Onstage: Nate Jacobs is making time to celebrate Sam Cooke in Sarasota" - Phil Lederer, SRQ Magazine

[CALENDAR] 'The Sam Cooke Story' is #3 of weekend "to do" list - WeekendInsider, Sarasota Magazine

[NEWS] "Jazz Club of Sarasota, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe partner on Jazzlinks program" - Tampa Bay Newswire

[REVIEW] "‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Review: Really the Blues" - Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
Highlight quote: "This small-scale staging, directed by Chuck Smith and performed in the company's black-box theater, is one of the best-acted Wilson revivals I've seen in recent seasons, and the acting gains in impact from being viewed in so compact a space."

[FEATURE] "Voices of Black History Month" - Phil Lederer, SRQ Magazine's Daily

[PHOTOS] "Gamma Xi Boule hosts Valentine's Day gala" - Gayle Guynup, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

[EVENT NEWS] "Bradenton area celebrates Black History Month" - Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald

[EVENT NEWS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents 'April Fools' Fete' - Tampa Bay Newswire

[NEWS] "Good Deeds" - Terry Galvin, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Regarding Lowe's Home Improvement contributions to WBTT in December

[REVIEW] "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" Review: Really the Blues - Wall Street Journal
Highlight quote: "In this production, Mr. Smith and his cast have hit the high C of absolute authenticity: Every line sounds as real as a heartbeat. I was especially impressed by the four members of the band ..."
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[REVIEW] "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" - Marty Fugate, The Observer
Highlight quote: "Director Chuck Smith honors the playwright’s naturalistic tone, and makes you feel like you’re eavesdropping on a slice of lost time. The actors are equally real."

[REVIEW] "WBTT's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" - Kay Kipling, Sarasota Magazine
Highlight quote: "Watkins, Dozier, Robinson and jones are convincing as old blues musicians who sense their time is coming to an end with the advent of a jazzier sound, and Wilson’s play reminds us of their struggles and their place in history."