GULFSHORE PLAYHOUSE INC

Rating: 4.92 stars   36 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: Norris Center 755 8th Avenue, South Naples FL 34102 USA

Mission: To ENRICH: producing the finest high-quality professional theatre, creating a stimulating cultural environment which is affordable and accessible to all To EDUCATE: providing first-class in-school educational outreach for students and unique learning opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages To ENTERTAIN: Encouraging all people in our diverse community to explore theatre as an art form, thus contributing to the growth of Southwest Florida as a cultural center
Results: Gulfshore Playhouse has grown from just a couple productions a year to our fullest season yet in 2010-2011. During 2010-2011 Gulfshore presents: Tuesdays With Morrie October 29 - November 21, 2010 Unnecessary Farce January 28 - February 13, 2011 A View from the Bridge March 4 - 20, 2011 Bubbles, Baubles and Broadway A Fundraising Gala March 8, 2011 Blithe Spirit April 8 - 23, 2011 Christine Pedi's Great Dames April 27 - 28, 2011
Geographic areas served: SW Florida's Paradise Coast
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Gulfshore Playhouse in my hometown of Naples, Florida is outstanding theater; the artisitic director's selection of plays for each season includes dramas, classics, comedies and recent Tony Award winning plays. The Equity actors are cast perfectly and the set designs and costumes are wonderful. This small regional theater does much in its present small space. The box office staff is accommodating and processes orders accurately and with top-notch customer service. Their children's programs introduce theater to children as young as 4 and 5 yrs old, and they also have a popular educational outreach program in our public schools which is well-received by both teachers and students. We feel so blessed to have such a high caliber theater right in our back yard. C'mon down to Naples and see for yourself! ------Adrianne Cady

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Definitely

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

David Mamet's "Race" was up to the Gulfshore PLayhouse's usual very high standards. We enjoy all of Naples' cultural offerings, but the Gulfshore Playhouse's ofderings are of a higher quality than other similare Naples organizations. Its plays are of a higher quality -- Ibsen, Arhur Miller, Tennssee Williams, etc. Its performers are regularly of a very high quality. Kudos to Ms. Coury and her staff!

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No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I have been attending Gulfshore Playhouse for the past year. We were amazed by the high caliber of the first show we saw there -- Honour. We also liked the idea of "serious" theater. After Honour, we invited friends from New York to see Beau Jest and then A Doll's House. Used to attending Broadway shows, they too were amazed by the quality of both performances -- especially by the quality of the acting.

This season we saw Tuesdays with Morrie, and we are looking forward to seeing Unnecessary Farce, A View from the Bridge and Blithe Spirit with our New York friends who will be arriving soon.

What I like best about Gulfshore Playhouse along with the quality of the performances is the variety of its offerings. The gamut between A Doll's House and Beau Jest is wide indeed, and the Gulfshore Playhouse bridges it wonderfully in a theater without a bad seat!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending great performances, in a comfortable theater, at attractive prices.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope for an extra performance each year.

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Rating: 4 stars  

As relatively new residents of Naples we attended a play at the Gulfshore Playhouse last year for the first time and we were delighted. The choice of plays and the acting was wonderful. I must admit that we are pretty critical of local performances because we like to see performances on Broadway at least once a year but Gulfshore Playhouse amazed and surprised us.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Naples

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

wouldn't change anything

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Rating: 5 stars  

The quality of the productions at Gulfshore Playhouse is truly amazing. Having attended many plays in London and New York over the last 25 years, I just didn't expect the quality of acting and direction that I found. Kristen Coury is creating magic in Naples. Honour and A Doll's House have been two of my favorites. See a play at Gulfshore Playhouse and you will become a regular.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending various plays in 2009 and 2010

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would provide assistance for the hearing impaired. This would attract more older men who have hearing deficits.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Living in Toronto, with children resident in New York City, we are most fortunate to see numerous "Broadway" plays as well as local theatre productions both as subscribers and single-show attendees. I'm embarrassed to admit that that we did not expect to tbe satisfied with the scope or quality of theatre offerings in SouthWest Florida. Gulfshore Playhouse quickly gave us an attitude adjustment, overwhelming us with the professional and impressionable production experiences they provide on a consistent basis. It's been six years now and we have yet to be disappointed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

evening enertainment and entertaining guests.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to add one more production to the season.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As an old New Yorker, I have seen innumerable plays on Broadway. Last year when I attended my first show at the Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, I did not expect much. I was pleasantly surprised! The acting, script and sets were first rate. Attending more plays, later in the year, I discovered my first experience was not a flash-in-the-pan. All the productions were on a high quality level.
And unlike New York, the parking was easy--and free. What a find!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attendance at its productions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More plays during the season.

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Rating: 4 stars  

As a Naples resident for three seasons, I was delighted to find the quality and intimacy of the Gulfshore Players. I especially enjoyed "Tuesdays with Morrie" and retuned for a second show in order to share the production with some guests I had.

In the summer I live in the Boston area and so appreciate the convenience of productions in Naples and the reasonable prce pf tickets --- Art should be affordable for all. I love Boston theatre, but the parking fees and ticket prices limit participation.

Dory Louden

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in the Immokalee public schools

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

bring more awareness of the Immokalee community to Naples, Bonita Springs and Marco Island residents and guests.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have seen several shows at Gulfshore Playhouse and have always been impressed with the quality of the performances. They have a knack of turning an intimate space into whatever is needed for the show with set design, lights and sound. It makes for an enjoyable all around experience for anyone who likes to enjoy a night on the town.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen multiple shows

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

it will be nice when they get their own space

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I am here in Naples for four months a year. Last year I attended a performance at the Gulfshore playhouse and was blown away at the terrific actors and stage presentation. Because of that experience i ordered tickets for this year to two plays. I ordered them before I arrived. Living near NYC I have attended many Broadway and off broadway plays and I thought the Playhouse performance could stand up to many I have seen there.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my enjoyment of their productions

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have no idea

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I, along with friends, attended an early production by
Gulfshore Playhouse and were extremely impressed. Enough so
that we have seen every production since, when we are in Naples,
and have never been disappointed.

We attend several other live theatre productions here and elsewhere,
and are most pleased with Gulfshore Playhouse, they are the best.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

no personal experience up close, but do observe the dedication of those that help there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep up the good work!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

local advertising

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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