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“THE COTTAGE”: Sandy Rustin’s contemporary comedy inspired by the witty style of Noel Coward is set in a 1923 English cottage where various infidelities are revealed in a production that tries too hard to be funny, though it features some clever lines and a strong performance from leading lady Hanley Smith. (Reviewed by Jay Handelman.) Through Aug. 24. Florida Studio Theatre, Gompertz Theatre, 1247 First St. 941-366-9000;

“FST IMPROV: COMEDY LOTTERY”: FST Improv brings back this weekly improv show that rotates a range of interactive games and sketches. Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through Sept. 23. Florida Studio Theatre, Bowne’s Lab, John C. Court Cabaret, 1247 First St. 941-366-9000;

“HARBOR”: Chad Beguelin’s comic drama starts out like a pleasant, jokey sitcom about a gay couple enjoying an idyllic life, but it builds a stronger connection in the more emotional second half as the couple deals with the prospect of adoption. (Reviewed by Jay Handelman.) Through Aug. 25. Dog Days Theatre at Asolo Repertory Theatre, Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail. 941-351-8000;

“SCORCH”: Amber McNew delivers a riveting performance in Stacey Gregg’s thought-provoking and involving play about a gender-nonconforming teenager who falls for a young woman online and faces criminal consequences after they meet. (Reviewed by Jay Handelman.) Through Aug. 25. Urbanite Theatre, 1487 Second St. 941-321-1397;

“THE SWINGAROOS: HOLLYWOOD SERENADE”: Kimberly Hawkey leads a jazzy music revue that pays tribute to the iconic music of Frank Sinatra, Cab Calloway and Fred Astaire and Hollywood films. Through Aug. 30. Florida Studio Theatre, John C. Court Cabaret, 1247 First St. 941-366-9000;


“FUN HOME”: Based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel memoir, a musical about a young girl discovering her sexuality while navigating a difficult…

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