By Michael Blieden

Directed by Kari Goetz

Extended! Jan. 20 – Feb. 12, 2006

Fri. – Sat. 10:30pm, Sun. 7pm

Tickets: $18.50

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Phyro-Giants! has something new to say about relationships – and how often can you say that? – Tampa Tribune
Lively, crisp and entertaining, pretty much from start to finish.... The four diners, all give bright performances.... So artful it seems to be without artifice. – St. Petersburg Times
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Michael Blieden’s Phyro-Giants! explores the phenomenon of restaurant intimacy – that strange sense of comfort and honesty experienced at a dinner with acquaintances who, for one night, become a person’s closest confidants. Wine flows, desserts are shared and four loosely connected individuals share their hopes, dreams, fears, fantasies and secrets in this modern day fable told in real time.

Funny, poignant and graphically honest – no relationship is left unexamined. Love, hate, marriage, infidelity, romance, pornography, the supernatural, education and ignorance are all given equal time in this late night hilarious comedy. Director Kari Goetz says that “Phyro-Giants! is instantly relatable. You’ve been to this dinner before, or you’ll wish you had by the time the plates are cleared.”

The play runs 70 minutes straight with no intermission. Playwright Michael Blieden says “I must confess that I wrote this play, in part, to reach people who usually hate plays. These people, and even people who love plays, are often relieved when they can leave the theater after an hour, then go on to the second part of their evening, be that dinner, drinks, or the type of long and involved post-show conversation that Phyro-Giants! usually inspires.” With Fri. and Sat. curtains at 10:30pm and Sun. curtains at 7, it leaves plenty of time for audiences in Tampa to do just that.

Jobsite is no stranger to late-night fare. The first late-night comedy Jobsite tackled was 2001’s wildly successful The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Since then they’ve also run amok through the Bible and American history in similar fashion. 2004’s A Girl’s Guide to Chaos was a phenomenon unto itself – holding over for additional performances due to sell-out crowds. Girl’s Guide was remounted in the spring of 2005 in TBPAC’s TECO Theater prior to playing a week at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

The Ensemble of Jobsite's Phyro-Giants! (Photo: Brian Smallheer.)



A Little Dinner Conversation– tbt*

Hot Tickets: Dinner and More– St. Petersburg Times

Party of Four– Weekly Planet


Cast & Crew

  • Kari Goetz – Director
  • Erica Porch – Stage Manager


  • Summer Bohnenkamp – Alex
  • Kari Goetz – Waitress
  • Ryan McCarthy – Melvin
  • Shawn Paonessa – Joey
  • Katrina Stevenson – Sarah


  • John Lott – Light Designer
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Set Designer

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