Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom

The Dual Critics of EU Jacksonville have been reviewing plays together for the past nine years. Dick Kerekes has been a critic since 1980, starting with The First Coast Entertainer and continuing as the paper morphed into EU Jacksonville. Leisla Sansom wrote reviews from time to time in the early 80s, but was otherwise occupied in the business world. As a writing team, they have attended almost thirty Humana Festivals of New America Plays at Actors Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, and many of the annual conferences sponsored by the American Theatre Critics Association, which are held in cities throughout the country. They have reviewed plays in Cincinnati, Chicago, Miami, Sarasota, Minneapolis, Orlando, New York, Philadelphia, Sarasota, San Francisco, Shepherdstown, and The Eugene O’Neill Center in Waterford, Massachusetts. They currently review about one hundred plays annually in the North Florida area theaters, which include community, college, university, and professional productions.
American La Ronde: A Provocative Dietz Play Staged by FSCJ Dramaworks

American La Ronde: A Provocative Dietz Play Staged by FSCJ Dramaworks

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW  Florida State College of Jacksonville staged the North Florida premiere of American La Ronde, by noted playwright , during October 31 – November 3, 2019. The script is based on Reigen a much older play by Vienna writer Arthur Schnitzler (1862 – 1931).  The play, written in German in 1890, portrays sexuality in a social context. It was first staged in 1920, and was not well-received by the public. A storm of criticism led to a court case. And although the charge of immorality was dismissed, Schnitzler no longer allowed productions in German-speaking countries. However, the work …

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Something Rotten: Funniest Musical Ever Seen at Theatre Jacksonville, Photo by Maya Adkins

Something Rotten: Funniest Musical Ever Seen at Theatre Jacksonville

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: Something Rotten at Theatre Jacksonville Theatre Jacksonville officially opened on November 1, 2019 with the North Florida premier of what you will find is the funniest musical ever seen on this historic stage, “Something Rotten.” At least that was our reaction which, judging from the laughter and thunderous applause we heard, was also shared by the full-house audience on opening night.  “Something Rotten” remains on stage through November 17th. The book is by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell with music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick. The musical officially opened on Broadway in April, …

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'Jekyll & Hyde' at Alhambra is a Chilling Unforgettable Tale

‘Jekyll & Hyde’ at Alhambra is a Chilling Unforgettable Tale

Alhambra Theatre & Dining Dual Critics Review  The Alhambra Theatre, Jacksonville’s only dinner theatre, opened “Jekyll & Hyde” on October 23, 2019, which runs through November 24, 2019. The theatre is located at 12000 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida. Visit alhambrajax.com or call 904-641-1212 for reservations. The musical is based on a novella by Robert Louis Stevenson first published in 1886. Book and lyrics are by Leslie Bricusse, with music by . This mesmerizing production of ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ is directed by Alhambra’s , who directed the same show on this stage eighteen years ago. Dr. Henry Jekyll is a …

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The Toxic Avenger, Players By The Sea in Jacksonville Beach, Photos by Josh Andrews

“Rocky Horror” Fans will Love “The Toxic Avenger” at Players by the Sea

Jacksonville Beach’s Players by the Sea opened the cult classic “The Toxic Avenger” on October 25, 2019, which runs through November 10, 2019. The theatre is located at 106 6th Street North in . For reservations call 904-249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.org. This classic has its beginnings in a non-musical film released in 1984. Three sequels followed; none were hits. However, the story found a receptive audience as a musical, which made it to New York in 2009, and received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Off-Broadway Musical. The work was crafted by (lyrics) and David Bryan (music). The …

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Irving Berlin’s "Annie Get Your Gun” at Limelight is fast-paced and fun, Photo by Sharon Friedes

Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun at Limelight is fast-paced and fun

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: Annie Get Your Gun at Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine St. Augustine’s opened a rip-roaring version of Irving Berlin’s 1946 hit musical Annie Get Your Gun on September 20, which runs through October 20, 2019. The production is sponsored by St. Augustine’s , which has a wonderful menu and is currently offering a combined full course dinner and theatre ticket to patrons at a discount. Call (904) 824-7211 for more details.  Annie Get Your Gun, which is based on historical characters and happenings, is popular with both adults and school-age children. Notably, Berlin was asked to write …

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Brighton Beach Memoirs: Tod Booth brings another sparkling Neil Simon production to Alhambra

Brighton Beach Memoirs: Tod Booth brings another sparkling Neil Simon production to Alhambra

Brighton Beach Memoirs at the Alhambra: A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Jacksonville’s Alhambra Theatre & Dining opened Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs on September 18, which runs through October 13, 2019. The theatre is located at 12000 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida. Visit alhambrajax.com or call 904-641-1212 for reservations. After this comedy with heart opened on Broadway in 1983, Matthew Broderick received the Tony for Best Actor in the role of the adolescent Eugene Jerome. Audiences loved it, and it stayed for three years. The play is the first in Simons’s semi-autobiographical Eugene Trilogy which includes “Biloxi Blues” and “Broadway Bound.” The setting …

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"Violet" at ABET has an Unusual Theme, Creative Staging, and Beautiful Music, All Beaches Experimental Theatre

“Violet” at ABET has an Unusual Theme, Creative Staging, and Beautiful Music

A Dual Critics Review: Violet at All Beaches Experimental Theatre (ABET) The All Beaches Experimental Theatre (ABET) celebrated the first year in its new home with the opening of Violet, on September 13, 2019. The musical runs through September 29. The theatre is located at 544 Atlantic Boulevard in , Florida. Visit abettheatre.com or call 249-7177 for additional information and reservations Violet is based on “The Ugliest Pilgrim,” a 1973 short story by . The story was adapted as a film which received an Academy Award in 1954 for Best Live Action Film. The musical, by Jeannine Tesori and Brian …

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Theatre Jacksonville Launches its 100th Season with "Twelve Angry Men", Photo by Maya Adkins

Theatre Jacksonville Launches its 100th Season with a Great Cast in “Twelve Angry Men”

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: TWELVE ANGRY MEN AT THEATRE JACKSONVILLE Theatre Jacksonville launched its 100th Season on September 13, 2019 with a winner when they chose Twelve Angry Men for their annual Classic in San Marco series. The production runs through September 29, 2019; the program provides extensive background information. is located at 2032 San Marco Boulevard, in Jacksonville, Florida. Visit theatrejax.com for additional information or call 904-396-4425 for reservations. Note: Mark your calendar now: The 100th Season Celebration is scheduled for March 22, 2020. Details will be provided at a later date.  This courtroom drama by Reginald Rose began as a …

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Fantastic Interplay Between the Grown-Up Peter and Alice at Self Produced Theatre, Dual Critics Review, EU Jacksonville Newspaper

Fantastic Interplay Between the Grown-Up Peter and Alice at Self Produced Theatre

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: Peter and Alice Jacksonville’s is staging a four-performance run (August 23-24 and 30-31, with an 8:00 pm curtain) of John Logan’s Peter and Alice at St. Nicholas Park Christian Church, located at 3226 Beach Boulevard. For additional information and tickets, see their Facebook page, visit selfproducedtheatre.com, or call 904-800-8568.  The production is a timely play for Jacksonville theater fans, due to the popularity of two related plays recently staged locally:  at and  at . Playwright and screenwriter John Logan, known for his James Bond films and author of the award-wining play Red (seven Tonys), has created a dramatization …

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Players by the Sea's Annual Pelican Awards Gives Recognition for the Year

Players by the Sea Celebrates a Successful Season with Annual Pelican Awards

PBTS’s Annual Pelican Awards Gives Due Recognition Local theatre group held its annual celebration on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at its theatre in . The festive evening began in the lobby at 6:00 pm with a meet- and-greet which included delicious food and assorted beverages. At 7:00 pm, the full-house crowd took their seats in the main auditorium and were treated to speeches, many happily-received awards, and stage entertainment, which included music and dancing.    Henny Stewart, Players’ Repertory Chairperson, was the dynamic master of ceremonies, who introduced the presenters and the recipients of the awards; they received engraved glass plaques. Board …

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