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.

What A Way To Earn A Living: “9 To 5” The Musical

ALHAMBRA THEATRE AND DINING REVIEW The opened at 12000 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville on September 16, 2015 for a run through October 18. If the advanced sale of tickets means anything, the production is one of the most in-demand shows at the Alhambra in recent years. For reservations, call (904) 641-1212 or visit alhambrajax.com. 9 to 5 is based on the very popular 1980 movie starring , , and . The musical opened in New York in 2009 and received four Tony award nominations and fifteen Drama Desk award nominations. While full of laughs and a lot of fun, it …

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Zany Charm & Fun…”LUCKY STIFF”

ORANGE PARK COMMUNITY THEATRE REVIEW The and the presents the first show of the 46th season of this all-volunteer theatre company. The show, which opened on September 11, 2015 and will be on-stage through October 4, is the kind that OPCT patrons love; madcap farce with farfetched plots. And music. And dancing. “,” with book and lyrics by , and music by , is making its Florida premiere at OPCT, and will be of interest to many local theater-goers. These two musical geniuses created the music and lyrics for “,” and the book, music, and lyrics for “” and “.” …

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AWAY TO NEVER-NEVER LAND: “PETER AND THE STARCATCHER”

The and the opened the much-honored and Tony Award winning play “” on September 4, 2015. The show will be onstage in downtown Gainesville through September 27 and is very popular, so reserve early at 352-375-4477 or visit thehipp.org. ’s classic children’s story about is well known to many. Barrie’s work debuted as a play on the London stage in 1904; a novel published in 1911 followed. Adaptations have included multiple films, television productions and plays, notably an animated 1953 Disney film, and a 1954 Broadway musical starring Mary Martin. Ever wonder how Peter Pan wound up in ? Or …

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ABET’S NEWEST MUSICAL- “WORKING”

ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE REVIEW ABET opened its 24th season Labor Day weekend with the musical “Working,“ which will be on stage through September 20, 2015 at the in Atlantic Beach. For more information, visit www.abettheatre.com. It’s finally happened!! A play has been written about YOU! That’s right, YOU, the one reading this review! “Wait a minute,” you protest, “what do you mean about me?” But the play is about you, as we are sure that you work or have worked for a living sometime in your life, and this musical is just about that – about workers and working. …

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ROLLIN’ ON THE RIVER CITY – CAMP THEATRE JACKSONVILLE

’s 2015 Summer Camp staged its student production on August 12-13 at the in San Marco. It had been several years since we last saw one of these productions and this year’s river-themed special caught our eye. partnered with , a fellow member, for “Rollin’ On The River City.” This was a 90-minute revue with a strong emphasis on the spectacular St. Johns River, the dramatic defining feature of our city. The large cast of 95 students, ranging in age from 6 to 14, performed in red, yellow, green, and blue tee shirts with a “Rollin’ on the River” logo …

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Hop In For Laughs “HARVEY”

ALHAMBRA THEATRE AND DINING REVIEW The delightful comedy “,” which opened on August 12, 2015 and will run through September 6, is onstage at the , at 12000 Beach Boulevard. Mary Chase’s 1944 play, about a man whose best friend is a six-foot-tall invisible rabbit, won the Pulitzer Prize and ran for 1,775 performances on Broadway. It was made into a movie in 1950 starring Jimmy Stewart as the leading character If you have never seen the play, you should, since it is one of the all-time classics. If you have seen the play or the movie, go because it …

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PLAYERS BY THE SEA PELICAN AWARDS 2015

wrapped up its 49th season on August 15, 2015 at their playhouse in Jacksonville Beach, with their annual volunteer celebration and awards ceremony. The have attended a number of the celebrations, but this year’s full house audience seemed particularly lively and excited. The exuberance no doubt reflected Players very successful past season, and the anticipation of the big 50th Season opening in September. and were the Masters of Ceremony, with various actors tapped to present individual awards. A new feature was The Gold Brown Bag Awards, by long-time Players supporter and jack of all trades involving theatre, . She sketched …

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Let’s Do The Time-Warp! THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW

THE 1904 MUSIC HALL THEATRE REVIEW One of the newest additions to the downtown entertainment scene in Jacksonville, Florida opened a two-weekend run of “”, ’s classic musical, on Friday, August 14, 2015. RHS Live Productions, in partnership with the (at 19 Ocean Street), has additional performances scheduled at 8:00 pm on August 15, 21, 22, and at 11:30 on August 15 and 22. For tickets, go to www.1904musichall.com. We have seen a number of live Rocky shows over the years, most recently at in St. Augustine and in 2012 at the in Arlington. This one has the same zany …

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“BEYOND THERAPY” A COMEDY FOR NEUROTICS

LIMELIGHT THEATRE REVIEW St. Augustine’s opened the hilarious comedy/farce “” in the Koger-Gamache Studio Theatre on August 7, 2015. It will be on stage until August 30. Show times are at 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, with a 2:00 pm matinee on Sunday. This funny funny show was written by in 1982, his first play of many comedies with absurdist themes. Durang is back in vogue at age 66; his 2013 play “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” was awarded the Tony for Best Play and has been staged throughout the country during the past two years. A simple plot summary …

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A Standing O: THEATRE JACKSONVILLE 2015 AWARDS

Theatre Jacksonville held its annual membership meeting and volunteer awards ceremony on August 2, 2015 at 927 Forsyth in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Outgoing President , completing her second term, recapped the shows of the previous season and reported that it was both artistically and financially very successful. once again finished in the black. She was especially proud of the fourteen thousand volunteer hours donated by people in the community. She pointed out the financial support from a number of corporate sponsors that paved the way to a successful year, which included The Endowed Event Grant Fund, recently established by through …

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