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.
Douglas Anderson Students Transport Audiences Back in Time in "Brighton Beach Memoirs", Photos by Marcy Applelbaum

Douglas Anderson Students Transport Audiences Back in Time in “Brighton Beach Memoirs”

A Dual Critics Review Douglas Anderson School of the Arts opened Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” on January 31, which continues during February 6 – 9, 2019.  The school campus is located in Jacksonville’s ; the show is in the. For tickets, visit www.datheatreboosters.org or call the Box Office at 904-346.5620 x 122. Simon, who died at age ninety-one last August, left behind a lifetime filled with productions for theatre, film, and television. Many of his stories were set in New York City, where he was born. Notable works include “Barefoot in the Park,” “The Odd Couple,” and the Pulitzer …

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Catch Some of the Area’s Best On-Stage Voices in “Bridges of Madison County” at Players by the Sea

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Jacksonville Beach’s Players by the Sea opened its first production of 2019 with “The Bridges of Madison County” on January 25th, which runs through February 16th. The theatre is located at 106 6th Street North in . For reservations call 904-249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.org. The musical is based on a novella of the same name by Robert James Waller, published in 1992.  Many theatre-goers will be familiar with the story. The book was on the New York Times bestseller list for over three years, has sold over sixty million copies worldwide, and a 1995 film adaptation …

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ABET, The Robber Bridegroom, Photos by Caryl Butterley

“The Robber Bridegroom” is a Foot-Stomping, Knee-Slapping Hoedown at All Beaches Experimental Theatre

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW The All Beaches Experimental Theatre (ABET) opened “The Robber Bridegroom” on January 25th, 2019. This high-spirited musical is sponsored by John Johnson and runs through February 10th. The production by is the North Florida premier. The story is based on a 1942 novella by Eudora Welty adapted from a story the Grimm brothers included in their book of European fairy tales (published 1812); she changed the setting from Germany to Mississippi. The story was rewritten as a musical in the early 1970s, with book and lyrics by Alfred Uhry and music by Robert Waldman. This  version …

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Limelight Theatre Brings Arthur Miller Play to St. Augustine with 'An Enemy of the People'

Limelight Theatre Brings Arthur Miller Play to St. Augustine with ‘An Enemy of the People’

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW St. Augustine’s Limelight Theatre opened “An Enemy of the People,” on January 11, which runs through February 3, 2019 on the Matuza Mainstage. The theatre is located at 11 Old Mission Avenue; ample free parking is available. Visit limelight-theatre.org or call 904-825-1164 for reservations. The play, written by Arthur Miller in 1950, is adapted from Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama, which was written in 1882. And although the original was written over a century ago, the themes remain relevant. How can you warn of danger when being pressured to remain silent? Protect your family from retaliation? Deal …

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Godspell, Alhambra Theatre & Dining

Godspell at the Alhambra: The Gospel of St. Matthew with a Modern Musical Twist

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW The Alhambra Theatre opened its 2019 season with “Godspell,” which will be on stage through February 10th. The theatre is located at 12000 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida. Visit alhambrajax.com or call 904-641-1212 for reservations. The musical, which has been around since the seventies, ran in New York for over five years. It became a popular choice for venues throughout the states and abroad; the Alhambra staged previous productions in 1985 and 1990. A 2012 revision changed the staging but kept the same wonderful songs. In case you were wondering, the title “Godspell” is an Old …

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Silent Sky, Theatre Jacksonville

Silent Sky at Theatre Jacksonville: One of the Most Thought-Provoking Plays of the Year

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW   Theatre Jacksonville opened its first play of 2019 with Laure Gunderson’s “Silent Sky,” sponsored by Delores Barr Weaver’s Forever Event Fund.  It will run through January 27, 2019. The theatre is located at 2032 San Marco Boulevard, in Jacksonville, Florida. Visit theatrejax.com for additional information or call 904-396-4425 for reservations. “Silent Sky” is one of the most thought-provoking plays of the year. Good theatre has the responsibility to educate as well as to entertain, and the play is based on a historical character and her amazing accomplishments. “Silent Sky” is a history lesson shared so …

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Phase Eight Theatre Company, MASS, MOCA Jacksonville

Phase Eight Theatre Company Brings Thought-Provoking Performance to MOCA Jacksonville

A Dual Critics Review The Museum of Contemporary Art of Jacksonville (MOCA) hosted the world premier performance of Jacksonville playwright ’s provocative MASS on December 15, 2018 at 233 North Laura Street in . The production will be on stage for two performances, on Sunday, December 15 at 1 pm and Friday, December 27 at 7 pm. For additional information and tickets, see their website. The title does not refer to the formal worship service of Catholicism. Rather, it’s a reference to pandemic mass shootings throughout our county. During 1949 – 2018, Americans have experienced 40 or more mass shootings …

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“Noises Off!” is comedy chaos at Players By the Sea

Dual Critics Review: “Noises Off” at Players by the Sea

The Beach’s Players by the Sea opened “Noises Off,” a comedy/farce by Michael Frayn on December 7, 2018; the production runs through December 23.  The theatre is located at 106 6th Street North in . For reservations call 904-249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.org. The play opened on Broadway in 1983 and ran for 553 performances. It was nominated for a Tony as Best Play and in 2016 received a Tony for Best Revival of a Play. It’s been staged in the North Florida area several times over the years and has always been a big hit. “Noises Off” is a play …

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“Dashing Through The Snow” is Hilarious at All Beaches Experimental Theatre

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW  The All Beaches Experimental Theatre (ABET) opened its Christmas show November 30th, 2018. This holiday comedy, which runs through December 16th, is sponsored by John Johnson. The theatre is located at 544 Atlantic Boulevard in Neptune Beach, Florida. Visit abettheatre.com or call 249-7177 for additional information and reservations. If comedies are your thing, then this show, written by Jones Hope Wooten is for you. Never heard of Jones Hope Wooten? The name is a collective term for playwrights  Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, three successful television writers who joined forces, moved South, and began …

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Alhambra Dinner Theatre, Elf - The Musical

Elf – The Musical: Holiday Favorite on the Big Stage at Alhambra Theatre & Dining

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW The Alhambra Theatre opened its annual Christmas holiday show with the Jacksonville premier of “Elf – The Musical” on December 21, 2018, which will remain on stage through December 24. “Elf” came to life in a movie released in 2003 and was a big hit. A musical version debuted on Broadway in 2010, and has remained a popular seasonal show throughout the country. The play opens with Santa (), who has been using his iPad to keep his naughty and nice lists updated, deciding to relate the story of Buddy the Elf. Buddy is not really …

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