Amelia Island

Calendar Girls: Six Women, A Nude Calendar and Many Shifts

Calendar Girls is a fun, warm, outrageous show, addressed the audience. The director of the play at Amelia Community Theatre (ACT), she indeed captured its essence. Written by and first staged in 2008 as an adaptation of the eponymous movie, this 14-scene half comedy, half drama unfurls a real-life story that is both serious and droll. A pastiche of the big and small, the fleeing and lasting events that bead life,  revolves around six middle-aged women of the Yorkshire county’s Women’s Institute (WI) who together tread marriage, femininity and sisterhood. These same women, once entangled in the predictability of their …

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It’s about the family: On Golden Pond at Amelia Community Theatre

Three generations come together to overcome their differences and fete life at its dawn, zenith and twilight. I was perhaps the youngest among some 50 attendees. “Will this even interest me,” I thought while observing the rows of silvery hair and fine-lined faces that made an audience reflective – and possibly empathetic – of the aging protagonists of the play . And yet, as the droll, touching scenes unfolded, I found myself absorbed in the throes and joy of revered maturity, the charm and dullness of a routine, the startle and promise of a fresh – albeit late – start. …

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Check In For Laughs “Arsenic & Old Lace”

Mental Brothers, Murderous Aunts and 13 Dead Bodies in the Cellar: Normal Family Affairs in “Arsenic and Old Lace”    A single teaspoon of arsenic mixed in wine. Not in tea, as it leaves a suspicious odor, calmly advises sweet old Aunt Martha her astounded nephew Mortimer of her deadly concoction. The quiet inanity of the whole scene provokes laughter. In fact, that belly-hurting amusement is all I can recall from the first time I saw Arsenic and Old Lace, a 1941 play by Joseph Kesselring. I was with a bunch of university friends – all of us cheering for …

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