Atlantic Beach

MAN OF LA MANCHA: Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre Review

ABET opened “Man of La Mancha,” winner of five Tony Awards, on March 9, 2018, which will remain on stage though March 25. The musical was written by Dale Wasserman, with music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion. For reservations call (904) 249-7177 or visit abettheatre.com. Two separate sets of people are reading this review. The first set includes all those who have never seen the 1965 musical, which ran for over 2,300 performances after making its way to Broadway. You need to know a bit about the plot. The musical is based on a novel by Miguel …

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Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre: THE CLEAN HOUSE

Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre Review A Dual Critics Review by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom ABET opened its first production of 2018 on January 19th with Sarah Ruhl’s comedy “The Clean House.” It will run at 716 Ocean Boulevard in Atlantic Beach, Florida through February 4th. For reservations, call (904) 249-7177 or visit abettheatre.com. Award-winning playwright has been a popular playwright in the North Florida area. “Eurydice” was staged at Players by the Sea and Jacksonville University. “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” played at St. Augustine’s Limelight Theatre and Gainesville’s Hippodrome, while “In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play” was …

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THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW (abridged)

ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE REVIEW It’s Christmas time – and plays about the season can be found everywhere. Want to see something different? ABET is staging the Jacksonville premier of “,” a zany comedy by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor. Production dates are December 1 – 17, 2017. All Performances are at the Adele Grange Center at 716 Ocean Boulevard. Call (904) 249-7177 or visit abettheatre.com for reservations. The show takes place in the recreation room of Saint Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church. The setting includes a fireplace, a lovely tree, and a pile of wrapped presents. Three young volunteers have …

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The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the Moon Marigolds

A DUAL CRITICS ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE REVIEW ABET opened a two-week run (Oct 17 – Nov 5, 2017) – of “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” by Paul Zindel (1936 –2003). The play received the Obie Award and the Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play in 1970, followed by the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1971. The story is that of a dysfunctional family and is semi-autobiographical, as Zindel incorporates material drawn from his difficult teen years with an impoverished single mother, and his career as a chemistry teacher prior to his later success as a …

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Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre Review: FLOYD COLLINS

Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre, ABET, Floyd Collins

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW The Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre has opened the first show of its 26th season with “Floyd Collins,” a haunting musical based on true events. The show will be on stage through September 24th at 716 Ocean Boulevard in . For reservations, call (904) 249-9177 or visit abettheatre.com. The musical, with book by Tina Laundau and music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, was directed by ; Aaron DeCicco was the musical director. The story is that of William Floyd Collins, who was a cave explorer in Central Kentucky where miles and miles of underground caverns exist within …

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The First 25 Years of Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre: A BOOK OF STAGES

When Carson Merry Baillie first approached Atlantic Beach officials in 1993 about staging live theatre in the former City Hall space, it signaled the beginning of a cultural renaissance at the heart of the seaside community. In 1991, the city administrative offices moved to a new city hall on Seminole Road and the old city hall was converted into a community center and named the in honor of longtime City Clerk, Adele Grage. Various community groups and organizations used the building for meetings and social activities. The City Commission granted , aka ABET, use of the former commission chambers and …

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Fried Chicken & Ramen: Chris Straw of Hangar Bay Café in Mayport

Hangar Bay, Bayou Ramen, Mayport, Atlantic Beach, Florida

Chris Straw never exactly intended to open a restaurant. “I didn’t follow my dreams,” he says of his entrepreneurial ventures. “I followed opportunity.” In 2009, an opportunity came along for Straw to open his first restaurant. The joint Simply Tasty Thai rapidly grew in popularity, becoming a staple among residents of the . Fast forward to May 2016, when the chance arose for Straw to open a second restaurant in the same shopping plaza as Simply Tasty. That’s how Hangar Bay Café was born. At Hangar Bay, Straw quickly earned a reputation for serving two unique foods—authentic Japanese ramen and …

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From Ohio To Jacksonville: Whit’s Frozen Custard Is Catching On

As far as sweet treats are concerned, there are few things as totally satisfying as fresh frozen custard made according to the original recipe of Chuck Whitman from Granville, Ohio. Unless, of course, you consider the vast variety of decadent toppings, from pineapple and shaved coconut to chocolate chip cookies and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, available at Whit’s Frozen Custard. A glimpse into the history available on the Whit’s website details how “Chuck Whitman, working in his father’s food service business, spent 21 years calling on restaurants, including popular soft-serve businesses throughout the Midwest. During this time, he also purchased …

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Jax Beach to Fernandina: The A1A Ocean Islands Trail

A1A Ocean Islands Trail, Florida Scenic Highway, Amelia Island Plantation, Photo courtesy of Amelia Island Conventions and Visitors Bureau

Along the A1A Ocean Islands Trail Jacksonville’s Beaches | Mayport | Broward House | Kingsley Plantation | Big Talbot | Downtown Fernandina Marlin & Barrel Distillery in Fernandina | The Pétanque Courts of Fernandina | American Beach: Under the Blue Bottle Tree with Marsha Dean Phelts | Amelia Island Culinary Academy | Amelia Island Downtown Tasting Tour | The First Coast’s Only AAA Five Diamond Restaurant: Salt at Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island   Every place has a story, stitched together with humble beginnings and historic figures to create a living narrative. In very few places can you travel along a timeline of a region’s history as it unfolds before you. The …

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The Timucuan Trails: Dutton Island Park and Preserve

Dutton Island Preserve_Photo Will Dickey

By Hallie Stevens, Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation, Inc. Dutton Island is really two Timucuan Trail parks: Dutton Island I (Dutton Island Preserve), managed by the and Dutton Island II (Dutton Island Park and Preserve expansion), managed by the . Both preserves consist of unspoiled salt marsh, pine flat woods, scrub, and live oak hammocks. The western edge of Dutton Island I is bordered by the . Eagles are commonly seen while fishing on the pier at the north end of the island. A curiosity at Dutton Island II are the random birdhouses along the hiking trails, high up in the trees. Dutton …

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