Atlantic Beach

A terrific Southern comedy “THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS”

ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW by DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM The Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre has opened a terrific Southern comedy at 716 Ocean Boulevard in Atlantic Beach Florida. “” opened on May 5 and will run through May 21, 2017. Call 249-7177 or visit abettheatre.com for additional information and reservations. “The Hallelujah Girls,” written by the team of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jaime Wooten, is the funniest play we have seen so far this year. The playwrights (sometimes known collectively as Jones Hope Wooten) have written numerous successful comedies; several have made their …

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ABET CELEBRATES 25 YEARS WITH “Hallelujah Girls”

The closes out its 25th season with an ensemble production celebrating the bond of friendship. Directed by ABET’s artistic director , Hallelujah Girls by , and is a southern comedy about five feisty females from Eden Falls, Georgia who come together in SPA-DEE-DAH!, an abandoned church-turned-day-spa to overcome their obstacles and launch their new, improved lives. “This season has been an important landmark season for . I’m extremely proud of the cultural enrichment we have been able to bring to the audiences over these past 25 years,” said Frank. “In planning this season, I wanted it to be varied, challenging, …

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Take a Short Trip: “4000 MILES” at ABET

ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW by DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM ABET opened “,” an award-winning play by Amy Herzog, on March 10, which will run through March 26. For reservations, call 249-7177 or visit abettheatre.com. The play opened Off Broadway in 2011, won an Obie Award and also was selected by Time Magazine as one of the Top 10 plays/musicals in 2012, and was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The title refers to the miles 21-year-old Leo Joseph-Connell has bicycled across the country to visit Vera Joseph, his widowed 91-year-old grandmother …

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Compassionate, Intimate, and Often Funny “4000 MILES” at ABET

Selected as a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Drama,  explores the complex relationship between a grandmother and her grandson and how their individual journeys through grief and loss ultimately bring them closer together. Playwright crafted a compassionate, intimate – and often funny – play that examines the love of the family and the healing power of trust. Directed by , 4000 Miles opens Friday at the (www.abetttheatre.com). This marks Jackson’s first time directing at ABET. She previously served as assistant director for ABET’s  earlier this year and directed  and It’s Only Monday at . “I majored in Theatre …

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Review: “Celebration” a Unique Musical Fable from ABET

ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre,, opened its first production of 2017 with “,” a spectacular musical which will remain on stage through February 5th. For reservations, visit www.abettheatre.com or call 904-249-7177. “Celebration” is unique: a musical fable unlike any you have previously seen in a theatre. You probably do know the composers: (words) and (music) are famous for their 1960 hit “The Fantasticks,” which ran Off-Broadway for 42 years, with 17,182 performances. The original production closed in 2002; a 2006 revival is still running Off-Broadway. In …

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ABET’s Avant-Garde Musical Fable ”Celebration”

  Billed as an “Avant-Garde Musical Fable,” tells the story of a young Orphan who stumbles upon the home of Edgar Allen Rich, who is the wealthiest man in the world, on what is revealed to be a magical New Year’s Eve. Among the guests of Mr. Rich is the beautiful fallen Angel, who becomes the subject of a ritualistic battle for her love. Celebration runs Jan 20–Feb 5 at the . (249-7177, www.abettheatre.com) directs the ABET stage debut with musical director and choreographer . Celebration stars , , , and features Brian Keith Champion, Lucas Hopper, Matt Krieger, Kimberly Cooper …

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Holiday Ghost Tales: ABET’s “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”

ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM ABET opened the theatre’s final show of 2016 with a unique version of Charles Dickens’ “,” which will be on stage In Atlantic Beach until December 20, 2016. Call 249-7177 for reservations or visit abettheatre.com. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children under 18. Of note, the play is a one-act and doesn’t have scary moments, so you can bring children of any age; the continuous action will hold their attention. Dickens’ famous story, well-known to most adults and many children, is frequently performed …

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Shakespeare’s ‘original Game of Thrones’ MACBETH

  When casting her adaptation of Macbeth, director issued a call to arms for ‘courageous, playful, versatile actors for ‘a pared down, jacked up version of Shakespeare’s Scottish play’. Siddons selected 10 accomplished actors to bring her reimagined version of the ‘original Game of Thrones’ to the stage. This showing of marks the company’s first staging of a Shakespeare production and is also the ABET stage debut of in the title role and as Lady Macbeth. Opening Friday, Macbeth is staged through Nov. 6 at ABET, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach (www.abettheatre.com, 249-7177). “The cast has a natural aptitude for …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: Merrily We Roll Along at ABET

ABET THEATRE REVIEW DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] The opened the Florida premier of the musical “” on September 9, 2016. The production will be onstage through September 26. The musical, which debuted on Broadway in 1981, is based on a 1934 play by and . It hasn’t been staged frequently, probably because it is so challenging for the actors, musicians, and directors. But as far as we know, director embraces challenging works, and this play was no exception. He was ably assisted by actor/director . The book is by , while the music and …

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ABET Turns 25!

ABET, ABET Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre

The promises to deliver a series of firsts as it ushers in its 25th season. Artistic Director , who is celebrating with ABET, says this year could be the best season yet. It’s an ambitious schedule that kicks off with ABET’s first Sondheim musical, Merrily We Roll Along, running Sept 9-25. Directed by , the Broadway musical tells a compelling story about friendship, compromise, and the importance of staying true to one’s ideals. “This is the first Stephen Sondheim musical ever done at ABET. Also, Macbeth will be the first Shakespeare done at ABET. I feel like I can put …

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