Atlantic Beach

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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THE WAVERLY GALLERY

ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE REVIEW A BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM dualcritics@comcast.net Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre () presented a special staged reading of the thought-provoking “” during August 12 – 14, 2016. The production wasn’t part of ABET’s regular season, but was a welcomed addition to our local theatre offerings. ABET’s staging was the Florida premier of the drama, by , which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2001. The playwright’s inspiration was based on memories of his grandmother’s struggles with illness in her later years. The play is set in New York City, in Greenwich …

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Carson Merry Baillie on stage in “The Waverly Gallery”

isn’t taking retirement sitting down. The 89-year-old founder of the is returning to the theatre she created with tonight’s opening of . Directed by Jack Barnard, the reading will be staged Aug 12-14.  “Celia wanted to do something to celebrate our 25th anniversary and she thought it woud be fun to drag me out of retirement,” says Merry Baillie. “I was ready to go, honey. I miss it like crazy. You can never to be sure somebody my age can still do it so we had to make sure I was still able to do it. The mind is still …

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“RED, WHITE AND SCREWED” – AWKWARD SILENCE

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW by DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM dualcritics@comcast.net Awkward Silence JAX, a sketch comedy troupe founded in 2014, presented its latest Jacksonville performance during July 16-17, 2016 at to sold out audiences. They have previously performed in a number of shows in Northeast Florida, and branched out with an appearance at the 2015 Orlando Fringe Festival. For , they presented twenty-five skits of varied lengths on varied subjects; many were focused on political topics and seemed ripped directly from current news headlines. Of course, , Republican presumptive presidential nominee, received much of the attention (presumptive, as we …

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ON THE VERGE

ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE REVIEW by DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM dualcritics@comcast.net opened “,” a provocative play by , in Atlantic Beach, Florida on May 6, 2016. The show will run through May 22. Visit abettheatre.com or call (904) 249-7177 for additional information and reservations. The Dual Critics invite you to take a trip with ABET. You only need a ticket to see the play and an adventurous spirit to trek with three Victorian-era American ladies for two hours while visiting the fictional mysterious and unexplored land of Terra Incognita. The three explorers Mary (), Fanny (), and Alexandra (), …

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Catch the Hilarious “TUNA DOES VEGAS”

ATLANTIC EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM dualcritics@comcast.net ABET opened the North Florida Premier of the hilarious comedy “” on March 11, 2016. It will be on stage through March 26 in Atlantic Beach. The wild and crazy duo of the Tuna franchise was created by , , and . They first launched “” in 1981, followed by “” in 1989 and “” in 1998. “Tuna Does Vegas” premiered in 2007 and it has finally made it to Jacksonville. Readers may be familiar with the other “Tunas,” but it has been a few years since one was done …

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Whit’s Custard at the Beaches

  Those seeking a new adventure in the sweet and cold might want to check out Whit’s Frozen Custard, with locations in Atlantic Beach and Jacksonville Beach. While they are an out-state-chain, there’s not much in the area as far as premium frozen custard is concerned. (A google search reveals Rita’s, but many of their custards are ice cream custard mixes). Frozen custard is lower in fat and richer tasting than regular ice cream. This feat is achieved by the miracle of egg yolks added to the mix and a higher density than ice cream because less air is whipped …

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“ORDINARY DAYS” is delightful, snappy & fast-paced

Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre Review Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom dualcritics@comcast.net opened up its first show of 2016 with a New Year’s present to theatre lovers with “,” a delightful musical making its North Florida premier. It opened on January 20th and will be on-stage in Atlantic Beach through February 7th. The musical was created by composer and lyricist , who has been involved with several musicals, with this being the most successful. It is playing not only across the country but worldwide. Why? We all know that musicals are the most popular form of theatre for the majority of …

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“CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS” A lot of fun!

Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre Review Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom dualcritics@comcast.net This past week opened the Florida premier of “,” by noted playwright . His work includes “Time Stands Still,” and “Dinner With Friends,” for which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Mr. Margulies was commissioned by Gil Cates, the late owner of the Geffen Theatre, to write “Coney Island Christmas, a one-act play adapted from “The Loudest Voice,” a short story by Grace Paley. ABET’S delightful version opened on December 4, 2015 and will run through December 20. Call 229-7177 or visit abettheatre.com for additional information and tickets. The …

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Keith Harkin – charm, romance and integrity

  EVENT: Keith Harkin WHEN: December 2 WHERE: Culhane’s Irish Pub INFO: culhanesirishpub.com Keith Harkin is an old soul. At just 29, he is an accomplished musician, storyteller and world traveler who interprets his life experiences through his songs. Harkin is touring in support of his second solo album “On Mercy Street,” a 12-track collection of original compositions that illustrate his skills as a writer and a storyteller. Best-known as the principle singer for Celtic Thunder, Harkin performs with his full band Dec 2 at Culhane’s Irish Pub in Atlantic Beach. A meet and greet will be held prior to the …

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