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Theatre Jacksonville Review: To Kill A Mockingbird

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Theatre Jacksonville traditionally opens each new season with the production of a theatrical classic, and has launched the 2017 – 2018 season with an outstanding production of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” It will be on stage until the first of October. Call 904-396-4425 or visit theatrejax.com for reservations and additional information. For this production, has prepared a program which includes biographies of the cast and crew, and an extensive study guide with information about the author, the story, and the performance history of the play. We suggest checking out the guide before the curtain to enhance …

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Behind the Stick: Cocktail Competition

Behind the Stick Cocktail Competiton, EU Jacksonville, Marlin & Barrel, The Parlour at Grape & Grain Exchange, Photo by Cristina Danielle O'Connor

Over the last year, through my Behind the Stick column, I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with bartenders all over Jacksonville (and St. Augustine) and discovering what ingredients they’re working with on any given day. On Monday, August 7th, we held a competition in the to see how some of those bartenders utilized either the grapefruit cello or orange cello produced by . Of seven cocktails, the Valyrian Sling by Meaghan Leonard came out on top. She used the orangecello, the 2nd street gin (also from local distillery, Marlin and Barrel), and several syrups that she made herself. The resulting …

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Theatre Jacksonville’s 97th Volunteer Awards

On Sunday July 30, 2017, Theatre Jacksonville held its annual celebration honoring volunteers from the 2016 – 2017 season. combines this special event with its annual meeting for members. For the second year, the celebration was at San Marco, a unique restaurant noted for its Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine, and its excellent selection of craft beers. , the outgoing President of the Board, gave an enthusiastic summary of the past season and its accomplishments. While this is a difficult time financially for many theatres, Ms. Thomas announced that TJ has finished in the black. She also thanked the individuals …

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Showmanship at its best! “THROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE” at Theatre Jacksonville

THEATRE JACKSONVILLE, JUNE 9-25 Theatre Jacksonville opened the final show of its 97th season with the delightful “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” The production opened on June 9, 2017 and will remain on stage through June 25. This show debuted on Broadway in 2002, where it was nominated for eleven Tony Awards and won six, including Best Musical and Best Actress (Sutton Foster); the Dual Critics saw the production in New York. The musical was based on a 1967 Julie Andrews movie of the same name. “” is a big splashy romantic musical comedy that will take you back to 1922, just …

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Southern Comedy/Drama “Steel Magnolias” at Theatre Jacksonville

THEATRE JACKSONVILLE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM The beloved opened the popular Southern comedy/drama “” on April 21, which will remain on stage through May 7, 2017. The theatre is located at 2030 San Marco Boulevard; call 904 396-4425 or visit theatrejax.com for additional information and reservations. This play was the only one ever written by and was based on real-life experiences. The play debuted Off-Broadway 1987, where it ran for almost 1,200 performances. The story found a wider audience after a film adaptation was released in 1989, starring Sally Field and Julia Roberts. …

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Bad Suns shine at Jack Rabbits

Christo Bowman – Vocals, Guitar Gavin Bennett – Bass, Vocals Miles Morris – Drums Ray Libby – Guitar, Vocals We’ve all heard the catchy and upbeat number 1 hit “Cardiac Arrest” by Bad Suns but, this band has many more tricks and talent up their sleeves. They have grown substantially since their first big hit with energy just as enthusiastic and feeling more confident than ever, the Bad Suns are hitting to road on their Heartbreaker Tour and making a stop at Jack Rabbits tonight! I got the opportunity to have a quick chat with frontman Chris Bowman about what …

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CONTEMPORARY & INTELLIGENT: “THE GOD GAME” at Theatre Jacksonville

THEATRE JACKSONVILLE REVIEW A BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM On March 3rd, 2017 opened “,” a contemporary drama which will run through March 19th at 2032 San Marco Boulevard. Call 904-396-4425 or visit theatrejax.com for additional information and reservations. Written by , this intelligent offering opened in 2014, two years before our last Presidential election. She has created a distinctive piece of theater which explores timely topics related to political and religious issues. The story takes place in Richmond, Virginia in the home of Tom and Lisa, who are preparing to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of their marriage. Tom …

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PETER and the STARCATCHER at Theatre Jacksonville

THEATRE JACKSONVILLE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES The beloved and opened its first play of 2017 with an exciting and daring production of the Tony Award winning “”. It will be on stage at 2032 San Marco Ave in Jacksonville through January 29th. Call 396-4425 for ticket information. The story of is a well known children’s classic by that debuted as a play in 1904 on the London stage. It was published as a novel in 1911 and many adaptations have followed including multiple films, television productions and plays, notably an animated 1953 Disney film and a …

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“Don’t You Fake It”- Red Jumpsuit Apparatus: An Interview with Randy Winter

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Jackrabbits 12/26/2016 8:00pm I had such a blast talking all things with guitarist a couple of months ago! We sat down over some iced coffee and talked about where Red Jumpsuit got their big start, “bad press” over the small things, and now looking forward to bringing us back to where it all began December 26th at Jackrabbits with a live performance of their platinum debut album “Don’t You Fake It!” “This year has been about celebrating the album that kicked down the door for us 10 years ago.” Not only is the very talented The …

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HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Theatre Jacksonville’s “THE GAME’S AFOOT”

A Game's Afoot, Theatre Jacksonville, Dual Critics

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM THEATRE JACKSONVILLE THROUGH NOV 20 Jacksonville’s legendary playhouse located in San Marco has opened “The Game’s Afoot,” an exciting comedy/farce by contemporary playwright Ken Ludwig, who is well-known for his humorous inventive scripts. The play received an Edgar Award in 2012 from Mystery Writers of America for Best Play. Over the years Ludwig’s plays have frequently graced the stages of many of our local theatres: other award-winning hits include” Lend Me a Tenor,” “Leading Ladies,” “Moon Over Buffalo” and “Crazy for You.” What most theatre patrons don’t know is that …

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