Comedy

Pablo Francisco talks to EU: Aug.18-20 at the Comedy Zone

Interviewing comedians is serious business. It requires control and skill to stay on task because often, the comedy can often derail the conversation. Comedian is known for bringing an arsenal of celebrity impressions and off the wall characters into his act and doing press is no exception. During a recent interview with EU Jacksonville, at least half a dozen characters showed up from Stallone to the entire cast of presidential nominees. If the 15-minute phone call was any indication of Francisco’s level of stage intensity, his show is off the charts. Francisco will appear Aug.18-20 at the and promises to …

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“RED, WHITE AND SCREWED” – AWKWARD SILENCE

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW by DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] 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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A-TRAIN LIVE: THE EXPERIENCE COMING TO THE RITZ THEATRE

A-Train Live: The Experience makes history as being the first and only comedy series to take residence at the historic Ritz Theatre & Museum. This unique comedy experience will allow guests an opportunity to enjoy a pleasant atmosphere, as A-Trainplays host to some of the funniest comedians from around the country. He will also conduct brief Q&A sessions with each featured act at the end of each show. These Q&A sessions will allow audience members to gain a more intimate understanding of the men and women behind the jokes. Jacksonville native and resident, comedian A-Train hosts the ultimate entertainment experience …

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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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a unique, possibly a once-in-a-lifetime theatre experience – “LAUNDRY & BOURBON and LONE STAR”

LIMELIGHT THEATRE REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] St. Augustine’s opened a unique, possibly a once-in-a-lifetime theatre experience on June 3, 2016 by using separate theatres to stage two one-act comedies, “” and “. ” Texas playwright (1951-2011) was known for “The Day They Shot John Lennon” and “Wild Oats,” but these two companion pieces he wrote in the 1970s have been even more successful and are still frequently performed. How it works: you will begin by seeing “Laundry & Bourbon,” which is about one hour long, on Limelight’s Matuza Main Stage. At intermission, you will enter the lobby …

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Starring: Brandon Leoparti as J. Pierrepont Finch Tim DeBorde as J.B. Biggley Breanna Shuman as Rosemary Pilkington Courtney Russell as Smitty Jacob Taylor as Bud Frump Theresa Buchanan as Miss Jones Steve Cohn as Mr. Twimble Steve Conrad as Wally Wompee Aimee Low as Hedy LaRue Evan Bowen as Mr. Bert Bratt Tom DeBorde as Mr. Milton Gatch Music & lyrics by Frank Loesser Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert Based on the book by Shepherd Mead “Orange Park Community Theatre is a family that plays together.” How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is based …

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Surviving a Shipwreck: A Family-Friendly Theatrical Romp at Players by the Sea

BY BRADLEY AKERS AND KAITI BARTA Event: Shipwrecked! An Entertainment Venue: Players by the Sea, 106 6th St. N., Jacksonville Beach Date: June 3-June 18 Tickets: $10-$23 Contact: www.playersbythesea.org Read the Dual Critics review at: https://folioweekly.com/2016/06/05/shipwrecked-an-entertainment-the-amazing-adventures-of-louis-de-rougemont-as-told-by-himself/ How can three people journey from 18th Century England to a cluster of islands off the coast of Australia by way of an old pearling boat and aboard the backs of sea turtles in just a short hour? Players by the Sea’s latest production,  is an exciting, family-friendly, theatrical romp told by the mischievous (and historically true) Louis de Rougemont. With his two sidekicks, who …

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“Shipwrecked! An Entertainment – The Amazing Adventures of Louis De Rougemont (as told by himself)”

SHIPWRECKED! PLAYERS BY THE SEA THEATRE REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] opened a three-weekend run of “” in their Studio Theatre on June 3, which will remain on stage through June 18, 2016. Performances are at 106 6th Street North, in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Call 904-249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.org for additional information and reservations. Playwright (who received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2000 for “Dinner with Friends) was commissioned to write “Shipwrecked” as a children’s play. However, the play which is a comedy, has been a bigger hit with adults than with kids. The full title of …

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BLITHE SPIRIT – a ghostly comedy

ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] Jacksonville’s has a special treat on tap through June 5, 2016. On stage at 12000 Beach Boulevard is “,” which opened on May 4, and is one of the most unique and interesting comedies ever written. The play was written by (1899 – 1973), who was truly Mr. Theatre, as he was a playwright, director, actor, composer, and singer. Alhambra Director/Producer Tod Booth has assembled a dynamite cast, with outstanding performances that are authentic and thrilling. This play has an interesting history. Germany was bombing London in September of …

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FINE ARTS HONORS SHOWCASE — Episcopal School of Jacksonville

by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom [email protected] The is celebrating its 50th Anniversary all year long in 2016. On April 28, they continued their celebration by presenting “Fine Arts Honors Showcase” in the Munnerlyn Theatre on its Southside Campus. The two-hour show featured students in band, theatre, dance, chorus and visual arts. The evening started at 6 pm with the Senior Art Exhibit in the Berg Gallery, located in the theatre. The very imaginative work displayed included drawings, paintings, photographs, clay sculptures, and ceramics. The Eagle Ensemble, with ten participants, featured mainly wind instruments along with piano and drums. Four …

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