On Stage

  • Boeing, Boeing for liftoff off at Alhambra

    BOEING, BOEING, currently onstage at the Alhambra, is listed as the most performed French play in th…

  • June Theater and Dance

    Through June 2 “A Doll’s House Part 2” Limelight Theatre limelight-theatre.org   Through June 9…

  • June Comedy Listing

    June 1 Jackie Fabulous Comedy Zone  comedyzone.com   Clean Comedy Series with Wes Johnson &…

  • May Theater and Dance

    Through May 4 “Disney’s Frozen the Musical” Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts fscjar…

  • May Comedy Listing

    May 2-4 Bubba Dub Comedy Zone comedyzone.com   May 3-4 First Coast Comedy  The Main Event, 7:30…

Die! Mommie, Die!

by DICK KEREKES Theatre is going everywhere. In the last few months I have seen plays at a museum, a symphony hall and last weekend at a gay nightclub. First Coast Theatre Arts opened Charles Busch’s Die Mommie Die. It will continue for three more performances on the 17th, l8th, and l9th at the Metro 2929 Plum St in Riverside. Charles Busch is one of the most unique playwrights on the American scene. He not only writes plays but usually stars in them, playing female roles. You may have seen his Psycho Beach Party at Players by the Sea a …

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Dancing at Lughnasa

by DICK KEREKES The theatre department of Jacksonville University presented Irish playwright Brian Friel’s Tony Award Winning play Dancing at Lughnasa for a one weekend run on April 3, 4, and 5 on the stage of Swisher Theatre. If you missed this fine production and have never seen it, there was a movie version made in l998 starring Meryl Streep that you may be able to find on the internet. The story concerns five unmarried sisters living in rural Ireland in l936 and is told through the eyes of a 7 year old boy, now grown and reflecting on his …

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wicked

by kellie abrahamson Broadway’s smash musical Wicked is finally on its way to the First Coast. After months of waiting patiently, fans of the show will at long last see their favorite characters take to the Times-Union Center stage on April 23rd. To help bide the time, EU spoke with Marcie Dodd, the actress who plays leading lady Elphaba “Wicked Witch of the West” Thropp, in the show. Here’s what she had to say about the performance, her green alter ego and what it’s like to defy gravity. EU: Tell our readers about the general plot of Wicked. Marcie Dodd: …

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Hughie

by DICK KEREKES ABET’s next production is unique for theatre in this area. First of all it is a one act play and secondly the admission is only $10.00. Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie, will be on stage April 3, 4, 5 10, 11 at the Community Center in Atlantic Beach. Since I would be out of the city for the entire run, ABET allowed me to come to a dress rehearsal to do this review. I felt it was important since O’Neill’s plays are not produced much anymore other than in large cities and on college campuses. O’Neill wrote most of …

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O'Keeffe!

Veil of Maya Thy Will Be Done Periphery Oceana My Children, My Bride Fallen Dreams Emmure Devil Driver Despised Icon by DICK KEREKES Theatre went to the Cummer Museum as Lucinda McDermott’s one woman play about the life of acclaimed American abstract artist Georgia O’Keeffe was presented for one night. It was presented to go along with the exhibit of twelve paintings that the Cummer has on loan of the famous O’Keeffe. O’Keefe was the first of what is hoped to be many collaborations between Players by the Sea and The Cummer. Players actually did this show several years ago, …

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Picnic

INfinity by DICK KEREKES Last weekend Orange Park Community Theatre opened William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize winning Picnic will be on stage the month of March in their cozy theatre at 2900 Moody Road in Orange Park. This is OPCT’s last show of the season before their traditional big summer musical which this year is The Producers. Call 276-2599 to reserve seats. Theatergoers in North Florida do not often have the opportunity to see Pulitzer Prize winning plays, so don’t miss this contemporary classic. The 1953 play was made into an Oscar nominated best picture in l955 with William Holden, Kim …

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Fuddy Meers

by DICK KEREKES Players by the Sea opened the dark comedy Fuddy Meers on March l3th. This was week later than originally announced due to a death in the family of a cast member. The show will continue through March 27. Call 249-2089 for reservations. David Lindsay-Abaire’s absurdist farce centers around a woman named Claire, who has a type of amnesia called psychogenic, so that she wakes up every day, not knowing who she is, or what she did the day before. Claire is played by Amy Allen Farmer, who besides doing some marvelous singing on stage, has played some …

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Wait Until Dark

by DICK KEREKES Theatre Jacksonville opened a three week revival of the classic thriller, Frederick Knott’s Wait Until Dark. This l966 play was made into an excellent movie with Audrey Hepburn that still shows up on cable from time to time. Even if you have seen the movie, it does not compare to live actors performing this captivating period piece. The plot goes something like this. Professional photographer, Sam Hendrix (R.Scott McLeod Jr), has returned from a business trip to Montreal with a doll given to him by a stranger to deliver to young girl in a New York hospital. …

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Alhambra Singin in the Rain

Alhambra’s Singin’ in the Rain

The Alhambra Dinner Theatre opened a bright ray of sunshine last weekend with Singin’ In The Rain, the 1985 Broadway musical based on the outstanding 1952 film of the same name, starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. This brilliant musical has it all; hilarity, engaging performances, lively choreography and the catchiest tunes. It is Alhambra’s stimulus entertainment package that lives up to the definition: something that quickens action, feeling and thought. Action! The tap dancing is possibly the best ever performed on this stage, and you’ll feel the urge to tap a toe or two. Feeling! Any time you can …

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twist, turn, tweet

by kellie abrahamson With so many cirque shows making the rounds it’s getting increasingly difficult to decide which to see or even tell one from another. This month UNF is bringing one that is completely unique and is absolutely worth your time. Birdhouse Factory was a sensation off-Broadway and now it’s coming to the Fine Arts Center for one night only. Chris Lashua, who is not only a performer in Birdhouse Factory but also the show’s co-creator and creative director, was kind enough to speak with EU about the show. Here’s what he had to say: EU: How did you …

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