On Stage

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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peace, love and enjoying life

by kellie abrahamson Part dance, part martial arts, part community outreach, DanceBrazil is so much more than entertainment. The company brings traditional Afro-Brazilian dance and Capoeira to stages around the world, thrilling audiences and impacting communities by sharing the art forms with children through workshops that build self esteem and self-discipline. DanceBrazil’s artistic director Jelon Vieira, an acclaimed chorographer and master capoeirista, was kind enough to speak with EU about the company and what audiences can expect to see when they come to town on March 7th. EU: Why did you decide to form DanceBrazil? Jelon Vieira: I met Alvin …

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a talk with topol

by erin thursby My first burning question to the legendary Chaim Topol was about facial hair. Specifically, I wanted to know if he always grew a real beard for the part of Tevye. Apparently, he does. Like many actors he’s adept at growing, shaving and changing his hair to suit whatever role he’s playing. Not everything on the stage is guaranteed to be real, but his beard always is. That’s good because I feel the same way about Tevye that I do about Santa Claus. It’s always so much better if the beard is real. Topol is the actor most …

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The Fantasticks

by DICK KEREKES A new dinner theatre has opened in Jacksonville and is presenting The Fantasticks through March 29th. The Gathering Place Dinner Theatre is located in the Mandarin area at 11570 San Jose Blvd, in the Mandarin Square shopping center just north of Loretto Road. Selecting The Fantasticks to open the theatre was probably a good idea. The longest running musical in history is popular, has a small cast as musicals go, a simple and minimalist set, and can be performed by a single pianist and a drummer. The costumes requirements are minimal as well: a couple of top …

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Forrest

by DICK KEREKES The Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre opened local playwright Tom Hickman’s courtroom drama Forrest last weekend with a run date through March l4. All performances at The Adele Grage Cultural Center at 715 Ocean Blvd in Atlantic Beach. Call 249-7177 for reservations. Does the name Nathan Bedford Forrest ring a bell? Well, if you have been keeping up with the local news, it should. There has been a lot of controversy whether a high school in west Jacksonville named after Nathan Bedford Forrest should have its name changed since Forrest was involved with the founding of the KKK …

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The Diary of Anne Frank

by DICK KEREKES The theatre department of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DESOTA) presented three performances of The Diary of Anne Frank on their main stage last weekend. Thirteen year old Anne Frank went into hiding with her family in the Netherlands, during the WWII Nazi roundup of Jews. For two years she kept a diary, that was later found and published and has remained a powerful study of courage against insurmountable odds. Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett debuted the original play in l955 and won a Pulitzer Prize. The father Otto Frank, managed to be the only survivor …

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Irving Berlin's "I Love A Piano"

by DICK KEREKES If you love a piano. If you love the music of Irving Berlin, then you are absolutely going to love the production of I Love A Piano, on stage at the FCCJ South Campus Wilson Center on Friday February 20th at 8 pm, Saturday 21st at 2 pm and 8 pm and closing on Sunday the 23rd at 2 pm. This is a two act musical revue is done as a history of the 40 years during which Berlin was composing some of America’s beloved music. It starts in l910 to the l920s and speakeasies, on to …

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