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…

World Premiere Review

by DICK KEREKES If you are over 50 student testing might not mean much to you unless you have children or grandchildren in school. If you do you have heard more than you share about the subject. Testing: A Week in the Life of an Ex-Teacher completed a two weekend run at the Neptune Beach Senior Activity Center this past weekend. The play was written and directed by Steve Bailey, a local playwright, who in fact is a former teacher and worked at a testing center. The play opens in the office of a school principal, played by the playwright. …

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Famous Bollywood Choreographer Teaches Episcopal Dancers

World-renowned choreographer Rujuta Vaidya visited the Episcopal Dance Department last week to teach a production piece in classical Bollywood style to the Dance Ensemble. The Dance Ensemble will incorporate the Bollywood-inspired choreography into the spring dance concert, scheduled for March 13, 2009. In addition to choreographing for the dance ensemble, Rujuta gave a crash course in Bollywood-style dancing to the Upper School dance classes. Rujuta’s unique approach is a cutting-edge style of Indian movement fused with Western dance. While the style is still gaining popularity in the United States, it is widely admired elsewhere in the world. The partnership between …

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Othello

by DICK KEREKES Players by the Sea opened its first play of 2009 with William Shakespeare’s Othello. The show will run through January 31 at 106 Sixth Street N. in Jacksonville Beach. Call 249-0289 for reservations. With this production, Shakespeare has finally arrived in Jacksonville Beach!! In the 29 years I have been covering theatre I don’t recall any group at the beach doing a play by the Bard. This show has been well received and I am sure you will see more in future years. Othello is the story of a great Moor (African) general who is legendry for …

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The Kitchen Witches

by DICK KEREKES Theatre Jacksonville opened its first play of 2009 last weekend, with Canadian playwright Caroline Smith’s The Kitchen Witches. It will run through January 31st at the Harold K. Smith Playhouse, 2032 San Marco Blvd. TV cooking shows and competitions are very popular with the likes of Emeril and Rachel Ray leading the way, after Julia Child broke the ice on cooking shows years ago. I got hooked on them several years ago when I spent a week in the hospital, enjoying visual food offerings without gaining any weight. Witches is the story of Dolly and Isobel, two …

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Love Letters

by DICK KEREKES ABET (Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre) opened a three weekend run of A. R, Gurney’s l989 play, Love Letters. Three pairs of local actors join the many well known and not-so well known Love Letters couples who have sat side by side reading the life-long correspondence between two soul mates. Andrew Ladd III and Melissa Gardiner, the two characters in this play, have been friends since the second grade to their senior years and have maintained this long long relationship via letters and notes through the mail. They write about everything, careers, lovers, happiness and disappointment, sexual desires; …

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Sin, Sex and the C.I.A.

by DICK KEREKES Orange Park Community Theatre opened 2009 with the North Florida premier of Sin, Sex and the C.I.A., which will run the month of January at their playhouse on Moody Road in Orange Park. Call 276-2599 for information and reservations. Comedy is king at OPCT, so every season you will see at least two or three plays that produce laughter. Their current offering, Sin, Sex and the C.I.A. is another from the farce genre that OP audiences like so well. The plot is loosely this; large oil reserves have been discovered in islands in the Indian Ocean, and …

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A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline

by DICK KEREKES Jacksonville’s Alhambra Dinner Theatre has opened 2009 bring back by popular demand, one the most successful shows in its 40 year history. A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. It will be on stage at the 12000 Beach Blvd. theater through February 15th. Gail Bliss is back as Patsy Cline, a role she has done thousands of times in the past 14 years, and now does it to absolute perfection. She sings twenty one of Cline’s most popular songs, and if I did not know better, I would swear she was lip-syncing a record. She is so much …

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PLAYFEST

by Dick Kerekes Jacksonville theatre audiences are growing, not only in size but in acceptance of new plays that run the gamut from cutting edge to experimental. I know there are many theatre lovers who travel outside of North Florida to experience performances so Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s annual PlayFest running January 23-February l is an excellent and inexpensive way to get a first look at a wide range of new plays and scripts. In past years, PlayFest has hosted literary luminaries as playwright Theresa Rebeck and Agnes of God author, John Pielmeier. This year’s playwright and star performer will be …

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dance around the world

The beauty and elegance of the fluid human form brings delight and wonderment all over the world. This month, First Coast stages will be graced by four such performances from the four corners of the world: The Golden Dragon Acrobats, Giselle, Tango Fire and Momix. On January 7 enjoy amazing Chinese acrobatics with The Golden Dragon Acrobats, representing the best of a time-honored tradition for over 25 centuries. The dynamic athletics combine with elegant costumes, traditional dance as well as ancient and contemporary music. You’ll enjoy dynamic theatrical techniques that present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty at the Wilson …

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Opera 101

by don westwood Why do we speak of “opera lovers” as somehow separate from the rest of humanity? A reality check tells us that many of our friends and neighbors do not think of opera as rewarding entertainment. To these other folks, these opera lovers, opera is like chicken soup: “Eat your chicken soup, it’s good for you.” No wonder so many people cringe at the “o” word. How did this happen? Flashback. Florence, Italy. About 400 years ago. A bunch of guys – musicians, writers, painters, singers, dancers – are sitting around a room. You can imagine the conversation. …

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