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…

the beatles are back

by carlos andujar If you’re like me, whenever you hear the phrase “tribute band” you might easily become confused and mistake what you really heard as “cover band.” You might form a mental picture of some mid-life crisis guys churning out old Skynrd licks at your local bar and grill. I can recall some fun moments with my friends and I at their expense… ah, memories… Needless to say, when I was offered the opportunity to interview Joey Curatolo (a.k.a. Paul McCartney of Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles) I have to admit that I rolled my eyes a bit. …

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a season of tributes

There are plenty of other tribute shows coming to Jacksonville this season. Here are some you may be interested in: Dec. 26-31Almost AbbaA performance show from the top ABBA tribute band. Formed in 1997, this fully-costumed and choreographed show was the first Canadian tribute to ABBA. Alhambra Dinner Theatre, 641-1212 Jan. 6 – February 15A Closer Walk with Patsy ClineThe show starring Gail Bliss documents Patsy’s career from the time she was 14 years old until her untimely death at 30 in a plane crash in Camden, Tennessee. Alhambra Dinner Theatre, 641-1212 Jan. 24Classic Albums Live: The Eagles- Hotel CaliforniaThe …

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The Visit

by DICK KEREKES My New Year’s resolution for 2009 is to see and review theater at different high schools in the North Florida as my schedule permits. I got a jump start on this last weekend when I attended the final performance of Friedrich Durrenmatt’s The Visit at Bartram Trail High School in St. Johns Florida. Since I saw a musical version of The Visit in Washington D.C. last summer, I have been suggesting to community theatres in this area to take a look at the non-musical script. It is a story that is very poignant in today’s world in …

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Holiday Pops

by Dick Kerekes Last Friday night when I entered the Times Union Center, I thought I was in Grand Central Station as there were so many people everywhere! Talking, enjoying beverages, shopping at the Avenue Q souvenir stand or the special tables displaying interesting jewelry, and other merchandise by Symphony supporters. Everyone was waiting for the doors to open either for the Moran Theatre and FCCJ’s Avenue Q or the Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall for the Jacksonville Symphony’s annual Holiday Pops Concert. If you are a regular reader of Entertaining U, you may have noticed that this third Symphony …

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Merry Chri…, Merry Christm…, BAH, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

by Daniel Goncalveswww.DanielGoncalves.com Tired of the old classics? For some the thought of watching the same play year after year is a tradition, while others less sentimental can find the thought of sitting through this annual ritual an incredibly daunting task. Jacksonville’s beloved Alhambra Dinner Theatre will please both personality types with the musical “A Christmas Carole”. Bruce Allen Scudder adapted the play from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Tod Booth, director/producer, promised me that this would not be the same old Christmas Carol, and that I would be in for a treat. He was right. Scudder’s version has …

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Sister´s Christmas Catechism -The Mystery of the Magi´s Gold

by DICK KEREKES It was two hours of solid laughs, as the FCCJ Artist Series presented Sister's Christmas Catechism-The Mystery of the Magi's Gold at Wilson Center on the south campus of FCCJ. The show has two final performances on Sunday December 21 at 2 and 7 pm. The show opens and we, the audience, become the students in a Catholic school at their holiday party. Before the party can begin, Sister (Mary Zentmyer) must give the lesson of the day about the Nativity in her very unique and hilarious way. Audience members have the opportunity to answer questions and …

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Sanders Family Christmas

by DICK KEREKES If you are looking for a reasonably priced Christmas experience that the whole family can enjoy, then you can’t go wrong with Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre’s current offering Sanders Family Christmas that runs through December 20th, with a matinee on December 14 at 2PM. This is a sequel to Smoke on the Mountain that has been so popular in the North Florida area. It is l941 and the Sanders family has returned to the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church for an evening of picking and singing and witnessing. During the show you will hear a lot of funny …

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Avenue Q

by DICK KEREKES Fans of comedy clubs, Saturday Night Live and Comedy Central, Broadway has produced a musical that will suit your taste to a “T”. The Tony Award winning Avenue will be on stage at the Times Union Center until December l4, with the final performance at 7:30 pm. The plot touches on subjects of depression, internet sex, homophobia and racism. If none of that shocks you read on. Avenue Q is something more than its sometimes raunchy situations. You see the actors are connected at the elbow to fuzzy little puppets, which sing and talk and by the …

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The Visit

by DICK KEREKES My New Year’s resolution for 2009 is to see and review theater at different high schools in the North Florida as my schedule permits. I got a jump start on this last weekend when I attended the final performance of Friedrich Durrenmatt’s The Visit at Bartram Trail High School in St. Johns Florida. Since I saw a musical version of The Visit in Washington D.C. last summer, I have been suggesting to community theatres in this area to take a look at the non-musical script. It is a story that is very poignant in today’s world in …

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Christmas Belles

by DICK KEREKES If you like redneck humor, then you is going to love and think you have died and gone to hillbilly heaven when you see Players by the Sea’s new play, Christmas Belles that runs through December 13th at 106 Sixth Street in Jacksonville Beach. Call 249-0289 for reservations. This is the North Florida premiere of a play written by three talented playwrights who also co-authored the very popular Dearly Departed that has been done three times in this area. Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Woolen are as Southern as they come and their work reflects their …

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