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  • Combined Minds

    The Girls Review The Killers  Words by Ambar Ramirez and Carmen Macri   Carmen: Let me just sta…


    Do you have a youngster between 10-17 who thinks they might want to tread the boards?  NEXT STOP BRO…

  • May Theater/ Dance

    Through June 4 “Jersey Boys”  Alhambra Theatre & Dining   Through May 7 Four Weddings and a…

  • May Comedy

    May 2 ShakesBeer: A Brewery Tour  Bold City Brewery     May 3 ShakesBeer: A Brewery Tour  Intui…


    JERSEY BOYS, The Story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, is a bounce-in-your-seat, hum, or sing…

Douglas Anderson Students Transport Audiences Back in Time in "Brighton Beach Memoirs", Photos by Marcy Applelbaum

Douglas Anderson Students Transport Audiences Back in Time in “Brighton Beach Memoirs”

A Dual Critics Review Douglas Anderson School of the Arts opened Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” on January 31, which continues during February 6 – 9, 2019.  The school campus is located in Jacksonville’s ; the show is in the. For tickets, visit www.datheatreboosters.org or call the Box Office at 904-346.5620 x 122. Simon, who died at age ninety-one last August, left behind a lifetime filled with productions for theatre, film, and television. Many of his stories were set in New York City, where he was born. Notable works include “Barefoot in the Park,” “The Odd Couple,” and the Pulitzer …

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PBTS, Bridges of Madison Co_Photo by Maya Adkins_3

Catch Some of the Area’s Best On-Stage Voices in “Bridges of Madison County” at Players by the Sea

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Jacksonville Beach’s Players by the Sea opened its first production of 2019 with “The Bridges of Madison County” on January 25th, which runs through February 16th. The theatre is located at 106 6th Street North in . For reservations call 904-249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.org. The musical is based on a novella of the same name by Robert James Waller, published in 1992.  Many theatre-goers will be familiar with the story. The book was on the New York Times bestseller list for over three years, has sold over sixty million copies worldwide, and a 1995 film adaptation …

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ABET, The Robber Bridegroom, Photos by Caryl Butterley

“The Robber Bridegroom” is a Foot-Stomping, Knee-Slapping Hoedown at All Beaches Experimental Theatre

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW The All Beaches Experimental Theatre (ABET) opened “The Robber Bridegroom” on January 25th, 2019. This high-spirited musical is sponsored by John Johnson and runs through February 10th. The production by is the North Florida premier. The story is based on a 1942 novella by Eudora Welty adapted from a story the Grimm brothers included in their book of European fairy tales (published 1812); she changed the setting from Germany to Mississippi. The story was rewritten as a musical in the early 1970s, with book and lyrics by Alfred Uhry and music by Robert Waldman. This  version …

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PBTS Co-Directors Suzanne Hudson Smith and Lee Hamby Meet in the Middle with ‘The Bridges of Madison County’

When Suzanne Hudson Smith first stepped into her new role as executive director of Players by the Sea, she was adamant that despite her theatre background, she had no plans to direct a show unless it was the right piece. When a last-minute calendar change added The Bridges of Madison County to the season schedule, she knew it was the opportunity she was waiting for. “Bridges of Madison County is a very intimate story that has so many little pieces to it. It’s what theatre does, in that we are able to present a story and the last piece that’s …

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Matt Shingledecker as ‘Enjolras’ in the new national tour of LES MISÉRABLES. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Les Misérables Enchants Audiences at the Times Union Center Through January 27

To Love Another Person Is To See The Face of God If you’re going to see one musical this year, this is it. Intensely powerful and aesthetically astounding from Prologue to Finale, Les Misérables is easily the best Broadway production in Jacksonville in 2019. This classic tale is so masterfully performed that you’ll be moved to tears time and again. Boubil & Schonberg’s Les Misérables opened Tuesday, January 22nd and runs through January 27, 2019 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. Based Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel, Les Misérables has been delighting audiences since its 1985 London debut and …

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Limelight Theatre Brings Arthur Miller Play to St. Augustine with 'An Enemy of the People'

Limelight Theatre Brings Arthur Miller Play to St. Augustine with ‘An Enemy of the People’

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW St. Augustine’s Limelight Theatre opened “An Enemy of the People,” on January 11, which runs through February 3, 2019 on the Matuza Mainstage. The theatre is located at 11 Old Mission Avenue; ample free parking is available. Visit limelight-theatre.org or call 904-825-1164 for reservations. The play, written by Arthur Miller in 1950, is adapted from Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama, which was written in 1882. And although the original was written over a century ago, the themes remain relevant. How can you warn of danger when being pressured to remain silent? Protect your family from retaliation? Deal …

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LES MISÉRABLES, Fantine, I Dreamed A Dream

How Set Designer Matt Kinley Reimagined Les Misérables for National Broadway Tour

COMING TO JACKSONVILLE JAN 22 The responsibility of the set designer is creating an authentic world that engages the audience with imagination and authenticity and supports the narrative without competing with the action on stage. Few musical productions are as grand in scale as Les Misérables in every way. Based on Victor Hugo’s epic novel set in post-revolutionary France, the story centers on themes of politics, justice, religion, moral philosophy, poverty and rebellion but it also relies heavily on the architecture and urban design of Paris to create a sense of place. The original stage production employed a revolving platform to …

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OPCT's Dixie Swim Club, Orange Park Community Theatre

Dive into Enjoyment with OPCT’s Dixie Swim Club

Orange Park Community Theatre’s third show this season is The Dixie Swim Club, a touching comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.  Even though this is a rather prolifically performed script, it remains  popular. The relevance of the characters in the story consistently cuts across generations and communities as a study in friendship and how it grows and changes through the years. Five Southern women who became friends on their college swim team set aside a long weekend each year to recharge their relationships. Free from husbands, children, jobs, they always meet at the same beach cottage on …

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NE FL Conservatory, Three's a Family

NE FL Conservatory Grows its Repertoire with Three’s a Family

This past weekend, the NE Florida Conservatory debuted its first non-musical (straight) show as they expand their artistic stage outreach beyond vocalists by adding straight plays to their repertoire, Three’s a Crowd, a comedy written by Phoebe and Henry Ephron, opened on Broadway in 1943. It has not been widely performed, which is sad, as it is a very funny script. I don’t know how director Bill Di Stanisloa found this gem. Sam () and Francis Whitaker (Ralin Trosclair) play off each other well sharing their two-bedroom apartment with Francis’ sister, Irma, for two years. Very soon it becomes a …

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Landscape of Guitar: Visual Art with an Intricate Soundscape Creates Multidimensional Reality

Joy, happiness, bliss, sound, and love. Those are the brushstrokes used by the creators of the Landscape of Guitar to paint the fully immersive multimedia experience layering visual art with an intricate soundscape. Revered among the top nuevo-flamenco groups in the world, award-winning singer-songwriters Bruce and Julie Hecksel, known professionally as Patchouli & Terra Guitarra, founded the groundbreaking production of art and music on their signature style of painting objects from butterflies to trees in the shape of a guitar.  The Landscape of Guitar is staged Jan. 18 at (www.thcenter.org). A morning matinee offers an abbreviated performance and a post-show …

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