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Avoid The Splash Zone: 'Pontypool' at Players By The Sea

THEATRE REVIEW: Ridin’ Out The Storm in ‘PONTYPOOL” at Players by the Sea

Looking around the Players by the Sea Studio Theatre ahead of the opening of its new psychological thriller “Pontypool,” the anticipation for what was to come was building. audiences were warned that there was no intermission and once seated, there was nothing to do but ride out the storm. Set in a fictional Florida town of Pontypool, reworked to bring the destination south from Canada to Jacksonville. The script was edited by local playwright extraordinaire with permission from author Tony Burgess to change the original snowstorm to hurricane – a force of nature all Floridians can relate to and following …

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Simon & Garfunkel

The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel, One Night Only on Oct 26

They were unlikely rock stars, the antithesis of the traditional paradigm, who took the world by storm as 60’s folk heroes. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel spoke to generations as counterculture icons of the social revolution and were one of the best-selling artists of the era. The Simon & Garfunkel Story comes to Jacksonville for one night only on October 26th at the . Presented by the , the production traces the history of the duo’s the storied career with projection photos, original film footage, and a full band performing such hits as ‘Mrs. Robinson,’ ‘Cecilia,’ ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water,’ …

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1776: A Musical Revolution Alhambra Theatre and Dining Review

1776, A Musical Revolution: Alhambra Theatre and Dining Review

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Jacksonville’s Alhambra Theatre opened the Tony Award-winning musical “1776” on October 17, which will continue through November 18, 2018. The theatre is located at 12000 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida. Visit alhambrajax.com or call 904-641-1212 for reservations. The Alhambra’s timing for staging the production is notable, since our country is involved in mid-term elections which include extensive coverage of all things political by our newspapers and television commentators. This 1969 musical by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone is about the drafting, acceptance and signing of the Declaration of Independence, the cornerstone of our liberty. Director Tod …

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Avoid The Splash Zone: 'Pontypool' at Players By The Sea

Avoid The Splash Zone: ‘Pontypool’ at Players By The Sea

Players by the Sea is storming its studio stage with an immersive psychological thriller designed to captivate audiences in real time. “Pontypool” tells the story of a massive storm that causes the townspeople to develop strange speech patterns and commit horrific acts of violence. The hour-long show has no intermission. Once the audience is seated and the virus takes hold, there is nothing to do but ride out the storm. “” opens Oct 26 with an original art exhibit entitled “Verba” by on display in the lobby. The featured works are inspired by the production. The production runs through Nov. …

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A Supernatural Horror: ‘The Univited’ at Orange Park Community Theatre

Orange Park Community Theatre’s (OPCT) second production for this season,  by well-known author Tim Kelly, is Halloween-themed for the time of year.  Even the ladies at concessions are in the spirit of the season. The old house at Cliff’s End, owned by the young Stella Meredith (), has stood vacant for years.  Londoners Roddy Fitzgerald () and his sister, Pamela (), having decided life in London is too chaotic, happen across Cliff’s End in their search for a new home.  Drawn to it, Pamela convinces Roddy that she can fix up the house while he continues his writing.  They are …

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One Day, One Stage, Three Shows: Theatre Jacksonville's Splendid Benefit

One Day, One Stage, Three Shows: Theatre Jacksonville’s Splendid Benefit

Jacksonville’s San Marco Square was jumping for joy on Saturday, October 13, 2018. In addition to three fabulous shows staged to benefit in preparation for its 100th season (2019-2020), San Marco had a party celebrating the 21st birthday of the 3 Lions stature in the Square. Theatre Jax’s theme was “One Day, One Stage, Three Shows,” with single tickets available for each show. “Show and Tell,” the opener at 2:00 pm, featured the art and wit of New York’s celebrity caricaturist Ken Fallen. Ken lived in Jacksonville during his early years, where he appeared in three musicals at Theatre Jax; …

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Thrasher-Horne Center Welcomes Anna Zirbel as New Executive Director

St. Johns River State College has named Anna Zirbel as the new executive director of the Thrasher-Horne Center. Zirbel, who has 20 years of theatre and venue management experience, has served as both ’s director of marketing and sales and box office manager since joining the team in 2005. Following a nationwide search, Zirbel succeeds previous executive director, Denton Yockey.  “Anna’s experience, discipline and organizational skills make her the perfect leader to take the Thrasher-Horne Center to the next level,” said Yockey. And that’s exactly what Zirbel plans to do. “As a key member of the Thrasher-Horne Center team for …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: World Premiere of ‘String’ at Jacksonville University College of Fine Arts

Jacksonville University’s Theatre Department presented the World Premiere of “String,” the first full length play in JU’s history written by a current JU student and produced by the theatre department. Carlos Adorno, who is now in his third year at JU, penned this family drama and also appears on stage as Chris. In the program credits, Adorno credits Professor Brian Palmer, Dr. Tim Snyder, and Professor for their assistance in bringing this story to life. The show is set in New York City, and most of the action occurs in the modest apartment of “Ma,” a middle-aged Hispanic woman, portrayed …

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'Newsies' on a Mission: The Island Theater’s Take on a Broadway Classic Delights and Entertains Theatergoers of All Ages, Photos by Gabby Blasco

‘Newsies’ on a Mission: The Island Theater’s Take on a Broadway Classic Delights and Entertains Theatergoers of All Ages

With high-energy songs by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, an uplifting underdog story, and a rousing local cast,  is utterly delightful. Based on a 1992 Disney movie starring Christian Bale as well as the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, Newsies runs at The Island Theater from October 4-14th (Fri. & Sat. 7:30 PM; Sat. & Sun. 2 PM). Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Admissions cost $15/ adult and $10/ student. Plan ahead, because shows are popular and sell out. If you’re not familiar with the plot, Newsies is the ultimate David and Goliath tale. Jack Kelly, …

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REVIEW: ‘Buyer & Cellar’ at 5 & Dime is One of the Funniest One-Person, One-Act Shows You Will Ever See

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW The 5 & Dime Theatre Company has opened Buyer & Cellar, one of the funniest one-person one-act shows you will ever have the opportunity to see. The group was founded seven years ago and has consistently staged outstanding productions; this is their second year in their permanent home in . This outrageously humorous comedy written by Jonathan Tolins opened on October 5th and will remain on stage through October 21, 2018. Mr. Tolins was inspired to write the play after encountering “My Passion for Design,” a lavish coffee table book by Barbra Streisand published in 2010. …

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