On Stage

Cultural Instigator Comes to Jax: Meklit Infuses Her Deep African Roots in a Musical Stew of Flavors Ranging from Jazz, Soul, Blues and Pop

It’s a global beat you can dance to. Atypical Arts Presents in partnership with the Jacksonville Museum of Science & History (MOSH) presents an evening of unique, world music of Meklit Feb 17 at . As a vocalist, composer and songwriter, Meklit is a “cultural instigator,” infusing her deep African roots in a musical stew of flavors ranging from jazz, soul, blues and pop. Born in Ethopia, the world-renowned artist is influenced by the world around her, infusing Ethio-Jazz with her own storytelling voice. Her latest record is the critically acclaimed, When The People Move, The Music Does Too, is …

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Madama Butterfly, Opera, FSCJ Artist Series, Jacksonville, Florida, BUTTERFLY CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE

Voices in Flight: Puccini’s Beloved Opera Madama Butterfly Comes To Jacksonville

Giorgio Lalov is a time traveler, navigating the distance from past to present where classical opera collides with the modern world. Dressing the stage and directing the voices that deliver the world’s most prestigious concertos, Lalov is firmly rooted in opera’s golden age when composers like Puccini, Verdi, and Mozart gave life to timeless works. As founder of an established opera company with over 5,000 full-scale productions to his credit, Lalov works to share these masterpieces with contemporary audiences. The presents Puccini’s beloved opera Madama Butterfly for one night only February 16th at the . In addition to directing the …

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Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Opens 2018 with ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Review A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom The opened its first show of 2018 with the comedy “” on February 1. Additional run dates are February 7, 8, and 9. Anton was written by the pseudonymous and debuted in 2000 at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville; it was selected by the American Theatre Critics Association as the best play of the year. Extensive speculation about the playwright’s identity has continued for years within the theatre community; John Jory, a past artistic director at …

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“THE LION KING” Roars at Times-Union Center

FSCJ ARTIST SERIES BROADWAY IN JACKSONVILLE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom Disney’s The Lion King, the world’s # 1 musical, is back in town until February 11, 2018 at the Times Union Center. For tickets call (904) 632-5000 or visit fscjartistseries.org. The Broadway version debuted in 1997 and was based on Disney’s 1994 animated film version. The film was immensely popular, and holds the world record for the highest grossing animated film of all time. We know that many of our readers saw this show when the brought it to Jacksonville in 2007 and …

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Limelight Theatre, St. Augustine, Fool for Love

Limelight Theatre Review: Fool for Love by Sam Shepard

By Brooke Dennis, Flagler College Student St. Augustine’s Limelight Theatre opened its production of Sam Shepard’s critically acclaimed Fool for Love on January 18, with the show on stage through February 11. The play opens with a distracted woman, May, fussing about a small motel room in the Mojave Desert, clearly waiting for something or someone. In enters Eddie, an old lover of May’s that tries to convince her to come back with him to Wyoming to settle on a farm together. May refuses to leave, claiming that she has made a new life in this town, with a job and …

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Tshidi Mayne as Rafiki in The Lion King

The Circle of Life: Disney’s The Lion King On The Broadway Stage

Interview with South African Actress Tshidi Manye As a veteran of the Broadway stage with years of experience to her credit, Tshidi Manye is living a life many only dream of. But as the actress prepares to get in costume to celebrate the tree lighting, she is suddenly and acutely aware of her audience. “This is different than being on stage. You never know who you are going to touch,” she says. “I hope it goes smoothly. If something goes wrong, I can’t blame it on anybody.” The South African star has the charisma to appeal to all audiences, whether she’s …

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Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre: THE CLEAN HOUSE

Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre Review A Dual Critics Review by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom ABET opened its first production of 2018 on January 19th with Sarah Ruhl’s comedy “The Clean House.” It will run at 716 Ocean Boulevard in Atlantic Beach, Florida through February 4th. For reservations, call (904) 249-7177 or visit abettheatre.com. Award-winning playwright has been a popular playwright in the North Florida area. “Eurydice” was staged at Players by the Sea and Jacksonville University. “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” played at St. Augustine’s Limelight Theatre and Gainesville’s Hippodrome, while “In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play” was …

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Sylvia, Players by the Sea Theatre, Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Gone to the Dogs: Sylvia at Players by the Sea

Players by the Sea has gone to the dogs. The most recent offering about a man and his canine best friend explores what happens when the relationship becomes a substitute for human love and connection. Sylvia written by A.R. Gurney, points to a deep break from reality and a hilarious need for personal reevaluation while also revealing the strength and resilience of love. Directed by Ramona Ramdeen and Amy Hancock, Sylvia opened last week, introducing took the retired Greyhound racers Sonny and Bart to a sold-out crowd prior to curtain. The pups appeared as ambassadors for the Greyhounds as Pets …

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THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO

THEATRE JACKSONVILLE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom has opened a wonderful production of “,” by . The play opened on Broadway in 1997, received the 1997 Tony for Best Play, and ran for almost 600 performances. “Ballyhoo” is the second of Uhry’s “The Atlantic Trilogy,” which includes “Driving Miss Daisy” (1998 Pulitzer for Drama) and “Parade” (1999 Tony for Best Book). TJ’s production opened January 12, and will run through January 28, 2018, at 2032 San Marco Boulevard. Call 396-4425 for reservations. The play is set in Atlanta in 1939, and begins in the …

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ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING REVIEW: THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES

Jacksonville’s Alhambra Theatre opened its 2018 Season with the North Florida premier of “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” The musical, which runs through February 4, 2018, is the first of nine shows included in the Alhambra’s schedule this year; eight are musicals. “Wonderettes” was written by who has created a number of jukebox musicals in the past. It debuted in 2007 and has delighted audiences throughout the country with trips down memory lane. The first act is set in 1958, when four talented girls with stand-up microphones are on stage at Springfield High School (Go Chipmunks!) on Prom Night. They are dressed …

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