On Stage

THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW (abridged)

ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE REVIEW It’s Christmas time – and plays about the season can be found everywhere. Want to see something different? ABET is staging the Jacksonville premier of “,” a zany comedy by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor. Production dates are December 1 – 17, 2017. All Performances are at the Adele Grange Center at 716 Ocean Boulevard. Call (904) 249-7177 or visit abettheatre.com for reservations. The show takes place in the recreation room of Saint Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church. The setting includes a fireplace, a lovely tree, and a pile of wrapped presents. Three young volunteers have …

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A Holiday Spectacular! CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND

What better way to usher in the magic of the season than with a big, brilliant display of Christmas cheer, high-kicking its way across the stage and into your heart? Christmas Wonderland is a holiday spectacular featuring all the trimmings of a Broadway production choreographed to a sentimental score of Christmas classics. The show is presented by the FSCJ Art Series for one night only, Dec. 19, at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts (www.artistseriesjax.com). Under the direction of David King, the critically acclaimed producer of the international hit show Spirit of the Dance, Christmas Wonderland features the same …

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Coney Island Christmas: What it Means to be an American During the Holidays

LIMELIGHT THEATRE IN ST. AUGUSTINE Nostalgia and tradition take center stage in the classic holiday production, Coney Island Christmas. Based on the short story by Grace Paley, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Donald Margulies tells the timeless and universal tale of what it means to be an American during the holidays. Coney Island Christmas is staged through December 23rd on the Matuza Main Stage at the . A Jewish author and activist, Paley taps into the true spirit of Christmas, with two hilarious kid pageants layered into a heartwarming story of acceptance. “There is a whole undercurrent throughout the entire show,” says …

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Family, Gender Identity, and Power: “HIR” at the 5 & Dime Theatre

A DUAL CRITICS 5 & DIME THEATRE REVIEW Jacksonville’s opened its production of “HIR” on December 1, 2017; it will remain on stage through December 17. This provocative and sometimes hilarious comedy/drama explores domestic issues of family, gender identity, and power. Advisory, R-rated for language and sexual situations. Sitting in your seat before the action begins, you will be viewing an interior that includes a living room and kitchen, and looks like it was inspired by an episode from TV’s “Hoarders.”  Piles of dirty clothes fill the length of the stage, and old soda cans lie on the floor. There …

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CHRISTMAS CAROLE at the Alhambra: An Annual Holiday Favorite

ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING DUAL CRITICS REVIEW REVIEW Once upon a time in 1935, the Alhambra Dinner Theatre first presented “,” with music and lyrics by Bruce Allen Scudder and book by Janie Nowell. This original musical is based on the beloved classic story by Charles Dickens. The Alhambra’s family-friendly production is currently on stage at for the twenty-fifth time, and will remain until December 24, 2017. A holiday visit to the Alhambra is a tradition for many local theatre goers, and most of the current run is sold old. If you want to see it, call the Alhambra’s box …

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Cirque Dream Holidaze, FSCJ Artist Series, Jacksonville, Florida

Cirque Dream Holidaze: Array of Gravity-Defying Feats

PRESENTED BY FSCJ ARTIST SERIES If you could filter all of the magic of the holiday season through a kaleidoscope, it wouldn’t equal the dazzling display of Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Imagine if penguins could fly, if toy soldiers marched in unison on wires strung at dizzying heights, if angels soared above a landscape of oversized holiday gifts? Cirque Dreams Holidaze is everything you imagined and more. The 10th annual Cirque Dreams Holidaze is presented by the Nov. 18-19 at the (www.artistseriesjax.com). This season of the traveling wonderland is bigger and better than ever, according to Jill Winters. As the Creative …

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BROADWAY CABARET: THE JEWISH LEGACY Starring MITCHELL WOHL

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW The  presented “” on November 11, 2017. The production, starring Mitchell Wohl, was an event staged during Discover Culture – a Jewish Literary, Film, and Arts Festival and was designed for all ages. The performance opened with an introduction by , JCA’s Director of Theatre & Dance Programming. is a well known local actor who first appeared in musicals as a child on JCA’s stage. He appeared in three musicals at Paxon School for Advanced Studies and graduated from the in 2014. Recent appearances have included “City of Angels” at , “The Hot L Baltimore” at …

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“SILENT VICTORY” A PROVIDENCE SCHOOL VETERANS DAY MUSICAL TRIBUTE

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW The , located in Jacksonville, Florida paid tribute to military veterans on November 9, 2017 with “,” an original musical in two acts. The production, which was free and open to the public, was staged to honor those who currently serve or have served our country through military service. The tribute included gifts given to veterans from the school and sponsors of the event. The play was one of the most unusual we have reviewed. It was written just for this occasion by musical theatre students under the direction of , Director of Choral & Dramatic …

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Brighten Your Day With “GREY GARDENS” at Theatre Jacksonville

A DUAL CRITICS THEATRE JACKSONVILLE REVIEW Theatre Jacksonville opened its 98th season with a Broadway quality production of the musical “Grey Gardens.” It opened November 3, 2017 and will remain on stage through November 19. The theatre is located at 2032 San Marco Boulevard, in Jacksonville, Florida. For reservations and additional information, call 904-396-4425 or visit theatrejax.com “” has a history. It began as a 1975 documentary, filmed by Albert and David Maysles, who were known for their style of “direct cinema” – instead of having their subjects rehearse, the film makers let the story unfold as the camera rolled. …

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Let’s Do The Time-Warp Again! “THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW”

A DUAL CRITICS 1904 MUSIC HALL REVIEW Yes, Rocky is back in town thanks to the and show sponsor Alexander Dental. It opened Oct. 31, 2017, with additional performances scheduled Nov. 3, 4, 10, and 11. Tickets are available at 1904musichall.com and the venue’s Facebook page. We attended the performance on Nov. 4, and found the show just as exciting as our previous experiences with . The show has an interesting history. wrote the musical, which debuted in London in 1973. During the next six years, the London-based production was staged in a number of theatres for almost 3,000 performances, but …

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