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The Sound of Music, FSCJ Artist Series, Jacksonville, Florida, The Mother Abbess 2. Photo by Jeremy Daniel and Matthew Murphy

The FSCJ Artist Series is Alive with the Sound of Music

When The Sound of Music debuted on Broadway in 1959, audiences fell in love with the von Trapp family and the chorus of children who sang their way into our hearts. For half a century, The Sound of Music has echoed through time as one of the most beloved musicals in history. The FSCJ Artist Series presents The Sound of Music October 31-November 5 at the . The production features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp.   The cherished story …

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🎟 TICKET GIVEAWAY 🎟 Little Shop of Horrors at Players by the Sea

Little Shop of Horrors is a horror comedy rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, “Skid Row (Downtown)”, “Somewhere That’s Green”, and “Suddenly, Seymour”. Just in time for the , you are sure to have a scary good time. 🚨TICKET GIVEAWAY 🎟Tag a friend in a comment below for your chance to win a …

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The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the Moon Marigolds

A DUAL CRITICS ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE REVIEW ABET opened a two-week run (Oct 17 – Nov 5, 2017) – of “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” by Paul Zindel (1936 –2003). The play received the Obie Award and the Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play in 1970, followed by the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1971. The story is that of a dysfunctional family and is semi-autobiographical, as Zindel incorporates material drawn from his difficult teen years with an impoverished single mother, and his career as a chemistry teacher prior to his later success as a …

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DASOTA THEATRE REVIEW: It Can Be A “LONELY PLANET”

A DUAL CRITICS DOUGLAS ANDERSON SCHOOL OF THE ARTS THEATRE REVIEW The Theatre Department opened Steven Dietz’s “Lonely Planet” on October 19, 2017 for a run of eight performances through October 27. DA’s production is the Florida premier. The play was written by prolific playwright (who wrote thirty-four plays during 1981 – 2015), and is set in the late 1980’s. It debuted in 1993, a decade after the recognition of the beginning of the AIDS crisis. A Wikipedia post from 2015 which identifies fourteen plays with HIV/AIDS as a major theme includes Dietz’s play. Among the most frequently staged are …

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Hope McMath, Yellow House, Art, Activism, Jacksonville, Florida

Yellow House: An Intersection of Art, Community, and Social Justice

Hope McMath, a leader in the Jacksonville arts community, has moved on from her post as director at the , to run a new endeavor–Yellow House. Inside Yellow House, just across from the , at first glance, it looks like a gallery, albeit one with storage issues–besides art, the first room of the gallery features pallets of water, cereal boxes and other sundries, ready to go to communities in need. When hurricane Irma hit, mobilized as quickly as possible, getting much needed supplies to those living in Jacksonville, especially in the Washington Heights area, which was flooded. She had specific …

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5 & Dime’s Halloween No-Splatter Zone Treat “EVIL DEAD”

THE 5 & DIME THEATRE COMPANY REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom   Jacksonville’s Downtown opened “” on October 13, 2017. It will run through October 28, and is sponsored by Vanity Furs and Jacksonville Chiropractic & Acupuncture. The musical, based on an earlier film series, debuted in Canada in 2003 and played Off-Broadway for three months during 2006-2007. Subsequent tours and productions by professional and community theatres throughout the states followed. The month of October was perfect timing for the 5 & Dime’s production, since we’re prepared to be mystified and terrified as Halloween …

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“My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy”

One Man Show: “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy”

OCT. 14-15, PRESENTED BY FSCJ ARTIST SERIES It’s been 10 years since comedian Steve Solomon first performed his scripted, one-man show “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy” on the Broadway stage. He continues to share the hilarious antics of his colorful family who put the “fun” in dysfunctional. For Solomon, the show is a love letter to his parents, who inspired the show’s title and a decade’s worth of material. To audiences, it’s the reassurance that maybe our families aren’t so crazy after all. The FSCJ Artist Series presents “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m …

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Comedian Darren Knight, Southern Momma, Jacksonville, Florida

Comedian Darren Knight: Southern Momma

SOUTHERN MOMMA AND ‘EM TOUR Where: Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts When: Oct. 14th, 7:30pm Tickets: $23-27 More Info: www.comediandarrenknight.com One of the perks of parenthood is the ability to publicly embarrass your children but comedian and social media star Darren Knight has flipped the script by basing a popular internet character on his own mom and grandmother and the expressions he heard growing up in Alabama. Knight’s Southern Momma is known for spouting such catchphrases as, “cut them eyes at me one more time,” and “damn Randy, hell,” which sounds more like ‘hay-ull’ in Knight’s syrupy southern drawl. His …

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The Addams Family, Alhambra Dinner Theatre, Jacksonville, Florida

ALHAMBRA THEATRE REVIEW: They’re Kooky & They’re Spooky “THE ADDAMS FAMILY”

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Jacksonville’s Alhambra Theatre opened its fall season on October 4, 2017 with “. This musical comedy is based on the work of cartoonist (1912 – 1988), who first brought the characters to life in 1938 in “The New Yorker.” Their popularity led to a 1960’s television series, two animated series, three films, a DVD, and pinball and video games. The story was fashioned into a musical in 2010, with book by and , creators of “,” and music and lyrics by . With Nathan Lane in the leading role, it ran on Broadway for 772 performances. …

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JESUS HOPPED THE ‘A’ TRAIN A PHASE EIGHT THEATER COMPANY

Phase Eight Theatre Company Review: JESUS HOPPED THE ‘A’ TRAIN

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Jacksonville’s newest theatre company, Phase Eight Theatre Company, launched its first season in January, 2017. The company staged “Jesus Hopped the “A” Train,” the fifth show of the season, during September 28 — October l at a studio in ’s broadcasting facility in . ‘s latest play is contemporary, relevant, and thought-provoking. This play, by Stephen Adly Guirgis, debuted at the New York 2000 Fringe Festival. Guirgis has authored ten plays; “Between Riverside and Crazy” won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Several of his plays were originally directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman (1967 — 2014), a well-known …

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