On Stage

#whoiskesha, Jax Makerspace, Jacksonville Public Library, photos by Hurley Winkler

Who is Kesha? The Jacksonville Public Library and the Black Female Experience

When she first conceived the idea for the Kesha exhibit, Arts and Culture Developer, Shawana Brooks recalls asking herself, “What would it take to showcase artists that lived here in Jacksonville and resource their abilities back to the community? What would it take to execute creative and collaborative art exhibitions that had a strong position on learning in all dimensions?” Through her curation of 14 black female artists, Brooks developed Kesha as a representation of the black female experience attached to one female name. She strives to explore society’s consistent erasure of the black female through “high quality contemporary work …

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GRAMMY-NOMINATED RECORDING ARTIST SHAWN MULLINS TO PLAY ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING

Grammy®-nominated Singer/Songwriter will play a gig in the music series at Jacksonville’s iconic .  Mullins, nominated for a Grammy Award for his breakout song, “Lullaby,” is touring North America to promote My Stupid Heart, his new album available now on Rounder Sugar Hill. Originally from Clarkston, GA, Mullins’ critical breakthrough came in 1998 when his song “Lullaby,” from the album Soul’s Core, became a radio and video hit.  Also from Soul’s Core, “All in My Head,” was featured on the hit television sitcom Scrubs. Another hit single, “Shimmer,” was included on the soundtrack for the TV show Dawson’s Creek. “Shimmer” …

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Calendar Girls: Six Women, A Nude Calendar and Many Shifts

Calendar Girls is a fun, warm, outrageous show, addressed the audience. The director of the play at Amelia Community Theatre (ACT), she indeed captured its essence. Written by and first staged in 2008 as an adaptation of the eponymous movie, this 14-scene half comedy, half drama unfurls a real-life story that is both serious and droll. A pastiche of the big and small, the fleeing and lasting events that bead life,  revolves around six middle-aged women of the Yorkshire county’s Women’s Institute (WI) who together tread marriage, femininity and sisterhood. These same women, once entangled in the predictability of their …

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Jacksonville Newest Theatre Troupe Phase Eight Launches With ” ALL MY SONS”

Phase Eight Theatre Company Review A Dual Critics Review by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom , Jacksonville’s newest theatre company, launched its 2017-2018 season with Arthur Miller’s 1947 Tony Award winning “.” The production, at Riverside’s on Oak Street, had a three performance run during February 2 – 6, 2017. This moving theatrical classic traces the downfall of two Midwestern families four years after the end of World War II. The fathers, Joe Keller and Steve Deever, were neighbors and business partners who thrived during the war while manufacturing parts for military planes. When the war effort intensified, production quotas …

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ALHAMBRA THEATER & DINING’S COMMEMORATIVE BOOK

A BOOK REVIEW BY THE DUAL CRITICS, DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM Jacksonville’s is celebrating an anniversary throughout 2017: fifty years of presenting outstanding on-stage entertainment. As part of the celebration, the theatre commissioned the preparation of “Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 50 Years of Memories,” a commemorative book designed to capture and share the history, events and memories of the last five decades. The first edition of the book, written by and edited by , was published in December, 2016; we noticed a number of copies being purchased by patrons at the theatre’s 2016 New Year’s Eve Celebration. As theatre …

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Duets for Valentine’s Day

On February 12, join at the (101 W State St) as they present their third annual “Duets for Valentine’s Day” concert. The dance company, founded only five years ago in 2012 to prevent “talent-flight,” has established a reputation for bringing exquisite contemporary dance to stages both in Jacksonville and across the country. Billed as a “unique, exciting alternative to the typical dinner and a movie option,” couples will be captivated by the intimate and theatrical performances. “We were inspired by a Chicago-based dance company that does a similar evening of duets around Valentine’s Day. JDT has a lot of duets …

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5 & Dime, Downtown Jacksonville, Photo Francesco Salomoni

Creative Spaces: Bradley Akers, Director of ‘night, Mother at The 5 & Dime

Event: ‘night, Mother Venue: The 5 & Dime, 112 E. Adams Street Dates: February 17, 18, 20, 24, 25, 26, March 3, 4, 5 Tickets: $15.00 Contact: http://www.the5anddime.org/projects/night-mother/ Directing a piece of theatre involves interaction with the actors, crew, and venue itself. In the case of ’ direction of ‘night, Mother with , the process involves interaction with venues—plural. The cast and crew of ‘night, Mother haven’t yet rehearsed in The 5 & Dime’s newly minted performance space, an updated storefront on East Adams Street in the of . There, they’ll hold their performances of the play, a drama about …

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Spending A Night with Billy Crystal

Let me start out by saying I have never laughed so hard in my entire life. If the saying that laughter is the best medicine is true, then I should be set for a while. , the beloved stand-up comic turned television and movie star, entertained the audience for nearly three hours at the Moran Theatre in Downtown Jacksonville on a brisk January evening. As I sat down in my seat, I noticed two comfortable looking chairs on the stage. I did not read up on the performance in advance because I wanted the evening to be as spontaneous as …

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A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE

ALHAMBRA THEATRE AND DINING REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM Jacksonville’s continues its 50th year celebration by bringing back country music singer , one of the most popular artists to ever grace the Alhambra stage. She is appearing in “,” her trademark production, and is once again playing to sold-out crowds. If you want to participate in a lively walk with Patsy, we suggest calling 904-642-1212 for reservations. The show runs through February 19th, 2017 at 12000 Beach Boulevard. When the Alhambra first booked Gail Bliss some twenty years ago, she was a relatively unknown …

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Review: HEDDA GABLER at Limelight Theatre

A LIMELIGHT THEATRE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM St. Augustine’s opened “,” its first show of 2017 on the Matuza Main Stage on January 27 for a run through February 19. For reservations and additional information, call 904-825-1164 or visit limelight-theatre.org. Director , who is currently the Drama Instructor at St. Augustine High School, is making his Limelight debut with the show. While this classic play by , a Norwegian playwright, was written in 1890, Limelight’s version is a recent adaptation by Mark O’Rowe, an Irish playwright, and is a first for this area. …

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