On Stage

  • Boeing, Boeing for liftoff off at Alhambra

    BOEING, BOEING, currently onstage at the Alhambra, is listed as the most performed French play in th…

  • June Theater and Dance

    Through June 2 “A Doll’s House Part 2” Limelight Theatre limelight-theatre.org   Through June 9…

  • June Comedy Listing

    June 1 Jackie Fabulous Comedy Zone  comedyzone.com   Clean Comedy Series with Wes Johnson &…

  • May Theater and Dance

    Through May 4 “Disney’s Frozen the Musical” Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts fscjar…

  • May Comedy Listing

    May 2-4 Bubba Dub Comedy Zone comedyzone.com   May 3-4 First Coast Comedy  The Main Event, 7:30…

“Stalking Ottis Toole: A Southern Gothic”

FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE OF JACKSONVILLE THEATRE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM The presented the world premier of “” on April 6, 2017, for a run through April 9 in the Studio Theatre at the on FSCJ’s south campus. The play was written by FSCJ English professor , and is based on his book of the same name, which was published in 2013. Gilmore is the author of 14 books, most with a Southern setting. For most theatre goers in the full-house audience on opening night, Ottis Toole would have been an unfamiliar name. Playwright …

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When Women Speak “ON PURPOSE”

PHASE EIGHT THEATER COMPANY REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM The new presented the World Premiere of “On Purpose” during April 7 – 9, 2017 on the stage at WJCT’s studio in downtown Jacksonville. This two-act production filled with original monologues was created, written, and performed by . She is a versatile actress, with a fantastic smile, a polished mastery of accents, and a fearless stage presence. Ms. Payne-English is a literary artist, performer, and educator and the author of “Secrets of Ma’at,” a prize-winning poetry collection (currently available on Amazon). Additionally, she has recorded …

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AN ENCHANTED EVENING WITH BARBRA

ALHAMBRA AFTER DARK REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM The has opened one of its fabulous after hours tribute shows with an electric evening of songs and comedy starring Sharon Owens as the incomparable Barbara Streisand. The show, which opened on April 5th, will run through April 9th, 2017. Call 641-1212 or visit Alhabrajax.com for reservations. The atmosphere was that of a big time New York nightclub, as the Alhambra had a special lighted stage for this event. Ms. Owens was backed by an eight piece band of incredibly talented local musicians. The infamous , …

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THE GLASS MENAGERIE

Orange Park Community Theatre Review A Dual Critics Review by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom Loyal patrons of were surprised this season by a first for the theatre, which has a forty-eight year history: the staging of a play by the great Southern writer . “” opened March 25, 2017 and will run through April 9 at 2900 Moody Avenue. Call 904-276-2599 or visit opct.info for reservations. “Menagerie” is a memory play narrated by a man looking back on his young adulthood in St. Louis in the late 1930s. Times were tough as jobs were scarce. Unmarried women without relatives …

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Rethinking the Barbarian

EVENT: Rethinking the Barbarian WHEN: Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 at 8pm WHERE: APEX Theatre Studio (5150 Palm Valley Road, Unit 215, Ponte Vedra, FL 32082) TICKETS: $20 through Eventbrite Storyteller yearns for Americans to think outside of themselves. The Irish performer tells his own immigration story from a small hometown in Ireland across the pond to Florida in his latest one-man show, . Through a series of monologues, Coghlan discusses his time in Irish nightclubs in Mullingar, an abundance of unfortunate jobs in Jacksonville Beach, and the experience of running bars in St. Augustine and Crestview. “I …

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From Screen To Stage “FENCES” at PBTS

PLAYERS BY THE SEA THEATRE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM Jacksonville Beach’s and sponsors Scott and Nancy McLucas opened “,” by (1945-2005) on March 17, 2017. The play, which received the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for drama, along with a Tony for best play, will remain onstage in the Grace Darling Studio Theatre through April 1. We suggest that readers who want to see the production — which is one of this year’s most outstanding plays — make reservations immediately. The studio theatre has limited seating, and we’re predicting a sold-out house for almost all …

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Under The Sea! DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID

There are few things as magical as the sound of children laughing. Except maybe mermaids. As Ariel in the production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, experiences the thrill of both night after night. “I can hear the children and the adults just cackling from the stage. That’s my favorite thing about getting to do something like this because every night without fail, you can hear the kids howling,” says Huey. “I see little girls in their mermaid tails and their costumes and it’s the cutest thing ever. Ariel is such an iconic character that I loved at such a young …

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Take a Short Trip: “4000 MILES” at ABET

ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW by DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM ABET opened “,” an award-winning play by Amy Herzog, on March 10, which will run through March 26. For reservations, call 249-7177 or visit abettheatre.com. The play opened Off Broadway in 2011, won an Obie Award and also was selected by Time Magazine as one of the Top 10 plays/musicals in 2012, and was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The title refers to the miles 21-year-old Leo Joseph-Connell has bicycled across the country to visit Vera Joseph, his widowed 91-year-old grandmother …

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THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP

LIMELIGHT THEATRE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom St. Augustine’s opened “,” a delightful comedy, on March 10, 2017 for a run through April 2.  The play, which was written by (1943 —1987), premiered in 1984, won an Obie Award in 1985 for ensemble performance, and was the most produced play in the United States in 1991. The production is fast-paced and the casting is unconventional, with two actors portraying seven characters, each appearing in both male and female roles. Split-second costume changes are required throughout, along with special effects and props. In the process, …

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Jacksonville University’s “THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS”

Jacksonville University College of Fine Arts Review A Dual Critics Review by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom presented a four-performance run of “,” the 1978 Tony Award winning musical .  The musical has an interesting history in Jacksonville. When the roadshow arrived in the early 1980s, the management of the then Civic Auditorium refused to display the correct title on the billboard; instead, the display read “Now playing, The Best Little Chicken Ranch in Texas.” Later in the decade, it was a big hit at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre, with fifty or more sold-out performances. The musical was based on …

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