Theatre

School of Rock The Musical at The Island Theater

Performances:  April 28th – May 6th, 2018 Directors:  Tricia Williams & Evan Bowen Who says that school can’t be fun?  Certainly not anyone who experiences the rockin’ good time delivered by the outstanding cast performing at this May.  The students of Horace Green are accustomed to rules, discipline, and the merit system.  Although all of these qualities are admirable, it takes a slacker with a passion for music to rock their worlds.  The production starts out with Dewey’s band ‘No Vacancy’ performing the song I’m Too Hot for You.  When the band members kick Dewey () out of his own …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: Boeing Boeing at Theatre Jacksonville

The play, by French playwright Marc Camoletti, debuted in Paris in 1960, where it remained on stage for nineteen years. The English translation opened in London in 1962, where it ran for seven years. An American version staged on Broadway in 1965 closed after a short run, but was then made into a successful film with stars Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis. The play was revived on Broadway in 2008, and was awarded a Tony for Best Play Revival. Since then, it has become a staple of community and regional theaters. Our beloved community theatre, , opened on April 20th, …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Players By The Sea

Players by the Sea opened the Tony Award winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on April 20th, 2018. The production will remain on stage in the studio theatre through May 5th. Curious Incident was launched as a book in 2004 by . The story was adapted for the stage by and opened in London in 2012, where it won seven Oliver awards. After opening on Broadway in 2014, the play won a total of five Tony Awards, including Best Play. The book has been characterized as a British mystery novel, and it is that, but is even more …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: “Company” at 5 & Dime Theatre

Downtown Jacksonville’s The 5 & Dime Theatre went back to 1970 – almost five decades ago – to present Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Company,” which opened on April 20th, 2018. Remarkably, this Tony Award winner is just as relevant today as when it first opened on Broadway. The production runs through May 6th, 2018, with evening performances on Fridays and Saturdays, a matinee on Sunday, April 29th, and both a matinee and an evening performance on Sunday, May 6th. See their Facebook page for tickets and additional information and tickets. “Company” revolves around Bobby, a New York man-about-town who is celebrating his …

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Enrich their Break: Jacksonville’s 2018 Summer Camps for Kids

Arts and culture are for everyone, including our young ones. Often camps are their first glimpses into their future careers, hobbies, interests, and lifelong friendships. Here we highlight a selection of summer camps sure to enrich the long days.    PERFORMING ARTS CAMPS June 3–10 PRELUDE CHAMBER MUSIC CAMP From beginners to master musicians, different tracks of small ensembles (usually 3–4 in an ensemble) are organized based on instrument mix, skills, performance experience, maturity, and other important small-ensemble considerations. Whether you have a pre-formed ensemble or want to be placed, there’s always a spot for you. Complementary small ensembles are …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: “Picnic” at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts

The Douglas Anderson School of the Arts opened a splendid revival of the Pulitzer Prize winner (1953) Picnic by , which opened April 12th, 2018. The production will remain on stage though April 20. For additional information and tickets, visit datheatreboosters.org. William Inge’s career peaked in the 1950s as he wrote several successful plays about small-town life, earning the title of “Playwright of the Midwest.” His other well-known works include “Come Back Little Sheba,” “Bus Stop,” and “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs.” This production is in at the school’s campus in San Marco. We are always excited …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at Providence School

The Providence School of Jacksonville, a private school with an enrollment of almost 1,400 students, presented its annual musical during April 12 -13, 2018 at the school campus on Hodges Boulevard. This year’s production of Cinderella was fantastic, and an admirable showcase for meticulously worked out performances filled with excitement. The production included eighty cast and crew members, and many other students, staff, and volunteers participated in other roles. We counted over fifty people who worked on building the set, which was designed by , and at least thirty student ushers who helped audience members find seating. Producer/Director was also the …

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Love Is In The Air: Almost, Maine at the Island Theater

Love is in the air in Almost, Maine. Or is it?  Filled with witty metaphors and peculiar situations, Cariani’s very creative take on life and love in the unorganized town so far north that the residents call it Almost, Maine. The romantic comedy is comprised of eight scenes or vignettes which tell a brief story of two characters with a Prologue, Interlogue, and Epilogue that teasingly winds and wraps around the scenes cleverly creating a ninth vignette. The remaining show times are April 12-14 at 7pm. ACT I Starting with the Prologue, the audience gets a hint that love is …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: Phase Eight Theatre Company Keeps You Laughing with Noises Off

The Phase Eight Theater opened “Noises Off,” Michael Frayn’s 1982 play, on April 6th, 2018. The comedy, which runs through April 15th, is being staged at WJCT’s broadcasting facility in . “Noises Off” is about a second-rate company of American actors who are staging “Nothing On,” a touring British sex farce. Mercifully, they don’t even attempt British accents. It is the funniest show we have seen this year and we bet it will be the most hilarious show you will see this year. The play is structured as a play within a play. Act One begins late at night, during …

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Dual Critics Theatre Review: Five Guys Named Moe at the Alhambra

The Alhambra Theatre opened “Five Guys Named Moe” on April 4th, 2018. The musical, which was Tony nominated in 1992, runs through May 6th.  The theatre is located at 12000 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida. Visit alhambrajax.com or call 904-641-1212 for reservations. The story concerns a young man named Nomax ()  who is experiencing relationship problems. He forgot his girlfriend’s birthday and she  walked out on him. He is lamenting his troubles while listening to music when five guys emerge from the radio to help him with his love life.  Their advice is delivered in songs which, just to name …

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