Theatre

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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Celtic Woman “You might not understand Gaelic, but you understand the story”

Celtic Woman

When Máiréad Carlin left home at 18, she was eager to explore the world beyond her homeland of Derry, Northern Ireland. A classically trained singer, she moved to London to pursue her passion for performing. Carlin landed her dream job with the internationally renowned ensemble Celtic Woman at 24, returning to Ireland with a different perspective on the country, its rich history and her own heritage. “It really opened my eyes to what it means to be Irish,” she says. “Aren’t I so lucky to be from here? It’s a very precious thing.” Celtic Woman featuring vocalists Carlin, Susan McFadden, …

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CONTEMPORARY & INTELLIGENT: “THE GOD GAME” at Theatre Jacksonville

THEATRE JACKSONVILLE REVIEW A BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM On March 3rd, 2017 opened “,” a contemporary drama which will run through March 19th at 2032 San Marco Boulevard. Call 904-396-4425 or visit theatrejax.com for additional information and reservations. Written by , this intelligent offering opened in 2014, two years before our last Presidential election. She has created a distinctive piece of theater which explores timely topics related to political and religious issues. The story takes place in Richmond, Virginia in the home of Tom and Lisa, who are preparing to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of their marriage. Tom …

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Compassionate, Intimate, and Often Funny “4000 MILES” at ABET

Selected as a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Drama,  explores the complex relationship between a grandmother and her grandson and how their individual journeys through grief and loss ultimately bring them closer together. Playwright crafted a compassionate, intimate – and often funny – play that examines the love of the family and the healing power of trust. Directed by , 4000 Miles opens Friday at the (www.abetttheatre.com). This marks Jackson’s first time directing at ABET. She previously served as assistant director for ABET’s  earlier this year and directed  and It’s Only Monday at . “I majored in Theatre …

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Set Sail on the SHOW BOAT at the Alhambra

Alhambra Dinner Theatre, Show Boat

ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM Jacksonville’s Alhambra Theatre & Dining opened the second show of its 50th year celebration with “Show Boat.” This classic musical will be on stage through April 2, 2017 at 12000 Beach Boulevard. Call 641-1212 or visit alhambrajax for reservations. “Show Boat” is a 1927 musical about the life and loves of the members of a Mississippi riverboat theatre troupe. The story, based on an Edna Ferber novel, is one filled with romance and interwoven with unforgettable music written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. …

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‘night, Mother: 5 & Dime Theatre Review

'night Mother, The 5 & Dime Theatre Company, Downtown Jacksonville

A Dual Critics Review by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom The 5 & Dime Theatre Company welcomed the theatre community to its new home and first permanent stage location with a dynamic production of Marsha Norman’s ‘night, Mother. The play opened on February 17 and will run through March 5, 2017 in at 112 E. Adams Street. The 5 & Dime is noted for its incendiary programming, beginning in 2011 with Fahrenheit 451 and continuing with cutting edge plays, many of which explore social issues. The company’s choice for launching their new season and production space is fitting; Kentucky playwright Marsha …

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