Theatre

Zany & Madcap “THE 39 STEPS”

LIMELIGHT THEATRE REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] St. Augustine’s opened the mystery/comedy farce “” on April 15, 2016. The play, which can perhaps best be described as an homage to the great filmmaker , continues through May 8 on the Matuza Main Stage at 11 Old Mission Avenue. Limelight’s version of the “The 39 Steps,” which was written by playwright-actor in 2005, premiered in London in 2006, and opened on Broadway in 2008, where it received both Drama Desk and Tony awards, and ran for almost 800 performances. For his zany fast-paced script, Barlow incorporated and adapted two …

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Be transported to the fantasy world of “PETER PAN”

in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, which has a Music & Arts Ministry, has become a springtime destination for lovers of musical theatre during the past six years. Last year, the church delighted patrons by staging ’ fabulous original production of “.” Mr. Woods is back this year with his adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s 1904 play, “,” a beloved classic which is now in public domain. While “The Sound of Music” was initially planned as the 2016 production, a new choice was required due to unexpected issues with obtaining the rights. And as with “St. George,” Woods is again totally involved …

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Talking Stages – THE AMERICAN THEATRE CRITICS ASSOCIATION

  Theatre critics throughout the United States gathered in the friendly city of for their annual conference during April 6 – 10, 2016. This was a return visit for and the Dual Critics of Jacksonville’s Entertaining U, as Philadelphia was the site of a prior conference in 1999. With this year’s enthusiastic group, we attended productions at several of Philadelphia’s fabulous professional theatres, participated in workshops, and discussed the role and challenges of modern theatrical criticism in today’s world with producers and other theatre professionals. Our opening reception was held at the Arden Theatre, now in its 29th season. We …

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Let Your Inner Child Take Flight with Peter Pan

PETER PAN The Musical at Christ Episcopal Church, Ponte Vedra, April 13-24 On his journey to Neverland, Jason Woods was literally flying by the seat of his pants. The writer and director was already in the throes of a very different musical production when the wind changed direction. But with a lot of heart, a talented cast, and the just right amount of pixie dust, Woods’ Peter Pan is ready to take flight. Like the Darling children, Woods suddenly found himself thrust into a world for which he was unprepared when the rights to the spring musical, The Sound of …

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“The Wiz” is a super soul musical

ALHAMBRA THEATRE AND DINING REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] The Alhambra Theatre opened William F. Brown’s retelling of ’s 1900 children’s novel, “” on March 23, 2016. The story is one that most children have grown up with, having read the book, and/or seen the film or stage musical. “The Wiz” is a super soul musical from an African-American perspective. “,” a winner of seven Tony Awards including one for the best musical, had an interesting beginning, as it was almost the Wiz that never was. The musical with book by and music and lyrics by opened in …

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“OKLAHOMA!” a brilliant combination of music and theatre

NORTHEAST FLORIDA CONSERVATORY REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] Rodgers & Hammerstein’s landmark musical, “” is on stage at , 11363 San Jose Boulevard, Building 200 in Jacksonville. The production opened on March 11, 2016, followed by three additional performances during the opening weekend. Future scheduled performances include March 18 at 8:00 pm, March 19 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm, and March 20 at 2:00 pm. For information and reservations, call 904-374-8639 or visit nfconservatory.org “Oklahoma” has been on stage in Jacksonville many times since its debut in 1943 but there have been no productions in recent years that we …

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Catch the Hilarious “TUNA DOES VEGAS”

ATLANTIC EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] ABET opened the North Florida Premier of the hilarious comedy “” on March 11, 2016. It will be on stage through March 26 in Atlantic Beach. The wild and crazy duo of the Tuna franchise was created by , , and . They first launched “” in 1981, followed by “” in 1989 and “” in 1998. “Tuna Does Vegas” premiered in 2007 and it has finally made it to Jacksonville. Readers may be familiar with the other “Tunas,” but it has been a few years since one was done …

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quirky and whimsical “Almost, Maine”

PLAYERS BY THE SEA THEATRE REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] Jacksonville Beaches’ opened a three-week run of John Cariani’s quirky and whimsical play “Almost, Maine” in its Studio Theatre on March 11, 2016. “” was a play that almost wasn’t at all successful. It opened Off-Broadway in 2006, and had a brief run. A very brief run; it closed a month later after poor ticket sales. But after this unpromising beginning, other theatres discovered that the script, filled with both funny and tender romantic moments, has many desirable features. Set requirements are minimal, and casting is expansible; roles …

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RUN FOR YOUR WIFE – An OPCT Comedy Farce

ORANGE PARK COMMUNITY THEATRE REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] opened a very funny comedy with “,” written by , on March 4, 2016, with additional performances scheduled through March 20 at their theatre on Moody Road in Orange Park, Florida. OPCT is the unofficial home of farce on our local stages. Their loyal patrons love this type of humor, and expect to see at least one farce produced every season. Farces start with plausible premises and build to a fever pitch of delirium in which the world has gone into outrageous and preposterous madness, and they’re filled with …

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THE MELVILLE BOYS

THEATRE JACKSONVILLE REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] opened the comedy/drama “” at 2032 San Marco Boulevard on March 4th, 2016 with a run scheduled through March 20th. The play, written by Canadian playwright in 1984, ran Off-Broadway in 1992. One of Canada’s foremost playwrights, he has written over fifty plays; “Boys” was the second one written. Additionally, he is the author of “Watching Jeopardy,” a mystery novel available through Amazon. Foster has left his mark on Jacksonville in the past. In 2013 he not only brought an original one act “On a First Name” to TJ for their …

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