Theatre

The Harvest at 5 & Dime: Real Glimpses of Pathos and Humanity

The Harvest at 5 & Dime: Real Glimpses of Pathos and Humanity, Photo by Maya Adkins

I went to see The Harvest this weekend at the in . Its the first time I’ve seen an actual performance at the theatre’s permanent home in the past three years. They’ve always been a great, intellectually satisfying performance group, with lots of satellite shows at locations other than the theatre. I know I used to really enjoy their works in the early years of their existence and this one was absolutely wonderful. Even a level above their early wonderful programs. The theatre is neat, comfortable, completely modern, with marvelously simple elegant technical infrastructure. LED lighting systems that are silent …

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Jacksonville Native Trey Murphy to Star in Broadway Musical ‘A Bronx Tale’

Jacksonville Native Trey Murphy to Star in Broadway Musical 'A Bronx Tale', Photo by Joan Marcus

Three years ago, Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri teamed up with Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks and Tony Award winner Sergio Trujillo to create this streetwise musical, A Bronx Tale, based on Palminteri’s true life story. A Bronx Tale takes audiences to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. The musical production is staged tonight, November 13, at the (www.artistseriesjax.com). Jacksonville native Trey Murphy stars as Young Calogero, in the Broadway musical. Murphy, 11, shared with EU …

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Romeo and Juliet: An Immersive Experience with Jacksonville University’s Theatre Program

Romeo and Juliet: An Immersive Experience with Jacksonville University’s Theatre Program

Jacksonville University’s Theatre Program presented “Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare’s masterpiece, during October 1 – November 3, 2019. The tragedy of the star-crossed lovers was staged in the Swisher Theatre and directed by Deborah Jordon. Scholars think The Bard wrote the play around 1594; a printed edition was released in 1597. And while we don’t know the date or location of the play’s debut, we do know that Renaissance plays were longer than those of today; productions could easily extend to three or four hours. From the director’s perspective, some editing was needed. She shortened the stage time to two …

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Jason Woods Teams up with the Vintage Players for “Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bells”

Jason Woods Teams up with the Vintage Players for "Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bells”

As a playwright, Jason Woods is always seeking new experiences through whimsical stories, fanciful characters and clever dialogue. Woods’ developed his most recent script “Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell” to create an outlet for senior members of the to showcase their talents in a staged reading presented Nov 8-10 at . “Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bells” is staged at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at ABET, 544 Atlantic Blvd. in Neptune Beach. Tickets are $20 and available at www.abetttheatre.com or by calling 249-7177. “I’ve been pushing them a little further and I’ve created this opportunity for …

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American La Ronde: A Provocative Dietz Play Staged by FSCJ Dramaworks

American La Ronde: A Provocative Dietz Play Staged by FSCJ Dramaworks

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW  Florida State College of Jacksonville staged the North Florida premiere of American La Ronde, by noted playwright , during October 31 – November 3, 2019. The script is based on Reigen a much older play by Vienna writer Arthur Schnitzler (1862 – 1931).  The play, written in German in 1890, portrays sexuality in a social context. It was first staged in 1920, and was not well-received by the public. A storm of criticism led to a court case. And although the charge of immorality was dismissed, Schnitzler no longer allowed productions in German-speaking countries. However, the work …

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Something Rotten: Funniest Musical Ever Seen at Theatre Jacksonville

Something Rotten: Funniest Musical Ever Seen at Theatre Jacksonville, Photo by Maya Adkins

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: Something Rotten at Theatre Jacksonville Theatre Jacksonville officially opened on November 1, 2019 with the North Florida premier of what you will find is the funniest musical ever seen on this historic stage, “Something Rotten.” At least that was our reaction which, judging from the laughter and thunderous applause we heard, was also shared by the full-house audience on opening night.  “Something Rotten” remains on stage through November 17th. The book is by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell with music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick. The musical officially opened on Broadway in April, …

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‘Jekyll & Hyde’ at Alhambra is a Chilling Unforgettable Tale

'Jekyll & Hyde' at Alhambra is a Chilling Unforgettable Tale

Alhambra Theatre & Dining Dual Critics Review  The Alhambra Theatre, Jacksonville’s only dinner theatre, opened “Jekyll & Hyde” on October 23, 2019, which runs through November 24, 2019. The theatre is located at 12000 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida. Visit alhambrajax.com or call 904-641-1212 for reservations. The musical is based on a novella by Robert Louis Stevenson first published in 1886. Book and lyrics are by Leslie Bricusse, with music by . This mesmerizing production of ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ is directed by Alhambra’s , who directed the same show on this stage eighteen years ago. Dr. Henry Jekyll is a …

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“Rocky Horror” Fans will Love “The Toxic Avenger” at Players by the Sea

The Toxic Avenger, Players By The Sea in Jacksonville Beach, Photos by Josh Andrews

Jacksonville Beach’s Players by the Sea opened the cult classic “The Toxic Avenger” on October 25, 2019, which runs through November 10, 2019. The theatre is located at 106 6th Street North in . For reservations call 904-249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.org. This classic has its beginnings in a non-musical film released in 1984. Three sequels followed; none were hits. However, the story found a receptive audience as a musical, which made it to New York in 2009, and received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Off-Broadway Musical. The work was crafted by (lyrics) and David Bryan (music). The …

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A Fairy-Tale Delight: Into the Woods at The Island Theater 

A Fairy-Tale Delight: Into the Woods at The Island Theater 

Fairy-tale lovers, delight! Into the Woods at The Island Theater in Fleming Island is the perfect family-friendly live theater experience to share with your children this Fall. Quirky, delightful, and entertaining from beginning to end, you’ll enjoy the show just as much as the kids as you revisit fairytale favorites with a fresh twist.   The woods are a pretty crowded place these days and everyone has their own competing interests and desires, each intertwined in a complicated plot line complete with fabulous musical numbers and choreography. Meet Cinderella, who desires a reprieve from domestic drudgery to attend the King’s Festival. …

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The Toxic Avenger: St. Johns Riverkeeper and Players by the Sea Theatre Team Up for a Musical

The Toxic Avenger: St. Johns Riverkeeper and Players by the Sea Theatre Team Up for a Musical

The Toxic Avenger opens Friday October 25 on the Studio Stage at and runs through November 10. In partnership with the , the story follows an unlikely superhero who sets off on a mission to save New Jersey, end global warming and charm the town’s blind librarian.  If it sounds like an unconventional musical, it is. But the show’s message, clever one-liners and interesting character choices all point to the effects of pollution on the environment. It’s also the perfect show for Halloween. Melvin Ferd The Third is an Earth Science enthusiast, setting out to rescue New Jersey from the …

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