Theatre

“RENT” Players By The Sea theatre review

 and The  present “,” the Tony and Pulitzer prize- winning musical by playwright Jonathan Larson. Larson died, tragically and unexpectedly, on the morning of the play’s first Off-Broadway preview performance in 1996. The play moved to Broadway in April, where it remained for a run of twelve years. The revival at Players opened on July 18th, 2014 and will be on stage until August 9th. All performances are in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The first two nights of this production played to packed houses, and tickets for the remainder are reportedly going fast. For reservations or information call 904-249-0289 or visit …

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“33 VARIATIONS” The 5 & DIME THEATRE REVIEW

The  in partnership with the  opened ‘s “” on July 18th, 2014 for a limited run through July 27th. The play debuted on Broadway in 2009 and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play and Best Performance by a leading actress ().This play with a strange title is based on true events in musical history. It begins in Vienna in 1819 with the story of music publisher Anton Diabelli (brilliantly played by , who returns to the stage after too long an absence). Diabelli, who was also a part-time composer, completes a short waltz and invites the cadre …

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“FAME” FSCJ HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER MUSICAL REVIEW

 and the  opened the 9th edition of this summer musical theatre experience, with “.” We are sure most audience members on the opening night of July 26, 2014 were familiar with the musical. Originally a 1980 movie, it has remained popular and appears on cable from time to time. In 1982, it was made into a successful television series that ran for six years. The stage musical has Florida ties, as it was originally produced in Miami in 1988 at the .The plot concerns the aspirations and lives of several students attending a  in  in the ’80s.There are fourteen main …

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Walking the Tightrope of RENT

There are few truths so universal that they speak to every generation in any language. The Broadway smash holds those truths up to the light, exposing the bones and the heart in all of us. Players by the Sea stages the ground-breaking musical July 18 through Aug. 9 at 106 N. 6th Street in Jacksonville Beach. Call 248-0289 or visit www.playersbythesea.org for ticket information. It’s a first for director , who oversees all of the theater’s educational programming. Rodriguez was only seventeen when he was initially introduced to the characters struggling to fuel their passions and battle the demon HIV …

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The Pirates of Penzance – OP Community Theatre review

OPTC opened its final show of the season with a bit of theatrical magic, an absolutely and incredibly charming revival of the  operetta “”. This show is over one hundred years old, but has retained its charm and popularity, as evidenced by the enthusiastic audience, who responded with repeated and prolonged applause and laughter throughout the show. It is not to be missed. The story revolves around Frederic (played with great comic flair and a wonderful voice by ) who is leaving the group of sentimental and lovable pirates since his apprenticeship is over.  plays Ruth, his nanny; she is …

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Review: Venus In Fur at PBTS

Players by the Sea opened ‘ provocative and risqué “” on June 6, 2014. The drama is an adaption by Ives of the 1870 novella by Austrian writer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch entitled “”. The play opened in 2010 Off Broadway, and transferred to Broadway in 2011 where it became a hit. The play received a Tony nomination for Best Play, actress  received a Tony Award for Best Actress. Playwright David Ives is no stranger to North Florida audiences. His “” has had several productions, and  performed his adapted version of Mark Twain’s “” in 2012. Ives also co-authored the book …

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Social Security – Alhambra Dining & Theatre review

The Alhambra opened Andrew Bergman’s comedy “Social Security” for a limited run through June 8, 2014. It is the hottest ticket in town, starring BARBARA EDEN from the long-running television series “I Dream of Jeannie.” This play was on Broadway beginning in 1986, and featured star power there also. With Mike Nichols as Director and Marlo Thomas and Olympia Dukakis in the leading roles, it ran for 388 performances. The plot concerns a feisty, widowed senior citizen Sophie (BARBARA EDEN) who disrupts the lives of her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and David Kahn, by moving into their up-scale New York …

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Sun, Fun & Summer Camps

Summer camp does not have to be the dreaded rite of passage that it used to be, with endless days of failed archery attempts, mosquito bites, and Popsicle stick crafts. Kids today have more to look forward to than campfire singalongs and burnt marshmallows on a flaming stick. Whether they are active and outdoorsy or dramatic and creative, there are a multitude of summer camp options available that will entertain and educate children of all ages. PAINT SOME SUMMER FUN! [email protected] Nine week-long creative sessions beginning June 9 for ages 4-14 in the museum, as well as the University of …

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38th Humana Festival of New American Plays

The Dual Critics of EU Jacksonville attended the final week of the annual Humana Festival 2014 at Actors Theatre of Louisville, in Kentucky, which began February 26th and ended April 6th. This was the 38th consecutive year for the festival, which has introduced almost 450 new plays to American and international audiences, and has been made possible by a generous grant from the Humana Foundation. This year was extra special for a couple of reasons. First, it marks the 50th anniversary of the theatre’s presence as the foremost theatre in Louisville. In addition, the festival hosted the 2014 conference of …

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Spark District Grants

The  is reinventing itself into a mature and multi-level central organization for the arts, which supports the art and cultural events in NE Florida. The  is just one major initiative. An artist can participate in the grant process for funding, too. The first round of Spark District grants was implemented last year with the following: : Art in Empty Storefronts by performing artist and educator  by long-time Jacksonville playwright  Jacksonville Songwriter Residency by , Musician in Residence (special thanks to the Omni for participating in this project) Sculpture Walk in Main Street Park by Professor , UNF Jenny Hager, well …

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