Theatre

The Subject Was Roses – theatre review

 presents Frank Gilroy’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning “,” on stage at 2032 San Marco Boulevard until March 8, 2014. Call 904-396-4425 or visit theatrejax.com for information and reservations. This is a glowing and superbly acted revival of one of the best-written plays of all those which have been honored with a Tony. It beat out’s “” which gives you an idea of how well it was regarded. The play is set in 1946 and takes place over an extended weekend. Timmy Cleary has just returned home, safe and sound, after a wartime Army tour of duty. In the …

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War Horse – theatre review

 offers a unique opportunity to experience a rare and unforgettable theatre production at the Times Union Center through February 23rd. Why is the Tony Award Winning “” so extraordinary that you probably will never see it done in even the most ambitious community theatres? The central characters are life-sized puppets, horses, made of metal, leather, and wood. Each is operated by 3 puppeteers from the  (a total of 13 of them) who, with the use of unseen levers and wires, create the movements of the horses, which include swishing tails, wiggling ears, trotting, and pawing the ground. The movements of …

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I Ought To Be In Pictures – theatre review

 opened the second show of its fiftieth season under the ownership and management of Craig Smith and partners, with Neil Simon’s classic comedy “.” Continuing their commitment to bring stars to their stage, this show stars , well known for his role as “Al” for eight seasons on “,” and also as the congenial host of “.” This show played at the Alhambra in 1984 and was the start of the thirty-year career of Artistic Director  at what was then called The Alhambra Dinner Theatre. If you are too young to have seen it, or don’t remember it, here is …

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Stanton Drama Club: One Act Plays

The  of EU Jacksonville are avid fans of new plays and we have attended many new play festivals in states throughout the country. For a number of years we have traveled, as we will this year, to the  at Actors Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. It was with great interest that we attended the ‘s annual night of student one-act plays for the first time. This event was started 23 years ago at the request of drama club members, and has been enthusiastically received since the beginning. Some of the past plays have been published and some participants have gone on …

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DIRTY BLONDE at ABET

opened its first play of 2014 with the Claudia Shear/James Lapine musical “,” which will be on stage at 716 Ocean Boulevard in Atlantic Beach, Florida until February 15. Call (904) 249-7177 or go to abettheatre.com for reservations. This is a unique story about the life of entertainer . Since she died before almost everyone involved with this production was born, as well as many of those in the audience, why should this play be of interest to today’s theatergoers? As the play unfolds and reveals the facts about her multifaceted life, we come to understand why she has been …

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On Stage – the Artist Series

The  has been bringing the performing arts to the First Coast for quite a while. They started out with a mission of “making the arts more accessible to students,” but today they are doing that and much more. National and international acts can be found on their stages. From Broadway to dance, from world culture to opera, they’ve fed our appetite for great shows. The 2013-2014 season is their 48th. , Artist Series Executive Director says Jacksonville’s performing arts scene “is vibrant” and gives people of different ages and tastes “lots of entertainment options.” Downtown Jacksonville in particular, says Russos, …

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Community Theatres

Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre 716 Ocean Blvd, Atlantic Beach, 249-7177, www.abettheatre.com At the , every seat is a good one. For more than 20 years, ABET has brought theatre to the beaches. Their upcoming season features the life of a film icon, a local playwright, and an intriguing drama about the nature of artistic expression.  was too hot to handle. Censors in the 1930s attempted to whitewash her films because the sassy sexpot pushed the envelope. ABET’s  (Jan 31-Feb15) explores this icon with humor and music, featuring songs from the films I’m No Angel and She Done Him Wrong, both …

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The 5 & Dime Theatre troupe – “MATT & BEN”

 has been bringing nomadic theatre to unexpected places since the end of 2011. Their motto is “Making change in Jacksonville.” Part of that change is helping Downtown to thrive and contributing “toward the imminent renaissance of the Downtown area.” Their next show will be in new Urban Core venue  at 956 North Liberty Street, Jacksonville, February 28 and March 7 at 8 pm, and March 1 and March 8 at 8 pm and 10 pm. The show in question is  (Feb 28-Mar 7), a satire by  and . In this gender-bending play, two actresses play  and , during the time …

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Theatre: behind-the-scenes costumers

When you see any theatrical production, it’s easy to see the actors onstage, but it’s hard to see the people behind all that stage magic. Lights, sound, props and costuming all have their place in creating the illusion. Curious about what it takes to costume a show for community theatre, we spoke to two of Northeast Florida’s most dedicated community theatre costume designers.  has costumed all over the East Coast, as well as internationally. For the last few years she’s been working pretty much exclusively for . Hennessey has led quite a storied life, crossing the globe to work as …

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Bringing War Horse to Life on Stage

Relationships are often at the core of every great stage production, but few bonds are represented as artfully as the connection between a boy and his horse in the stage adaptation of . The story takes audiences from England to France during World War I to tell this extraordinary tale of valor, loyalty, and above all, friendship.  stars as Albert in the play based on Michael Morpurgo’s acclaimed novel and adapted to the stage by Nick Stafford. As the war begins, Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry and shipped away to France. What follows is Albert’s incredible …

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