Tag Archives: ABET

Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre: 2015 Winter/Spring Schedule

716 Ocean Blvd., 249-7177 www.abettheatre.com ABET’s mission is to bring the excitement of live theatre to diverse audiences. There is an emphasis on new and original plays and neglected classics, and on developing new talent. We seek diversity in all aspects. Many roles are race/gender neutral. We invite everyone to get involved – volunteer, join the  Guild, buy a subscription, make a donation, audition for a play, or take a drama workshop for adults or children. March 13-29 BLOOD BROTHERS The captivating and moving story of twin boys separated at birth, only to be reunited by a twist of fate, and …

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THEATRE REVIEW: “THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS”

ABET presented a three-performance run, beginning January 30, 2015, of the biographical one-woman play about Ann Landers, world famous advice columnist. , Executive Director of , called upon Fernandina Beach actress to bring this work to the stage for its Jacksonville debut after the production that was originally scheduled during this time period had to be cancelled. Ms. Nichols motto should be “has play, will travel.” She has previously performed “,” the story of , at ABET as well as throughout the United States and Ireland. She took a break from her solo shows in July, 2014 when she appeared …

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THEATRE REVIEW: “TIME STANDS STILL”

Theatre Jacksonville opened its first play of 2015 with “Time Stands Still,” a Broadway hit in 2010 by . This contemporary drama will be on stage at 2032 San Marco Avenue until January 31. For reservations, call (904) 396-4425 or visit theatrejax.com. Playwright Margulies, previously the recipient of a for “,” has crafted a provocative work with “,” which is both a unique love story, and an intriguing character study. Sarah and James both work as war journalists, one of the most dangerous occupations in the world; she is a photographer, he is a writer. They have been together for …

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MUSICAL THEATRE PREVIEW: AN EVENING WITH GENE NORDAN & FRIENDS

Sometimes we wish we could enter a time machine and travel back to some of the super entertainment events in North Florida history. Think of being transported to the to see , or the to celebrate an appearance by . Well, we have a tip and a suggestion for a time travel trip that’s happening in the very near future, when North Florida residents will have the opportunity to experience the piano styling of , composer, playwright and performer! He will appear on-stage in “An Evening with Gene Nordan and Friends,” on January 30 and 31, at Players by the …

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ABET “Twas The Night Before Christmas” Review

ABET opened its final show of 2014 with a very family-friendly Christmas play on stage at 716 Ocean Boulevard in Atlantic Beach, Florida, on-stage through December 21, 2014. Call 249-7177 or visit abettheatre.com for reservations. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $10 for children under 18. Before we tell you about this delightful yuletide treat, let us say that a good reason for going to see it is because it was written by Ken Ludwig, one of the most popular playwrights in the North Florida area. How many of his locally produced plays have you seen? The list includes “,” “,” …

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PBTS: “THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL”

  Jacksonville Beach’s Players by the Sea opened  and’s “” on November 28, 2014. It will be on stage through December 13 at 106 6th Street North in Jacksonville Beach, Fl. For information or reservations, call 904-249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.org. Players staged the original Trailer Park musical in 2011 in their smaller theatre and it was a smash hit and was totally sold out. For the sequel, the larger main stage is used and ticket demand is once again high so act quickly and make reservations if you want to see this wacky alternative to the usual holiday fare. Three …

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theatre review: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS

 opened “One Man, Two Guvnors,” a comedy about food, money and sex, on October 24, 2014. Written by English playwright , it will remain on stage through November 9 at 710 Ocean Boulevard in Atlantic Beach, Florida. Call (904) 249-7177 or visit abettheatre.com for additional information.If you planned a visit to England this year but for some reason could not go, well, relax, ABET to the rescue with authentic British comedy. This show debuted in London in May 2011 where, with the exception of a brief tour, it remained until March, 2014. The play was highly acclaimed in the London …

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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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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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ABET’s Songs for a New World

ABET opened its last show of 2013, with Jason Robert Brown’s creation entitled “Songs for a New World.” Mr. Brown put this collection of his songs together several years ago, prior to his achieving fame by winning a Tony for his musical “Parade” (which was staged at Players by the Sea, a few seasons ago). This is a musical but one unlike the traditional musicals we experience, most of which have linear storylines and unambiguous conclusions. The seventeen songs in this two-act production stand alone, and each song has its own plot that unfolds as it is being sung. If …

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