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Sylvia, Players by the Sea Theatre, Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Gone to the Dogs: Sylvia at Players by the Sea

Players by the Sea has gone to the dogs. The most recent offering about a man and his canine best friend explores what happens when the relationship becomes a substitute for human love and connection. Sylvia written by A.R. Gurney, points to a deep break from reality and a hilarious need for personal reevaluation while also revealing the strength and resilience of love. Directed by Ramona Ramdeen and Amy Hancock, Sylvia opened last week, introducing took the retired Greyhound racers Sonny and Bart to a sold-out crowd prior to curtain. The pups appeared as ambassadors for the Greyhounds as Pets …

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Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre, ABET, Floyd Collins

Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre Review: FLOYD COLLINS

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW The Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre has opened the first show of its 26th season with “Floyd Collins,” a haunting musical based on true events. The show will be on stage through September 24th at 716 Ocean Boulevard in . For reservations, call (904) 249-9177 or visit abettheatre.com. The musical, with book by Tina Laundau and music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, was directed by ; Aaron DeCicco was the musical director. The story is that of William Floyd Collins, who was a cave explorer in Central Kentucky where miles and miles of underground caverns exist within …

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Holiday Ghost Tales: ABET’s “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”

ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM ABET opened the theatre’s final show of 2016 with a unique version of Charles Dickens’ “,” which will be on stage In Atlantic Beach until December 20, 2016. Call 249-7177 for reservations or visit abettheatre.com. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children under 18. Of note, the play is a one-act and doesn’t have scary moments, so you can bring children of any age; the continuous action will hold their attention. Dickens’ famous story, well-known to most adults and many children, is frequently performed …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: Merrily We Roll Along at ABET

ABET THEATRE REVIEW DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] The opened the Florida premier of the musical “” on September 9, 2016. The production will be onstage through September 26. The musical, which debuted on Broadway in 1981, is based on a 1934 play by and . It hasn’t been staged frequently, probably because it is so challenging for the actors, musicians, and directors. But as far as we know, director embraces challenging works, and this play was no exception. He was ably assisted by actor/director . The book is by , while the music and …

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Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre Review Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom [email protected] This past week opened the Florida premier of “,” by noted playwright . His work includes “Time Stands Still,” and “Dinner With Friends,” for which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Mr. Margulies was commissioned by Gil Cates, the late owner of the Geffen Theatre, to write “Coney Island Christmas, a one-act play adapted from “The Loudest Voice,” a short story by Grace Paley. ABET’S delightful version opened on December 4, 2015 and will run through December 20. Call 229-7177 or visit abettheatre.com for additional information and tickets. The …

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“Black Pearl Sings,” a unique drama/comedy filled with songs

BLACK PEARL SINGS Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre Review opened “,” a unique drama/comedy filled with songs, on November 30, 2015, which will continue through November 15 at their Atlantic Beach Theatre. For additional information and reservations, call 904-249-7177 or visit abettheatre.com. The are always thrilled to review a play which is not only great entertainment but is educational as well. We had seen this play in 2009 while on a weeklong trip to Sarasota, Florida; we saw several plays during this time, and considered “Black Pearl Sings” the best. The play takes the audience back to Depression era of the …

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Lost Twins Reunite in “BLOOD BROTHERS”

“BLOOD BROTHERS” ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE REVIEW ABET opened ’s provocative award-winning musical “Blood Brothers” on March 13, 2015. It will be on-stage through March 29 at 716 Ocean Street in Atlantic Beach, Florida. For reservations, call 904-249-7117 or visit abettheatre.com Other than a short weekend run at FCCJ almost twenty years ago, this is a brand new musical to the North Florida area, despite the fact that after a debut in Liverpool in 1983, it transferred to London’s West End and won the Olivier Award, Britain’s version of the Tony Award, for best musical. After tours in 1984 and …

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Theatre review: A PICASSO

The , opened the first play of the 2014-2015 season with’s “A Picasso.” The show will run through October 26, 2014 at the theatre’s new downtown location, The 5 & Dime Warehouse, located at 648-B East Union Street, in Jacksonville, Florida. ” Although World War II ended almost seventy years ago, it remains a constant source of stories for authors, filmmakers, and playwrights. The Nazi era has been portrayed in many notable musicals, including “,” “,” and “.” On television “” was a big hit, and remains in circulation on cable. “A Picasso” debuted in Philadelphia in 2003, and made …

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Red – theatre review

The  opened John Logan’s “,” winner of six 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Play. It will be on stage through March 29, 2014 at 716 Ocean Boulevard in Atlantic Beach, Florida. Call (904) 249-7177 or visit abettheatre.com for reservations. The play is about abstract impressionist painter . Now, you may not be familiar with him or the play and may be wondering about the relevance of a drama about a man who died over forty years ago and whose work is not as widely known as, for example, that of . Well, let us pique your interest. In 2007 Rothko’s …

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