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ABET Turns 25!

The promises to deliver a series of firsts as it ushers in its 25th season. Artistic Director , who is celebrating with ABET, says this year could be the best season yet. It’s an ambitious schedule that kicks off with ABET’s first Sondheim musical, Merrily We Roll Along, running Sept 9-25. Directed by , the Broadway musical tells a compelling story about friendship, compromise, and the importance of staying true to one’s ideals. “This is the first Stephen Sondheim musical ever done at ABET. Also, Macbeth will be the first Shakespeare done at ABET. I feel like I can put …

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THE WAVERLY GALLERY

ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE REVIEW A BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre () presented a special staged reading of the thought-provoking “” during August 12 – 14, 2016. The production wasn’t part of ABET’s regular season, but was a welcomed addition to our local theatre offerings. ABET’s staging was the Florida premier of the drama, by , which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2001. The playwright’s inspiration was based on memories of his grandmother’s struggles with illness in her later years. The play is set in New York City, in Greenwich …

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Carson Merry Baillie on stage in “The Waverly Gallery”

isn’t taking retirement sitting down. The 89-year-old founder of the is returning to the theatre she created with tonight’s opening of . Directed by Jack Barnard, the reading will be staged Aug 12-14.  “Celia wanted to do something to celebrate our 25th anniversary and she thought it woud be fun to drag me out of retirement,” says Merry Baillie. “I was ready to go, honey. I miss it like crazy. You can never to be sure somebody my age can still do it so we had to make sure I was still able to do it. The mind is still …

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“RED, WHITE AND SCREWED” – AWKWARD SILENCE

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW by DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] Awkward Silence JAX, a sketch comedy troupe founded in 2014, presented its latest Jacksonville performance during July 16-17, 2016 at to sold out audiences. They have previously performed in a number of shows in Northeast Florida, and branched out with an appearance at the 2015 Orlando Fringe Festival. For , they presented twenty-five skits of varied lengths on varied subjects; many were focused on political topics and seemed ripped directly from current news headlines. Of course, , Republican presumptive presidential nominee, received much of the attention (presumptive, as we …

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13 – A Musical New to Jacksonville

Stanton College Prep School Thespian Troupe 3929 Review presented the North Florida premiere of the musical “” during October 8 – 10, 2015, at the school’s Jacksonville campus on the Northside. The musical made its Broadway debut in 2008, where it featured a cast filled with teenagers and ran for 105 performances. In 2014, CBS films have announced they plan to produce a film version, but haven’t as yet released any status updates about the project. The book was written by and , with music and lyrics by noted composer , who is known to local audiences from productions of …

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a Vote For Laughter ‘ “MEIN TRUMP”

MEIN TRUMP AWKWARD SILENCE JAX COMEDY TROUPE REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSON [email protected] a comedy troupe based in Jacksonville, Florida, presented a two-performance show at on September 25, 26, 2015. The Dual Critics reviewed the troupe’s initial stage appearance last year, in November, 2014, at . After that successful and very funny production, they applied to the Orlando Fringe Festival and were awarded a performance spot. Their appearance was well received, they learned a lot about preparation and promotion, and hope to return this year, so they can bring share their talents with a wider audience. As you can …

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Smooch the Pooch: Celebrating 35 Years of the Amazing (But Humble) Watch Hound

BY BRADLEY AKERS, Associate Director at Players by the Sea ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ by plays. A man wearing glasses, a spotted dog suit, and a warm smile appears on the television screen to welcome people to his “weekly growl.” That man, dubbed the Amazing (but humble) , set out in 1980 to promote the exciting theatre here in Jacksonville to the community through public access television waves. Thirty-five years and thousands upon thousands of shows and reviews later, we celebrate the work of in harmonious howling. “Dick’s knowledge and love of theatre is simply unsurpassed,” says , longtime …

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ABET-The Atlantic Beach Spotlight

The Little Theatre That Could The mission of the is simple: to bring the excitement of live theatre to diverse audiences. During its long tenure as a staple of local drama, ABET has concentrated on introducing new and original plays, rediscovering neglected classics and developing new talent within the community through workshops and summer camps. Productions are held in the , which is located at 716 Ocean Blvd in Atlantic Beach. The intimate nature of the space places just a few rows between actors and audiences, creating an experience for both that is unparalleled at similar stage venues. Director Emeritus …

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They’re Creepy & They’re Kooky THE ADDAMS FAMILY

REVIEW OPCT chooses a summer musical to close out their theatrical seasons, and for the 2014-2015 season, it’s that preposterously zany laugh riot, “,” which opened on June 5, 2015 and will run through June 28, 2015 at their playhouse on Moody Road in Orange Park, Florida. The musical is based on the cartoons of the late , whose first published cartoon with the famous characters he created appeared in 1938 in “The New Yorker.” The characters became an enterprise unto themselves, with a sitcom, two animated series, three films, and pinball games. The musical opened in 2010 in New …

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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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