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Something Rotten: Funniest Musical Ever Seen at Theatre Jacksonville, Photo by Maya Adkins

Something Rotten: Funniest Musical Ever Seen at Theatre Jacksonville

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: Something Rotten at Theatre Jacksonville Theatre Jacksonville officially opened on November 1, 2019 with the North Florida premier of what you will find is the funniest musical ever seen on this historic stage, “Something Rotten.” At least that was our reaction which, judging from the laughter and thunderous applause we heard, was also shared by the full-house audience on opening night.  “Something Rotten” remains on stage through November 17th. The book is by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell with music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick. The musical officially opened on Broadway in April, …

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"Violet" at ABET has an Unusual Theme, Creative Staging, and Beautiful Music, All Beaches Experimental Theatre

“Violet” at ABET has an Unusual Theme, Creative Staging, and Beautiful Music

A Dual Critics Review: Violet at All Beaches Experimental Theatre (ABET) The All Beaches Experimental Theatre (ABET) celebrated the first year in its new home with the opening of Violet, on September 13, 2019. The musical runs through September 29. The theatre is located at 544 Atlantic Boulevard in , Florida. Visit abettheatre.com or call 249-7177 for additional information and reservations Violet is based on “The Ugliest Pilgrim,” a 1973 short story by . The story was adapted as a film which received an Academy Award in 1954 for Best Live Action Film. The musical, by Jeannine Tesori and Brian …

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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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Let’s Do The Time-Warp Again! “THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW”

A DUAL CRITICS 1904 MUSIC HALL REVIEW Yes, Rocky is back in town thanks to the and show sponsor Alexander Dental. It opened Oct. 31, 2017, with additional performances scheduled Nov. 3, 4, 10, and 11. Tickets are available at 1904musichall.com and the venue’s Facebook page. We attended the performance on Nov. 4, and found the show just as exciting as our previous experiences with . The show has an interesting history. wrote the musical, which debuted in London in 1973. During the next six years, the London-based production was staged in a number of theatres for almost 3,000 performances, but …

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THEATRE JACKSONVILLE REVIEW A BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM On March 3rd, 2017 opened “,” a contemporary drama which will run through March 19th at 2032 San Marco Boulevard. Call 904-396-4425 or visit theatrejax.com for additional information and reservations. Written by , this intelligent offering opened in 2014, two years before our last Presidential election. She has created a distinctive piece of theater which explores timely topics related to political and religious issues. The story takes place in Richmond, Virginia in the home of Tom and Lisa, who are preparing to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of their marriage. Tom …

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A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW by DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM LIMELIGHT THEATRE REVIEW St. Augustine’s staged its final offering of 2016 with the opening of the musical “” on December 1. Tom Key and Russell Treyz wrote the book; Harry Chapin wrote the music and lyrics. The play debuted in 1981, just after the death of Chapin in an auto accident. The play is a contemporary retelling in two acts of the story of the life of Jesus as told in the Gospel of Matthew with a slight update: the story is set in modern times in rural Georgia. The …

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Catch the Hilarious “TUNA DOES VEGAS”

ATLANTIC EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] ABET opened the North Florida Premier of the hilarious comedy “” on March 11, 2016. It will be on stage through March 26 in Atlantic Beach. The wild and crazy duo of the Tuna franchise was created by , , and . They first launched “” in 1981, followed by “” in 1989 and “” in 1998. “Tuna Does Vegas” premiered in 2007 and it has finally made it to Jacksonville. Readers may be familiar with the other “Tunas,” but it has been a few years since one was done …

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