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Players By The Sea is Looking for New Voices

New Voices Program at PBTS Puts Important, Relevant Stories Into The World Players by the Sea is looking for new voices to participate in a year-long program designed to bring original works to the stage. Established in 2016, the was created as a vehicle to nurture and develop scripts by local playwrights. Now that theatres have gone dark during the pandemic, Players revived the program after a yearlong hiatus into a virtual platform “New Voices: Voices Unheard.” “I created the New Voices program as a way for to help nurture and elevate the voices of local playwrights. At that time, …

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The Immigrant: An Upbeat, Limited-Set Story at Players by the Sea's Studio Theatre

The Immigrant: An Upbeat, Limited-Set Story at Players by the Sea’s Studio Theatre

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Jacksonville Beaches is always coming up with new ideas. Last year, they created a “Second Season” to expand their offerings. The plays, most with limited sets and costuming, are staged in the Studio Theatre, which has about eighty seats. The first play of this venture was “Memories of Ruby Mae” in September, 2019. Players did not sell tickets for the play but did accept donations. This year they staged “The Immigrant,” during January 9 – 11. “The Immigrant” was written in 1985 by multi-talented Mark Harelik, an American television, film, and stage actor, and playwright. The play …

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The Harvest at 5 & Dime: Real Glimpses of Pathos and Humanity, Photo by Maya Adkins

The Harvest at 5 & Dime: Real Glimpses of Pathos and Humanity

I went to see The Harvest this weekend at the in . Its the first time I’ve seen an actual performance at the theatre’s permanent home in the past three years. They’ve always been a great, intellectually satisfying performance group, with lots of satellite shows at locations other than the theatre. I know I used to really enjoy their works in the early years of their existence and this one was absolutely wonderful. Even a level above their early wonderful programs. The theatre is neat, comfortable, completely modern, with marvelously simple elegant technical infrastructure. LED lighting systems that are silent …

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Photo by Josh Andrews, Socially Relevant Drama "Sweat" Depicts American Working Life at The 5 & Dime Theatre

Socially Relevant Drama “Sweat” Depicts American Working Life at The 5 & Dime Theatre

A DUAL CRITICS THEATRE REVIEW The 5 & Dime, Jacksonville’s theatre company, , which will remain on stage through August 18, 2019. The production was made possible by the financial support of . The play, written by Lynn Nottage, debuted at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015, was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and opened on Broadway in 2017, where it received three Tony nominations, which included Best Play. The story is that of factory workers facing unforeseen and unimaginable changes in what Nottage has described as the American de-industrial revolution. The script is based on two years …

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Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine, Fun Home

A Heart-Gripping Musical at St. Augustine’s Limelight Theatre: Fun Home

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW St. Augustine’s has opened the Florida debut of Fun Home, a moving, heart-gripping musical (July 26 – August 25, 2019), on the Matuza Mainstage. The story has an unusual origin: it was adapted from a graphic true-life memoir written and illustrated by American cartoonist Alison Bechdel, titled “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.”  The book, which took over seven years to complete, was well-received after publication in 2006; both Time Magazine and the New York Times listed it as one of the best books of the year.  The musical adaptation, developed through a number of readings and …

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Tyler Hammond, Tyrone Thornhill and Josh Andrews, True West, Players by the Sea, Written by Sam Shepard, Directed by Brian Niece, Photos by Bradley Akers, Jacksonville Beach, Florida

‘True West’ at Players by the Sea – A Dark Comedy with a Domestic Clash of Personalities

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW  Jacksonville Beach’s Players by the Sea opened True West, the fifth play of the current season, on March 15, 2019, which runs through March 31. The production is staged in the intimate Studio Stage theatre. The theatre is located at 106 6th Street North in . For reservations call 904-249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.   Playwright Sam Shepard (1943  – 2017) was notably successful as both a writer and actor; he received a Pultitzer for Buried Child in 1979. True West debuted in 1980, and was nominated for the Pulitzer in 1983. Many well-known actors have appeared in the …

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REVIEW: ‘Buyer & Cellar’ at 5 & Dime is One of the Funniest One-Person, One-Act Shows You Will Ever See

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW The 5 & Dime Theatre Company has opened Buyer & Cellar, one of the funniest one-person one-act shows you will ever have the opportunity to see. The group was founded seven years ago and has consistently staged outstanding productions; this is their second year in their permanent home in . This outrageously humorous comedy written by Jonathan Tolins opened on October 5th and will remain on stage through October 21, 2018. Mr. Tolins was inspired to write the play after encountering “My Passion for Design,” a lavish coffee table book by Barbra Streisand published in 2010. …

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“Buyer & Cellar” at 5 & Dime Reintroduces Bradley Aker’s to Center Stage

“Buyer & Cellar” at 5 & Dime Reintroduces Bradley Aker’s to Center Stage

By the playwright’s own admission, the plot of his one-man show “Buyer & Cellar” rests on the “preposterous” premise of a young struggling actor who finds a job in Barbra Streisand’s Malibu basement. In the 5 & Dime’s staging of Jonathan Tollins’ delightfully campy play, lead flexes his funny bone as Alex, who imagines himself working in Streisand’s underground mall with elaborate storefront displays of the star’s dolls, costumes and even a functioning candy store. “Buyer & Cellar” opens October 5th at the (www.the5anddime.org). “Part of it is true and part of it isn’t. The part about the guy working …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Players By The Sea

Players by the Sea opened the Tony Award winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on April 20th, 2018. The production will remain on stage in the studio theatre through May 5th. Curious Incident was launched as a book in 2004 by . The story was adapted for the stage by and opened in London in 2012, where it won seven Oliver awards. After opening on Broadway in 2014, the play won a total of five Tony Awards, including Best Play. The book has been characterized as a British mystery novel, and it is that, but is even more …

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Comes to Players By The Sea Theatre

Life on the spectrum is difficult to navigate when the interruption of every day stimuli can create a break in the road. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time doesn’t focus on the limitations of living with autism rather it directs attention to the infinite possibilities of traversing the orbit of autism. The reality of autistic teenager Christopher is shaken with the discovery of the neighbor’s dead dog, setting off a chain of events that reveals more than just the cause of death. It changes the course of Christopher’s life. Directed by ,  opens April 20 at Players …

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