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EXIT STRATEGY – A PHASE EIGHT THEATER COMPANY REVIEW

Phase Eight Theater Company Delivers Excellent Acting with Superb Direction and Performances Phase Eight brought the Jacksonville premiere of “Exit Strategy” to the stage on October 3, 2020 to an enthusiastic audience. The company, known for provocative productions, was founded several years ago by JaMario Stills, a Douglas Anderson School of the Arts graduate. He is currently pursuing an advanced degree in directorial studies at Brown University, and Kelby Siddons has agreed to accept the role of Managing Director during his absence. She is well known to theatre audiences as an actress, director, playwright, and teacher. And perhaps now, after …

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Jason Woods Teams up with the Vintage Players for "Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bells”

Jason Woods Teams up with the Vintage Players for “Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bells”

As a playwright, Jason Woods is always seeking new experiences through whimsical stories, fanciful characters and clever dialogue. Woods’ developed his most recent script “Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell” to create an outlet for senior members of the to showcase their talents in a staged reading presented Nov 8-10 at . “Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bells” is staged at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at ABET, 544 Atlantic Blvd. in Neptune Beach. Tickets are $20 and available at www.abetttheatre.com or by calling 249-7177. “I’ve been pushing them a little further and I’ve created this opportunity for …

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TALK TO ME LIKE THE RAIN AND LET ME LISTEN by Tennessee Williams_Christopher Watson, Photo by Caryl Butterly, All Beaches Experimental Theatre, Actors Collective, ABET

New Theatre Group, Actors Collective, Partners with All Beaches Experimental Theatre for a Unique Experience

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW  The has joined in partnership with Actors Collective, one of Jacksonville’s newest theatre groups, to present a unique theatre experience during June 29 – July 7, 2019. The full name of the production is One by Tenn Plus Eight: Short Stories for the Stage, and brings multiple theatrical stories to life. Actors Collective (www.ActorsCollective.com) was founded by , who directed the show. Of note, she spent over twenty years immersed in New York’s theatre scene in roles that included producer, director, and actor. She returned to Jacksonville several years ago and has directed a number of …

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“Noises Off!” is comedy chaos at Players By the Sea

Dual Critics Review: “Noises Off” at Players by the Sea

The Beach’s Players by the Sea opened “Noises Off,” a comedy/farce by Michael Frayn on December 7, 2018; the production runs through December 23.  The theatre is located at 106 6th Street North in . For reservations call 904-249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.org. The play opened on Broadway in 1983 and ran for 553 performances. It was nominated for a Tony as Best Play and in 2016 received a Tony for Best Revival of a Play. It’s been staged in the North Florida area several times over the years and has always been a big hit. “Noises Off” is a play …

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“Noises Off!” is comedy chaos at Players By the Sea

“Noises Off!” is Comedy Chaos at Players by the Sea

Called the funniest farce ever written, “Noises Off!” is comedy chaos, set in motion by the simultaneous drama unfolding on stage and behind the scenes as an inept group of stage actors rehearse for a flop called Nothing’s On. Once the action is underway – both scripted and in real time – it’s an entertaining cliff dive of epic proportion. Written by Michael Frayn, “Noises Off!” opens Dec. 7 at Players by the Sea in (www.playersbythesea.org).  “It’s a farce within a farce,” says director Tom Fallon. First staged in the early 80’s, the show was revived countless times and the film version …

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Theatre Jacksonville’s 98th Volunteer Awards

Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom, Dual Critics of EU Jacksonville On Sunday July 22, 2018, Theatre Jacksonville held its annual celebration honoring volunteers from the 2017 –2018 season. The theatre combines the annual awards ceremony with its membership meeting. This year, the celebration was held at the theatre. Board President, , began by summarizing the past season and its accomplishments. He enthusiastically announced that TJ has once again finished in the black, thanks to the many individuals and groups who have generously contributed funds. Contributors included local foundations and non-profit organizations, businesses, and city and state organizations. New members of …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: Boeing Boeing at Theatre Jacksonville

The play, by French playwright Marc Camoletti, debuted in Paris in 1960, where it remained on stage for nineteen years. The English translation opened in London in 1962, where it ran for seven years. An American version staged on Broadway in 1965 closed after a short run, but was then made into a successful film with stars Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis. The play was revived on Broadway in 2008, and was awarded a Tony for Best Play Revival. Since then, it has become a staple of community and regional theaters. Our beloved community theatre, , opened on April 20th, …

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TOAD’S WILD EXPEDITION!

Christ Episcopal Church School of the Arts Review A Dual Critics Review by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom Strange animals are lurking on stage in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida at 400 San Juan Drive, where has opened a wonderful new musical. “” opened on April 26, and will run through May 7, 2017. The musical is based on ’s “,” which was first published in 1908. The book is in public domain, and a number of adaptations have been written. The talented wrote this splendid version on short notice. He had been expecting to direct “Once Upon a Mattress,” but …

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A Dual Critics Review: PBTS Opens 2017 with Eurydice

  PLAYERS BY THE SEA THEATRE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM Jacksonville Beach’s opened its first play of 2017 with Sarah Ruhl’s “.” It will run through January 21 in the Grace Darling Studio Theatre at 106 6th Street North. For reservations call (904) 249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.org. The original Greek myth dates back for centuries, and has been retold many times in story, song, and film. Orpheus, a supremely gifted musician who charms both men and beasts with his lyre, falls in love with and marries Eurydice, a beautiful wood nymph. She dies …

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A Game's Afoot, Theatre Jacksonville, Dual Critics

HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Theatre Jacksonville’s “THE GAME’S AFOOT”

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM THEATRE JACKSONVILLE THROUGH NOV 20 Jacksonville’s legendary playhouse located in San Marco has opened “The Game’s Afoot,” an exciting comedy/farce by contemporary playwright Ken Ludwig, who is well-known for his humorous inventive scripts. The play received an Edgar Award in 2012 from Mystery Writers of America for Best Play. Over the years Ludwig’s plays have frequently graced the stages of many of our local theatres: other award-winning hits include” Lend Me a Tenor,” “Leading Ladies,” “Moon Over Buffalo” and “Crazy for You.” What most theatre patrons don’t know is that …

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