Tag Archives: Darryl Reuben Hall

DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: ‘Kiss Me Kate’ at the Alhambra Theatre & Dining

Jacksonville’s Alhambra Theatre opened “Kiss Me Kate,” a classic musical with a score filled to the brim with tuneful and thoughtfully fun songs. The production (August 1 – September 9, 2018) is staged at 12000 Beach Boulevard. Call (904) 641-1212 or visit alhambrajax.com for tickets and additional information. The musical, based on William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” features the fabulous music and lyrics of Cole Porter and is very funny. The Bard’s work was adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams, who set it in Baltimore in the 1940s, where a theatre company is planning a production of …

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Dual Critics Theatre Review: Five Guys Named Moe at the Alhambra

The Alhambra Theatre opened “Five Guys Named Moe” on April 4th, 2018. The musical, which was Tony nominated in 1992, runs through May 6th.  The theatre is located at 12000 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida. Visit alhambrajax.com or call 904-641-1212 for reservations. The story concerns a young man named Nomax ()  who is experiencing relationship problems. He forgot his girlfriend’s birthday and she  walked out on him. He is lamenting his troubles while listening to music when five guys emerge from the radio to help him with his love life.  Their advice is delivered in songs which, just to name …

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Stage Aurora Finds New Home at the Ritz

is the new home for Jacksonville’s longest running African-American production company, Stage Aurora Theatrical Company. Stage Aurora has produced over 100 theatrical productions including Pulitzer Prize Winners Driving Miss Daisy, To Kill A Mockingbird, Fences, and The Piano Lesson, and Tony Award Winners The Color Purple and A Raisin in the Sun. Other classics include Crowns, Miss Ever’s Boys, Mama I Want to Sing, Disney’s High School Musical, and a community favorite, Darryl Reuben Hall’s Frat House. The Company just wrapped a three week performance of The Wiz at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre and are preparing to produce Dreamgirls at …

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HARLEM OF THE SOUTH

STAGE AURORA THEATRE COMPANY REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] Downtown Jacksonville was a busy place on Sunday afternoon on June 19, 2016, as the presented an original musical, “Harlem of the South,” on the stage of the Hicks Auditorium in the downtown public library. A large and enthusiastic Father’s Day audience was entertained by a vibrant cast of singers and dancers in a show conceived by , CEO/Executive Director of Stage Aurora. The show was possible as Stage Aurora was a recipient of a Spark Grant and was sponsored in part by The Cultural Council of Jacksonville and …

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“The Wiz” is a super soul musical

ALHAMBRA THEATRE AND DINING REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] The Alhambra Theatre opened William F. Brown’s retelling of ’s 1900 children’s novel, “” on March 23, 2016. The story is one that most children have grown up with, having read the book, and/or seen the film or stage musical. “The Wiz” is a super soul musical from an African-American perspective. “,” a winner of seven Tony Awards including one for the best musical, had an interesting beginning, as it was almost the Wiz that never was. The musical with book by and music and lyrics by opened in …

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Dual Critics: Stage Aurora’s The Piano Lesson

STAGE AURORA THEATRICAL COMPANY REVIEW March 6-8, 2015, see tickets & times www.stageaurora.org If you read no further than this know that this is considered ’s best play, and it truly holds your interest and when done as well as this , is enthralling. This domestic drama takes place in a modest house in Pittsburgh, in the l930s. A central character is this play is a large old piano that is the center piece of this living room. The two main characters are brother and sister and their main topic of discussion is the piano. The brother Boy Willie is from …

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THEATRE REVIEW: “THE MOUNTAINTOP”

 presented a three day run February 6-8 of “” at their performance hall in  in Jacksonville. The play was written by Memphis resident  in 2009. It made an interesting journey on its way to a Broadway 2011  opening starring  Samuel Jackson and Angela Bassett. It originally opened at a London England fringe theatre and was such a hit there and won the British equivalent of a Tony, The Olivier Award in 2010. The play is set in the modest  in Memphis Tennessee. It is the evening of April 3rd l968, the day before was shot on the motel’s balcony.       …

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Stage Aurora “God’s Trombones” Review

Stage Aurora opened “God’s Trombones” on December 5, which will be on-stage through December 14, 2014. The production is based on ’s tribute to the powerful African-American preachers of his past. Johnson’s book, published in 1927, contains an introduction, a prayer, and seven short sermons in verse, and stage adaptations depend solely upon the vision of director. Casting could be limited to one person (male, with a strong voice) or expanded. , Stage Aurora’s Founder and Executive Director, has framed the work as an immersive extravaganza, filled with music, song, and dance, with an energetic cast of over forty performers. …

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A RAISIN IN THE SUN theatre review

Jacksonville’s is presenting a revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s acclaimed 1959 play “.” The final two performances will be Saturday April 5th at 6:00 PM and Sunday April 6th at 3 PM. All shows are at the Stage Aurora Performance Hall, inside the Gateway Town Center at 5188 Norwood Avenue. For additional information, see stageaurora.org; for tickets, call (904) 765-7372 or see www.ticketleap.com. At the turn of the century in 2000, the 300 critics who made up the  voted for the 25 most significant American plays of the past century. “A Raisin in the Sun” was #7 on the list and …

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Stage Aurora’s The Amen Corner

Stage Aurora gives Jacksonville audiences a rare opportunity to see an early work by the great American writer James Baldwin. “The Amen Corner” will be on stage at 5188 Norwood Ave inside Gateway Town Center, until December 13. For tickets call (904) 756-7372 or visit ticketleap.com. Baldwin wrote only one other play, “Blues for Mr. Charlie,” and we cannot recall either being done locally. Of course, his many novels are available at the library and can be ordered at any bookstore. Baldwin is on several lists of the 100 Greatest African Americans. Baldwin also holds the distinction of being one …

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