Tag Archives: Deborah Jordan

MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION Opens at Jacksonville University College of Fine Arts

DUAL CRITICS REVIEW “Mrs. Warren’s Profession,” a social-issues play by George Bernard Shaw, opened on the Swisher Theatre Stage at Jacksonville University on February 15th, with additional shows scheduled February 22 and 24, at 7:30 PM.  The Irish playwright was a Nobel Prize winner, who wrote more than sixty plays during his lifetime. His best known works include “Man and Superman,” “Saint Joan,” “Major Barbara,” “Caesar and Cleopatra,” and “Pygmalion,” the basis for the ever- popular musical “My Fair Lady.” He died at age ninety-four, while in the process of writing still another play. “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” was written in …

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Jacksonville University’s “THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS”

Jacksonville University College of Fine Arts Review A Dual Critics Review by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom presented a four-performance run of “,” the 1978 Tony Award winning musical .  The musical has an interesting history in Jacksonville. When the roadshow arrived in the early 1980s, the management of the then Civic Auditorium refused to display the correct title on the billboard; instead, the display read “Now playing, The Best Little Chicken Ranch in Texas.” Later in the decade, it was a big hit at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre, with fifty or more sold-out performances. The musical was based on …

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Erasing Hate: The Laramie Project

It’s been 18 years since University of Wyoming student was kidnapped and beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming, because he was gay. Five weeks after his murder, playwright and fellow members of the traveled to Laramie and conducted more than 200 interviews over the following year with townspeople. From these interviews, they wrote the play , a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder. Under the direction of Associate Professor , The Laramie Project will be staged October 20-22 in . The project exposes …

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“SEMINAR” A Dark Comedy

Jacksonville University Department of Theatre Review Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom [email protected] The presented the dark comedy “Seminar” at Swisher Theater during October 15 -18, 2015. The play was written by , who previously received a Pulitzer Prize nomination for the play “Omnium Gatherum,” which had a brief off-Broadway run in 2003, and was performed locally several years ago at St. Augustine’s Limelight Theatre. If you are a TV fan, you have no doubt experienced her talents as a writer for “Smash” and “NYPD Blue.” “Seminar” opened in NYC in 2011 with as Leonard; he was later replaced by . …

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THEATRE REVIEW: “ARTS OR CRAFTS” AT J.U.

           The drama department of presented the Florida Premier of ’s “” for a four day run Feb 19-22 2015 in the on the Arlington Campus of JU.           “Arts or Crafts” might seem like an unusual name for a play but this is not a traditional play but a collection of monologues and skits exploring in a unique and often humorous way, the concept that crafts are functional or are arts are decorative? ?           This was a very special even for JU as the playwright himself came to Jacksonville to direct this play together with Producer/JU Artist Director …

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