Tag Archives: Douglas Anderson School of the Arts

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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27th Annual Great Guitar Gathering Returns to the Florida Theatre on February 28

This February will host The Great Guitar Gathering to raise funds to benefit the school’s guitar department. The fundraising concert spotlights the talented DA Guitar Orchestra and will present many of the most respected solo artists in classical, finger-style and jazz guitar. Many of the past guests are Grammy winners, National Finger-style Champions, and International competition winners. The 27th Annual celebrates the dynamic instrumentation and community support to benefit founder Don Casper’s prestigious guitar program Feb. 28 at (www.floridatheatre.org). Student musicians in the DA Guitar Orchestra, featuring 31 players from 9th to 12th grade, will open the concert followed by …

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A New Story for our Local Stages: Shadowlands at Theatre Jacksonville

A New Story for our Local Stages: Shadowlands at Theatre Jacksonville

Shadowlands: A Dual Critics Review    opened the second play of its 100th season with Shadowlands by William Nicholson on January 10, 2019, which will remain on stage through January 26. This true story, new to our local stages, is both a romantic drama and an exploration of challenging theological issues.  The play opened in London in 1989, premiered on Broadway in 1990, and garnered a Tony nomination.  Shadowlands is set in the 1950’s in England, and begins with confirmed bachelor C. S. Lewis (known as “Jack”) carousing with his buddies, a scene meant to show his comfortable carefree life.  He …

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Cathedral Arts Project, The Art of Allowing: Tiffany Manning Teams Up with Daughter for New Exhibit

The Stories Within: Tiffany Manning Teams Up with Daughter for New Exhibit

“I’ve painted my whole life …. in my head. Four years ago, I decided I was tired of standing in my own way, I just wanted to paint; to make some marks and fall in love with them. From an inner joy perspective, these have been the best four years of my life.” – Jacksonville artist Tiffany Manning Tiffany Manning exudes an effervescent joy that is contagious. When viewing and experiencing her artwork, this sparkling energy she carries is evident in each color loaded brushstroke. She is joy, integrity, spontaneity, and freedom and these personality traits become ours as she …

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Maiya Elaine, A Young Jacksonville Artist with an Old Soul, Embarks on Her First Solo Exhibition

“I have this strange habit of coming up with the names of my pieces before I know what I’m going to create. Sometimes they live without names until long after they’re done. I just know I hear them speak before I see them. During the times I know their names, I write them somewhere. Knowing they’ll never be seen, I know where they are, hidden underneath layers and layers. I still know their names.” Local artist Maiya Elaine is an old soul with a vibrantly active young mind and body. Just like the artist herself, Maiya Elaine’s work is made …

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Brighton Beach Memoirs: Tod Booth brings another sparkling Neil Simon production to Alhambra

Brighton Beach Memoirs: Tod Booth brings another sparkling Neil Simon production to Alhambra

Brighton Beach Memoirs at the Alhambra: A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Jacksonville’s Alhambra Theatre & Dining opened Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs on September 18, which runs through October 13, 2019. The theatre is located at 12000 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida. Visit alhambrajax.com or call 904-641-1212 for reservations. After this comedy with heart opened on Broadway in 1983, Matthew Broderick received the Tony for Best Actor in the role of the adolescent Eugene Jerome. Audiences loved it, and it stayed for three years. The play is the first in Simons’s semi-autobiographical Eugene Trilogy which includes “Biloxi Blues” and “Broadway Bound.” The setting …

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Fantastic Interplay Between the Grown-Up Peter and Alice at Self Produced Theatre, Dual Critics Review, EU Jacksonville Newspaper

Fantastic Interplay Between the Grown-Up Peter and Alice at Self Produced Theatre

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: Peter and Alice Jacksonville’s is staging a four-performance run (August 23-24 and 30-31, with an 8:00 pm curtain) of John Logan’s Peter and Alice at St. Nicholas Park Christian Church, located at 3226 Beach Boulevard. For additional information and tickets, see their Facebook page, visit selfproducedtheatre.com, or call 904-800-8568.  The production is a timely play for Jacksonville theater fans, due to the popularity of two related plays recently staged locally:  at and  at . Playwright and screenwriter John Logan, known for his James Bond films and author of the award-wining play Red (seven Tonys), has created a dramatization …

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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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The Young Creative Artist Series, The Pillowman at Players By The Sea, Photo by Darvin Nelson

Players By The Sea Gives Stage to The Young Creative Artist Series For Dramatic Thriller Summer Project

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW    in staged “The Pillowman” during July 11-13, 2019 under the auspices of The Young Creative Artist Series (YCAS), an educational program which offers a theatre mentorship by the creative team at Players for high school theatre students who would like to take on a project from start to finish. The program is sponsored by Florida Blue.  The play was presented by a group of students from , who were responsible for everything – directing, casting, stage management, technical, and marketing. They had studied “Pillowman” in class but did not consider it suitable for production at …

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Players By The Sea Theatre, New Voices Young Voices

Two Young Promising Playwrights Bring their Scripts to Life with Players By The Sea’s New Voices Program

A Dual Critics Review opened the third edition of New Voices on June 7th at their theatre in with the staging of the world premiere of two one-act plays, running through June 16, 2019. The performances were sponsored by and Troy Spurlin. is a unique educational program designed to support selected new playwrights and involves a lengthy process which provides the writers with the support of a dramaturg, a director, actors, and other theatre-related resources. The current staging is the third time we have had the pleasure of reviewing the results, which included the premier of Madame Bonaparte by , Sentences by …

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