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Rix Rex, Death Loop Quartet, Jacksonville

Rix Rex: Sophisticated Psych Rock and the Sounds of Death Loop Quartet

“Timeless” comes to mind when I think of . This band would fit seamlessly into any decade. They pull sounds and inspirations from rock groups of the late 60s and early 70s, while simultaneously creating a very unique tone and style unlike anything else coming out of Jacksonville. Comprised of guitarist Jordan White, bassist , drummer , and keyboardist Tracy Gallavan, this four piece has set themselves apart from the usual indie rock circulating the few venues Jacksonville has left. The music of Death Loop Quartet can be described as a millennial Beatles writing Led Zeppelin songs, crammed into a …

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SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE

ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] The presents the longest-running revue in Broadway history, “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” which ran for over two thousand performances after opening in 1995. The show will be on stage at 12000 Beach Boulevard, in Jacksonville, Florida through September 4, 2016. Call 904 641-1212 for reservations or visit alhambrajax.com. “” was created by the songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who first got together back in 1950 when they were teenagers living in Los Angeles. They loved boogie and blues and began writing music …

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A MURDER MYSTERY MUSICAL – THEATRE ON A MISSION

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW by DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] held a gala fundraiser show at the on June 20, 2016. This mission group was started several years ago by and , while students at . After planning a trip to Africa, they invited others to join them. The focus of their work was teaching theatre arts — acting, singing, and dancing — to children from an orphanage and nearby schools in Bondo, Kenya. Two trips to Africa in 2011 and 2014 were followed by a trip to Costa Rica in 2015. This year, it’s back to Bondo, with …

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Seeing Double: “RECKLESSNESS” & “FOURTEEN”

FIRST COAST ACTORS CENTER REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] , a new intensive training center for actors in the North Florida area, presented two interesting one-act plays on December 19, 2015, at their home in on Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida. The first play was “”, written by in 1913; it was his first play. O’Neill went on to become one of the world’s most famous playwrights and his “Long Day’s Journey into Night” is considered one of the greatest American plays in theatre history. “Recklessness” was directed by , who also played one of the roles. Mr. …

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“CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS” A lot of fun!

Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre Review Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom [email protected] This past week opened the Florida premier of “,” by noted playwright . His work includes “Time Stands Still,” and “Dinner With Friends,” for which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Mr. Margulies was commissioned by Gil Cates, the late owner of the Geffen Theatre, to write “Coney Island Christmas, a one-act play adapted from “The Loudest Voice,” a short story by Grace Paley. ABET’S delightful version opened on December 4, 2015 and will run through December 20. Call 229-7177 or visit abettheatre.com for additional information and tickets. The …

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A Imaginative Farce “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying”

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Review Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom [email protected] The presented the Broadway hit musical, “.” The show ran during November 18 – 22, 2015 at DA’s campus in the San Marco neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida. The plot focuses on the meteoric rise of J. Pierrepoint Finch from window washer to mailroom clerk to the head of World Wide Wickets within a matter of weeks. He uses a book on how to succeed (narrated by ) as his guide, along with charm, flattery, and manipulation to reach his goals. The leading character of Mr. Finch (and …

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Jazz at the Ritz

The second wave of Jazz Discovery Series artists is rolling in this fall at the . The series is curated by The University of North Florida graduate and jazz arranger, producer and artist . “Jacksonville loves jazz,” says Lumpkin. “The Jazz Discovery series introduces our community to amazingly talented musicians that are leading the next generation of jazz.” His band will serve as the house band for the newly created venture. In addition to being on staff at and , Lumpkin holds a Master’s Degree from Florida State University and has shared the stage with notable musicians, including Delfeayo Marsalis, Wycliff …

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“an amazing theatrical presentation…” TREPIDATION NATION

REVIEW On its main stage, Douglas Anderson is presenting an anthology of trepidation-inducting phobias, with thirteen scenes running an average of about eight minutes long. We have all experienced trepidation at some point: a big word which encompasses agitation, anxiety, apprehension, dread, fright, nervousness, tremulousness, uncertainty, worry: the list goes on and on. “Whoa!” you say. “That does not sound like much fun!” Ah, but under the skillful and creative direction of , you will experience an amazing theatrical presentation and yes, the evening includes laughs along the way. This stage treat has an interesting history. TREPIDATION NATION debuted at …

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ABET’S NEWEST MUSICAL- “WORKING”

ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE REVIEW ABET opened its 24th season Labor Day weekend with the musical “Working,“ which will be on stage through September 20, 2015 at the in Atlantic Beach. For more information, visit www.abettheatre.com. It’s finally happened!! A play has been written about YOU! That’s right, YOU, the one reading this review! “Wait a minute,” you protest, “what do you mean about me?” But the play is about you, as we are sure that you work or have worked for a living sometime in your life, and this musical is just about that – about workers and working. …

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Intriguing Music & Excellent Voices in “AIDA”

PLAYERS BY THE SEA THEATRE REVIEW Jacksonville Beach’s and present and ’s AIDA, on stage during July 17 – August 8, 2015. , hoping to attain the success they had with “,” produced this musical which is based ’s opera of the same name. Featuring the music of Elton John and Tim Rice, two of the most popular names in show business, it ran on Broadway for over 1,800 performances. Elton John’s fame no doubt was the reason for its success; the critics were often lukewarm. Even if you have never been to one of Elton John’s many concerts , …

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