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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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Food of Love, Phase Eight Theatre

Hungry For Interesting Theatre: Phase Eight Brings “Food of Love” by Kelby Siddons to NOLA MOCA

A DUAL CRITICS PHASE EIGHT THEATRE COMPANY REVIEW For those hungry for interesting theatre, the in is the place to have been on April 5th, where Food of Love, ’s latest play, was staged in , the on-site cafe. A second (sold-out) performance is scheduled for April 11th. Founder and director of the Phase Eight Theatre, , has produced many provocative and interesting plays, but Food of Love is unique; it’s the first time food has been a major component. Playwright Kelby is a full-time educator who finds time in private life to become involved in many theatre projects. She is …

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Phase Eight Theatre Company, MASS, MOCA Jacksonville

Phase Eight Theatre Company Brings Thought-Provoking Performance to MOCA Jacksonville

A Dual Critics Review The Museum of Contemporary Art of Jacksonville (MOCA) hosted the world premier performance of Jacksonville playwright ’s provocative MASS on December 15, 2018 at 233 North Laura Street in . The production will be on stage for two performances, on Sunday, December 15 at 1 pm and Friday, December 27 at 7 pm. For additional information and tickets, see their website. The title does not refer to the formal worship service of Catholicism. Rather, it’s a reference to pandemic mass shootings throughout our county. During 1949 – 2018, Americans have experienced 40 or more mass shootings …

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Ruined, Phase Eight Theater Company, WJCT Television Studios

DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: Phase Eight Theater Company’s ‘Ruined’ at WJCT Television Studios

Jacksonville’s Phase Eight Theater Company notably opened a two-week run of “Ruined” on August 3, with remaining performances scheduled for August 10 – 11, 2018. The production is being staged at in , a venue with ample free parking. The play, by Lynn Nottage, received the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  Nottage has received multiple awards for her work, including a second Pulitzer (in 2017 for “Sweat”) and the New York Drama Critics 2004 Best Play award for the well-known “Intimate Apparel.” The play was commissioned by Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, where it debuted in 2008. Before writing, Nottage travelled to …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: Phase Eight Theatre Company Keeps You Laughing with Noises Off

The Phase Eight Theater opened “Noises Off,” Michael Frayn’s 1982 play, on April 6th, 2018. The comedy, which runs through April 15th, is being staged at WJCT’s broadcasting facility in . “Noises Off” is about a second-rate company of American actors who are staging “Nothing On,” a touring British sex farce. Mercifully, they don’t even attempt British accents. It is the funniest show we have seen this year and we bet it will be the most hilarious show you will see this year. The play is structured as a play within a play. Act One begins late at night, during …

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LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST: Shakespeare’s Sound Stage Comedy

PHASE: EIGHT THEATRE COMPANY DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Phase:Eight Theatre completed its first season of production with ’s comedy “” on December 14-16 at in Jacksonville Florida. This has been a great first year for , Founder/Artistic Director of . They performed an excellent revival of Arthur Miller’ s “All of My Sons”, three world premiere’s with “On Purpose”, “MLK Blvd”, and “ Live Girls”, and the cutting edge “Jesus Hopped the A Train. Shakespeare wrote thirty seven plays with his comedies being among the most popular. Love’s Labour’s Lost is one of the first he wrote and is not among the …

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Phase Eight Theatre Company Review: JESUS HOPPED THE ‘A’ TRAIN

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Jacksonville’s newest theatre company, Phase Eight Theatre Company, launched its first season in January, 2017. The company staged “Jesus Hopped the “A” Train,” the fifth show of the season, during September 28 — October l at a studio in ’s broadcasting facility in . ‘s latest play is contemporary, relevant, and thought-provoking. This play, by Stephen Adly Guirgis, debuted at the New York 2000 Fringe Festival. Guirgis has authored ten plays; “Between Riverside and Crazy” won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Several of his plays were originally directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman (1967 — 2014), a well-known …

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Best Little Laugh House: “LIVE GIRLS” at Phase Eight, Jacksonville’s Newest Theatre Company

A PHASE EIGHT THEATRE COMPANY REVIEW Phase Eight, Jacksonville’s newest theatre company, launched its inaugural season in January, 2017, and presented “Live Girls” as an end of summer show during August 10 – 13 at a studio in the Broadcasting facility in downtown Jacksonville. We were among those in the full house first night audience for the exclusive world premier of the work of playwright . He is a graduate of , with an MFA in Playwriting and Screenwriting, and now makes his home in Jacksonville. The production of is set in a brothel in an unnamed southern city, and …

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When Women Speak “ON PURPOSE”

PHASE EIGHT THEATER COMPANY REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM The new presented the World Premiere of “On Purpose” during April 7 – 9, 2017 on the stage at WJCT’s studio in downtown Jacksonville. This two-act production filled with original monologues was created, written, and performed by . She is a versatile actress, with a fantastic smile, a polished mastery of accents, and a fearless stage presence. Ms. Payne-English is a literary artist, performer, and educator and the author of “Secrets of Ma’at,” a prize-winning poetry collection (currently available on Amazon). Additionally, she has recorded …

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Jacksonville Newest Theatre Troupe Phase Eight Launches With ” ALL MY SONS”

Phase Eight Theatre Company Review A Dual Critics Review by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom , Jacksonville’s newest theatre company, launched its 2017-2018 season with Arthur Miller’s 1947 Tony Award winning “.” The production, at Riverside’s on Oak Street, had a three performance run during February 2 – 6, 2017. This moving theatrical classic traces the downfall of two Midwestern families four years after the end of World War II. The fathers, Joe Keller and Steve Deever, were neighbors and business partners who thrived during the war while manufacturing parts for military planes. When the war effort intensified, production quotas …

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