Tag Archives: Jennifer O’Brien

DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: “Company” at 5 & Dime Theatre

Downtown Jacksonville’s The 5 & Dime Theatre went back to 1970 – almost five decades ago – to present Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Company,” which opened on April 20th, 2018. Remarkably, this Tony Award winner is just as relevant today as when it first opened on Broadway. The production runs through May 6th, 2018, with evening performances on Fridays and Saturdays, a matinee on Sunday, April 29th, and both a matinee and an evening performance on Sunday, May 6th. See their Facebook page for tickets and additional information and tickets. “Company” revolves around Bobby, a New York man-about-town who is celebrating his …

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“Bye Bye Birdie” a rollicking stroll through the 1950’s

Take a rollicking stroll through the late 1950’s at ’s production of . The American classic is in good hands with director , who’s worked with OPCT since 2001. The original Broadway play is quite different from the beloved 1963 film adaptation starring Ann-Margret and Dick Van Dyke. Both stories are based on Elvis’s 1957 army draft and the chaos that ensued among crazed teenaged girls of the time. The musical opens in the offices of the Almaelou record company. Agent Albert Peterson, played by , is distraught. He’s entered the office only to find that his company’s biggest star, …

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Memphis, Players By The Sea, Photos by Chance Usina & Ramona Ramadeen

Sounds & Soul of Memphis at Players by the Sea

  In parts of Africa, the word Sankofa translates to proverb “it is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.” It also refers to the Adrinka symbol represented by a mythical bird with its head turned backwards, taking an egg off its back in the stylized shape of a heart. The Akan believe it is necessary to reflect on the past to ensure the strength of the future, that there must be movement and new learning as time passes.  As this forward march proceeds, the knowledge of the past must never be forgotten. is a journey in time, …

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“OKLAHOMA!” a brilliant combination of music and theatre

NORTHEAST FLORIDA CONSERVATORY REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] Rodgers & Hammerstein’s landmark musical, “” is on stage at , 11363 San Jose Boulevard, Building 200 in Jacksonville. The production opened on March 11, 2016, followed by three additional performances during the opening weekend. Future scheduled performances include March 18 at 8:00 pm, March 19 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm, and March 20 at 2:00 pm. For information and reservations, call 904-374-8639 or visit nfconservatory.org “Oklahoma” has been on stage in Jacksonville many times since its debut in 1943 but there have been no productions in recent years that we …

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“South Pacific” A Great American Musical

Northeast Florida Conservatory Theatre Review Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom [email protected] Jacksonville’s Theatre celebrated its first year of presenting the greatest American Musicals with the groundbreaking classic “,” by , with performances staged during November 19 – 22, 2015. The musical is based on “Tales of the South Pacific,” a collection of short stories written by based on his wartime experiences. The book, published in 1947, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction the following year. The musical adaptation, which opened in 1949, ran for 1,925 performances and also won a Pulitzer Prize, along with ten Tony Awards. While well …

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