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Romeo and Juliet: An Immersive Experience with Jacksonville University’s Theatre Program

Romeo and Juliet: An Immersive Experience with Jacksonville University’s Theatre Program

Jacksonville University’s Theatre Program presented “Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare’s masterpiece, during October 1 – November 3, 2019. The tragedy of the star-crossed lovers was staged in the Swisher Theatre and directed by Deborah Jordon. Scholars think The Bard wrote the play around 1594; a printed edition was released in 1597. And while we don’t know the date or location of the play’s debut, we do know that Renaissance plays were longer than those of today; productions could easily extend to three or four hours. From the director’s perspective, some editing was needed. She shortened the stage time to two …

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American La Ronde: A Provocative Dietz Play Staged by FSCJ Dramaworks

American La Ronde: A Provocative Dietz Play Staged by FSCJ Dramaworks

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW  Florida State College of Jacksonville staged the North Florida premiere of American La Ronde, by noted playwright , during October 31 – November 3, 2019. The script is based on Reigen a much older play by Vienna writer Arthur Schnitzler (1862 – 1931).  The play, written in German in 1890, portrays sexuality in a social context. It was first staged in 1920, and was not well-received by the public. A storm of criticism led to a court case. And although the charge of immorality was dismissed, Schnitzler no longer allowed productions in German-speaking countries. However, the work …

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High School Summer Musical Theatre Experience with the Newsies, The Musical by Disney, Newsies, FSCJ Summer Theatre

High School Summer Musical Theatre Experience with the Newsies, The Musical by Disney

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW The and the are presenting the 14th annual with the staging of Disney’s Newsies during July 19 – 28, 2019. This wonderful summer program was created by , Director of the Wilson Center and Managing Producer of the Summer Musical. The center is located at 11901 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida.  Newsies began as a musical film in 1992, was adapted for the stage in 2011, and debuted on Broadway in 2012, winning Tonys for Best Original Score and Best Choreography. The extravaganza is filled with energetic singing and dancing combined with history.  The story is based …

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FSCJ Dramaworks, Repossessions, Dr. Tim Gilmore

1990 Mass Shooting in Jacksonville is Brought to Stage by Local Playwright Dr. Tim Gilmore

A DUAL CRITICS FSCJ DRAMAWORKS REVIEW FSCJ Dramaworks at Wilson Center for the Arts staged the world premiere of ’s latest play Repossessions: Mass Shooting in Baymeadows during April 11 – 14, 2019. The play, a study of the aftermath of a mass shooting in Jacksonville, Florida on June 18, 1990, was widely publicized in advance by the local press, which brought full-house audiences. Playwright Gilmore wrote the play based on numerous interviews with family members, friends, and survivors of the tragedy as well as firefighers, police staff, and reporters who became involved. The play does not contain scenes of the shooting …

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“Stalking Ottis Toole: A Southern Gothic”

FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE OF JACKSONVILLE THEATRE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM The presented the world premier of “” on April 6, 2017, for a run through April 9 in the Studio Theatre at the on FSCJ’s south campus. The play was written by FSCJ English professor , and is based on his book of the same name, which was published in 2013. Gilmore is the author of 14 books, most with a Southern setting. For most theatre goers in the full-house audience on opening night, Ottis Toole would have been an unfamiliar name. Playwright …

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“LOVE/SICK” – compressed but complex – with convincing characterizations

FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE AT JACKSONVILLE FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT DramaWorks Review by the Dual Critics, Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom at the presented the North Florida premier of “” as a main stage production during November 3 – 6, 2016. The playwright, , may not be known to you by name, but many theatre goers will be familiar with “Almost Maine,” his most successful play, which was written in 2004.  The play was the most popular play in the country in 2010, overtaking the decades-long popularity of productions of the works of William Shakespeare. “Almost Maine” has played at just about every community …

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Catch Their Scratch! “CATS”

FSCJ HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] The and the opened the 11th edition of the Summer Musical Theatre Experience (SMTE) on July 22, 2016 with a revival of ’s “Cats,” with additional performances scheduled during July 23 –24 and July 29 – 31. You can order tickets by phone at (904) 646-2222 or (904) 442-2929 or online at www.fscjartistseries.org. All shows are at the on the South Campus of FSCJ on Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida. Cats have nine lives, or so the myth goes. “” obviously has …

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“JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH” FSCJ DRAMAWORKS REVIEW

Florida State Community College of Jacksonville presented a four-day run of ’s “” at the during November 5 – 8, 2015. Roald Dahl’s name may be well known to your children, as he has written a number of children’s books. Three have been adapted for the stage: “Matilda,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and “James and the Giant Peach,” the delightful show we saw at the Wilson Center during a special showing for school children. The plot was fun to follow and with ’s fantastic sets, special effects, and costumes, it was well received by the large audience of students …

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Follow A Yellow Brick Road – “THE WIZARD OF OZ”

FSCJ HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER MUSICAL REVIEW The 10th Annual FSCJ High School Musical opened on stage at the at 11901 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida on July 24, 2015. This year’s selection, which will run through August 2, is “.” You have probably seen one or more versions of what has become one of America’s most popular family musicals, enjoyed by children and adults of all ages. When wrote “The Wonderful World of Oz,” a children’s novel which was first published in 1900, he could not possibly have envisioned its future success as an enduring classic, capturing both the imagination …

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A Tye-Dye Time Warp “MOONCHILDREN”

presents ’s comedy/drama “” from April 9 through April 12, 2015 in the black box theatre at Wilson Center. The play, written in 1971, and set during the academic year of 1965-66, was like a time machine that took the audience back to another era. The plot revolves around the lives of seven college students, who live together in an apartment near an unnamed private college in the Northeast. After a brief run on Broadway in 1972, the play has been revived occasionally, mainly in college and university settings. In the program, Director has provided a timeline of events related …

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