Tag Archives: Kate McManus

Andrew Lippa's Wild Party, Players by the Sea, Photo by Bradley Akers

Truly a Wild Party and Immersive Experience at Players By The Sea, Remarkable Direction by Lee Hamby

A DUAL CRITICS PLAYERS BY THE SEA THEATRE REVIEW Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party opened on April 26th, 2019, at  opened. It runs through May 18th. The theatre is located at 106 6th Street North in . For reservations call 904-249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.org. The play, with book, music and lyrics by (who wrote music and lyrics for The Addams Family) offers a trip back to the 1920s, the days of flappers, jazz, illegal hooch, and reckless disregard for societal conventions. The original story, a book-length poem, was written in 1926 by Joseph Moncure March, who previously worked as the managing editor …

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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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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: The Walls at 5 & Dime

The 5 & Dime, Jacksonville’s downtown theatre company, opened its first play of 2018 with “The Walls,” by Lisa Dillman. The production opened on February 16th and will remain on stage through March 4th. Playwright Dillman has written several plays; this is the first performed in Jacksonville. s staging is the second production of this play, which debuted in 2009 at Ms. Dillman’s homebase, the Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in Chicago. The play’s title refers to the walls around people with mental illness; sometimes it’s possible to break down the walls, often it’s not. The play has two stories than run …

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The Walls, 5 & Dime Theatre Company, Jacksonville, Florida, Kate McManus and Kat McLeod Raspa

Beautiful Madness: “The Walls” Explores Mental Illness at 5 & Dime Theatre

The exploration of female insanity traces a dark path through times when women were often institutionalized for mental illness. Ribbons of tragedy and unimaginable suffering are entwined in their history, but there are also unexpected threads of hope woven into the individual stories. Playwright Lisa Dillman offers a fascinating portrayal of the elusive nature of madness and the resulting separation it can bring in The Walls, opening February 16th at . Directed by Bradley Akers, the production runs through March 4th. Centered around a group of women and their families in three different time periods, the play studies the exploration …

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