Tag Archives: Kelby Siddons

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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New Voices launches with “Madame Bonaparte”

PLAYERS BY THE SEA THEATRE REVIEW A Dual Critics Review by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom Jacksonville Beach’s opened the world premiere of the captivating “” on May 26, which will run through June 3, 2017.  Call 249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.org for additional information and reservations. This work launches Player’s “New Voices,” a landmark addition to Jacksonville’s theatre scene which is designed to support the development of new plays, and will be continued next season. While Players has earned a reputation for encouraging and supporting new playwrights in the past, New Voices provides writers with guidance, advice, compensation for their …

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Shakespeare’s ‘original Game of Thrones’ MACBETH

  When casting her adaptation of Macbeth, director issued a call to arms for ‘courageous, playful, versatile actors for ‘a pared down, jacked up version of Shakespeare’s Scottish play’. Siddons selected 10 accomplished actors to bring her reimagined version of the ‘original Game of Thrones’ to the stage. This showing of marks the company’s first staging of a Shakespeare production and is also the ABET stage debut of in the title role and as Lady Macbeth. Opening Friday, Macbeth is staged through Nov. 6 at ABET, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach (www.abettheatre.com, 249-7177). “The cast has a natural aptitude for …

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ABET Turns 25!

The promises to deliver a series of firsts as it ushers in its 25th season. Artistic Director , who is celebrating with ABET, says this year could be the best season yet. It’s an ambitious schedule that kicks off with ABET’s first Sondheim musical, Merrily We Roll Along, running Sept 9-25. Directed by , the Broadway musical tells a compelling story about friendship, compromise, and the importance of staying true to one’s ideals. “This is the first Stephen Sondheim musical ever done at ABET. Also, Macbeth will be the first Shakespeare done at ABET. I feel like I can put …

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THE COMPARABLES AT THE 5 & DIME

by , explores women’s office dynamics and modern feminism, in the cut-throat world of high-end real-estate. This is the Southeastern debut of the play, so unless you saw it in Seattle last year, it’ll be new to you. The produced the play. The script’s feminism gets a little heavy-handed, and sometimes the play feels more like a platform for viewpoints rather than a story about characters. The play’s author would probably say that I would never mention it if it were a play that offers various philosophies on a matter other than women’s issues. Maybe that’s true, maybe I’ve got …

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5 & Dime Theatre Cabaret: An Evening of Song

presented a two-night benefit cabaret on April 14 – 15, 2016 at their theatre home at 700 East Union Street, in Jacksonville, Florida. This was the finest evening of song we have ever heard in thirty-six years of covering the theatre scene in this area. Oh, we have seen some fine cabaret shows over the years but none with TEN featured singers performing! Before we comment on the show, just a few words about this event and similar productions by community theatres in North Florida. The cost of everything is going up, and that includes the cost of putting on …

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New Voices: Players by the Sea Announces New Play Development Program

BY BRADLEY AKERS, PBTS Associate Director Producing new plays by local writers is part of Theatre’s mission, an initiative continued since its 1966 inception. Jacksonville is on the brink of experiencing a Renaissance in theatre, that which is highly sparked by New Play Development. Writers such as , , , , , and have presented their work on the Players by the Sea stage, elevating their artistic development and making Jacksonville an incubator for the new voice. The hottest American theatre started somewhere, whether it was a living room reading or a workshop production. Now, in its 50th Season, Players …

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“TO THE SEA” Water Is Our Core

Players by the Sea & The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Review As a continuation of the celebration for the in Jacksonville, and The presented an original one-act play by Jacksonville Playwright entitled “” for one performance on October 21, 2015. A bit of background on how this project came to fruition is in order. , the Executive Director of Players by the Sea, after becoming aware of the local TV show “” and Mr. Alabisco’s love of water and swimming, arranged a discussion meeting. Players over the years has always been committed to bringing new works by local …

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TO THE SEA the Human Relationship with Water

  “Swimming is a constant in my life. It is the source of my energy. Being in the water. Swimming for miles. It’s my mediation and fuels of creativity. The fruit of which is nourished by water.” For , the water is not just a beautiful entity that represents spirituality or re-birth. It is his life- a place where he finds comfort, joy and a sense of belonging. Jim’s colorful oceanside photographs that surface on social media several times a week toast his adventures and passion with three words: “”. Alabiso has joyfully spent many years telling his stories in …

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Year of the River – Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

By: Amber Sesnick Year of the River has provided a platform for artists, environmentalists, and historians to engage visitors in a dynamic discussion of the , which has been called the cultural current of our city. The river has been an important factor in economic growth, recreation, and creating better quality of life for Jacksonville residents.  Through art and cultural experiences, it has been possible to increase awareness around its importance and well-being. More than 90,000 people from the Jacksonville community were able to view Reflections: Artful Perspectives on the St. Johns River and engage in its related programming. From interpretive dance …

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