Tag Archives: Ken McCulough

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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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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Taste of Sunrise, FSCJ DramaWorks

“The Taste of Sunrise” is a Play from Two Worlds, English and American Sign Language

Florida State College of Jacksonville DramaWorks Review DramaWorks presented playwright Suzan Zeder’s dynamic and intriguing “The Taste of Sunrise” November 8-11 at in Jacksonville. Directed by Professor of Theatre . It was his 49th production as the head of FSCJ’s Theatre Performance at South Campus. As a critic, I have seen most of his work over the years and have always looked forward to his productions, which ran from musicals to comedy, to serious and have been always entertaining and thought-provoking. In “The Taste of Sunrise” he presented a play from two worlds with two languages: English and American Sign …

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The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

A Dual Critics Florida State College of Jacksonville Fine Arts Dept. Review The presented ’s comedy entitled “” during November 2 – 5, 2017. It was staged at the , at 11901 Beach Boulevard. The play was inspired by a children’s book of the same name by Jon Sciezka and Lane Smith which was published in 1992 and has acquired a wide and devoted audience. This production was directed by , who has been Professor of Theatre and head of FSCJ’s Theatre Performance Program at South Campus for the past twenty-four years. During this time, he has staged a vast …

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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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“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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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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JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND LIVING IN PARIS

DramaWorks at Florida State College Jacksonville, South Campus, presented a four-day run during November 13 -16, 2014 of “Jacques Brel is Alive and Living in Paris,” a musical featuring the work of the Belgian songwriter and singer. Over the years, we have seen a number of unique plays and musicals staged by , which has brought our community many exciting selections. The Brel musical, “,” debuted off-Broadway in 1968 and ran for over 1,800 performances. Brel wrote and sang in French, but the musical was almost all in English thanks to the translation and production concept of  and . Brel, who was …

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