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Photo by Josh Andrews, Socially Relevant Drama "Sweat" Depicts American Working Life at The 5 & Dime Theatre

Socially Relevant Drama “Sweat” Depicts American Working Life at The 5 & Dime Theatre

A DUAL CRITICS THEATRE REVIEW The 5 & Dime, Jacksonville’s theatre company, , which will remain on stage through August 18, 2019. The production was made possible by the financial support of . The play, written by Lynn Nottage, debuted at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015, was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and opened on Broadway in 2017, where it received three Tony nominations, which included Best Play. The story is that of factory workers facing unforeseen and unimaginable changes in what Nottage has described as the American de-industrial revolution. The script is based on two years …

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A Cautionary Tale: 5 & Dime A Theatre Company Presents Pulitzer Prize-Winning Drama 'Sweat', Photo by Josh Andrews, David Girard, Rashaud Sessoms, Joren

A Cautionary Tale: 5 & Dime A Theatre Company Presents Pulitzer Prize-Winning Drama ‘Sweat’

5 & Dime A Theatre Company is taking a step away from the “living room” plays into the dingy pall of a blue-collar Pennsylvania bar with Sweat, the 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Lynn Nottage. Sweat explores the complex ecosystem of a factory town collapsing under its own weight.  Poverty isn’t entertaining but it makes for compelling theatre when it’s dissected down to the bone. , a founding member of 5 & Dime, is thrilled to present this stark portrayal in its Northeast Florida premiere.  “It is definitely a very serious, important story. It will definitely make people think. It’s …

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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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Fine Acting in 5 & Dime’s “Topdog/Underdog”

Jacksonville’s 5 & Dime Theatre opened Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize winning drama “Topdog/Underdog” on June 19, 2017. The production will remain on stage through July 2 at their theatre, which is downtown at 112 East Adams Street. This show has two characters, African-American brothers Lincoln and Booth. Their names were reportedly bestowed by their thoughtless and negligent father as a joke. Booth is portrayed with convincing assurance by , a Douglas Anderson School of the Arts graduate who is now attending St. Augustine’s Flagler College as a theatre major. His Booth is uneducated, unemployed, and rash; a womanizer whose ambition …

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'night Mother, The 5 & Dime Theatre Company, Downtown Jacksonville

‘night, Mother: 5 & Dime Theatre Review

A Dual Critics Review by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom The 5 & Dime Theatre Company welcomed the theatre community to its new home and first permanent stage location with a dynamic production of Marsha Norman’s ‘night, Mother. The play opened on February 17 and will run through March 5, 2017 in at 112 E. Adams Street. The 5 & Dime is noted for its incendiary programming, beginning in 2011 with Fahrenheit 451 and continuing with cutting edge plays, many of which explore social issues. The company’s choice for launching their new season and production space is fitting; Kentucky playwright Marsha …

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5 & Dime, Downtown Jacksonville, Photo Francesco Salomoni

Creative Spaces: Bradley Akers, Director of ‘night, Mother at The 5 & Dime

Event: ‘night, Mother Venue: The 5 & Dime, 112 E. Adams Street Dates: February 17, 18, 20, 24, 25, 26, March 3, 4, 5 Tickets: $15.00 Contact: http://www.the5anddime.org/projects/night-mother/ Directing a piece of theatre involves interaction with the actors, crew, and venue itself. In the case of ’ direction of ‘night, Mother with , the process involves interaction with venues—plural. The cast and crew of ‘night, Mother haven’t yet rehearsed in The 5 & Dime’s newly minted performance space, an updated storefront on East Adams Street in the of . There, they’ll hold their performances of the play, a drama about …

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“Constellations” In-The-Round at the Cummer

The 5 & Dime Theatre Company A Dual Critics Review by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom [email protected] The opened British playwright ’s thought-provoking “’’ on July 8, 2016. It will run at the in Jacksonville’s Riverside neighborhood through July 17. Visit www.the 5anddime.org for more information and tickets. Since its debut in 2011, The 5 & Dime has brought eighteen previous intriguing/challenging plays to Jacksonville audiences using various venues. Their current production lives up to the standards they have set. “Constellation” can be an education for those who see it. The play suggests that we may be living in a …

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A Christmas present to North Florida: Godspell

GODSPELL PLAYERS BY THE SEA THEATRE REVIEW by DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected]   Players by the Sea opened its Christmas present to North Florida with ”,” a true theatre classic. The opening was on December 6, and it will run through December 20, 2015. Players is located at 106 Sixth Street North in Jacksonville Beach. Call 904-249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.org for additional information and reservations. “Godspell,” which debuted in the early 70s, was conceived by , with music by a young . The musical ran for five years and has remained popular. In 2011, for its 40th anniversary, …

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CLYBOURNE PARK: exceptional actors exceed the exhausting demands of their roles

THE 5 & DIME THEATRE COMPANY REVIEW Jacksonville’s opened “Clybourne Park,” written by , on July 31, 2015 at . The play, which received the 2011 for Drama and a 2012 Tony for Best Play, will continue for three more performances during August 7 – 9. If you plan on going, we recommend ordering tickets at www.The5andDime.org, since the first weekend sold out. The website also offers tickets for a brunch/dinner option at the Cummer Café before the show. If the title sounds familiar, you may recall ’s Tony-nominated play “A Raisin in the Sun,” in which a widowed African-American …

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