RUMORS -- THEATRE JACKSONVILLE REVIEW
The story takes place in a plush New York home. The two story set designed by Jeff Waggoner is one of his best , with multiple doors for opening and closing, all very solidly built to withstand repeated physical abuse from the rambunctious cast.
The plot unfolds as guests arrive to celebrate the tenth wedding anniversary of the Brocks, who are never seen. Four couples arrive, one set at a time. They find their host is not available, the cook and the maid are gone, and there is nothing to eat.
MARK TWAIN'S "IS HE DEAD?" -- THEATRE JACKSONVILLE REVIEW
Say the name Mark Twain to almost anyone and two of his most famous works come to mind: "Huckleberry Finn" and "Tom Sawyer" are still very popular and widely read. Far fewer people know that in 1898, Twain wrote a play based on one of his short stories. Twain was hopeful that Bram Stoker would stage it in his London theatre, but it never happened, and Twain just put the play away and forgot it. Fast forward to 2000, when Twain scholar Shelley Fisher Fishkin found the archived play and Twain's Foundation commissioned playwright David Ives to update it for modern audiences. Twain's version has three acts and 35 characters, Ives adaptation has two acts and far fewer characters. The play opened on Broadway in 2007, ran for 105 performances and was well received..
JUST ADD ZOMBIES: THEATRE JACKSONVILLE'S JR. MAINSTAGE PLAYERS REVIEW
Theatre Jacksonville's Educational Outreach Coordinator Juan Unzueta established the first Jr. Mainstage production four years ago, and it has now become an annual event. It provides an opportunity for several teenage performers to appear on the mainstage of TJ, and to use the set of the currently playing mainstage production, which for this year is the zany comedy, "Twentieth Century" which runs through May 5.
The title refers to the famous Twentieth Century Limited passenger train operated by the New York Central Railroad from 1902 to 1967, which traveled between Chicago and New York in a lightning fast sixteen hours. The original play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur opened in 1934. A very popular movie followed, starring John Barrymore and Carole Lombard. The play was revived on Broadway in 2004 in a new adaptation by playwright Ken Ludwig, who is well-known for "Lend Me A Tenor," "Moon over Buffalo," and "Leading Ladies."
NIGHT OF JANUARY 16TH
When this play debuted in 1934, most Americans had limited opportunities to learn about trial procedures, which would have required courtroom visits. Since then, with the aid of movies and television, Americans are well aware of court room procedures and depictions are very popular.
THE LEARNING CURVE
Theatre Jacksonville opened the second of its Guerilla Show Series, which promises theatre with a bite. In place of a black box or second stage, TJ has started this series, with occasional productions of edgy plays for two-weekend duration, between regular season offerings.
THEATRE JACKSONVILLE TO HOST 'FOOD DRIVE'
FOR CLARA WHITE MISSION
How far would you go to survive? This is the subtitle of the upcoming play entitled "Welfarewell" by Cat Delaney & directed by Shirley Sacks. The production is sponsored by Acosta Sales & Marketing and there will be numerous performances at Theatre Jacksonville to benefit the Clara White Mission.
YAY FOR PLAY (OUR TOWN)
I just want to rave about Theatre Jacksonville's production of "Our Town." My husband and I attended for the first time last Sunday not knowing what to expect and it was just great. The performance and the production were just wonderful. Richard DeSpain was especially impressive as the stage manager. The price was right, the venue was comfortable and we had a great time. It's weird how you can find something new to do after living in town for  years.
THORNTON WILDER'S OUR TOWN SHOULD NOT BE MISSED!
I saw the play at yesterday's Sunday matinee, and let me say...I've attended many plays over the years and throughout the country - the acting from not only the magnificent leads, but the entire cast, was superb. The production is right-on Wilder's intentions. This is an excellent play, and frankly amazing it is performed by local community members.
THE REVIEWS ARE IN FOR OUR TOWN!
Our Town by Thornton Wilder debuted in 1938, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and has remained a remarkable and much performed theatre piece since then. Set in the fictional town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire from 1901 to 1913, it is an extraordinary story about an ordinary small town with ordinary people doing ordinary things. Theatre Jacksonville's performance is extraordinary and is not to be missed.
The premise of "Rabbit Hole," the new play at Theatre Jacksonville, doesn't offer much promise of a fun night at the theater.