Jacksonville Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: TOPDOG/UNDERDOG at The 5 & Dime BWW Review: TOPDOG/UNDERDOG at The 5 & Dime
by Heather Vollman - June 22, 2017

Rich in allegorical themes and teeming with tragic irony, Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer winner TOPDOG/UNDERDOG opened at The 5 & Dime Theatre Monday night. Celebrating the removal of the theatre's arch nemesis, a support pole that previously ran straight through the front of the stage, the house was pa... (more...)
BWW Review: Gimme, gimme! THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Opens at Theatre Jacksonville BWW Review: Gimme, gimme! THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Opens at Theatre Jacksonville
by Heather Vollman - June 12, 2017

With wide eyes and big dreams, Millie Dillmount leaves behind her small town of Salina, Kansas to pursue a life of riches and fame in New York City. Like most of us, it takes Millie mere moments in the Big Apple to learn her goals may be a little harder to come by than she had originally thought. TH... (more...)
BWW Review: STEEL MAGNOLIAS at Alhambra Dinner Theatre BWW Review: STEEL MAGNOLIAS at Alhambra Dinner Theatre
by Heather Vollman - May 31, 2017

An instant classic upon its publication in 1987, Robert Harling's STEEL MAGNOLIAS is a story that will make you laugh until you cry, and the Alhambra Theatre's current production of this timeless piece is no exception.... (more...)
BWW Review: The 5 & Dime's A NEW BRAIN Exudes Heart And Music BWW Review: The 5 & Dime's A NEW BRAIN Exudes Heart And Music
by Heather Vollman - April 25, 2017

Ron Shreve's vision for this show is stunningly complimented by Erin Barnes' musical direction. Intricately staged, every movement is purposeful to the story. The acoustics at The 5 and Dime are swell, and this cast of ten posesses a full, awe-inspiring sound. Rarely a missed note was uttered, and n... (more...)
BWW Review: STEEL MAGNOLIAS in Full Bloom at Theatre Jacksonville BWW Review: STEEL MAGNOLIAS in Full Bloom at Theatre Jacksonville
by Heather Vollman - April 23, 2017

If you are like me and were practically raised in Truvy's Beauty Parlor, when STEEL MAGNOLIAS hits the stage, you're in the front(ish) row, trying to get Shelby to drink her juice. If you're not like me, you might check it out because it has become a classic and you want to know why. Whichever your ... (more...)
BWW Review: STRAIGHT OUTTA OZ Spends One Short Day at the Thrasher-Horne BWW Review: STRAIGHT OUTTA OZ Spends One Short Day at the Thrasher-Horne
by Heather Vollman - April 23, 2017

Brilliant costumes and catchy, well-written songs cannot salvage this provoking concept that ultimately misses the mark. This is not my story or your story, and no one in the room is encouraged to see themselves in Todrick's story (unless we are one of the ensemble dancers). Todrick knows that, ackn... (more...)
BWW Review: THE DINING ROOM Delights at Douglas Anderson School Of The Arts BWW Review: THE DINING ROOM Delights at Douglas Anderson School Of The Arts
by Heather Vollman - April 06, 2017

A.R. Gurney's THE DINING ROOM, a play in two acts, presents the audience with a series of vignettes with nearly 60 characters, all played by only 7 actors. Covering decades of family life for North Eastern "WASPS"s (white Anglo-Saxon Protestants), this disappearing upper middle class is poked fun at... (more...)
BWW Review: DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID is Making Waves in Jacksonville BWW Review: DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID is Making Waves in Jacksonville
by Heather Vollman - March 22, 2017

The curtain set sail as the orchestra led an overture riddled with recognizable tunes. Two rows behind me, an adorable little girl clad in turquoise fins and a long red wig bounced up and down in her seat, eager for the show to begin. From behind a brilliantly dressed proscenium, Diana Huey popped o... (more...)
BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Makes You Want to Fly BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Makes You Want to Fly
by Trevor Durham - January 13, 2017

A two and a half hour marathon of absurdism, clever dancing around endless prop pieces, Peter and the Starcatcher is the most intriguing theatrical experiment an audience could have ever envisioned from such a colorful flight to Neverland.... (more...)
BWW Review: Amelia Community Theatre Vacations ON GOLDEN POND BWW Review: Amelia Community Theatre Vacations ON GOLDEN POND
by Michael Lipp - October 03, 2016

Ernest Thompson's 1979 ON GOLDEN POND is an ode to the durability of love and family in the face of aging, loss, and miscommunication. Amelia Community Theatre has just opened a touching production of the Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning play which became a critically-acclaimed film two years later... (more...)
BWW Review: MEMPHIS Tears Down the House in Jacksonville Beach BWW Review: MEMPHIS Tears Down the House in Jacksonville Beach
by Michael Lipp - August 08, 2016

It's a thrilling experience for an audience when the curtain opens and there is an explosion of pure energy that grabs you and does not let go until the curtain call. The musical MEMPHIS has exploded on the stage of Players by the Sea Theatre in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, garnering much deserved p... (more...)
BWW Review: Gen Y's Florida Premiere of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL is 'So Very' and So Much More BWW Review: Gen Y's Florida Premiere of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL is 'So Very' and So Much More
by Matt Tamanini - August 17, 2015

There is something killer going on in Orlando's theatre scene, and I mean that in the best possible way. Since debuting with a production of CABARET in January, Gen Y Productions has staged thrilling Florida premieres of two of New York's most buzzed-about new works, a risky proposition for a theatr... (more...)