Jacksonville Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: CHICAGO at Times Union Center BWW Review: CHICAGO at Times Union Center
by Jordan Higginbotham - May 18, 2018

Chicago is grand, great, swell, and fun! The iconic show is on its 20th Anniversary tour and has stopped here in Jacksonville for a weekend run. The cast is extremely phenomenal and will leave audiences speechless.... (more...)
BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at Times Union Theater BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at Times Union Theater
by Jordan Higginbotham - April 30, 2018

'Nobody got into this business to play it safe.' The perfect description of the stress put on individuals in show business. A Chorus Line represents the story of dancers in 1975, many of whom are looking to break out onto the Broadway stage. Each dancer is asked to give a brief description of themse... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at Times Union Theater BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at Times Union Theater
by Jordan Higginbotham - April 11, 2018

More often than not, I go to a show and sit through the entire thing with the biggest grin on my face. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical was no exception. The musical is the type where I did not want it to be over as the curtain closed. The Tony nominated musical chronicles Carole Klein's, later kn... (more...)
BWW Review: FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE at Alhambra Theatre And Dining BWW Review: FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE at Alhambra Theatre And Dining
by Jordan Higginbotham - April 08, 2018

'Beware.Brother.Beware' Five Guys Named Moe is in Jacksonville! The Tony Nominated show based on music by Louis Jordan follows Nomax, played by Jereme Raickett, who has stumbled upon hard times. Suddenly, five guys named Moe appear to show him the error of his ways. The live music, the talent, the h... (more...)
BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Alhambra Theatre And Dining BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Alhambra Theatre And Dining
by Jordan Higginbotham - March 27, 2018

Little Shop of Horrors was a great experience, especially for someone who knew absolutely nothing about the show. The entire cast made the experience so enjoyable, leaving the audience laughing after almost every scene.... (more...)
BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Times Union Center BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Times Union Center
by Jordan Higginbotham - March 12, 2018

Motown the Musical is a musical unlike any other. The history of Motown Records takes place between 1957 and 1983. Audience members will recognize the music whether they were a part of this time period or not. I was born in 1996 and went into the production not knowing the history of Motown Records,... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ at Thrasher-Horne Center BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ at Thrasher-Horne Center
by Jordan Higginbotham - March 12, 2018

'There is no place like home'. A quote that has rung true for generations, but for theatre fans even more so. The theater is an escape from the outside world. A place to enjoy the arts, to watch characters each and every person can relate to, and to experience incredible talent. The Wizard of Oz pro... (more...)
BWW Review: MADAMA BUTTERFLY at Times Union Theater BWW Review: MADAMA BUTTERFLY at Times Union Theater
by Jordan Higginbotham - February 20, 2018

Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini is a beautiful show full of so much emotion and talent. The beautiful story, in which Miss Saigon is based on, is intriguing and heartbreaking leaving audience members to reflect on what they hold dear. A story of a young girl who believes in love so much she will... (more...)
BWW Review: Phase Eight Theater Company Presents JESUS HOPPED THE A TRAIN BWW Review: Phase Eight Theater Company Presents JESUS HOPPED THE A TRAIN
by Heather Vollman - October 03, 2017

This past weekend, Phase Eight produced Stephen Adly Guirgis' JESUS HOPPED THE A-TRAIN, a chillingly honest look at the strikingly different lives of Angel and Lucius, two New York City men incarcerated on Riker's Island.... (more...)
BWW Review: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Uplifts a Weary City at Players By The Sea BWW Review: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Uplifts a Weary City at Players By The Sea
by Heather Vollman - September 17, 2017

I laughed more than I have in weeks, escaping the reality of my own personal tragedies, and judging by the uncontrollable laughter, clapping, and singing along that surrounded me in the audience, one thing is clear: this revue is exactly what you need right now, Jacksonville. Featuring 39 classi... (more...)
BWW Review: Uncomfortably Hilarious AVENUE Q Opens at Amelia Community Theater BWW Review: Uncomfortably Hilarious AVENUE Q Opens at Amelia Community Theater
by Heather Vollman - August 11, 2017

"What Do You Do With a B.A. in English?" is the strikingly articulate song that follows the opening number of AVENUE Q, which opened last night at Amelia Community Theatre. I uncomfortably shifted in my seat, as my B.A. is…also in English (insert face-plant emoji). AVENUE Q, winner of three Tony Awa... (more...)
BWW Review: Players By The Sea's AMERICAN IDIOT  Is Needed and Important BWW Review: Players By The Sea's AMERICAN IDIOT Is Needed and Important
by Heather Vollman - July 28, 2017

Theatre inspires. Incorporated as a viral hashtag during the 2017 Tony season, complete with a Facebook frame that many in the theatre industry have made their permanent statement, the arts community has touted the power of theatre to inspire everyone, if we allow it. But what does it inspire? Theat... (more...)
BWW Review: Jacksonville's Youth Rumble in WEST SIDE STORY at SMTE BWW Review: Jacksonville's Youth Rumble in WEST SIDE STORY at SMTE
by Heather Vollman - July 22, 2017

For 12 years running, the FSCJ Artist series and the Wilson Center for the Arts has produced an Annual High School Summer Musical Theatre Experience. This year brings WEST SIDE STORY, a mammothly essential piece of work to all musical theatre lovers. With book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Be... (more...)
BWW Review: Readers Theatre Series: BENT at The 5 & Dime BWW Review: Readers Theatre Series: BENT at The 5 & Dime
by Heather Vollman - July 19, 2017

BENT doesn't request the audience's permission to turn your heart upside down. It forcefully attacks your places of comfort in exchange for a meaningful conversation, for provoking consideration, for basic human empathy.... (more...)
BWW Review: Alhambra Dinner Theatre presents ANNIE BWW Review: Alhambra Dinner Theatre presents ANNIE
by Heather Vollman - July 05, 2017

ANNIE opened at The Alhambra Dinner Theatre last week to a house full of excited young ladies, local theatre lovers, and even those who aren't as familiar with the Jacksonville theatre scene, as the timelessly successful musical tends to draw large crowds who know every song from childhood. With ico... (more...)
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...)