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“"Community Theatre" is just that”

Theatre Jacksonville
Ranked #63 of 172 things to do in Jacksonville
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Owner description: Florida's longest-running community theatre.
Reviewed 12 May 2009

As a longtime admirer of the arts, I can commend Theatre Jacksonville (TJ) for their considerable commitment to community theatre in our area. It fills a vital need in offering a place for part-time actors, technicians, and directors to play with their craft. But, it is after all, only community theatre. Certainly after 25+ years of seeing productions there I can not celebrate the consistent quality of their work. The production values are rarely very high - instead they often look like "let's just get the show open". The casts are not consistent - ther might be one or two standout performers and 4-5 regularly appearing fill-ins plus a few first timers. The directors are apparently volunteers without much consideration for their experience and professionalism. Getting my point?
I attend when a particular script is of interest or the performers/directors are known to be of better than average skill.

There are numerous options for theatrical entertainment in the city. Might we suggest also looking at Players by the Sea, The Alhambra Dinner Theatre, of even productions at some of the better schools like Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DASOTA) or Stanton College Prep. The FCCJ Artist Series also brings in lots of bus and truck shows if you seek a "Broadway" experience. Lesser known shows also tour through the FCCJ Southside campus Wilson Center. The arts aren't dead in Jacksonville, just look a little deeper.

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Reviewed 1 March 2009

After almost 20 years as a season subscriber, I am continually reminded at how wonderful the Theatre Jacksonville is as a volunteer-driven community theatre. The performances are extraordinarily well-done, and making an evening in San Marco is always enjoyable. Why this little gem is still a "best kept secret" amazes me, since it is the best live entertainment deal in town. The house should be packed every night...if not, it's your loss since you would miss a terrific entertainment and cultural experience.

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