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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