Albuquerque Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: THE ICEMAN COMETH, a Symphony of Sadness (and Kindness), at The Vortex BWW Review: THE ICEMAN COMETH, a Symphony of Sadness (and Kindness), at The Vortex
by Devon Hoffman - March 23, 2017

Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh--the portrayal of a dysfunctional bunch of rock-bottom alcoholic barflies and the salesman who tries to 'save' them from their futile pipe dreams: This show is an extraordinary symphony--nineteen excellent actors all piping in and out, rising and falling collective... (more...)
BWW Review: MOVING ARTS ESPAÑOLA's Youth Share Their Story at United World College's Annual Conference BWW Review: MOVING ARTS ESPAÑOLA's Youth Share Their Story at United World College's Annual Conference
by Devon Hoffman - February 13, 2017

This was our first ever 'tour,' our first time outside the dome theater where we conducted our Monday-Wednesday after-school drama program. The beautiful Moving Arts Performance Center where we rehearse (a transformed casino gambling hall) is a testament to what is possible in Española, but our thea... (more...)
BWW Review: THE GAZA MONOLOGUES Moves (and Moves With) the Audience at Peñasco Theater BWW Review: THE GAZA MONOLOGUES Moves (and Moves With) the Audience at Peñasco Theater
by Devon Hoffman - October 14, 2016

In the mountain village of Peñasco, New Mexico, to an audience of youth and adults where everyone seemed to know each other, four actors (two of them, teenagers) performed powerfully a style of theater that I had never seen before-yet which seemed so natural, an organic expression of that unique com... (more...)
BWW Review: REGENERATION FESTIVAL makes us all actors, in Taos, Espanola, And Beyond BWW Review: REGENERATION FESTIVAL makes us all actors, in Taos, Espanola, And Beyond
by Devon Hoffman - September 08, 2016

The Festival's primary purpose: to actualize the necessary positive response to a tragic global epidemic of hopelessness. The festival was founded by Lyla June Johnston as a response to a spike in an already-bleak trend of youth suicide and drug abuse-the goal of the event is to end this trend. ... (more...)
BWW Review: RE(D)GENERATION Comes from the Earth 
at the Center For Contemporary Arts BWW Review: RE(D)GENERATION Comes from the Earth at the Center For Contemporary Arts
by Devon Hoffman - August 26, 2016

Dancing Earth takes contemporary dance a step further-because they root within their immemorial indigenous identity. Theirs was not a dance of abstract gestures through undefined space; their movement was growth, upon a dancing earth.... (more...)
BWW Review: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT at National Hispanic Cultural Center Journal Theater BWW Review: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT at National Hispanic Cultural Center Journal Theater
by Devon Hoffman - July 06, 2016

It takes guts to do a show like Priscilla Queen of the Desert, a drag-queen pop musical based on a popular Oscar winning movie-in a venue like the National Hispanic Cultural Center's grand and elegant Journal Theater.  To do it right, the show needs to be big.  Big glitz, big musical numbers, big ch... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WHITEHEADED BOY is Spoiled at The Adobe BWW Review: THE WHITEHEADED BOY is Spoiled at The Adobe
by Devon Hoffman - June 23, 2016

The Whiteheaded Boy drags along the bottom of the Adobe stage with poor pace and too many clumsy performances. The energy picks up, eventually-the second act has a good clip to it, but much too late. Already the Stage Manager, sitting uselessly to the side of the stage, has introduced to every cha... (more...)
BWW Review: DRUNKEN CITY at The Cell BWW Review: DRUNKEN CITY at The Cell
by Devon Hoffman - May 18, 2016

The Cell, where Duke City Repertory is performing this show, is just two blocks from the Central nightclub strip full of young people.  Can that crowd please attend the theater too?  Tickets are less expensive than a couple drinks, and there's catharsis instead of a hangover. Besides, here is a play... (more...)
BWW Review: IMMORTAL LONGINGS is theater geeks and lay(wo)men alike at The Vortex BWW Review: IMMORTAL LONGINGS is theater geeks and lay(wo)men alike at The Vortex
by Devon Hoffman - May 04, 2016

As a theater geek, I'm predisposed to enjoy Immortal Longings, the Vortex' latest production, which brings a pantheon-ensemble of Shakespeare's greatest female characters from his greatest plays onto a single stage, to perform their greatest scenes. This is a geek's dream. Yet I don't feel like I'... (more...)
BWW Review: THE COUNTRY HOUSE Mourns a Fiction at The Cell BWW Review: THE COUNTRY HOUSE Mourns a Fiction at The Cell
by Devon Hoffman - April 19, 2016

A family mourns the recent death of their beloved sister/daughter/wife/mother (and famous actress), Kathy.  This melancholy premise is a fitting frame for self-involved character reflections, but not for dramatic energy-especially because the manner of Kathy's death is totally unrelated to the chara... (more...)
BWW Reviews: TERRA NOVA an Elegant Doom at The Vortex BWW Reviews: TERRA NOVA an Elegant Doom at The Vortex
by Devon Hoffman - April 06, 2016

Terra Nova's elegant staging and technical elements created an engrossing poetry of action for the brooding tale of men dying in Antarctica. I can't say I warmed-up to all the choices, but warmth wasn't the point of this play. I'll leave it to my reader to see the show and feel the effect of thes... (more...)
BWW Review: THE GRADUATE Goes Singularly Deep at Aux Dog Nob Hill BWW Review: THE GRADUATE Goes Singularly Deep at Aux Dog Nob Hill
by Devon Hoffman - March 30, 2016

The ensemble of the Aux Dog's Graduate --especially the leads--so thoroughly possessed their characters that I soon forgot entirely 'how Hoffman, et al did it in the movie.' But they went further, delving through the expansive script with raw and ruthless energy so not only did I stop comparing to ... (more...)
BWW Review: ELEVATED SOAPBOX Strikes a Cord at Therapy BWW Review: ELEVATED SOAPBOX Strikes a Cord at Therapy
by Devon Hoffman - March 25, 2016

The Elevated Soapbox is a monthly speaking event, held in Therapy Gallery Downtown: Each Soapbox has a theme, and is curated by a different guest, who chooses six people from the community to each speak for six minutes about their personal life, passion, and profession.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CHUPACABRA CANTINA makes a statement (fun) at VSA North Fourth Arts Center BWW Review: THE CHUPACABRA CANTINA makes a statement (fun) at VSA North Fourth Arts Center
by Devon Hoffman - March 14, 2016

The women of Las Meganenas, a local troupe of storytellers, are showing their latest piece at the VSA North Fourth Arts Center: 'The Chupacabra Cantina,' a galvanizing expose on the imbalanced global structures of power that, like the vampiric Chupacabra of Mexican and Hispanic legend, suck the lif... (more...)
BWW Interview: Director Mark Hisler Contextualizes TERRA NOVA at The Vortex BWW Interview: Director Mark Hisler Contextualizes TERRA NOVA at The Vortex
by Devon Hoffman - March 08, 2016

The next show in the Vortex Theater will be Terra Nova, by Ted Tally.  Opening March 25 and running until April 17, the play covers the last leg of the ill-fated 1912 Terra Nova South Pole expedition, led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott.  Co-directed by Mark Hisler (left, in below image) and Aaron Wo... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Displays the Talent at Bosque School BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Displays the Talent at Bosque School
by Devon Hoffman - March 01, 2016

Basque school puts on a big show: Costumes, props, sets--all, impeccably done. Their chief assets are the students, whose talent gives this show life.... (more...)
BWW Review: TRAVELING WITH ANGELS Captivates at National Hispanic Cultural Center BWW Review: TRAVELING WITH ANGELS Captivates at National Hispanic Cultural Center
by Devon Hoffman - February 22, 2016

Renee Peña's simple, vibrant autobiography--her childhood in Gallup, NM, her family relationships, her travels throughout 27 countries--is like a laid back aunt telling stories at a family reunion. Yet Peña's not just any old aunt--she's an actress of extraordinary skill; with craft and care, she e... (more...)
BWW Reviews: BEDTIME STORIES WITH POPPLEWELL Rambles Aimlessly at Trick Lock Performance Laboratory BWW Reviews: BEDTIME STORIES WITH POPPLEWELL Rambles Aimlessly at Trick Lock Performance Laboratory
by Devon Hoffman - February 16, 2016

Locally produced one act, 'Bedtime Stories With Popplewell,' should've seen a lot more revision before opening in the Tricklock Performance Laboratory, but the community came out to support it anyhow.... (more...)
BWW Review: STUPID F***ING BIRD Embodies New Form at The Cell BWW Review: STUPID F***ING BIRD Embodies New Form at The Cell
by Devon Hoffman - February 09, 2016

The Cell Theater's equity theater company, Fusion, is now playing 'Stupid F***ing Bird,' a new (as of 2013) tragi-comedy written by Aaron Posner that comments on its newness by embodying the skin of its ancestor, Chekov's 'The Seagull.'... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Meredith Wilder COMING OF THE NIGHT CD Release Charms the Crowd at St. Johns Cathedral BWW Reviews: Meredith Wilder COMING OF THE NIGHT CD Release Charms the Crowd at St. Johns Cathedral
by Devon Hoffman - February 03, 2016

At the release concert of her latest CD, 'Coming of the Night,' Albuquerque artist Meredith Wilder shows her community she's strong and ready to grow.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE OTHER MOZART restores a genius at Aux Dog Nob Hill BWW Review: THE OTHER MOZART restores a genius at Aux Dog Nob Hill
by Devon Hoffman - January 27, 2016

A prodigy in her own right but suppressed because she was a woman and forgotten in the shadow of her brother Wolfgang, Maria Anna Mozart tells her true story in a galvanizing, intimate one-woman show, 'The Other Mozart,' touring from New York and playing at the Aux Dog Theater Nob Hill until January... (more...)
BWW Reviews: The Santa Fe Playhouse BENCHWARMERS Turns 14 BWW Reviews: The Santa Fe Playhouse BENCHWARMERS Turns 14
by Anya Sebastian - June 18, 2015

BENCHWARMERS is Santa Fe's longest running, one act play festival. Created and produced by the Santa Fe Playhouse and now in its 14th year, the event features local playwrights, actors and directors, in a collection of 15 minute playlets with just one thing in common  -  a bench. With no stage sets ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: THE HAT Delivers an Engaging Piece of Theatrical Faction BWW Reviews: THE HAT Delivers an Engaging Piece of Theatrical Faction
by Anya Sebastian - March 17, 2015

THE HAT, which opened at the Santa Fe Playhouse on March 12, is a personal and highly original tale, dealing with some of the lesser known human stories of world war II. Written by Santa Fe playwright, Dianna Lewis, the play is grounded in historical fact. While the details of this particular story ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Independent Film BILLY SHAKESPEARE Highlights the Writer's Dilemma BWW Reviews: Independent Film BILLY SHAKESPEARE Highlights the Writer's Dilemma
by Ellen Dostal - September 08, 2014

BILLY SHAKESPEARE is a spicy little independent film by Deborah Voorhees that imagines what might happen if William Shakespeare tried to make it as a writer in today's Hollywood rather than Elizabethan England. Quirky characters, compromising situations, and the kind of deadpan humor made famous in ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: The 2014 FIESTA MELODRAMA Delivers Good, Old-Fashioned Fun BWW Reviews: The 2014 FIESTA MELODRAMA Delivers Good, Old-Fashioned Fun
by Anya Sebastian - August 26, 2014

The Santa Fe Playhouse is the oldest, continuously running community theater west of the Mississippi and summer would not be complete without its production of the FIESTA MELODRAMA. First performed in 1919 and reinvented each year by an anonymous group of local writers, the melodrama has establishe... (more...)