Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television where he obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Theater with an emphasis in Directing.
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BWW Reviews: Oh, What a Beautiful Evening!  OKLAHOMA Wows Austin AudiencesBWW Reviews: Oh, What a Beautiful Evening! OKLAHOMA Wows Austin Audiences
Posted: Jul. 24, 2014


BWW Review: TOMMY Puts the Pinball Wizard in a Spectacular WonderlandBWW Review: TOMMY Puts the Pinball Wizard in a Spectacular Wonderland
Posted: Jul. 29, 2014


BWW Reviews: A.C.T. Stages an Exuberant, Crowd-Pleasing HOW TO SUCCEEDBWW Reviews: A.C.T. Stages Crowd-Pleasing HOW TO SUCCEED
Posted: Jul. 31, 2014


BWW Reviews: LENDER IS THE NIGHT is an Adaptation in Name Only, but That's Just FineBWW Reviews: LENDER IS THE NIGHT is an Adaptation in Name Only, but That's Just Fine
Posted: Jul. 24, 2014


BWW Reviews: 7 Towers Production of ALL'S WELL Brings Out Both Comedy and DramaBWW Reviews: 7 Towers' ALL'S WELL Brings Out Both Comedy and Drama
Posted: Jul. 31, 2014


BWW Review: Cyrano May Be Ready for the Stage, But CYRANO Is NotBWW Review: Cyrano May Be Ready for the Stage, But CYRANO Is Not
Posted: Jul. 30, 2014


BWW Reviews: TARZAN Dazzles at the WoodlawnBWW Reviews: TARZAN Dazzles at the Woodlawn
Posted: Jul. 24, 2014


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Reviews: Perfection Isn't an Impossible Dream for MAN OF LA MANCHA TourBWW Reviews: Perfection Isn't an Impossible Dream for MAN OF LA MANCHA Tour
Posted: Jan. 19, 2014


BWW Reviews: Zach Theatre's LES MISERABLES Is a Sturdy Production of a Modern ClassicBWW Reviews: Zach Theatre's LES MISERABLES Is a Sturdy Production of a Modern Classic
Posted: Oct. 15, 2013


BWW Reviews: National Tour of GODSPELL Packed with EnergyBWW Reviews: National Tour of GODSPELL Packed with Energy
Posted: Nov. 27, 2013


BWW Reviews: McCallum Fine Arts Academy Stages Darker LES MISERABLESBWW Reviews: McCallum Fine Arts Academy Stages Darker LES MISERABLES
Posted: Mar. 1, 2014


BWW Reviews: Texas Premiere of BONNIE AND CLYDE Hits Its MarkBWW Reviews: Texas Premiere of BONNIE AND CLYDE Hits Its Mark
Posted: Sep. 23, 2013


BWW Reviews: Cast of SummersStock Austin's FOOTLOOSE Far Exceeds MaterialBWW Reviews: Cast of SummersStock Austin's FOOTLOOSE Far Exceeds Material
August 1, 2014

Austin's theater scene is currently only one degree of separation away from Kevin Bacon. SummerStock Austin's production of Footloose, one of three musicals currently running in rep at The Long Center for the Performing Arts, is a fun, upbeat, and entertaining show, despite its weak and uninspired material.
BWW Reviews: World Premiere of STONE SOUP is a Delicious, Family Friendly TreatBWW Reviews: World Premiere of STONE SOUP is a Delicious, Family Friendly Treat
August 1, 2014

SummerStock Austin has a long tradition of producing one musical specifically written for the under 13 set every year. I was introduced to this tradition back in 2012 when I went to a performance of SummerStock Austin's production of A Year With Frog and Toad. As a childless twenty-something guy, I was the only adult in the audience who was unaccompanied by a kid. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the show and praised its ability to please all audience members, regardless of age. The next year, I attended The Bremen Town Musicians, and was pleased to see that, once again, the show spoke to adults and children. It's no surprise then, that history's repeating itself with SummerStock Austin's production of Stone Soup. In its world premiere production, Stone Soup pleases kids and adults alike and easily entertains from beginning to end.
BWW Reviews: 7 Towers Production of ALL'S WELL Brings Out Both Comedy and DramaBWW Reviews: 7 Towers Production of ALL'S WELL Brings Out Both Comedy and Drama
July 31, 2014

Depending on who you speak with, there are between three and six "problem plays" attributed to William Shakespeare, but almost all Shakespearian scholars consider All's Well That Ends Well as one of them. On the surface, the play about unrequited love is a comedy. No one dies, and as the title suggests, it ends well for all of the characters. Still, there are themes and motifs of war, and many characters come perilously close to death. The duality of the play is the primary reason why it's considered a tragicomedy and a problem play, but it's that duality that has drawn 7 Towers Theatre Company to it. Their production of All's Well That Ends Well masterfully brings out both the drama and comedy in the piece and is one of the most thoughtful Shakespeare productions to grace Austin in a long while.
BWW Reviews: A.C.T. Stages an Exuberant, Crowd-Pleasing HOW TO SUCCEEDBWW Reviews: A.C.T. Stages an Exuberant, Crowd-Pleasing HOW TO SUCCEED
July 31, 2014

Want to know how to succeed at producing an entertaining musical comedy? Check out Archangel Community Theatre's current production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The production, which is packed with top tier talent, is an unbridled success from beginning to end.
BWW Review: Cyrano May Be Ready for the Stage, But CYRANO Is NotBWW Review: Cyrano May Be Ready for the Stage, But CYRANO Is Not
July 30, 2014

I wish I had Cyrano de Bergerac's way with words. If I did, maybe it would be easier to write what I'm about to say here. City Theatre's current production of the Edmond Rostand classic, Cyrano de Bergerac has several of the elements that a show needs to succeed. It has an incomparable lead actor, two amiable supporting leads, and a text beloved by many a theatergoer. Still, due to a lackluster ensemble and odd directing choices, the production fails to gel or leave a positive impression.
BWW Review: TOMMY Puts the Pinball Wizard in a Spectacular WonderlandBWW Review: TOMMY Puts the Pinball Wizard in a Spectacular Wonderland
July 29, 2014

Genius is not a term to throw around lightly. Genius suggests distinctiveness and even superiority. Geniuses are people that are seldom matched in their field. It's a level that most of us strive to reach but never achieve. Yet for director Dave Steakley, it's a well-deserved moniker. With his current production of Tommy, now playing at the Zach Theatre, Steakley pairs The Who's beloved rock-opera with the imaginative world of Alice in Wonderland. The result is a theatrical event that is impossible to forget.
BWW Reviews: Oh, What a Beautiful Evening!  OKLAHOMA Wows Austin AudiencesBWW Reviews: Oh, What a Beautiful Evening! OKLAHOMA Wows Austin Audiences
July 24, 2014

BWW Reviews: LENDER IS THE NIGHT is an Adaptation in Name Only, but That's Just FineBWW Reviews: LENDER IS THE NIGHT is an Adaptation in Name Only, but That's Just Fine
July 24, 2014

BWW Reviews: TARZAN Dazzles at the WoodlawnBWW Reviews: TARZAN Dazzles at the Woodlawn
July 24, 2014

VIDEO: A Conversation with the Creative Team of 'SGERSHWINVIDEO: A Conversation with the Creative Team of 'SGERSHWIN
July 10, 2014

From 'Rhapsody in Blue' to 'Porgy and Bess' to 'An American in Paris' to a treasure trove of great American songs, George Gershwin is widely thought of as one of our nation's greatest composers. Conceived and written by ATP's David Blackburn, 'S Gershwin will take you on a journey through the life and music of this great American icon as seen through the eyes of the people he shared his life with.
BWW Reviews: Gripping True Story of RADIUM GIRLS is Muddied by Poor Writing, Directing, and ActingBWW Reviews: Gripping True Story of RADIUM GIRLS is Muddied by Poor Writing, Directing, and Acting
July 1, 2014

Injustice in the workplace is a common thread in U.S. history. It's sad, but true. There are countless stories of workers being mistreated by their employers, and some of those stories have greatly impacted employment legislation.
BWW Reviews: 'S GERSHWIN Features Outstanding Cast and Choreography but Lacks ConceptBWW Reviews: 'S GERSHWIN Features Outstanding Cast and Choreography but Lacks Concept
July 1, 2014

There's no doubt that George Gershwin has made a lasting impact on musical theatre. Without him, the world wouldn't have songs like 'I Got Rhythm,' or shows like Porgy and Bess. And of course, the vast and illustrious songbook of Gershwin tunes has inspired many a jukebox musical or revue.
Photo Coverage: First Look at BOB: A LIFE IN FIVE ACTS by Half and Half ProductionsPhoto Coverage: First Look at BOB: A LIFE IN FIVE ACTS by Half and Half Productions
June 30, 2014

BOB: A LIFE IN FIVE ACTS Half and Half Productions presents this new comedy by Peter Sinn 'Boom' Nachtrieb, in which nine actors play more than 30 characters in relaying 'the hilarious and poignant story of one man's dream.'
Video: A Preview of BOB: A LIFE IN FIVE ACTS by Half and Half ProductionsVideo: A Preview of BOB: A LIFE IN FIVE ACTS by Half and Half Productions
June 24, 2014

BOB: A LIFE IN FIVE ACTS Half and Half Productions presents this new comedy by Peter Sinn 'Boom' Nachtrieb, in which nine actors play more than 30 characters in relaying 'the hilarious and poignant story of one man's dream.'
BWW Interviews: A Chat with Joanna Wright on Sky Candy's COSMICOMICSBWW Interviews: A Chat with Joanna Wright on Sky Candy's COSMICOMICS
June 24, 2014

Sky Candy, east Austin's aerial and circus arts company, is collaborating with acclaimed Austin theatre director, Rudy Ramirez on an aerial theatre production of COSMICOMICS, Italo Calvino's beloved collection of short stories of the same name. Italo Calvino's Cosmicomics, a beautiful and unique achievement in storytelling, tells tall tales about creation-magical, fantastical, adventurous stories-but it bases those stories on the findings of science and does not ask that we give these stories our belief, the way that countless creation myths have done over the centuries. In doing so, these stories insist that science and magic are not mutually exclusive: that the discoveries of science can give us meaning and show us miracles through the bridge of our imagination.
Photo Flash: First Look at THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH at Wimberley PlayersPhoto Flash: First Look at THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH at Wimberley Players
June 19, 2014

Below, BroadwayWorld is pleased to share a few production and promotional photos from The Wimberley Players' production of Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth!
BWW Interview: Actor, Director Chat The Wimberley Players' THE SKIN OF OUR TEETHBWW Interview: Actor, Director Chat The Wimberley Players' THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH
June 19, 2014

BroadwayWorld is pleased to share an interview with James Brownlee and Bill Claussen regarding The Wimberley Players' production of Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth. Bill Claussen stars in the production in the leading role of Antrobus. The production is directed by James Brownlee.
BWW Reviews: Paper Chairs' THE SUICIDE a Lively, Hysterical SatireBWW Reviews: Paper Chairs' THE SUICIDE a Lively, Hysterical Satire
May 30, 2014

There's no shortage of incredible pieces of art and theater that were lost, at least temporarily, during the Stalinist era of Communist Russia. Thank God, though, that Nikolai Erdman's absurdist masterpiece The Suicide somehow survived. Had it not, the world would be without one of the best commentaries on Communist society's impact on the freedom of the individual to think, feel, and be for themselves. Additionally, Austin theatergoers would be without one of the best theatrical productions of the year.
BWW Interviews: Eileen Patterson Talks About the Titillating Appeal of 50 SHADES! THE MUSICALBWW Interviews: Eileen Patterson Talks About the Titillating Appeal of 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL
May 30, 2014

It's the perfect excuse for an Austin girl's night out. 50 Shades! The Musical-The Official Parody, a hilarious take on the global Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon, will premiere at Austin's Long Center June 3 and 4. Think: 90 minute SNL skit!
BWW Reviews: DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE a Humorous Exploration of Technology and Human ContactBWW Reviews: DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE a Humorous Exploration of Technology and Human Contact
May 29, 2014



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