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: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG a Triumphant Production of Seldom-Produced SondheimBWW Reviews: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG a Triumphant Production of Seldom-Produced Sondheim
Posted: Apr. 6, 2014


BWW Reviews: TSU-San Marcos Premieres Glorious New Venue with Stellar Production of ANYTHING GOESBWW Reviews: TSU-San Marcos Premieres Glorious New Venue with Stellar Production of ANYTHING GOES
Posted: Apr. 15, 2014


BWW Reviews: CATS at Georgetown Palace Isn't Just for Feline LoversBWW Reviews: CATS at Georgetown Palace Isn't Just for Feline Lovers
Posted: Mar. 23, 2014


BWW Exclusive:  UT-Austin Department of Theatre's Brant Pope Sets the Record Straight Regarding IN THE HEIGHTS ControversyBWW Exclusive: UT-Austin Department of Theatre's Brant Pope Sets the Record Straight Regarding IN THE HEIGHTS Controversy
Posted: Apr. 8, 2014


BWW Reviews: ASSASSINS is a Captivating Look at the Dark Side of AmericaBWW Reviews: ASSASSINS is a Captivating Look at the Dark Side of America
Posted: Apr. 15, 2014


BWW Reviews: Few Spicy Performers Can't Save Mild IN THE HEIGHTSBWW Reviews: Few Spicy Performers Can't Save Mild IN THE HEIGHTS
Posted: Apr. 17, 2014


BWW Reviews: Tapestry Dance Hits Right Rhythm with RHYTHM, REASON, AND REALITYBWW Reviews: Tapestry Dance Hits Right Rhythm with RHYTHM, REASON, AND REALITY
Posted: Apr. 6, 2014


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Reviews: Creators of The 50 Shades Parody Deserve a SPANKingBWW Reviews: Creators of The 50 Shades Parody Deserve a SPANKing
Posted: Jun. 7, 2013


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: DRAWER BOY Features Outstanding Performances but Feels IncompleteBWW Reviews: DRAWER BOY Features Outstanding Performances but Feels Incomplete
April 17, 2014

BWW Reviews: LAST MEETING is a Meeting Worth SkippingBWW Reviews: LAST MEETING is a Meeting Worth Skipping
April 17, 2014

I have no doubt that selecting a theatrical season must be an incredibly challenging task. Making a last minute change to your season must be even worse. Different Stages, one of Austin's most consistently impressive theater companies, was posed with such a problem this year when they were forced to forgo one of their initially announced production, Child's Play.
BWW Reviews: Few Spicy Performers Can't Save Mild IN THE HEIGHTSBWW Reviews: Few Spicy Performers Can't Save Mild IN THE HEIGHTS
April 17, 2014

There's a great Hollywood myth about the film version of The Color Purple. The beloved classic about African-American women was directed by the very male and very white Steven Spielberg, but he allegedly almost quit the project days before shooting was to begin. According to legend, Steven called the film's producer, Quincy Jones, a few days before shooting to voice his doubts about the project. 'I don't think I should direct this,' Steven said. 'I'm a white Jewish guy from California. What do I know about African-American women from the South?' To this, Quincy replied, 'Steven, are you an alien? Because you directed E.T., and I think that was pretty good.' Spielberg stayed on as director, and the film was a huge success that earned 11 Oscar nominations.
BWW Reviews: ASSASSINS is a Captivating Look at the Dark Side of AmericaBWW Reviews: ASSASSINS is a Captivating Look at the Dark Side of America
April 15, 2014

BWW Reviews: TSU-San Marcos Premieres Glorious New Venue with Stellar Production of ANYTHING GOESBWW Reviews: TSU-San Marcos Premieres Glorious New Venue with Stellar Production of ANYTHING GOES
April 15, 2014

It's tough to decide what I like more, a great production or a great new theater. Thankfully, I got both during my recent trip to Texas State San Marcos Department of Theatre and Dance. Their current production of Anything Goes is stunning, as is the new Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre.
BWW Interviews: Philip Olson and Aaron Glover Discuss ASSASSINSBWW Interviews: Philip Olson and Aaron Glover Discuss ASSASSINS
April 8, 2014

BWW Exclusive:  UT-Austin Department of Theatre's Brant Pope Sets the Record Straight Regarding IN THE HEIGHTS ControversyBWW Exclusive: UT-Austin Department of Theatre's Brant Pope Sets the Record Straight Regarding IN THE HEIGHTS Controversy
April 8, 2014

BWW Reviews: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG a Triumphant Production of Seldom-Produced SondheimBWW Reviews: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG a Triumphant Production of Seldom-Produced Sondheim
April 6, 2014

Over the course of his fifty year career, Stephen Sondheim has written shows of a predominantly darker hue. He's tackled stories about showgirls who are past their prime, a barber turned serial killer, a giant who destroys a fairy tale kingdom, presidential assassins, and an entire country selling out to the western world. Still, his unassuming 1981 musical about the slow demise of a three-pronged friendship may be the saddest thing he's ever written. If that sounds like an indication that you should skip Merrily We Roll Along, keep in mind that no one does sad like Sondheim. In other words, roll along to St. Edwards University, see this show, and enjoy the emotional sucker punch.
BWW Reviews: Tapestry Dance Hits Right Rhythm with RHYTHM, REASON, AND REALITYBWW Reviews: Tapestry Dance Hits Right Rhythm with RHYTHM, REASON, AND REALITY
April 6, 2014

BWW Reviews: Extraordinary Performances Save ORDINARY DAYSBWW Reviews: Extraordinary Performances Save ORDINARY DAYS
April 4, 2014

A word of caution to writers everywhere. Never use a word as bland as 'ordinary' in the title of your work. Its use will either be prophetic or grossly inaccurate. In the case of Ordinary Days, it's a bit of both. While Penfold Theatre's production of the new chamber musical features some of the greatest talent that the Austin theater community has to offer, the material itself isn't up to par. The show is extraordinary, but the material is not.
BWW Reviews: A Magical Trip INTO THE WOODSBWW Reviews: A Magical Trip INTO THE WOODS
March 27, 2014

BWW Reviews: CATS at Georgetown Palace Isn't Just for Feline LoversBWW Reviews: CATS at Georgetown Palace Isn't Just for Feline Lovers
March 23, 2014

I remember seeing the world phenomenon that is Cats back in the late 90s, and my response then could be summed up in four words: 'I didn't get it.' Sure, the set was cool, the costumes were fun, and the choreography was outstanding, but Andrew Lloyd Webber's score was among his worst and the 2 and a half hour show failed to have a point. How the hell did this show get nine lives and an 18 year run on Broadway?
BWW Reviews: Puppet Monsters Run Amuck in THE CRAPSTALL STREET BOYSBWW Reviews: Puppet Monsters Run Amuck in THE CRAPSTALL STREET BOYS
March 15, 2014

There are two types of people in Austin: those who have seen a Trouble Puppet show, and those who have not yet seen a Trouble Puppet show. Regardless of which one you are, The Crapstall Street Boys is certain to be 75 minutes of pure entertainment.
BWW Reviews: We'd Be Lying If We Disparaged THE LIARBWW Reviews: We'd Be Lying If We Disparaged THE LIAR
March 7, 2014

Honesty may be the best policy, but it's not the most fun one. Thank God 16th century playwright Pierre Corneille and modern day playwright David Ives have an affinity for the truth-challenged. Ives's modern take on Corneille's classic French comedy The Liar is an exhilarating and side-splitting mix of the old and new, and Austin Playhouse's production of it reminds us just how exceptional the Austin theater community is.
BWW Reviews: If Only Your Neighbors Were THE BOYS NEXT DOORBWW Reviews: If Only Your Neighbors Were THE BOYS NEXT DOOR
March 6, 2014

Whether at their best or worst, Erica and Ben are always honest and authentic, and that honesty and authenticity is what The Boys Next Door revolves around. As Tom Griffin's outstanding text requires that 'normal' actors play the four central roles, getting that sense of honesty is tough. The actors must show how quirky and unique these men are but must keep the characters from becoming offensive caricatures.
BWW Reviews: THE WHALE is a Thought Provoking, Well Acted DramaBWW Reviews: THE WHALE is a Thought Provoking, Well Acted Drama
March 5, 2014

Upon entering Hyde Park Theatre for a chick and a dude's current production of The Whale, you get several clues about the central character of Charlie. His apartment, designed by Michael B. Raiford, is absolutely disgusting. Pizza boxes and KFC buckets litter the floor, and the couch, which has seen better days, is propped up on cinder blocks. Between the set decoration and the title, one can guess that Charlie's going to be on the larger side, and he is. Thanks to an extraordinarily believable fat suit constructed by Kelly Ruiz, Charlie (Shanon Weaver) is a 600 pound man. But The Whale, which could easily be a play about a fat suit, has far more to it.
BWW Interview: Jim Rado Talks Legacy of HAIR and What's New in the Current TourBWW Interview: Jim Rado Talks Legacy of HAIR and What's New in the Current Tour
March 4, 2014

BroadwayWorld recently had a chance to catch up with Jim Rado, co-writer of Hair, to discuss the show's history, its groundbreaking contribution to musical theatre, and the revisions made for the current touring production
BWW Reviews: Outstanding Performances in WHIPPING MAN Saddled by Underwhelming ScriptBWW Reviews: Outstanding Performances in WHIPPING MAN Saddled by Underwhelming Script
March 1, 2014

As part of a Jewish family, I have had to sit through my share of Passover Seders, some of which are more bizarre and uncomfortable than others. That said, a Seder between two once enslaved black men and their former owner just days after the end of the Civil War takes the matzo cake. Matthew Lopez's period drama The Whipping Man, now enjoying its Texas premiere at Austin's City Theatre, certainly has a thought provoking subject matter and a trio of incredible actors, but sadly Lopez's text is a bit underwhelming and overdone.
BWW Reviews: Playhouse's COMPANY An Odd Mixed BagBWW Reviews: Playhouse's COMPANY An Odd Mixed Bag
March 1, 2014

Early on in the first act of Company, the classic Stephen Sondheim musical now playing at The Playhouse, single guy Robert asks his married pal Harry a loaded question: "Are you ever sorry you got married?" Harry smiles and responds with, "You're always sorry. You're always grateful," and continues with several other paradoxical statements. Those puzzling, polarized statements are mirrored throughout the production of Company itself. For every element and performance that hits the mark, there's another that misses it.
BWW Reviews: Why You Need to Drop Everything and See CIRCLE THE WAGONSBWW Reviews: Why You Need to Drop Everything and See CIRCLE THE WAGONS
March 1, 2014

I had a very interesting experience in a theater the other night. I was sitting in one of Austin's traditional theater spaces waiting for a show to begin, and two ladies sitting directly behind me were talking about a different show, Circle the Wagons, The Exchange Artists' exploratory, original, site-specific scene cycle about car culture in the United States. I absolutely loved Circle the Wagons (more on that later), so naturally I listened in on the conversation behind me. "Ugh. I wanted to like it," one of them whined, "but I just didn't get it. The scenes were too short. I didn't really get what was going on in any of the scenes or who the characters were." Her companion, equally whiny, responded with, "Me too! And wasn't it weird sitting so close to the actors? Man, that was uncomfortable."


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