December 2, 2013
Carrollwood Players have made their mark in the Tampa Bay Theatre scene, by producing innovative programming and exceptional, quality productions. This remains true with their latest 'gift' to us, with a new twist on a Holiday Classic, (perfect for the entire family), 'IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE' - A Live Radio Play.BWW Reviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON - Crude, Rude, Offensive, and Sold Out
November 16, 2013
The electricity in Carol Morsani Hall, at the Straz Center in Tampa, for the opening performance of the National Tour of 'THE BOOK OF MORMON', was the closest I have experienced here, to the excitement of a Broadway opening night yet! The SOLD-OUT house was simply percolating, in anticipation of the 9 time Tony Award winning musical's Tampa debut.BWW Reviews: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS Reveals All
November 11, 2013
It isn't often that Tampa Bay audiences have the golden opportunity to see a 'World Premier', by a local playwright. So, right off the bat, I say, 'BRAVO!' to the Carrollwood Players for their ambitious and innovative programming! And after seeing the play on opening night, in a theatre filled with a very appreciative audience, I say, 'BRAVO!, INDEED!', for a wonderful evening of thought provoking, contemporary theatre!BWW Reviews: LES MISERABLES - A Triumph!
November 9, 2013
Kudos to Stage West for programming such an enormous and ambitious project. And the opening night performance was the BEST production I have ever seen at Stage West, - a TRIUMPH! Stage West's theatrical barre is raised to an all time height with this production! BRAVO!BWW Reviews: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - A 'Tradition' With Lots of Heart
October 21, 2013
The lights dim in the cavernous hall, and the faint sound of a violin begins. Atop a thatched roof, is the vision of a Fiddler and then...the room becomes suddenly alive, in a grand opening, with the robust voices of over 50 peasant, villagers, singing 'TRADITION!..TRADITION!' And thus begins an enthusiastic and heartfelt rendition, of the classic American musical, 'FIDDLER on the ROOF', presented by the Live Oak Theatre Company, in Brooksville, FL.BWW Reviews: A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED - Comedy, Suspense, Mystery and Intrigue
October 14, 2013
'A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED' has it ALL. Comedy, Suspense, Mystery, and Intrigue! This is a 'MUST SEE' production.BWW REVIEWS: SEX PLEASE, WE'RE SIXTY A Saucy, Senior Scandal
October 11, 2013
As in typical farce style, the cast is going in one door and out and through another. The unexpected turn of events will have you laughing and shaking your head in disbelief.BWW Reviews: NUNSENSE - The Mega-Musical - A Mega-Hit!
September 23, 2013
BRAVO! 'You don't have to be Catholic to LOVE 'NUNSENSE' The Mega-Nusical!! The Carrollwood Players has produced an array of stunning plays this past season. 'NUNSENSE' -The Mega-Musical is the first musical production that I have seen there and it is a WOW!BWW Reviews: THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD - A Fun-Filled, Musical Whodunnit
August 19, 2013
Bravo, to producer Cathy Hooten for another successful, ambitious production! The Sunday performance was SOLD-OUT. Here's my advise. If you want to have a fun, memorable evening, solving a comical, musical, mystery, I encourage you to purchase your tickets immediately. You will be glad you did!BWW Reviews: MY NAME IS ASHER LEV - A Stunning Production
July 22, 2013
American Stage Theatre Company has once again produced a stunning, ambitious production. How fortunate we are, to reside in the Tampa Bay area, to be able to experience professional, top quality, new productions (it is still running Off-Broadway) at a professional, top quality regional theatre, at an astonishing reasonable ticket price. You will 'get all of this and more', at the American Stage Theatre Company's production of 'MY NAME IS ASHER LEV'.BWW Reviews: LOST IN YONKERS a Triumph!
July 17, 2013
Just when I thought that the productions couldn't possibly get any better, at Carrollwood Players...renowned playwright Neil Simon's, 'LOST IN YONKERS' opens and it is simply, a TRIUMPH! ~ This production exemplifies why we go to the theatre! DON'T MISS IT!BWW Reviews: GOOD EVENING - Bah! A Fantastical Evening
June 24, 2013
. To my delight, Carrollwood Players produced a thoroughly hilarious, "SMASHING" production of Sketch Comedy, entitled "GOOD EVENING". BAH! A FANTASTICAL EVENING!!!BWW Reviews: THE BOYS IN THE BAND - You've Come a Long Way, Baby!
June 22, 2013
What ever your sexual orientation is, or the color of your skin, or your religious beliefs....the most important thing is to know who you are and to be proud of who you are and to accept who you are. 'THE BOYS IN THE BAND' is Gay themed, but it is not just for Gay audiences. It has a lesson for all of us, with a universal message...ACCEPTANCE. And just like, 'The Hokey Pokey',...'that's what it's all about!'BWW Reviews: BLOWN BY THE WIND - A 5 Star Hilariously Naughty Night
June 21, 2013
'BLOWN BY THE WIND'...well, the title of this entertainment alone, set me up for what was to be a hilariously-naughty night! I was holding my sides from laughter, in hysterics. as tears rolled down my face. I could barely catch my breath.BWW Reviews: STAGEWORKS 2013 - A Showcase for Newbies
June 11, 2013
Tampa Bay, Florida is the setting for all eight short plays, presented this past weekend, at Stageworks in Tampa. Scripts were submitted from all over central Florida; and were evaluated by a panel of judges. The participating artists received only an honorarium; donating their talents to the production. All of the plays were produced by StageWorks with minimal set pieces and props. This was an exceptional opportunity for area playwrights and 'showcase for newbies'.BWW Reviews: LEND ME A TENOR Hits a High Note
May 22, 2013
If you want to have fun and laugh yourself silly... Go see the Carrollwood Players production of 'LEND ME A TENOR'! You will be glad you did!BWW Reviews: AMERICAN IDIOT - A Sad, Pathetic View of a New Generation
May 19, 2013
The entire cast and musicians are multi-talented and the production values are innovative. On opening night, when the curtain went up, the cast was welcomed by screams, howls, and cheering, by a throng of teenagers...BWW Reviews: BEHIND THE GATES - SHALOM! and Shalom
May 7, 2013
The essence however of 'BEHIND THE GATES', is not just about Jews or the Jewish culture per say, but about family and self-discovery. We can all relate to this. You don't have to be Jewish to understand and appreciate where the heart lies in this piece, in what could appear to some, as a controversial work.BWW Reviews: WAR HORSE - a Live, Cinematically Produced - SPECTACLE!
May 2, 2013
'WAR HORSE' is one of the most phenomenal, intense, visually and emotionally moving, pieces of theatre, that I have ever seen.... The high technical aspects of 'WARHORSE', are so realistically threatening, that at times I found myself gasping and closing my eyes.BWW Reviews: THE RUNNER STUMBLES - a Thrilling Mystery
April 25, 2013
Clearwater's West Coast Players' current production of 'THE RUNNER STUMBLES' is as much a love story, as it is a thriller, a mystery, a court room drama, and a who-dunnit? In fact, it is all of these things and more. It is a fascinating, compelling, theatrical piece, based on a true story beginning in rural Michigan, in 1906.