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BWW Review: A NIGHT OF MUSIC Marks Opening BWW Review: A NIGHT OF MUSIC Marks Opening
by Marietta Lunceford - August 19, 2016

History was made tonight as the Homewood Theatre had its first performance at the Dance Foundation. A NIGHT OF MUSIC was a cabaret type show featuring Homewood Theatre's founder Kyle Bass, along with Amy Johnson and Dana Porter.... (more...)
BWW Review: A 1940's RADIO VARIETY SHOW Featuring CASABLANCA Looks Back BWW Review: A 1940's RADIO VARIETY SHOW Featuring CASABLANCA Looks Back
by Marietta Lunceford - August 14, 2016

This weekend the Montevallo Main Street Players present A 1940's RADIO VARIETY SHOW, featuring CASABLANCA. With only two more chances to see this show, August 13 at 7:30 and August 14 at 2, I would say if you want to step back to a simpler time call 665-9207, extension 6 for reservations. Although t... (more...)
BWW Review: SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN Raises the Roof BWW Review: SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN Raises the Roof
by Marietta Lunceford - August 06, 2016

Central Alabama Theatre has a new home, at Steeple Arts Academy in the Crestline Village area of Mountain Brook. The space actually helped to inspire the first show there- SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN. With its church pews and the pitched ceiling, the building actually becomes part of the pretty, well buil... (more...)
BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Discos Down BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Discos Down
by Marietta Lunceford - July 30, 2016

South City Theatre's production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM is silly and campy, but a great escape. It gives you the opportunity to dance, laugh out loud, and forget your humdrum life for a couple of hours. As usual with SCT these days, some shows are sold out already, so go to www.southcitytheatre... (more...)
BWW Review: SEUSSICAL, THE MUSICAL Is Lively Event BWW Review: SEUSSICAL, THE MUSICAL Is Lively Event
by Marietta Lunceford - July 23, 2016

ACTA theatre is presenting SEUSSICAL, THE MUSICAL now through July 31. A mixture of characters from several different stories by Dr. Seuss, with a through line that involves Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and JoJo, a small boy from Whoville, SEUSSICAL is fast paced and fun. Running July 21,... (more...)
BWW Review: Escape to THE LITTLE MERMAID BWW Review: Escape to THE LITTLE MERMAID
by Marietta Lunceford - July 09, 2016

After a traumatic few weeks for our nation and around the world, it was a delight to escape into the world of make believe watching Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID, presented by Red Mountain Theatre Company. I was thrilled to be able to forget the horrors of the real world for a couple of hours and see... (more...)
BWW Review: Everyone Wins THE RED VELVET CAKE WAR BWW Review: Everyone Wins THE RED VELVET CAKE WAR
by Marietta Lunceford - June 13, 2016

When people in the community try their hand at theatre, including people with no experience and do so with fun and love while raising money for a good cause, I think we are all winners. And to quote THE RED VELVET CAKE WARS , 'you can agree with me, or you can be wrong!' Kudos to the Episcopal Churc... (more...)
BWW Review: DIE FLEDERMAUS Captures Quality BWW Review: DIE FLEDERMAUS Captures Quality
by Marietta Lunceford - June 11, 2016

If laughter is the best medicine, then I will not be sick for the rest of the year. Between the hilarious plays I have seen recently and last night's DIE FLEDERMAUS (The Bat), I have certainly had a couple of weeks full of chuckles. Birmingham is certainly the place to be if you need a laugh this we... (more...)
BWW Review: THE EXPLORERS CLUB Unearths Hilarity BWW Review: THE EXPLORERS CLUB Unearths Hilarity
by Marietta Lunceford - June 10, 2016

THE EXPLORERS CLUB at Theatre Downtown is an Alabama premiere that takes you away from the ordinary and whisks you to 1879 London. Set in the bar and meeting room of an all male club, you quickly forget the world you live in and are transported away.... (more...)
BWW Review: PALS Shows Superior Effort BWW Review: PALS Shows Superior Effort
by Marietta Lunceford - June 08, 2016

PALS, an original work written by nine students from Spain Park High School and drama teacher Eric Reid St. John, is based on letters from and some of the events of World War I. When the British joined the war, Lord Kitchener, the Secretary of War decided to make brigades out of groups of young men... (more...)
BWW Review: I Loved I HATE HAMLET BWW Review: I Loved I HATE HAMLET
by Marietta Lunceford - June 04, 2016

What can an actor do when his series is cancelled and he isn't sure where to go from there? Head to NYC and perform Shakespeare in the park, of course. But what if that actor is scared of playing Hamlet and not sure of his own abilities? And what if he finds himself in John Barrymore's old apartment... (more...)
BWW Review: SOPHIE TUCKER: Last of the Red Hot Mamas BWW Review: SOPHIE TUCKER: Last of the Red Hot Mamas
by Marietta Lunceford - May 20, 2016

I have been looking forward to tonight ever since I got a small preview of Tam DeBolt as Sophie Tucker during the opening weekend of the Lyric Theatre. And rightly so. SOPHIE TUCKER is one of the most entertaining and real performances I have ever seen.... (more...)
BWW Review: AS YOU LIKE IT Is the Right Amount of a Good Thing BWW Review: AS YOU LIKE IT Is the Right Amount of a Good Thing
by Marietta Lunceford - May 13, 2016

One of the least talked about and yet most wonderful things about our area is the Alabama School of Fine Arts, situated in downtown Birmingham. It boasts the beautiful Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre. Although I have been to this theatre several times, today was the first time to be in the building duri... (more...)
BWW Review: SISTER ACT Warrants Praise BWW Review: SISTER ACT Warrants Praise
by Marietta Lunceford - May 07, 2016

Having just seen a beautiful production of THE SECRET GARDEN at Red Mountain Theatre Company two short weeks ago, I was surprised to turn my calendar and realize I was headed back there so soon for SISTER ACT. Once again, RMTC has outdone themselves with a stellar performance.... (more...)
BWW Review: STEEL MAGNOLIAS Delivers Emotion BWW Review: STEEL MAGNOLIAS Delivers Emotion
by Marietta Lunceford - April 29, 2016

Theatre Downtown brings yet another production of STEEL MAGNOLIAS to the Birmingham area. If you haven't seen this classic, don't miss this chance. Since everyone has just done it, it might be awhile before you get the opportunity again.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SECRET GARDEN Blooms Beautifully BWW Review: THE SECRET GARDEN Blooms Beautifully
by Marietta Lunceford - April 23, 2016

In sharp contrast to last night's irreverent and rock filled AMERICAN IDIOT, I once again have seen how diverse and amazing theatre is in Birmingham. Tonight I went to see THE SECRET GARDEN at Red Mountain Theatre Company. For all of the cursing, adult themes and rawness of last night, tonight was o... (more...)
BWW Review: Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT Takes Risk BWW Review: Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT Takes Risk
by Marietta Lunceford - April 22, 2016

AMERICAN IDIOT at Birmingham-Southern College is edgy, gritty and all that you want it to be. BSC took a risk doing a current and potentially controversial show and for students of art, a risk like that is almost always worth it.... (more...)
BWW Review: FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL Needs Work BWW Review: FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL Needs Work
by Marietta Lunceford - April 18, 2016

According to Theatre League president Mark Edelman, FLASHDANCE , which was seen this weekend as part of the Broadway in Birmingham series, is a new production. This tour marks 'the next stage in the development of this work.' In an email to season ticket holders Edelman explains that 'since the prem... (more...)
BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING Moves Audience BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING Moves Audience
by Marietta Lunceford - April 14, 2016

UAB (The University of Alabama at Birmingham) is known for its world class medical school and hospital and lately for having its football program cancelled and then reinstated. But what you might not realize is the superior theatre department that UAB has. After seeing SPRING AWAKENING there last ni... (more...)
BWW Review: ARSENIC AND OLD LACE Exceeds Expectations BWW Review: ARSENIC AND OLD LACE Exceeds Expectations
by Marietta Lunceford - April 09, 2016

I have spent many wonderful hours at South City Theatre, both on stage and in the audience. South City has a reputation for picking out enjoyable plays and doing a good job presenting them. I don't usually miss one of their plays, but this time I almost did. ARSENIC AND OLD LACE is not one of my fav... (more...)
BWW Review: SONS OF THE PROPHET Hurts So Good BWW Review: SONS OF THE PROPHET Hurts So Good
by Marietta Lunceford - April 03, 2016

When life becomes almost too much to handle, where do you turn? I say, to the theatre! And SONS OF THE PROPHET written by Stephen Karam at Birmingham Festival Theatre shows us that humor can get us through the pain. SONS OF THE PROPHET has a warning on its poster- 'This show may cause various emotio... (more...)
BWW Review: FIRST KISSES Creates Memories BWW Review: FIRST KISSES Creates Memories
by Marietta Lunceford - April 02, 2016

Following the lives of John and Mary, FIRST KISSES covers over 60 years of friendship. At first the 11 year olds are not sure how they feel about being friends with someone of the opposite sex, but they later look back to realize they loved each other from the start.Going through deaths, lost loves,... (more...)
BWW Review: ALL IN THE TIMING Stages Six Plays BWW Review: ALL IN THE TIMING Stages Six Plays
by Marietta Lunceford - March 18, 2016

Theatre Downtown billed ALL IN THE TIMING as 'Six plays. Seventeen actors. Lots of Laughs.' and I have to say that they got that right. ALL IN THE TIMING includes six short plays by David Ives and there were lots of new faces and lots of laughs.... (more...)
BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Rocks the House BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Rocks the House
by Marietta Lunceford - March 14, 2016

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET grabs you from the very first moment with music. With no lead in other than the writing projected on the curtain before the show begins, "Blue Suede Shoes" starts the audience on a fast paced 90 minutes of almost continuous hits. And the music is definitely the star of the sho... (more...)
BWW Review: WHITE LIGHTNING Sprints to Action BWW Review: WHITE LIGHTNING Sprints to Action
by Marietta Lunceford - March 04, 2016

What do the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and NASCAR have in common? Up until last night, I would have said, 'Absolutely nothing!' But last night changed all of that when the Talladega Superspeedway sponsored the world premiere of WHITE LIGHTNING, a 'romantic action adventure' about the roots of sto... (more...)