Houston Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: The WORLD ACCORDING TO SNOOPY Is a True Regal for the Beagle BWW Review: The WORLD ACCORDING TO SNOOPY Is a True Regal for the Beagle
by Kelvin Douglas - June 15, 2017

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SNOOPY simply takes the cake.... (more...)
BWW Review: Things Get Freaky at the Alley In FREAKY FRIDAY BWW Review: Things Get Freaky at the Alley In FREAKY FRIDAY
by Gary Laird - June 15, 2017

FREAKY FRIDAY, a new musical from Disney, is based on the 1976 original movie and 2003 remake of the same name. It's a simple premise. Career mother and teenage daughter don't get along. (Stop me if you've heard this one.)... (more...)
BWW Review: 1984 is Doubleplusungood at Obsidian Theater BWW Review: 1984 is Doubleplusungood at Obsidian Theater
by Brett Cullum - June 03, 2017

It's certainly a relevant piece for our time, and I applaud the intention of bringing it to life in this era of political debate and mistrust of the media. But if you're going to dig this one up then have the nerve to make it feel dangerously close to the outside world.... (more...)
BWW Review: North American Premiere of Bintley's TEMPEST Takes the Wortham by Storm BWW Review: North American Premiere of Bintley's TEMPEST Takes the Wortham by Storm
by Gary Laird - June 02, 2017

The Houston Ballet brings one of the most theatrical of the Bard's plays to life in a lavish production by choreographer David Bintley. No expense was spared; no stop un-pulled in this story of love, revenge, magic, and complicated skullduggery that this play provides in abundance. Or maybe overabun... (more...)
BWW Review: FUN HOME Shakes the Foundations at Theatre Under The Stars BWW Review: FUN HOME Shakes the Foundations at Theatre Under The Stars
by Brett Cullum - May 18, 2017

It's a deeply emotional musical telling the story of a lesbian girl as she navigates her way through life with a closeted gay father. The Broadway Production won the Tony in 2015 for Best Musical as well as top honors for its book and score. It is a handsome show, acted expertly, and it will move an... (more...)
BWW Review: LOBBY HERO AT 4TH Wall Theatre Company BWW Review: LOBBY HERO AT 4TH Wall Theatre Company
by Jenny Taylor Moodie - May 14, 2017

Directed by Kim Tobin-Lehl and Jennifer Dean, LOBBY HERO is realistic and gritty with characters that are built from deep within.... (more...)
BWW Review: BARBER OF SEVILLE On the Cutting Edge at Classical Theatre Co. BWW Review: BARBER OF SEVILLE On the Cutting Edge at Classical Theatre Co.
by Guest Blogger: Kelvin Douglas - April 18, 2017

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE (the eighteenth century play written by French native Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, not Rossini's opera) makes for a charming spectacle at Classical Theatre Company.... (more...)
BWW Review: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Soars at Sam Houston Race Park BWW Review: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Soars at Sam Houston Race Park
by Gary Laird - April 17, 2017

KURIOS, Cabinet of Curiosities, written and directed by Michel Laprise, creates a world vaguely 19th-century, with overtones of the French filmmaker Georges Melies. It's a world populated by fantastic beings, all going about their business with a will, whatever that business may be. It doesn't reall... (more...)
BWW Review: GRAND CONCOURSE forgives at Main Street Theater BWW Review: GRAND CONCOURSE forgives at Main Street Theater
by Brett Cullum - April 16, 2017

The actors are amazing, the set is handsomely appointed, and the lighting design is creative and well executed. It fascinates for a while. But once the finale fizzles from a lapse in logic, GRAND CONCOURSE proves to be an exercise in dramatic frustration.... (more...)
BWW CD Review: Tyce's HERO Rocks With Precision, Lacks Emotion BWW CD Review: Tyce's HERO Rocks With Precision, Lacks Emotion
by David Clarke - April 12, 2017

For HERO, Tyce's rocker persona is front and center as he sings the best of Jim Steinman. Across the dual disc album, he uses an edgy bravado when singing the songs, skrelts when the music calls for it, but doesn't fully commit to the gritty emotions of these beloved rock hits.... (more...)
BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS Sparkles and Shines at TUTS BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS Sparkles and Shines at TUTS
by Bryan-Keyth Wilson - April 09, 2017

BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS Sparkles and Shines at TUTS... (more...)
BWW Review: AN ACT OF GOD Descends at the Alley BWW Review: AN ACT OF GOD Descends at the Alley
by Gary Laird - March 27, 2017

For those of you who may have been wondering about God's whereabouts, or worrying about his well-being, I can now report that he's alive and well and doing stand-up at the Alley Theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: Houston Ballet's LEGENDS AND PRODIGY ASTOUNDS BWW Review: Houston Ballet's LEGENDS AND PRODIGY ASTOUNDS
by Gary Laird - March 18, 2017

Houston Ballet's program of three contemporary ballets, running now at THE WORTHAM CENTER, is breath-taking. This is the first of many adjectives I will reach for in this review. I may run out, but you'll get the drift.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Asks the Musical Question, 'SHALL WE DANCE?' BWW Review: The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Asks the Musical Question, 'SHALL WE DANCE?'
by Gary Laird - March 16, 2017

The latest iteration of the production on tour is crafted with care and performed with verve. It's an 'old-fashioned' Broadway staple, and it never wears out its welcome. It unabashedly tugs at the heartstrings, tickles the funny bone and jerks the tears, just as it did when it opened 66 years ago ... (more...)
BWW Review: FIVE COURSE LOVE serves it at Stages Repertory Theatre BWW Review: FIVE COURSE LOVE serves it at Stages Repertory Theatre
by Brett Cullum - March 14, 2017

Stages has assembled a "dream team" trio of comedians who can sing, and they make 5 COURSE love zip along with glee and pep. This is not a heavy night at the theatre, but a silly romp that should have audiences leaving with a big grin.... (more...)
BWW Review: GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS says F*** YOU at Dirt Dogs Theatre Co BWW Review: GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS says F*** YOU at Dirt Dogs Theatre Co
by Brett Cullum - March 11, 2017

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS stands the test of time because old white men are still jerks and Mamet is a genius at creating dialogue for them.... (more...)
BWW Review: HOUSTON BALLET Resets CINDERELLA at Wortham Theater Center BWW Review: HOUSTON BALLET Resets CINDERELLA at Wortham Theater Center
by Gary Laird - March 06, 2017

In this retelling of the beloved fairy tale, pretty much everything is thrown out the window for a darker, edgier story of an independent woman fighting against her circumstances for a chance at a better life.... (more...)
BWW Review: TREVOR Monkeys Around at Catastrophic Theatre BWW Review: TREVOR Monkeys Around at Catastrophic Theatre
by Brett Cullum - February 28, 2017

TREVOR is what the Catastrophic Theatre does best - funny and provocative work that has much to say about the human condition. It's fascinating it takes a celebrity-obsessed chimpanzee to deliver the most human and touching of performances thanks to the combination of Kyle Sturdivant's acting prowe... (more...)
BWW Review: Josephine Reigns Supreme in THE LAST NIGHT OF JOSEPHINE BAKER at Midtown Arts Center BWW Review: Josephine Reigns Supreme in THE LAST NIGHT OF JOSEPHINE BAKER at Midtown Arts Center
by Gary Laird - February 27, 2017

Josephine reigns supreme in THE LAST NIGHT OF JOSEPHINE BAKER.... (more...)
BWW Review: LET THE RIGHT ONE IN a Frightening, Captivating Good Time BWW Review: LET THE RIGHT ONE IN a Frightening, Captivating Good Time
by Natalie de la Garza - February 27, 2017

With the National Theatre of Scotland's production of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN coming to town, I approached with trepidation. How would that quiet, atmospheric film translate onto the stage. The answer, it turns out, is damn well. Jack Thorne's LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is damn close to a perfect play.... (more...)
BWW Review: TUTS Delivers the Perfect Recipe in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS BWW Review: TUTS Delivers the Perfect Recipe in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
by Gary Laird - February 23, 2017

A frothy souffle of a musical.... (more...)
BWW Review: PASSING STRANGE Rocks Out at Standing Room Only Productions BWW Review: PASSING STRANGE Rocks Out at Standing Room Only Productions
by Brett Cullum - February 23, 2017

This story is universal, but the intricate score and stellar cast are unique and astounding.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE GHOST SONATA Haunts at Classical Theatre Company BWW Review: THE GHOST SONATA Haunts at Classical Theatre Company
by Gary Laird - February 11, 2017

After two hours, plus intermission, I left the theater feeling as though I had just attended a concert superbly played by an orchestra of virtuoso performers and conducted by a maestro.... (more...)
BWW Review: DRY POWDER Teaches the Art of the Deal at Alley Theatre BWW Review: DRY POWDER Teaches the Art of the Deal at Alley Theatre
by Gary Laird - February 01, 2017

Sarah Burgess's new play at the ALLEY, DRY POWDER teaches us the art of the deal.... (more...)
BWW Review: A CURIOUS INCIDENT Occurs Onstage At The Hobby Center BWW Review: A CURIOUS INCIDENT Occurs Onstage At The Hobby Center
by Gary Laird - January 27, 2017

The play is a cauldron of emotion, presenting a range of human behaviors for Christopher to navigate, and hopefully, conquer.... (more...)