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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...)
BWW Review: THE JOHNS provokes white men at Mildred's Umbrella BWW Review: THE JOHNS provokes white men at Mildred's Umbrella
by Brett Cullum - January 20, 2017

It's a scary cautionary tale illuminating where we are today in regards to sex workers and the dangers they face being in the crosshairs of those with little regard for them.... (more...)
BWW Review: ROSE AND WALSH at Theatre Suburbia BWW Review: ROSE AND WALSH at Theatre Suburbia
by Brett Cullum - January 18, 2017

ROSE AND WALSH now playing at Theatre Suburbia is Neil Simon's meditation on how love lives on after death, and it serves as a reminder of what a great author can do with a good concept. It's a touching, sweet, and well produced evening out at Northwest Houston's longest running all-volunteer playh... (more...)
BWW Review: THE DESIGNATED MOURNER provokes at Catastrophic Theatre BWW Review: THE DESIGNATED MOURNER provokes at Catastrophic Theatre
by Brett Cullum - January 06, 2017

Above all else, it offers a glimpse into what could come to pass if we are not mindful and determined to keep our art groups like Catastrophic Theatre alive and well in the coming years. It's a meditation on the state of culture that is wisely timed by one of Houston's most daring theatre companies.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Hobby Center BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Hobby Center
by Bryan-Keyth Wilson - January 06, 2017

The city of Houston has been on news feeds with its share of religious drama. Kim Burrell's hateful rhetoric towards the gays has caused an uproar in the gay and Christian communities, and now the controversial religious satire musical BOOK OF MORMON, written by SOUTH PARK creators Trey Parker and M... (more...)
BWW Review: O LITTLE TOWN OF BAGELS, TEACAKES AND HAMBURGER BUNS at A.D. Players BWW Review: O LITTLE TOWN OF BAGELS, TEACAKES AND HAMBURGER BUNS at A.D. Players
by Bryan-Keyth Wilson - December 23, 2016

O LITTLE TOWN OF BAGELS, TEACAKES AND HAMBURGER BUNS is a soul-warming depiction of the true meaning of Christmas.... (more...)
BWW Review: Houston's Theater Under the Stars Ventures INTO THE WOODS BWW Review: Houston's Theater Under the Stars Ventures INTO THE WOODS
by Gary Laird - December 09, 2016

TUTS has done the seemingly impossible. They've made Sondheim cute.... (more...)
BWW Review: PANTO WONDERFUL WIZARD Gets Silly at Stages Repertory Theatre BWW Review: PANTO WONDERFUL WIZARD Gets Silly at Stages Repertory Theatre
by Brett Cullum - December 06, 2016

This year, STAGES reinvents OZ for a sardonic look at what 2016 means for America, all the while offering a fun, frothy musical on the surface. It's an odd mix of jabs at the federal government combined with a jingoistic love of all things Texas. It works though, and gosh darn it if it isn't fun!... (more...)
BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is Really Something at 4th Wall Theatre Company BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is Really Something at 4th Wall Theatre Company
by Jenny Taylor Moodie - December 04, 2016

BWW Review: 4th Wall Theatre Gives A Nice Spin To MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING... (more...)
BWW Review: Houston Ballet World Premiere of Stanton Welch's THE NUTCRACKER Is a World-Class Spectacle BWW Review: Houston Ballet World Premiere of Stanton Welch's THE NUTCRACKER Is a World-Class Spectacle
by Gary Laird - November 27, 2016

As re-imagined by Artistic Director Stanton Welch, the holiday classic pulses with new life and over-the-top theatrics reminiscent of 19th century production at its peak, but brought into the 21st by cutting-edge technology.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Alley Thinks We Need a Little Christmas. They're Right. BWW Review: The Alley Thinks We Need a Little Christmas. They're Right.
by Gary Laird - November 26, 2016

It's hokey. It's manipulative. It's just plain corny. And it's the spirit of the season.... (more...)
BWW Review: WOLF HALL PART II Brings Up the Bodies at Main Street Theater BWW Review: WOLF HALL PART II Brings Up the Bodies at Main Street Theater
by Gary Laird - November 22, 2016

That this work could be adaptedĀ at all for the stage, much less a small black box theater, is somewhat remarkable, but Udden and her team of more-than-capable actors and designers have done it proud.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE FIRST NOEL Lifts the Spirit at the Ensemble Theatre BWW Review: THE FIRST NOEL Lifts the Spirit at the Ensemble Theatre
by Jenny Taylor Moodie - November 21, 2016

BWW Review: THE FIRST NOEL Heals and Steals the Heart at the Ensemble Theatre... (more...)