Memphis Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: KILLER JOE at TheatreWorks BWW Review: KILLER JOE at TheatreWorks
by Austin McLellan - May 18, 2017

KILLER JOE opened this past weekend at TheatreWorks, under the direction of James Kevin Cochran. Written by Tracy Letts in 1993, this production from New Moon Theatre is raucous fun, and expertly presented. If you're looking for an evening of raw yet captivating entertainment, go check out Killer Jo... (more...)
BWW Review: LORD OF THE FLIES at Playhouse On The Square BWW Review: LORD OF THE FLIES at Playhouse On The Square
by Austin McLellan - March 07, 2017

LORD OF THE FLIES opened this past weekend at Playhouse on the Square, and runs through March 26.... (more...)
BWW Review: OTHER PEOPLE'S HAPPINESS at TheatreWorks BWW Review: OTHER PEOPLE'S HAPPINESS at TheatreWorks
by Austin McLellan - January 10, 2017

Adam Seidel's new play OTHER PEOPLE'S HAPPINESS premiered this weekend at TheatreWorks, and runs through Jan 29. Under the direction of Leah Bray Nichols, this play won the 2015-16 NewWorks@TheWorks Playwriting Competition.... (more...)
BWW Review: Endearing ANNIE Graces the Memphis Orpheum BWW Review: Endearing ANNIE Graces the Memphis Orpheum
by Caroline Sposto - December 15, 2016

It's the time of year to reflect on the past and enjoy familiar stories that warm our hearts. In otherwords, 'tis the season for ANNIE. That spunky waif has been part of our American culture for more than 130 years. She was first penned into existence by poet James Whitcomb Riley in 1885. His poem, ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CEMETERY CLUB at TheatreWorks BWW Review: THE CEMETERY CLUB at TheatreWorks
by Austin McLellan - November 14, 2016

THE CEMETERY CLUB opened this weekend at TheatreWorks, under the direction of Terry Twyman. Written by Ivan Menchell, the play premiered in 1990. This Cloud 9 production only runs through Nov 20, so mark your calendar. You'll want to see it.... (more...)
BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS Serenade Memphis at the Orpheum Theatre BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS Serenade Memphis at the Orpheum Theatre
by Caroline Sposto - October 29, 2016

JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. This award-winning show has been running on Broadway for more than ten years. Its wild popularity spawned touring companies that have been breaking box office records in venues around the world. It was adapted into a film, produced and ... (more...)
BWW Review: King Charles III Rules at Playhouse BWW Review: King Charles III Rules at Playhouse
by Caroline Sposto - October 06, 2016

KING CHARLES III closed on Broadway earlier this year. And though it won an Olivier Award, I suspect this regional premiere will be a rare opportunity to see this show -- or at least a quality production of it. Done right, as it is by Playhouse on the Square, it's an absorbing and memorable evening ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: DISGRACED at Circuit Playhouse BWW Reviews: DISGRACED at Circuit Playhouse
by Austin McLellan - August 22, 2016

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BWW Review: HARRIET TUBMAN Comes to Life at The Evergreen Theatre BWW Review: HARRIET TUBMAN Comes to Life at The Evergreen Theatre
by Caroline Sposto - July 16, 2016

In 1849, a twenty-eight year-old former slave named Harriet Tubman risked her life to lead a group of other slaves to freedom. Over the course of ten years, she made an additional nineteen trips. She didn't lose any of her three hundred 'passengers' on The Underground Railroad. They called her 'Mose... (more...)
BWW Review: MOONVINE at TheatreWorks BWW Review: MOONVINE at TheatreWorks
by Austin McLellan - July 11, 2016

MOONVINE opened this weekend at TheatreWorks. Directed by Ken Zimmerman, this play by Teri K. Feigelson won the 2014-15 NewWorks@TheWorks Playwriting competition. It plays Thur- Sat evenings, with Sunday matinees through July 31.... (more...)
BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Tells a tale of two acts BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Tells a tale of two acts
by Daniel Martine - July 05, 2016

The actors in this Circuit Playhouse production, directed by Bob Hetherington, are uniformly excellent, if overly energized.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE OUTGOING TIDE at Theatreworks BWW Review: THE OUTGOING TIDE at Theatreworks
by Austin McLellan - June 27, 2016

Cloud 9 Memphis Presents THE OUTGOING TIDE at Theatreworks, directed by S.A. Weakley.... (more...)
BWW Review: ORPHEUS DESCENDING at the Evergreen BWW Review: ORPHEUS DESCENDING at the Evergreen
by Austin McLellan - June 21, 2016

The New Moon Theatre Company brings a fresh serving of Tennessee Williams to Memphis. ORPHEUS DESCENDING, directed by Gene Elliot, opened last weekend at the Evergreen Theater.... (more...)
BWW Review: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Goes Great Guns at The Memphis Orpheum BWW Review: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Goes Great Guns at The Memphis Orpheum
by Caroline Sposto - May 20, 2016

The lights come up, jazz age gangsters rush the stage and fire at the backdrop with their machine guns, and the words BULLETS OVER BROADWAY appears in lights--a perfect intro for a madcap caper. Let the fun begin!... (more...)
BWW Review: Playhouse's MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL Comes 'Home' BWW Review: Playhouse's MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL Comes 'Home'
by Joseph Baker - May 09, 2016

When Director and Co-Choreographer Jordan Nichols first saw and enjoyed MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL, he knew that he just had to stage a production in the city itself; as polished and entertaining as it was, it needed just a little something . . . 'an infusion of Memphis grit.' In Playhouse on the Square's ... (more...)
BWW Review:  Ah-choo!  Theatre Memphis Gets HAY FEVER BWW Review: Ah-choo! Theatre Memphis Gets HAY FEVER
by Joseph Baker - May 06, 2016

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BWW Review: Strong Cast Inhabits THE COUNTRY HOUSE at Circuit Playhouse BWW Review: Strong Cast Inhabits THE COUNTRY HOUSE at Circuit Playhouse
by Caroline Sposto - May 05, 2016

Bucolic setting are wonderful . . . until it rains and everyone is wall-to-wall unpacking their baggage, airing their dirty laundry, calling each other on the carpet, and climbing the walls. At least that's what happens in THE COUNTRY HOUSE by Donald Marguiles. It's an explicit homage to Chekhov -- ... (more...)
BWW Review: CentreStage's AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE - And Just What Would Ibsen Write About Flint, Michigan? BWW Review: CentreStage's AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE - And Just What Would Ibsen Write About Flint, Michigan?
by Joseph Baker - May 02, 2016

As the curtain prepares to close on the theatre season in Memphis, 'tried and true' standards -- A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at Germantown Community Theatre and HAY FEVER at Theatre Memphis -- are competing stage to stage with powerhouse musicals -- MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL at Playhouse on the Square. Eas... (more...)
BWW Review: Hattiloo Theatre's MARCUS; OR THE SECRET OF SWEET Offers Dreams for Some, Nightmares for Others BWW Review: Hattiloo Theatre's MARCUS; OR THE SECRET OF SWEET Offers Dreams for Some, Nightmares for Others
by Joseph Baker - April 18, 2016

On the surface, Hattiloo Theatre's streamlined production of Tarrell Alvin McCraney's MARCUS; OR THE SECRET OF SWEET might seem a variation on a familiar theme: A young man troubled by dreams and conflicted about his identity seems to 'hit a brick wall' when he turns to others to try discover why he... (more...)
BWW Review: Circuit Entrances With PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL BWW Review: Circuit Entrances With PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL
by Joseph Baker - March 28, 2016

I remember when, in the 1930's Shirley Temple vehicle POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL, poor Jack Haley and Alice Faye had to implore, 'You've Gotta Each Your Spinach, Baby'; and in Circuit's charming (and short) production of PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL, with Book and Lyrics by Elizabeth and Victoria Kern and Mu... (more...)
BWW Review: Emerald Theatre's 1 IN 10 Proves Both Intimate and Universal BWW Review: Emerald Theatre's 1 IN 10 Proves Both Intimate and Universal
by Joseph Baker - March 21, 2016

Just last weekend I saw one of Theatre Memphis' most outstanding musical productions, Stephen Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS. It had everything an audience would want: Wondrous sets and costumes, brilliant singers, imaginative staging. Then, this weekend, I wandered into the quiet intimacy of Emerald T... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Raises Cain at the Orpheum BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Raises Cain at the Orpheum
by Caroline Sposto - March 18, 2016

Typically the press night buzz at the Memphis Orpheum starts in the lobby . . . or at least inside the foyer. Last night, however, it radiated for two square blocks in all directions as Mormon missionaries turned out in force to meet and greet theater goers. These clean-cut, youth, armed with litera... (more...)
BWW Review: Circuit's PAGEANT Offers 50 Shades of Pink BWW Review: Circuit's PAGEANT Offers 50 Shades of Pink
by Joseph Baker - March 14, 2016

If you decide to attend Circuit Playhouse's production of PAGEANT in the next few weeks, and if you find yourself blushing at some of the eyebrow-raising humor, there's no need for alarm: Pink cheeks will blend right in, as the stage, many of the dresses and gowns, and much of the make-up are redole... (more...)
BWW Review: Theatre Memphis Astonishes With INTO THE WOODS BWW Review: Theatre Memphis Astonishes With INTO THE WOODS
by Joseph Baker - March 14, 2016

Stephen Sondheim himself is kind of a 'GIANT,' if you think about it. Over the last decades he has been responsible for raising the (musical) bar in musical theater with lyrics and music that can take an audience far beyond Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'bright golden haze on the meadow.' SWEENEY TODD, ... (more...)
BWW Review: Playhouse Stages a Large Scale ALL THE WAY BWW Review: Playhouse Stages a Large Scale ALL THE WAY
by Joseph Baker - March 07, 2016

'I am in blood stepped in so far that should I wade no more, / Returning were as tedious as go o'er,' says Macbeth in William Shakespeare's tragedy of the same name. I have always felt that these lines could have described President Lyndon Johnson as he doggedly followed his disastrous course in Vie... (more...)