Nashville Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: Woven Theatre's Exquisite and Enlightening SILENT SKY BWW Review: Woven Theatre's Exquisite and Enlightening SILENT SKY
by Jeffrey Ellis - July 24, 2017

Nashville audiences have become rather familiar with the work of Lauren Gunderson, the most produced living American playwright of the 2016-17 season, primarily due to works presented by Tennessee Women's Theater Project. Now, thanks to an impressive production of her Silent Sky, by Woven Theatre Co... (more...)
BWW Review: Destiny Theatre Experience's MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT Burns Bright BWW Review: Destiny Theatre Experience's MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT Burns Bright
by Jeffrey Ellis - July 22, 2017

Despite its provocative title and abundant profanity (or maybe even because of it), Stephen Adly Guirgis' The Motherf**ker With the Hat is actually filled with a lot of humanity and heart, enough that you'll find it difficult to shake off the story and its characters long after the final scene has p... (more...)
BWW Review: Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva's Dazzling and Stunning Billie Holiday Can't Be Missed BWW Review: Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva's Dazzling and Stunning Billie Holiday Can't Be Missed
by Jeffrey Ellis - July 17, 2017

Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva's miraculous transformation into music legend Billie Holiday may well be the performance of 2017, theater-wise, in a city where we revere and venerate our favorite vocalists. But in Music City, where live theater is often perceived as a mere afterthought by the entertainment ... (more...)
BWW Review: Theater Bug's Funny and Wry New Musical IF I WERE YOU BWW Review: Theater Bug's Funny and Wry New Musical IF I WERE YOU
by Jeffrey Ellis - July 15, 2017

Once again, Cori Laemmel and Laura Matula - along with their team of creative collaborators and their always surprising and courageous troupe of young actors at The Theater Bug - have achieved much with their latest original musical. If I Were You, which focuses on four young protagonists gives the ... (more...)
BWW Review: Ryan Bowie Brings Back His Amazing HEDWIG To The Roxy BWW Review: Ryan Bowie Brings Back His Amazing HEDWIG To The Roxy
by Jeffrey Ellis - July 05, 2017

Ryan Bowie revives his amazing performance as the 'international song stylist' Hedwig Schmidt in the latest incarnation of Hedwig and The Angry Inch, now onstage at Clarksville's Roxy Regional Theatre through July 15. No matter if you saw him in 2014 during the show's initial run at theotherspace at... (more...)
BWW Review: KB Productions' THE WATER'S EDGE by Theresa Rebeck BWW Review: KB Productions' THE WATER'S EDGE by Theresa Rebeck
by Jeffrey Ellis - July 05, 2017

Performed amid a gorgeous, bucolic setting, the latest offering from Nashville's KB Productions - a retelling of Theresa Rebeck's Greek tragedy cum American family drama The Water's Edge - is performed upon what may be the most detailed, stunningly conceived and beautifully realized set ever seen on... (more...)
BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! Wows Nashville Audiences During Show's TPAC Run BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! Wows Nashville Audiences During Show's TPAC Run
by Jeffrey Ellis - June 29, 2017

Nashville audiences have long been noted for their generosity in rewarding performances with a standing ovation - to the point that they have become rather commonplace - but never before have we witnessed a 'standing O' at the end of a particularly raucous, thoroughly inspiring and resolutely entert... (more...)
BWW Review: Street Theatre Company's Social Media-Inspired PIPPIN BWW Review: Street Theatre Company's Social Media-Inspired PIPPIN
by Jeffrey Ellis - June 20, 2017

Musical theater lends itself to the "high concept" approach, to be certain, even if it doesn't always add to the overall success of a production. Case in point: Street Theatre Company's current revival of Stephen Schwartz's Pippin, onstage through June 25 at Holy Trinity Community Church in Nashvill... (more...)
BWW Review: So Good It's Addictive...ACT 1's REEFER MADNESS BWW Review: So Good It's Addictive...ACT 1's REEFER MADNESS
by Jeffrey Ellis - June 19, 2017

'Over-the-top' and 'larger-than-life' are but two of the descriptive phrases that may be used in reference to both director Jason Lewis and his latest theatrical project Reefer Madness the Musical - and, in both instances, they are equally justified. In all honesty, who else better than he to helm a... (more...)
BWW Review: SISTER ACT Heralds A Return to the Glory Days at Chaffin's Barn BWW Review: SISTER ACT Heralds A Return to the Glory Days at Chaffin's Barn
by Jeffrey Ellis - June 09, 2017

Back in the day, theatrically speaking, there was something you could always count on in Nashville: some of the very best (if not the best) summer musicals could be found at one venue - Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre. All manner of classic stage musicals were staged at the Barn over the years, rangin... (more...)
BWW Review: Knight's Performance Elevates Verge Theater Company's THE WHALE BWW Review: Knight's Performance Elevates Verge Theater Company's THE WHALE
by Jeffrey Ellis - June 06, 2017

Shawn Knight's stunning and transformative performance as the 600-pound protagonist in Samuel D. Hunter's The Whale - now onstage in a new production from Verge Theater Company to launch its third season - elevates the script beyond its stage-bound limitations, guaranteeing two hours of reflection a... (more...)
BWW Review: EMERGENCE Exudes Artistic Expression and Individuality BWW Review: EMERGENCE Exudes Artistic Expression and Individuality
by Cillea Houghton - June 05, 2017

The Nashville Ballet has a special way of producing unique works you've never seen before. EMERGENCE is its yearly production that opens viewers eyes to the creative process, offering an "artistic experiment" unlike any other, and the 2017 production is no exception.... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Captivates Nashville BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Captivates Nashville
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 24, 2017

Carole King is an American treasure: a singer/songwriter of much renown, she possesses the showbiz bona fides that place her among the highest echelons of creative endeavor and for more than 50 years, she has provided the soundtrack for the lives of so many of us that you can't help but be caught up... (more...)
BWW Review: A SECOND HELPING at Cumberland County Playhouse BWW Review: A SECOND HELPING at Cumberland County Playhouse
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 23, 2017

You might be surprised by this, but A Second Helping, the musical now onstage through the weekend at Cumberland County Playhouse' Adventure Theatre, has more in common with The Godfather, Part II than you might expect. Both of them, as sequels to the original material that spawned them, do something... (more...)
BWW Review: Cumberland County Playhouse's Magnificent MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET BWW Review: Cumberland County Playhouse's Magnificent MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 22, 2017

Ross Griffin's dramatically flamboyant portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis in Cumberland County Playhouse's magnificent production of the Tony Award-winning Million Dollar Quartet would be reason enough to buy a ticket to see the fast-moving, tune-filled salute to one of music's most legendary nights that ... (more...)
BWW Review: Angels in England, or rather ACT 1's NOISES OFF BWW Review: Angels in England, or rather ACT 1's NOISES OFF
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 13, 2017

Make no mistake about it, Michael Frayn's Noises Off, is a rollicking, hilarious roller coaster ride of mirth and merriment – the quintessential British farce, replete with slamming doors, mistaken identities, sexual escapades and all the other necessary ingredients needed to create a memorable nigh... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAU JEST Is Back In Fine Form At Chaffin's Barn BWW Review: BEAU JEST Is Back In Fine Form At Chaffin's Barn
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 12, 2017

Funny and familiar, James Sherman's Beau Jest might well be considered perfect dinner theater fare: spread across two hours, the comedy is easily digested and the players - this time, the estimable ensemble assembled by director Martha Wilkinson for the latest incarnation at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Th... (more...)
BWW Review: 1,600 Words About Why You Should Go See SPAMALOT At Studio Tenn BWW Review: 1,600 Words About Why You Should Go See SPAMALOT At Studio Tenn
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 08, 2017

Whether it's seeing Matt Logan as King Arthur galumphing around onstage, as if astride a horse with Garris Wimmer not far behind providing the necessary sound effects with two halves of one empty coconut shell, or watching Jake Speck, as a feckless wannabe Knight of the Round Table, crap his pants a... (more...)
BWW Review: Nashville Ballet Debuts Christopher Stuart's 7 DEADLY SINS BWW Review: Nashville Ballet Debuts Christopher Stuart's 7 DEADLY SINS
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 05, 2017

Pride. Greed. Envy. Sloth. Gluttony. Lust. Wrath. Collectively, they are the seven deadly sins - the cardinal sins, the antitheses of the seven virtues. Creatively, they are the inspiration for choreographer Christopher Stuart's most recent work, 7 Deadly Sins featuring music by the Nashville-based ... (more...)
BWW Review: CURIOUS INCIDENT... at TPAC Could Change Your Life BWW Review: CURIOUS INCIDENT... at TPAC Could Change Your Life
by Jeffrey Ellis - April 26, 2017

The power of theater to transport and to transform is felt most acutely - experienced most vividly - in Simon Stephens' play Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based upon the novel of the same name by Mark Haddon, now onstage at Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall thro... (more...)
BWW Review: NSF & Lipscomb's Provocative Take on RICHARD II BWW Review: NSF & Lipscomb's Provocative Take on RICHARD II
by Jeffrey Ellis - April 16, 2017

Carrie Brewer's fiery portrayal of the man who would ultimately become King Henry IV is certain to resonate with audiences for the compelling production of William Shakespeare's Richard II - onstage at Shamblin Theatre through April 23 in a joint production from Nashville Shakespeare Festival and Li... (more...)
BWW Review: Swafford's Overly Earnest CRAZY ALL THESE YEARS BWW Review: Swafford's Overly Earnest CRAZY ALL THESE YEARS
by Jeffrey Ellis - April 16, 2017

Strong performances from a quartet of Nashville actors and capable writing and direction by Jeff Swafford should be enough to create a compelling and engaging stage play. Unfortunately, those elements don't add up to what we'd hoped for in Woodland Entertainment's production of Crazy All These Years... (more...)
BWW Review: Actors Bridge and Belmont Theatre Team Up for Provocative and Moving AMISH PROJECT BWW Review: Actors Bridge and Belmont Theatre Team Up for Provocative and Moving AMISH PROJECT
by Jeffrey Ellis - April 08, 2017

Actors Bridge Ensemble - Nashville's most forward-thinking and cutting-edge professional theater company - teams up once again with Belmont University Department of Theatre and Dance to celebrate their tenth anniversary as artistic collaborators with Jessica Dickey's The Amish Project, a moving and ... (more...)
BWW Review: With Effortless Style, Matthew Morrison Makes His Music City Debut BWW Review: With Effortless Style, Matthew Morrison Makes His Music City Debut
by Jeffrey Ellis - April 07, 2017

Oozing charm, exuding confidence and with a sense of effortless style, Broadway's song-and-dance man Matthew Morrison makes his Music City debut in a three-night stand at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, backed by the Grammy Award-winning musicians of the Nashville Symphony under the baton of conductor... (more...)
BWW Review: BUMT's Rollicking 9 to 5: THE MUSICAL Gives Dolly Her Due BWW Review: BUMT's Rollicking 9 to 5: THE MUSICAL Gives Dolly Her Due
by Jeffrey Ellis - March 27, 2017

Just in case you are unaware, heed this advice: There is perhaps no better place on earth to catch some future Broadway stars (and, no doubt, some Tony Award winners-to-be) than in Nashville. If there is any other more fertile breeding ground for musical theater stars than what you may find among th... (more...)