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BWW Reviews: Stellar Casting Highlights Studio Tenn's Revival of A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Jeffrey Ellis - December 09, 2011

Restaging Studio Tenn's A Christmas Carol for the company's new home at the lavishly restored historic Franklin Theatre, director/designer Matt Logan manages to give new and invigorated life to the time-honored tale while interpreting it in a manner that is tremendously appealing and accessible, add... (more...)
BWW Reviews: BOEING-BOEING Brings Polished Performances and Stylish Seasonal Fun to Chaffin's Barn
by Jeffrey Ellis - December 04, 2011

Truth be told, seeing Martha Wilkinson in a black pageboy wig while she delivers a wonderfully droll comic character performance might be worth the price of a ticket to Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre's revival of Boeing-Boeing, the Marc Camoletti farce (adapted by Beverly Cross) under the direction o... (more...)
BWW Reviews: MTSU's Burgeoning Dance Program Shows Growth in Fall Dance Concert
by Jeffrey Ellis - December 02, 2011

Dance-the quality of performance, the merits of the performers, the creativity of the choreographers-at Middle Tennessee State University has certainly improved since the last time I reviewed the fall dance concert at MTSU. Of course, it was 32 years ago and the dance program at the university has g... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Actors Point Theatre Company Debuts With A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Jeffrey Ellis - December 02, 2011

With a plethora of theater productions of A Christmas Carol filling local stages throughout December, you'd be hard-pressed to not find yourself in the audience of one of those productions. But if you have the presence of mind-and a ticket-you'd search far and wide for a more pleasing rendition of C... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Stellar Performances and Skillful Direction Highlight OLIVER! at Boiler Room Theatre
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 23, 2011

Under the sure-handed direction of Morton, who has brought together an impressive cast of adult actors with two different casts of youngsters, the whole of Oliver! is remarkable, a thoroughly delightful evening of theater that allows those older thespians to show off their talents while showcasing t... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Matt Chiorini Returns 'Pseudo'-Triumphantly to Tennessee Rep's SANTALAND DIARIES
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 21, 2011

Directed by David Alford, who certainly knows his way around the breakroom (what with his own experiences playing Crumpet the elf, Sedaris' velvet smock/candy can tights-wearing doppelganger), The Santaland Diaries is the perfect seasonal antidote for the countless, treacly-sweet productions of A Ch... (more...)
BWW Reviews: ACT 1's FANN-MADE, PERMISSION-GRANTED, UNOFFICIAL PRODUCTION OF DR. HORRIBLE'S SING-ALONG BLOG
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 20, 2011

I can now feel the tiny pin pricks of the needles piercing the flesh of the Jef Ellis voodoo dolls held about the neck by various members of the cast and crew as they exact their revenge while they continue reading this review. I say: Bring it on! Sticks and stones and all that...... (more...)
BWW Reviews: 'Extraordinary' Performances Highlight Street Theatre Company's RAGTIME IN CONCERT
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 17, 2011

More to the point, Ragtime in Concert at Street Theatre Company is not to be missed. It is an awe-inspiring night of theater, staged with confidence and a practiced eye for what works visually by Cathy Street and Jane Kelley (who also conducts the 30-some member ensemble) and featuring the always si... (more...)
BWW Reviews: MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL Brings Its Electrifying and 'Fantastical' Tale to Music City
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 16, 2011

Memphis, the musical, is a lot like Memphis, the city: You either love it or you hate it. But if you let its sincerely heartfelt story and evocatively written music wend its way into your heart, you'll find your soul. With the national touring company now ensconced at Tennessee Performing Arts Cente... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Belmont University Theatre's THE ANTICS OF ROMANTICS Offers Frivolous Improv Fun
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 13, 2011

With audience participation required to bring it fully to life onstage, Jeff Wirth's The Antics of Romantics is overflowing with imagination and creativity, making it one of the most exhilarating theater offerings we've seen this season. Directed stylishly - with generous wit and flashes of comic br... (more...)
BWW Reviews: NCT's Rambunctious JUNIE B. Welcomes The Holiday Season in Fine Fashion
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 12, 2011

Truth be told, seeing Henry Haggard and Jeff Boyet playing first graders may be enough to ensure that you get yourself to Nashville Children's Theatre for the company's wonderfully entertaining production of Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells. But the production holds so many delightful riches ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: THE ALL NIGHT STRUT Brings Swing-Era Glamour to The Keeton Theatre
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 10, 2011

Ginger Newman and Kate Adams-Johnson have perfected the recipe for musical success: Take three ginger-haired beauties, pair them with three dark and handsome young men and add a musical score that includes some of the best-known and most-beloved songs of the 1930s and '40s. That's the winning formul... (more...)
BWW Reviews: WHO Is The Latest Offering in Trish Crist's Theatrical Opus
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 06, 2011

Crist is a promising writer - although her works for the theater would benefit greatly from some workshopping of the material before audiences are asked to buy tickets - and a warm-hearted, genuine woman who, quite frankly, I adore. But I don't adore being made to feel ignorant or unsophisticated be... (more...)
BWW Reviews: DLU Theatre's HAIRSPRAY Delivers Exactly What You Want In Musical Theater
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 04, 2011

You can hardly swing a cat in Nashville without hitting someone in costume as Edna Turnblad or her dancing progeny Tracy, so popular has the show become with local theaterati. But, truth be told, if I never live to see another Hairspray, I can now die a happy man: Because I saw director/choreographe... (more...)
BWW Reviews: University School of Nashville Takes on BLOODY, BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 03, 2011

When you live in a city ringed by suburbs like Old Hickory and Hermitage, when one of the most popular tourist attractions is The Hermitage and we all think of Andy Jackson as someone we know (his visage is found on countless public buildings throughout the city), it just makes sense that Bloody, Bl... (more...)
BWW Reviews: A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD Settles In for a Pre-Holiday Run at The Renaissance Center
by Jeffrey Ellis - October 31, 2011

Now onstage at Dickson's Renaissance Center, in a sparkling production from The Center's Mind Enriching Theatre sure to delight, A Year With Frog and Toad is a delightful romp of a tale that explores the importance of friendship between two very similar, yet very different, people. 'People?' you ask... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Nashville Ballet's Lush and Romantic CINDERELLA Opens Its 26th Season
by Jeffrey Ellis - October 29, 2011

With new and expressive choreography by Paul Vasterling - set to Prokofiev's timelessly beautiful 1944 score - Nashville Ballet opens its 26th season with a sumptuous remounting of Cinderella which captures, once more, the sheer artistry of the company's dancers while giving audiences exactly what t... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Osborne & Eppler's Latest Version of SOUTHERN FRIED FUNERAL is a Down Home Hit
by Jeffrey Ellis - October 27, 2011

First presented in 2010 by the Bethlehem Players (of Franklin's Bethlehem United Methodist Church), Southern Fried Funeral, now onstage through November 26 at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre (where Osborne and Eppler staged their First Night Award-winning Rear Widow last year), is aging gracefully, ta... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Center for the Arts' DRACULA Never Takes Wing
by Jeffrey Ellis - October 25, 2011

With vampires such a hot topic (seriously, could the timing be any more perfect than now for the tale of a legendary bloodsucker like the Transylvanian Count?) in American popular culture, you'd think it would be a slam dunk for a theater company to stage a show like Dracula - and it would be if you... (more...)
BWW Reviews: WICKED Takes Off For Another Spectacular Run at TPAC
by Jeffrey Ellis - October 21, 2011

Telling a universal tale of friendship and the power of love to overcome hardship, prejudice and the callous disregard of an ill-informed public, Wicked represents musical theater at its very best: The story intrigues you, the characters engage you, the music touches your heart in ways that might su... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Lakewood Theatre Company's A FEW GOOD MEN 'Crackles With Intensity'
by Jeffrey Ellis - October 10, 2011

So it was with some trepidation - and more than a little wariness - that I approached a new production of A Few Good Men, now onstage through October 15, at Lakewood Theatre Company in Old Hickory. While the physical realities of Lakewood's venue preclude any such staging innovations as employed by ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Scott Rice & Company Celebrate His Birthday in Style With IT'S ONLY LIFE
by Jeffrey Ellis - October 09, 2011

You gotta give credit to Scott Rice: the man's got style! Approaching his 40th birthday with the same trepidations that anyone would, instead of just throwing a drunken revelry for all his Nashville friends, he has chosen instead to become an impresario in order to produce, direct and star in the Mu... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Friel's lyrical DANCING AT LUGHNASA onstage at Belmont's Troutt Theatre
by Jeffrey Ellis - October 07, 2011

Superbly performed by a cast of eight exceptional student actors in the Belmont University Department of Theatre and Dance, under the direction of Bill Feehely (co-founder of Nashville's acclaimed Actors Bridge Ensemble), Dancing at Lughnasa opens the 2011-2012 season with theater of the highest ord... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Arthur Miller's ALL MY SONS Opens Tennessee Rep's Season With Searing Drama
by Jeffrey Ellis - October 05, 2011

Arthur Miller's All My Sons, which debuted on Broadway in 1947, continues to resonate with contemporary audiences thanks to its timeless, heart-wrenching relevance and Miller's unequaled ability as a storyteller. Now onstage at TPAC's Andrew Johnson Theatre in an impressive production that opens Ten... (more...)
BWW Reviews: ACT 1's 'Stunning, Poetic and Profane' AMERICAN BUFFALO Takes Over The Darkhorse
by Jeffrey Ellis - October 03, 2011

Poetic and profane, David Mamet's 1975 play American Buffalo is brought to the stage of Nashville's Darkkhorse Theatre in a stunningly raw and beautifully realized production directed by Ryan Williams for ACT 1. As one of the city's most enduring community theatre groups, ACT 1 consistently has prov... (more...)




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