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Critic's Choice: The Shows To See This WeekendCritic's Choice: The Shows To See This Weekend
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 21, 2016

Shows are opening (Carolyn German unveils her latest, Go From Here, and Nashville Ballet revives Carmina Burana, both this weekend), shows are closing (your last chance to catch The Taffetas at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre before they go the way of The Plaids is this weekend) and The Miss Firecracker Contest is back onstage at Donelson's Larry Keeton Theatre for the second of three weekends. Obviously, the 2016 theater season continues to reveal itself at a breakneck pace, giving audiences a veritable buffet of offerings from which to choose. (more...)

A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD Hops Onto the NCT Stage 4/14A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD Hops Onto the NCT Stage 4/14
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 30, 2016

In Robert and Willie Reale's whimsical show, Frog and Toad wake from hibernation in the Spring, plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, eat cookies, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. The jazzy, upbeat score bubbles with melody and wit, making A Year With Frog and Toad a musical sure to entertain the whole family. (more...)

Nashville's Best Honored at Midwinter's First NightNashville's Best Honored at Midwinter's First Night
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 11, 2016

Nashville actor and NFL Hall of Famer Eddie George, who makes his Broadway debut Tuesday night in the iconic musical Chicago, was named First Night's Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play for his searing portrayal of a former slave haunted by the spectre of abuse in Nashville Repertory Theatre's The Whipping Man. Rene Dunshee Copeland, producing artistic director of Nashville Rep, was named Outstanding Director of a Play, while her three-actor ensemble (which included James Rudolph and Matthew Rosenbaum) were awarded as First Night's Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Play for their rendition of the Matthew Lopez play. (more...)

BWW Review: Nashville Rep's A CHRISTMAS STORYBWW Review: Nashville Rep's A CHRISTMAS STORY
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 30, 2015

In a city like Nashville, where art and creativity thrives, there really is nothing more heartwarming and welcome at this time of year than the onstage theatrical traditions we have come to love, like Nashville Repertory Theatre's annual production of A Christmas Story, the stage iteration of the classic film version of writer Jean Shepherd's nostalgic memoir of his boyhood holidays in Indiana. With all the iconic imagery of that “major award” lamp shown off in the living room window, A Christmas Story is vividly reimagined onstage, capturing the film's most memorable moments in clever ways that are at once new and familiar. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 11/30/15Nashville Theater Calendar 11/30/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 30, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 11/23/15Nashville Theater Calendar 11/23/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 23, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 11/16/15Nashville Theater Calendar 11/16/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 16, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Nashville Repertory Theatre to Present A CHRISTMAS STORYNashville Repertory Theatre to Present A CHRISTMAS STORY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2015

Nashville Repertory Theatre provides its contribution to the holiday season with a production of their traditional, family comedy A Christmas Story, running November 27 - December 20, 2015 in Johnson Theater at Tennessee Performing Arts Center.  (more...)

New Cast Highlights Nashville Rep's  2015 A CHRISTMAS STORYNew Cast Highlights Nashville Rep's 2015 A CHRISTMAS STORY
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 10, 2015

Reprising a Music City holiday tradition - while providing plenty of laughs for Black Friday - Nashville Repertory Theatre brightens the season with its A Christmas Story, opening November 27, at Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Johnson Theater at Tennessee Performing Arts Center and running through December 20. (more...)

CRITIC'S CHOICE: Scaring Up Theatrical Fun for HalloweenCRITIC'S CHOICE: Scaring Up Theatrical Fun for Halloween
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 30, 2015

It's Halloween weekend and every dramatic personage and theatrical type we've ever encountered is caught up in the annual rush to find just the right costume for their holiday revelries (we confess we've never had the knack for coming up with Halloween get-ups - not since we went in drag to a party at the First Baptist Church as the age of 12…tongues were wagging, we are certain, but we lived to tell about it, so it couldn't have been that bad). In the meantime, there are all sorts of onstage happenings this weekend to keep you otherwise engaged should the difficulty of selecting your costume prove to be too much. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 10/26/15Nashville Theater Calendar 10/26/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 26, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 10/24/15Nashville Theater Calendar 10/24/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 24, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

CRITICS' CHOICE: Theater To Keep The Frost Off the PumpkinCRITICS' CHOICE: Theater To Keep The Frost Off the Pumpkin
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 23, 2015

There's the definite feeling of autumn in the air that makes you want to gut a pumpkin or at least have a pumpkin spice latte, chances are you are definitely going to need a sweater in the early morning hours, and it's past the perfect time for you to pick out a Halloween costume. Luckily, theater companies are well into their new seasons and there's plenty of shows to entertain you while you take time off from berating yourself for wearing that same tricked-out Star Wars costume you wore the past fwo-and-one-half years. (more...)

CRITIC'S CHOICE: We're Back With Some Tips for FallCRITIC'S CHOICE: We're Back With Some Tips for Fall
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 15, 2015

We're back! After an extended absence due to The Last Five Years (we directed it to boffo notices from our critical colleagues), The 2015 First Night Honors (which played to SRO crowds at Chaffin's Barn in September) and a sense of overwhelming malaise and ennui (we are ever so dramatic at times), BWW Nashville's Critic's Choice is back on the interwebs, offering you our insights and advice on the shows that are coming up and what you should try to find time to see - or to avoid at all costs, depending on our perspective. (more...)

Nashville Rep Stages ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, Now thru 10/31Nashville Rep Stages ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, Now thru 10/31
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2015

Nashville Repertory Theatre is proud to present its production of the Tony Award-winning comedy ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, running tonight, October 8, through October 31, 2015 in Johnson Theater at Tennessee Performing Arts Center.  (more...)

Nashville Rep to Stage ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, 10/8-31Nashville Rep to Stage ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, 10/8-31
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2015

Nashville Repertory Theatre is proud to present its production of the Tony Award-winning comedy ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, running October 8-31, 2015 in Johnson Theater at Tennessee Performing Arts Center.  (more...)

Nashville Rep to Stage ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEADNashville Rep to Stage ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2015

Nashville Repertory Theatre is proud to present its production of the Tony Award-winning comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, running October 8-31, 2015 in Johnson Theater at Tennessee Performing Arts Center.  (more...)

BWW Reviews: Studio Tenn's THE WIZARD OF OZBWW Reviews: Studio Tenn's THE WIZARD OF OZ
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 15, 2015

There are certain things audiences have come to expect in a new production from Studio Tenn, the Franklin-based, Nashville-nurtured professional theater company headed up by Matt Logan and Jake Speck: You know it will be beautifully designed, sumptuously mounted and impeccably cast. (more...)

CRITICS' CHOICE: Get Some Southern HospitalityCRITICS' CHOICE: Get Some Southern Hospitality
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 12, 2015

We pride ourselves on our bounteous Southern hospitality here in Nashville, so who's gonna explain this: On Thursday, as thousands of country music fans gathered downtown for CMA Fest and thousands more fans of every musical genre you can think of were headed southward for the Bonnaroo Music Festival - just another summer in Tennessee, mind you - a truck spilled its load all over Interstate 65-S, adding to the hot, humid atmosphere with a whole mess of fish parts. Yep, you heard it right: smelly, disgusting fish parts baking on the hot asphalt under the blazing sun. (more...)

On The Road to Oz With MEGAN MURPHY CHAMBERSOn The Road to Oz With MEGAN MURPHY CHAMBERS
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 11, 2015

To know Megan Murphy Chambers is to love her: Make no mistake about it, she's as beloved among Nashville's theater community as anyone you could possibly imagine. Her stage appearances are noteworthy and memorable, to be certain, but it's her offstage personality that proves how much everyone loves her. She's thoughtful and kind, funny and charming, sweet and entertaining. (more...)

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