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BWW Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at Sioux Empire Community Theatre BWW Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at Sioux Empire Community Theatre
by Ruth Sturm - February 24, 2017

There is a lot to enjoy in this show regardless of your familiarity with Chekhov. But most of the depth of the play - the references to cherry orchards, the play within the play - is based on your knowledge of the Russian playwright. Basically, this is at its heart a show for theatre nerds.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE GREAT GATSBY at Sioux Empire Community Theatre BWW Review: THE GREAT GATSBY at Sioux Empire Community Theatre
by Ruth Sturm - November 14, 2016

I have a slightly embarrassing confession: I've never liked The Great Gatsby. For a total book lover, this is almost blasphemous to admit. The story, characters and the relationships between them have never seemed as compelling as many suggest. However, I had never seen the story played out onstag... (more...)
BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES at Sioux Empire Community Theatre BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES at Sioux Empire Community Theatre
by Ruth Sturm - September 21, 2016

SECT's Rock of Ages is one of those rare, true ensemble musicals driven by a strong cast who seemed to work as one.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Audra McDonald Live in Brookings BWW Reviews: Audra McDonald Live in Brookings
by Ellie Livingston - February 26, 2015

In this article I will not be reviewing the work I saw nor will I be critiquing, I will simply be putting my experience into words. For those of you who could not I attend I hope that you can live vicariously though me, and for those of you who were lucky enough to be in the house that night I hope ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: AVENUE Q Wins Over Sioux Falls BWW Reviews: AVENUE Q Wins Over Sioux Falls
by Ellie Livingston - January 21, 2015

"What do you do with a BA in English? What is my life going to be? Four years of college and plenty of knowledge has earned me this useless degree. I can't pay the bill yet, cause I've got no skills yet. The world is a big scary place. But somehow I can't shake, the feeling I might make, a differenc... (more...)
BWW Reviews: CHAMELEON LOVE Captivates Brookings BWW Reviews: CHAMELEON LOVE Captivates Brookings
by Ellie Livingston - November 24, 2014

As the walls of the set came down one by one, the walls that the family built around themselves and their hearts also came down. Sometimes it takes heartbreak to make families glue themselves back together. It was wonderful to see that take place in this script. I hope to see other works from Woods,... (more...)
BWW Reviews: SPAMALOT Shines In Brookings BWW Reviews: SPAMALOT Shines In Brookings
by Ellie Livingston - October 28, 2014

I had the chance to catch SDSU's production of Spamalot on Saturday night Oct. 18th before it closed on Sunday the 19th. The first thing you need to know about this show is that is based on the 1975 movie Monty Python and The Search For the Holy Grail. Monty Python is a British comedy troupe known f... (more...)
BWW Reviews: NEXT TO NORMAL Electrifies Vermillion BWW Reviews: NEXT TO NORMAL Electrifies Vermillion
by Ellie Livingston - October 01, 2014

I was fortunate enough to see a showing of the National Tour of Next To Normal with Alice Ripley at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle in 2012; I am also a proud USD theatre graduate, so when I took my seat in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre on the campus of The University Of South Dakota, I knew this s... (more...)
BWW Reviews: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Charms Sioux Falls BWW Reviews: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Charms Sioux Falls
by Ellie Livingston - September 15, 2014

Little Shop of Horrors at the Sioux Empire Community Theatre will have you bopping in your seats and singing all the way home.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: 2 ACROSS Warms Worthing BWW Reviews: 2 ACROSS Warms Worthing
by Ellie Livingston - August 05, 2014

As I sat in the back of the theatre and watched the audience members leave after seeing Olde Towne Dinner Theatre's production of 2 Across on Friday night I was struck with the happiness radiating from each and every person. After talking to Director and Managing Artistic Director, Andy Heller, that... (more...)