South Bend Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ at South Bend Civic Theatre BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ at South Bend Civic Theatre
by Marlon Deleon - July 18, 2017

For a performance run that spans multiple weekends, the first weekend is often accepted as a wrinkly weekend...acknowledging some things still need to be ironed out. Recognizing that this is the first production to open at 403 N. Main Street since Aaron Nichols stepped in as Executive Director (diff... (more...)
BWW Review: VINDICATION at Michiana PlayMakers BWW Review: VINDICATION at Michiana PlayMakers
by Katherine Waddell - April 17, 2017

On April 14th, the Michiana PlayMakers had the world premiere of Vindication, a play based on Frances Sherwood's novel of the same name. This original adaptation is written by Crystal Ryan, the artistic director of the Michiana PlayMakers, and follows the turbulent life of Mary Wollstonecraft, an in... (more...)
BWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES  at The Acting Ensemble BWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES at The Acting Ensemble
by Katherine Waddell - April 12, 2017

Under the direction of James Geisel, The Acting Ensemble opened their newest show, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, this past Friday. The play is the first part of Tony Kushner's winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, with the second part coming later in the season as a staged reading. The... (more...)
BWW Review: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at South Bend Civic Theatre BWW Review: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at South Bend Civic Theatre
by Katherine Waddell - April 10, 2017

This past weekend, the South Bend Civic Theatre closed their newest show, A Streetcar Named Desire. The play, written by Tennessee Williams and which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948, is widely considered one of Williams' best plays and one of the finest works of drama from the 20th century.... (more...)
BWW Review: OKLAHOMA! Charms with a Classic BWW Review: OKLAHOMA! Charms with a Classic
by Katherine Waddell - March 31, 2017

This past weekend, the Bethel College Department of Theatre opened their production of Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II's, Oklahoma! Under the direction of Deb Swerman, Oklahoma! can go down in Bethel history as another outstanding and extremely successful large-scale musical production.... (more...)
BWW Review: GUTS: THE STORY OF BOOBOO & ME Aims to Educate BWW Review: GUTS: THE STORY OF BOOBOO & ME Aims to Educate
by Katherine Waddell - March 06, 2017

Running for just one performance this past weekend at Notre Dame, GUTS: The Story of BooBoo & Me, written and performed solely by Marybeth Saunders, takes an intimate and extremely personal look at the devastating effects of eating disorders.... (more...)
BWW Review: SHE KILLS MONSTERS Slays the Game BWW Review: SHE KILLS MONSTERS Slays the Game
by Katherine Waddell - March 03, 2017

This past weekend, She Kills Monsters had a short run at Clay High School. Delving into the role-playing world of Dungeons & Dragons, the show follows a young woman's quest to better understand her deceased younger sister, taking place both in real-time and the imaginary world of New Landia.... (more...)
BWW Review: LIKE WATCHMEN World Premiere at Bethel College BWW Review: LIKE WATCHMEN World Premiere at Bethel College
by Katherine Waddell - February 14, 2017

This past weekend, the world premiere of Like Watchmen took place at Bethel College. Written by Bethel student Kayla Rundquist and directed by other fellow student Alex Price, Like Watchmen tells the story of three women who wait out a storm in a church for the return of their respective sailors fro... (more...)
BWW Review: ROMEO AND JULIET Enthralls with Uniqueness BWW Review: ROMEO AND JULIET Enthralls with Uniqueness
by Katherine Waddell - February 07, 2017

This past weekend, Actors from the London Stage for Shakespeare at Notre Dame put on a unique rendition of William Shakespeare's classic, Romeo and Juliet. Taking place on a mostly barren stage except for a mixture of props, clothing items, and some chairs, five actors, dressed in plain clothing, pl... (more...)
BWW Review: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Twirls with Charm BWW Review: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Twirls with Charm
by Katherine Waddell - January 31, 2017

The South Bend Civic Theatre has just kicked off their 2017 season with the musical hit, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, directed by Jim Geisel. The story follows Joseph, a young man sold into slavery by his jealous brothers.... (more...)
BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE 'Appeals' to Everyone! BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE 'Appeals' to Everyone!
by Katherine Waddell - September 20, 2016

Legally Blonde, which is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the renowned Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture, opened this past Friday at the South Bend Civic Theatre to much buzz and anticipation. As I sat in the audience on Saturday night waiting for the musical to begin, all around me I was hea... (more...)
BWW Review: THE TEMPEST Astonishes with Quality BWW Review: THE TEMPEST Astonishes with Quality
by Katherine Waddell - August 23, 2016

The Shakespeare Festival at Notre Dame will soon be wrapping up, but you still have the chance to watch The Tempest which plays through August 28th. Let me say that if you have ever had any doubts about whether or not you would enjoy Shakespeare's work, or have not enjoyed it in the past (as I have... (more...)
BWW Review: NOVEMBER Allows for a Break BWW Review: NOVEMBER Allows for a Break
by Katherine Waddell - August 22, 2016

There couldn't be a greater choice for Acting Ensemble to close out their 2015-2016 season than with the politically charged comedy November by David Mamet. With an election in our own world just around the corner, watching November allows for a relaxing, hilarious break from the seriousness of our ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN Delivers on Dark Humor BWW Review: THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN Delivers on Dark Humor
by Katherine Waddell - August 15, 2016

If you're looking for a hilarious comedy that makes you feel borderline guilty for laughing, look no further than The Cripple of Inishmaan, which opened this weekend at the South Bend Civic Theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE OTHER PLACE Incites Heart Ache BWW Review: THE OTHER PLACE Incites Heart Ache
by Katherine Waddell - May 23, 2016

Anyone who has ever cared deeply for someone and subsequently feared for the worst, when it comes to their well-being, will have all of those intense emotions called forth when seeing Sharr White's The Other Place at the South Bend Civic Theatre. The Other Place, which opened May 13th, will utterly ... (more...)
BWW Review: CHICAGO Sensualizes Murder BWW Review: CHICAGO Sensualizes Murder
by Katherine Waddell - April 22, 2016

When I first heard that a Catholic college, Saint Mary's College to be exact, was putting on the musical Chicago, I was skeptical. Knowing that Chicago is quite the risque musical with all types of salacious subject matter, I wasn't quite sure how they were going to pull it off. Well, let me be blun... (more...)
BWW Review: 1776 Marvels with History BWW Review: 1776 Marvels with History
by Katherine Waddell - April 22, 2016

If you've ever dozed off in history class during the topic of the Declaration of Independence, prepare to be taught the same lesson in a much more interesting way. This past weekend at The South Bend Civic Theatre, 1776 opened. There were no limitations on how they dramatized the creation of the mos... (more...)
BWW Review: MARY POPPINS Electrifies with Effects BWW Review: MARY POPPINS Electrifies with Effects
by Katherine Waddell - March 26, 2016

This past weekend, Bethel College put on a fantastic rendition of the classic musical, Mary Poppins. The music and lyrics are written by the Sherman Brothers while the script is written by Julian Fellowes. The show is based on children's books by P. L. Travers and the consequent famous Disney film. ... (more...)
BWW Review: GUYS ON ICE Spices up the Mundane BWW Review: GUYS ON ICE Spices up the Mundane
by Katherine Waddell - March 17, 2016

It's hard not to be totally blown away by the Elkhart Civic Theatre's current show, Guys on Ice. The musical opened on March 4th, and will continue until this weekend, and I can almost guarantee that it is probably sold out.... (more...)
BWW Review: ALADDIN JR. Wonderfully Charms BWW Review: ALADDIN JR. Wonderfully Charms
by Katherine Waddell - March 17, 2016

This past weekend at the South Bend Civic Theatre, Aladdin Jr. opened with two different young casts: the Abu cast and the Iago cast. I had the privilege of seeing the Iago cast, which is the older of the set. While I won't go into great detail about the plot because there is still a final weekend o... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CURIOUS SAVAGE Almost Kills It BWW Review: THE CURIOUS SAVAGE Almost Kills It
by Katherine Waddell - March 02, 2016

This past weekend, the Clay High School Fine Arts Department opened and closed the show The Curious Savage with two different casts of students and two different interpretations by two different directors. I saw the first cast which was comprised of two seniors, five juniors, and four freshman and d... (more...)
BWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN Spares No Detail BWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN Spares No Detail
by Katherine Waddell - February 01, 2016

The Music Man opened Friday the 29th of January at The South Bend Civic Theatre with no detail spared on trying to make the classic musical come to life. The musical, whose book, music, and lyrics are by Meredith Willson with the story by both Willson and Franklin Lacey, became an instant hit in 195... (more...)
BWW Review: WORKING Gets the Job Done BWW Review: WORKING Gets the Job Done
by Katherine Waddell - December 10, 2015

This past weekend at South Bend's Clay High School, the musical Working by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, based on the best-selling book of interviews with America's work force by Studs Terkel, took to the stage for three performances and absolutely earned their standing ovations! Comprised of doze... (more...)
BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Lacks Enchantment BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Lacks Enchantment
by Katherine Waddell - December 09, 2015

When you hear the title A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, it is hard to not instantly recall the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the Christmas Spirits that visit him to try and turn him from his wretched ways. However, sitting in the audience of the sold out opening show for South Bend C... (more...)
BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Stuns with Talent BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Stuns with Talent
by Katherine Waddell - November 23, 2015

After thinking a while about what funny pun with plant terminology I could use to describe exactly how I felt about the musical Little Shop of Horrors, now playing at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame for the weekend, I realized the only appropriate words are found in the title abov... (more...)