Amelia Reynolds

Amelia Reynolds Amelia Reynolds has been writing for BroadwayWorld Seattle since 2015. Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware (of all places!), Amelia Reynolds has lived and breathed theater since she was young. Having taken in the theater scenes from Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York City, she now resides on a new(ish) coast in Seattle, where she sees as much theater as she can.

B.A.: Journalism with a Theatre minor from Ithaca College

I rate productions using a grading A-F scale (like school did!)



MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Review: DeLouRue's Exuberant Extravaganza HOMO FOR THE HOLIDAYS A Must See at OddfellowsBWW Review: DeLouRue's Exuberant Extravaganza HOMO FOR THE HOLIDAYS A Must See at Oddfellows
Posted: Dec. 12, 2017


BWW Review: Seattle Public Theater's THE FLIGHT BEFORE XMAS: Lighthearted Holiday SchadenfreudeBWW Review: Seattle Public Theater's THE FLIGHT BEFORE XMAS: Lighthearted Holiday Schadenfreude
Posted: Dec. 9, 2017


BWW Review: Seattle Public Theater's Noir CHRISTMASTOWN Successfully Threads Parody NeedleBWW Review: Seattle Public Theater's Noir CHRISTMASTOWN Successfully Threads Parody Needle
Posted: Dec. 14, 2017


BWW Review: Touring ELF: THE MUSICAL at The Paramount Looks the Part but Lacks the HeartBWW Review: Touring ELF: THE MUSICAL at The Paramount Looks the Part but Lacks the Heart
Posted: Dec. 7, 2017


BWW Review: Taproot Theatre's A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS: A Beautiful House, DividedBWW Review: Taproot Theatre's A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS: A Beautiful House, Divided
Posted: Dec. 8, 2017


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: Orwelian ONERUS Sets New Standard for Sci-Fi Dinner Theatre at Caf? NordoBWW Review: Orwelian ONERUS Sets New Standard for Sci-Fi Dinner Theatre at Caf? Nordo
Posted: Sep. 28, 2017


BWW Review: DeLouRue's Exuberant Extravaganza HOMO FOR THE HOLIDAYS A Must See at OddfellowsBWW Review: DeLouRue's Exuberant Extravaganza HOMO FOR THE HOLIDAYS A Must See at Oddfellows
Posted: Dec. 12, 2017


BWW Review: Fresh-Faced THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Paramount : Something GoodBWW Review: Fresh-Faced THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Paramount : Something Good
Posted: Sep. 9, 2017


BWW Review: Sound Theatre Company's Unapologetic HOODOO LOVE Doesn't RomanticizeBWW Review: Sound Theatre Company's Unapologetic HOODOO LOVE Doesn't Romanticize
Posted: Jul. 19, 2017


BWW Review: The Williams Project's BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE a MasterpieceBWW Review: The Williams Project's BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE a Masterpiece
Posted: Sep. 10, 2017


BWW Review: Pony World's Collaborative AMERICAN ARCHIPELAGO is Bizarre, and Works as a ComedyBWW Review: Pony World's Collaborative AMERICAN ARCHIPELAGO is Bizarre, and Works as a Comedy
Posted: Jul. 30, 2017


BWW Review: Sound Theatre Company's GOBLIN MARKET a Feast for the Eyes and EarsBWW Review: Sound Theatre Company's GOBLIN MARKET a Feast for the Eyes and Ears
Posted: Aug. 16, 2017


BWW Review: Seattle Public Theater's Noir CHRISTMASTOWN Successfully Threads Parody NeedleBWW Review: Seattle Public Theater's Noir CHRISTMASTOWN Successfully Threads Parody Needle
December 14, 2017

Can a Christmas noir be both gripping and funny? Can it succeed at all? Well, we know it can, because Christmastown returns to Seattle Public Theater as the second half of their holiday double feature. Not only does director Kelly Kitchens avoid cheesiness (which something like this could so, so easily have in spades), but she creates a yuletide, hard boiled mash-up that works both as a comedy and as a noir. Ring-a-ding-ding, we got us a perfect parody!

BWW Review: DeLouRue's Exuberant Extravaganza HOMO FOR THE HOLIDAYS A Must See at OddfellowsBWW Review: DeLouRue's Exuberant Extravaganza HOMO FOR THE HOLIDAYS A Must See at Oddfellows
December 12, 2017

It's the most wonderful time to be queer, sings BenDeLaCreme, drag queen of both local and international fame (you may remember her from RuPaul's Drag Race Season 6 and now Drag Race All Stars 3! ). Silly as that parody lyric may be, for many, seeing Homo for the Holidays makes this season truly the most wonderful time of the year. Celebrating its tenth year, DeLouRue's Homo for the Holidays is back and better than ever.

BWW Review: Seattle Public Theater's THE FLIGHT BEFORE XMAS: Lighthearted Holiday SchadenfreudeBWW Review: Seattle Public Theater's THE FLIGHT BEFORE XMAS: Lighthearted Holiday Schadenfreude
December 9, 2017

As part one of Seattle Public Theatre's featured holiday double-header, The Flight Before Xmas manifests many peoples' worst nightmare: being stuck in an airport terminal when you need or want desperately to get to the final destination. Thankfully, audiences can laugh at other people dealing with this very stressful situation in Maggie Lee's sweet holiday comedy.

BWW Review: Taproot Theatre's A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS: A Beautiful House, DividedBWW Review: Taproot Theatre's A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS: A Beautiful House, Divided
December 8, 2017

A Civil War Christmas is a nice escape for folks that are getting a bit of a toothache from the glittery, schmaltzy, and sentimental Christmas plays foisted upon us this time of year. Written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel (for How I Learned to Drive ), A Civil War Christmas is historical fiction circa 1864, a birds-eye view of Civil War-torn America. Infused with hymnals, Union and Confederate songs, and Christmas carols, this musical time capsule bursts at the seams with a myriad of storylines. From slave to president, from Confederate to Union, for better or for worse, Vogel made sure to not miss anybody in this theatric nativity.

BWW Review: Touring ELF: THE MUSICAL at The Paramount Looks the Part but Lacks the HeartBWW Review: Touring ELF: THE MUSICAL at The Paramount Looks the Part but Lacks the Heart
December 7, 2017

A musical adaptation of the 2003 Christmas movie 'Elf' makes a lot of sense: the movie has all of the joy, sweetness, glitz, slapstick, and happily-ever-after for a crowd-pleasing production. This adaptation, now performing for a brief stint at The Paramount Theatre, stays loyal to the vast majority of the content in the movie. Many of the lines are verbatim. Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin's adaptation has tweaks here and there to leave room for elaborate musical numbers (many of which have some fun choreography), but the premise is the same: Buddy is on a quest to find his dad, reconnect with him, and, in the process, revive New York City's (and, indirectly, the world's) lost Christmas spirit.

BWW Review: Big-Top Brouhaha with Teatro ZinZanni's Revived LOVE, CHAOS & DINNERBWW Review: Big-Top Brouhaha with Teatro ZinZanni's Revived LOVE, CHAOS & DINNER
November 16, 2017

Don't be fooled by the understated title: Teatro ZinZanni's Love, Chaos & Dinner is an entertainment extravaganza. Replicating the beloved environment from its former home, Love, Chaos & Dinner feels like a quintessential ZinZanni production, even for Teatro ZinZanni first-timers.

BWW Review: Rich Talent, Poor Narrative in Wall Street Satire 63 TRILLION at West of LeninBWW Review: Rich Talent, Poor Narrative in Wall Street Satire 63 TRILLION at West of Lenin
November 7, 2017

Good satire needs two things: merciless mockery, and a compelling narrative. Sandbox Radio's farcical 63 Trillion nails the mockery, but focuses so much of its attention on cramming in as many double-entendres as possible that the narrative becomes secondary to the dick jokes.

BWW Review: Firepower Performances, No-Nonsense Storytelling with Theatre22's BURN THIS at 12th Ave ArtsBWW Review: Firepower Performances, No-Nonsense Storytelling with Theatre22's BURN THIS at 12th Ave Arts
October 31, 2017

Whether it be platonic or romantic, everyone has been in a relationship with someone who makes no sense for them, or is unhealthy for them, or both. But at the time, it satisfied a need. It's a very specific kind of relationship that, if handled poorly by the director or the actors, will be glaringly unconvincing, given how wrong the two people are for each other. However, through Corey McDaniel's pristine direction and such a talented cast, Theatre22's Burn This is an example of high-caliber theatre. There are no gimmicks, there's no fuss, even the music is stripped down to a single saxophone played between scenes. If you're looking for quality, Burn This will provide (now at 12th Ave Arts).

BWW Review: All-Women CORIOLANUS: FIGHT LIKE A BITCH at 12th Ave Arts Kicks AssBWW Review: All-Women CORIOLANUS: FIGHT LIKE A BITCH at 12th Ave Arts Kicks Ass
October 24, 2017

Rebel Kat did such a good job with the adaptation of 'Coriolanus' (one of Shakespeare's rarely performed later works) that it does not feel like an adaptation at all. Nay, director Emily Penick improves upon the original with a fierce cast consisting entirely of women. What's more, 'Coriolanus: Fight Like a Bitch' has all of the pronouns switched so that the actors performing in the show get to play female characters. Unlike Shakespeare's 'Coriolanus', which, ultimately, is a play about high-ranking men clawing and back-stabbing their way to attain political power (boring!), 'Coriolanus: Fight Like a Bitch' flips the script on a gendered political system. Finally, women get to be power-hungry monsters!

BWW Review: BenDeLaCreme and ACTLab's BEWARE THE TERROR OF GAYLORD MANOR a Spooky, Kooky CabaretBWW Review: BenDeLaCreme and ACTLab's BEWARE THE TERROR OF GAYLORD MANOR a Spooky, Kooky Cabaret
October 17, 2017

BenDeLaCreme is a drag queen with a knack for the holidays--she leads the fantastic annual Homo for the Holidays (coming this Christmas!) and memorably played a craggy old lady with a disembodied head for a daughter on some TV show with RuPaul (per the Playbill). This season, in collaboration with ACTLab, DeLa wrote and directed an orange-and-black variety show that errs on the treat side of the bargain. While not always spooky, Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor is a Frankenstein's monster of camp, striptease, burlesque, comedy, multiple personalities, and other monsters.

BWW Review: Orwelian ONERUS Sets New Standard for Sci-Fi Dinner Theatre at Café Nordo
September 28, 2017

The intensely immersive experience of dining at ONERUS is perfect for fans who love and respect well-written sci-fi. Directed by Opal Peachey, this thoughtful, thought-provoking cautionary tale is science fiction at its finest (and the food ain't half bad either).

BWW Review: Forward Flux's Double Feature, Pt. 2: She's 32, He's 15, NO MORE SAD THINGS Is Still Worth SeeingBWW Review: Forward Flux's Double Feature, Pt. 2: She's 32, He's 15, NO MORE SAD THINGS Is Still Worth Seeing
September 24, 2017

It starts ambiguously; two actors stare lovingly into each other's eyes, knelt on the ground as a third person sound-checks their ukulele. The two lovebirds Jessiee (Kiki Abba) and Kahekili (Lance Valdez), do not look like your typical, starry-eyed couple. And that kind of becomes the joke in No More Sad Things . Now performing as part two of Forward Flux's double-feature, No More Sad Things examines an inappropriate relationship that satisfies two people on a cosmic level (and that's the only level that audience members will be comfortable with).

BWW Review: Forward Flux's Double Feature, Pt. 1: LAS MARIPOSAS Y LOS MUERTOS Calls Out Cultural Appropriation in Modern MusicBWW Review: Forward Flux's Double Feature, Pt. 1: LAS MARIPOSAS Y LOS MUERTOS Calls Out Cultural Appropriation in Modern Music
September 24, 2017

Forward Flux's hosts another double feature, currently performing at West of Lenin. Las Mariposas Y Los Muertos is one big middle finger to Pitchfork and Vampire Weekend. Rolled into a story of three jaded musicians striving for more authenticity in the cultural milieu, here lies a call to arms concerning cultural appropriate and stereotyping in modern music. One band's dance with stardom forces the three to negotiate racial tension, sibling rivalries, and sacrificing authenticity for fame. Directed by Pilar O'Connell, this is a play that manages to have it both ways: critiquing and understanding millennial bands' concerns.

BWW Review: Et Tu, Brute? is Comme Ci Comme Ça with Seattle Shakespeare Company's JULIUS CAESAR
September 20, 2017

This rendition of Julius Caesar by the Seattle Shakespeare Company will offer a few surprises. It is a streamlined production with a race and gender-diverse cast. With no clear-cut villains and heroes, this epic tale of political savagery has an engaging narrative. But when said savagery feels tepid, hiccups are more conspicuous, leaving audience members recalling the bad, rather than the good. Now performing at the Cornish Playhouse, Julius Caesar gets the job done, but it's problematic.

BWW Review: Strawberry Theatre Workshop's WHY WE HAVE A BODY a Head-ScratcherBWW Review: Strawberry Theatre Workshop's WHY WE HAVE A BODY a Head-Scratcher
September 19, 2017

Everyone has memories that feel rife with significance, but said significance does not necessarily make sense to others. And if the best depiction of said memory is beyond traditional language, then playwrights like Claire Chafee use poetic language to communicate said significance. In Chafee's Why We Have a Body , four women tell their stories in a series of vignettes and monologues using poetic language, and yet any significance Chafee is trying to communicate gets lost in translation.

BWW Review: The Williams Project's BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE a MasterpieceBWW Review: The Williams Project's BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE a Masterpiece
September 10, 2017

Stop reading and find time in your schedule for this ridiculously good play at www.williamsproject.org. This show has a short run, and it's pay what you can, so there's no reason why one should not see this play.

BWW Review: Fresh-Faced THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Paramount : Something GoodBWW Review: Fresh-Faced THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Paramount : Something Good
September 9, 2017

Rogers & Hammerstein's 'The Sound of Music' has been a musical staple for generations. Currently showing at the Paramount, this touring production has all of the snow-capped mountains, starched habits, and vocal prowess one could want. The young and eager cast makes this classic feel fresh.

BWW Review: Sound Theatre Company's GOBLIN MARKET a Feast for the Eyes and EarsBWW Review: Sound Theatre Company's GOBLIN MARKET a Feast for the Eyes and Ears
August 16, 2017

'Goblin Market' is a macabre fairytale about two women struggling to fight against temptation. Based on the narrative poem by Christina Rossetti, this one-act musical is a world-premiere written by Polly Pen and Peggy Harmon. As a musical production, 'Goblin Market' tells the bulk of the narrative through song, living in this space between being a musical and an opera that makes for an elegant and evocative body of work.

BWW Review: Pony World's Collaborative AMERICAN ARCHIPELAGO is Bizarre, and Works as a ComedyBWW Review: Pony World's Collaborative AMERICAN ARCHIPELAGO is Bizarre, and Works as a Comedy
July 30, 2017

Pony World's world premiere 'American Archipelago' is a collaborative examination of American culture and values. Written by Holly Arsenault, Kelleen C. Blanchard, Tre Calhoun, Vincent Delaney, Brendan Healy, Maggie Lee, Sara Porkalob, and Seayoung Yim, 'American Archipelago' feels more like an incubator than a melting pot. Eight folks from different communities live side-by-side in a semi-symbolic neighborhood called 'The United States of America.' While this campy fever-dream succeeds as a black comedy, what's missing from this conceptual piece is a fresh concept.

BWW Review: Sound Theatre Company's Unapologetic HOODOO LOVE Doesn't RomanticizeBWW Review: Sound Theatre Company's Unapologetic HOODOO LOVE Doesn't Romanticize
July 19, 2017

SoundTheatre Company's 'Hoodoo Love' is an important piece that's neither romantic nor for the faint of heart. In collaboration with The Hansberry Project, the fabric of Katori Hall's depression-era tragedy is original blues music, folk magic, and the dismal realities of being a black woman in 1930's Tennessee.



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