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Brett Cullum

Brett Cullum has been part of the Houston and Memphis Theatre scenes for several decades now. He's been seen on community theatre and professional stages in several cities including Playhouse 1960, Theatre Suburbia, Stages, the Alley Theatre, Theatre Memphis, Circuit Playhouse, and Playhouse on the Square. Brett has been a movie critic and blogger as well for DVD Verdict.com where he published over 1,000 reviews of feature films. He has been a reviewer for Broadway World for the last five years! 




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BWW Review: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EARTHA KITT is Purrrrfectly Fierce  at Vincent Victo PhotoBWW Review: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EARTHA KITT is Purrrrfectly Fierce at Vincent Victoria Productions
Posted: Dec. 7, 2019


BWW Review: DREAMGIRL DEFERRED Dares to Dream at Vincent Victoria Presents PhotoBWW Review: DREAMGIRL DEFERRED Dares to Dream at Vincent Victoria Presents
Posted: Feb. 21, 2020


BWW Review: BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY dazzles at 4TH WALL THEATRE PhotoBWW Review: BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY dazzles at 4TH WALL THEATRE
Posted: Mar. 14, 2020


BWW Review: THE BAND'S VISIT is Most Welcome at Broadway at the Hobby Center PhotoBWW Review: THE BAND'S VISIT is Most Welcome at Broadway at the Hobby Center
Posted: Jan. 29, 2020


BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS Mans Up at Broadway at the Hobby Center PhotoBWW Review: JERSEY BOYS Mans Up at Broadway at the Hobby Center
Posted: Feb. 8, 2020


BWW Review: SOLDIER'S FUGUE Marches into MAIN STREET THEATER PhotoBWW Review: SOLDIER'S FUGUE Marches into MAIN STREET THEATER
Posted: Feb. 10, 2020


BWW Review: FROM WHITE PLAINS Delivers Social Justice at THUNDERCLAP PRODUCTIONS PhotoBWW Review: FROM WHITE PLAINS Delivers Social Justice at THUNDERCLAP PRODUCTIONS
Posted: Mar. 6, 2020


BWW Review: BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY dazzles at 4TH WALL THEATRE
March 14, 2020

This tricky character-driven piece requires an amazing cast, and that is just what 4th WALL THEATRE COMPANY has managed to assemble. Byron Jacquet plays Pops, and he carries the story ably on broad shoulders. Every moment of his performance has a world weary marinade that rings true.

BWW Review: FROM WHITE PLAINS Delivers Social Justice at THUNDERCLAP PRODUCTIONS
March 6, 2020

How far should we hold someone responsible for abuse decades ago? Can we factor in that maybe they grew and changed over the years? Is it fair to seek social justice in the age of the Internet when someone can instantly be fired or destroyed by allegations that were never prosecuted or examined by any impartial judge or jury?

BWW Review: DREAMGIRL DEFERRED Dares to Dream at Vincent Victoria Presents
February 21, 2020

Every generation seems to have their Florence Ballard - ultra talented singers who get tossed aside because they don't fit a look or a concept of what a record label wants in its catalog.

BWW Review: SOLDIER'S FUGUE Marches into MAIN STREET THEATER
February 10, 2020

Narratively ELLIOT, A SOLDIER'S FUGUE simply combines three soldiers in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq.  They represent a grandfather, a father, and a son who all go through similar experiences in the wars of their respective eras.

BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS Mans Up at Broadway at the Hobby Center
February 8, 2020

Most people know the music pretty well, but few knew the band had a colorful history full of crimes and mob connections that were against the clean cut tradition of their era. They seemed to be more than a boy band and bordered on a gang in many ways. Forget BTS, One Direction, or even the New Kids on the Block a??. these guys were hanging tough for real!

BWW Review: THE BAND'S VISIT is Most Welcome at Broadway at the Hobby Center
January 29, 2020

THE BAND'S VISIT reminds audiences what musical theater can be when we remove garish production values and jukebox hits. It takes us somewhere unfamiliar, and by the end we realize that it's not nearly as far as we thought. The human heart is well mapped no matter where you go, and people have universal longings and needs.

BWW Review: Prague Shakespeare Company's HAMLET Does it Solo at Main Street Theatre
January 17, 2020

This is HAMLET like you have never seen before - performed by a handsome stranger who is hellbent on turning Shakespeare's longest work into a 90 minute aria. In concept it sounds dicey, but in execution it works surprisingly well. 

BWW Review: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EARTHA KITT is Purrrrfectly Fierce at Vincent Victoria Productions
December 7, 2019

Vincent Victoria has made a name for himself by recreating black female icons that loom large over our cultural imagination. Eartha Kitt like Lena Horne defied the beauty standards of her time to create her own definition of what a leading lady should look and act like.

BWW Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN Reinvents The Musical At Broadway At The Hobby Center
November 13, 2019

It was amazing to see DEAR EVAN HANSEN with an enthusiastic audience. Many of the teens sang along with the show or at least mouthed the words as the performance played out. People were visibly touched by the situations and reduced to tears at several points. And yet I felt oddly removed from the experience, and kept wondering why.

BWW Review: 4th Wall Theatre Company Presents Polished 'GLASS MENAGERIE'
October 16, 2019

4th Wall Theatre Company's production shows a lot of love for Tennessee Williams, and they have thrown a ton of resources behind it. The result is a strikingly handsome production with surprising interpretations of the characters and plenty of eye candy.

BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE Razzle Dazzles At TUTS!
September 13, 2019

Director Julie Kramer and choreographer Jessica Hartman have stayed true to the 1975 vision, but also managed to make it more energetic and faster paced. The dancers often seem to defy gravity and levitate during numbers, and it's all gorgeously staged and executed.

BWW Review: SISTER'S BACK TO SCHOOL CATECHISM Is A Hilarious Habit At Stages Repertory Theatre
August 28, 2019

To the delight of the audience she covers horror movies, several ghastly tales of the saints, and even unleashes a fashion show where you can dress up as an unlucky martyr to go trick or treating.  It's fast, it's funny, and also has a gentle soul that should find even the most diehard Catholics embracing the ways of Sister. 

BWW Review: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Satisfies at Alley Theatre
July 25, 2019

This one has everything you could want - broadly drawn characters, exotic settings, and a spectacular murder with no shortage of suspects. It's a great thriller to chill you off this summer. 

BWW Review: PRIVATE LIVES Proudly Preens at Main Street Theater
July 22, 2019

The director has decided to look at the more giggle-worthy elements of PRIVATE LIVES, and has avoided some of the darker implications of this Noel Coward classic. Audiences should eat this one up like a buttered brioche with coffee the morning after a sordid affair.

BWW Review: THE DOYLE AND DEBBIE SHOW Sees Red People at Stages Repertory Theatre
July 19, 2019

Some people will love this one, but I found it theatrically stunted and a bit offensive in that it would be funnier if I were far more conservative. It will play best with people who unapologetically sport their MAGA hats and follow certain Twitter accounts without remorse.

BWW Review: JUST LENA Weathers the Storm at Vincent Victoria Presents
July 2, 2019

We struggle as humans to fit in and be enough at any given moment, and that's the lesson Lena Horne offered the world and herself.  Even though she made history and became a champion of the Civil Rights movement, she struggled every step of the way with the identity created by her appearance and demeanor.

BWW Review: FADE TO BLACK marches on at MATCH
June 28, 2019

You have ten plays with ten sets, ten casts, ten directors, and ten different playwrights. All of them run only ten minutes at most. It's easy enough to assert that if you don't like something, just wait ten minutes and something new is in front of you!

BWW Review: JOSEPHINE TONIGHT Resurrects the Jazz Age at The Ensemble Theatre!
June 27, 2019

Dequina Moore is a marvel as the titular role of Josephine Baker. She plays this wide eyed and breathless, a girl who knows she is on the verge of something more and impatient to get there. She dances with abandon and sings like an angel.

BWW Review: CHICAGO is still CHICAGO at SPA Houston
June 5, 2019

It feels curatorial now, a gorgeous museum exhibit that we are intrigued by decades later. Society for the Performing Arts opens the hall for musical theater fans to gaze for just six days here in Houston.

BWW Review: JEROME ROBBINS' BROADWAY busts a move at TUTS!
June 1, 2019

JEROME ROBBINS' BROADWAY pays tribute to a brilliant choreographer and becomes a testament to the enduring history of great Broadway shows. If you love musical theater this one will be right up your alley, and if you love dance it is even better.



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