David Edward Perry

David Edward Perry I was born and raised in Takoma Park, Maryland. Exposure to arts was a huge part of my childhood, especially theater. In 1975 we went to New York to see the original Broadway production of The Wiz. I will never forget the power of that performance and how wonderful it made me feel. I knew right then that I wanted to be an actor. My acting career has been an adventure by running the gambit doing stage, television, sketch comedy and film. Ive been nominated for a NAACP Best Actor Award for portraying Booker T. Washington in the musical Ragtime. Performed at L.A. Festival of Sketch Comedy. Created my own traveling children's show to promote literacy.

I am enjoying life in Birmingham, AL. I am still active on the stage, comedy and teaching sketch comedy. My soul smiles when I experience art that is enriching and memorable. Looking forward to sharing this feeling and spreading the word of amazing arts in our world.



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BWW Feature: Birmingham Artists Give Tribute to the Creative Life of  J'MEL DAVIDSONBWW Feature: Birmingham Artists Give Tribute to the Creative Life of J'MEL DAVIDSON
Posted: Aug. 21, 2018


BWW Review: Order Another Round for the SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY at Covered Bridge PlayersBWW Review: Order Another Round for the SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY at Covered Bridge Players
Posted: Aug. 29, 2018


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BWW Review: MIDNIGHT DREARY Brings the Terrifying Tales of Edgar Allan Poe to Theatre Downtown.BWW Review: MIDNIGHT DREARY Brings the Terrifying Tales of Edgar Allan Poe to Theatre Downtown.
Posted: Nov. 4, 2017


BWW Interview: Chatting and Singin' With DANI ARMSTRONG From POSTMODERN JUKEBOXBWW Interview: Chatting and Singin' With DANI ARMSTRONG From POSTMODERN JUKEBOX
Posted: Oct. 20, 2017


BWW Review: Alabama Talent Fills The Spotlight in A CHORUS LINE at Virginia Samford TheatreBWW Review: Alabama Talent Fills The Spotlight in A CHORUS LINE at Virginia Samford Theatre
Posted: Sep. 27, 2017


BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE is Vibrant with Song and Success at Red Mountain Theatre CompanyBWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE is Vibrant with Song and Success at Red Mountain Theatre Company
Posted: Feb. 5, 2018


BWW Review: Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a Vibrant Storybook Come to Life at Red Mountain Theatre CompanyBWW Review: Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a Vibrant Storybook Come to Life at Red Mountain Theatre Company
Posted: Jun. 9, 2018


BWW Review: I Got MURDERED TO DEATH by John Carroll Theater's Hilarious 1930's Style Murder MysteryBWW Review: I Got MURDERED TO DEATH by John Carroll Theater's Hilarious 1930's Style Murder Mystery
Posted: Nov. 25, 2017


BWW Review: MAMMA MIA Gets You Feeling Like a Dancing Queen at Red Mountain Theatre CompanyBWW Review: MAMMA MIA Gets You Feeling Like a Dancing Queen at Red Mountain Theatre Company
Posted: Jul. 13, 2018


BWW Review: Order Another Round for the SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY at Covered Bridge PlayersBWW Review: Order Another Round for the SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY at Covered Bridge Players
August 29, 2018

This lively production of 'Savannah Sipping Society' showed it's never too late to make old friends or to try something new.

BWW Feature: Birmingham Artists Give Tribute to the Creative Life of  J'MEL DAVIDSONBWW Feature: Birmingham Artists Give Tribute to the Creative Life of J'MEL DAVIDSON
August 21, 2018

J'Mel Davidson held a very special light. He was extremely giving and quick to talk with great enthusiasm. He gave so much of that light to the world. He is a true testament to the power of laughter. His body may be gone. But his creative light still shines on in all that enjoyed him.

BWW Review:  WONDERLAND WIVES Breaks The Crystal Slipper With Raunchy Laughter at THEATRE DOWNTOWNBWW Review: WONDERLAND WIVES Breaks The Crystal Slipper With Raunchy Laughter at THEATRE DOWNTOWN
July 30, 2018

Walt Disney would turn over in his grave if he saw 'Wonderland Wives' at Theatre Downtown. That's the point. It is supposed to break apart the crystal slipper. This is a in your face comedy poking fun at the idea of perfect princesses in the family friendly genre. This is a fairy tale full of raunchy characters with very real issues. 'Wonderland Wives' is a comical and bawdy tale of what happens after the final words in the storybook saying 'And they lived happily ever after'. It's saturated with puns, one-liners, and language that would make any magic carpet blush. These Disney princesses act more like very-desperate housewives instead of storybook icons. Buddy Thomas's writing cleverly balances an uncomfortable comedy found in these iconic storybook characters dropping shock value vocabulary. It's definitely not for children. It's bawdy, trashy and campy fun. The characters display language and behavior that you may not indulge in regularly. But dang it if you cant click away from laughing so much.

BWW Review:  GUYS AND DOLLS Takes you Back in Time at ACTA TheatreBWW Review: GUYS AND DOLLS Takes you Back in Time at ACTA Theatre
July 18, 2018

'Guys and Dolls' is based off of a string of short stories by writer Damon Runyon. His forte was tales of the seedy underbelly of the New York City crime scene of the 20's and 30's. The cast has a list of colorful characters that chew up scenes. Director Victoria Boyce brings to life the stylized and hilariously dated criminal underworld to life.

BWW Review: Adventure and Amazing Swordplay by THE THREE MUSKETEERS at Birmingham Children's TheatreBWW Review: Adventure and Amazing Swordplay by THE THREE MUSKETEERS at Birmingham Children's Theatre
July 16, 2018

'The Three Musketeers' is high adventure for all ages . Director Brandon Bruce delivers great theater combined with a high-energy stunt show. You are treated to dazzling sword fights, combat acrobatics, and a dramatic plot with interesting characters performed by amazing actors. This classic story is rich with the spirit of adventure, friendship, honor and romance.

BWW Review:  ONCE UPON A MATTRESS Delivers a Comical Fairy Tale at Theatre TuscaloosaBWW Review: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS Delivers a Comical Fairy Tale at Theatre Tuscaloosa
July 15, 2018

'Once Upon a Mattress' is a comical retelling of the 1835 fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson, 'The Princess and the Pea.' This fun song and dance show is reminiscent to the films like 'The Court Jester' starring Danny Kaye. Overall the production is a fun comedy representation of the real story behind this classic fairy tale.

BWW Review: GODSPELL is a Rock Musical with Spirit at Virginia Samford TheatreBWW Review: GODSPELL is a Rock Musical with Spirit at Virginia Samford Theatre
July 13, 2018

'Godspell' is a rock and roll expression of the story of Jesus's adult years without thumping a Bible over your head. If religion is Kryptonite to you, don't worry. This is rocking musical theater not a Pentecostal sermon. The touching music of the show highlights love, obtaining inner peace, embracing who you are.

BWW Review: MAMMA MIA Gets You Feeling Like a Dancing Queen at Red Mountain Theatre CompanyBWW Review: MAMMA MIA Gets You Feeling Like a Dancing Queen at Red Mountain Theatre Company
July 13, 2018

'Mamma Mia' brings touching ballads, tight harmonies and rocking dance numbers. The entire cast is beaming with much joy and pride in what they are doing up on stage. It's impressive production with vibrant energy. Audience erupts into cheers and applause during each of the chart topping hits by ABBA. Looking around the audience you can see faces enjoying the production and the memories in the music.

BWW Review:  Hilarious Healing Makes us 'WELL' at Birmingham Festival TheatreBWW Review: Hilarious Healing Makes us 'WELL' at Birmingham Festival Theatre
June 29, 2018

'Well' is set up as a one-woman show that just happens to have a cast of other people. Lisa (Holly Croney Dikeman) is filled with questions and observations around her sickly mother Ann (Carole Armistead). Lisa enters into her own internal production to find the answer to why some people get sick and some get better.

BWW Review: Theatrics and Comedy are Alive in 'ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD' at Theatre DowntownBWW Review: Theatrics and Comedy are Alive in 'ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD' at Theatre Downtown
June 23, 2018

'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead' brings laughs along with some deep reflections into the pool of probability. The play takes off like a rocket with consistent fast paced, pithy dialogue. This production is a cerebral buddy comedy/tragedy with a delightfully theatrical flair.

BWW Review:  SHIRLEY VALENTINE Takes a Hilarious Leap into the Unknown at Terrific New TheatreBWW Review: SHIRLEY VALENTINE Takes a Hilarious Leap into the Unknown at Terrific New Theatre
June 15, 2018

'Shirley Valentine' is a captivating tale of a 'woman of a certain age' who finds herself reclaiming the wonderlust of her former self. Dolores Haddock flawlessly goes in and out of multiple characters in extended monologues with an effortless, natural presence. Hydock skills as a master storyteller add a striking level of relatability and honesty in the performance.

BWW Review: Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a Vibrant Storybook Come to Life at Red Mountain Theatre CompanyBWW Review: Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a Vibrant Storybook Come to Life at Red Mountain Theatre Company
June 9, 2018

Red Mountain Theatre Company's enchanting production of 'Disney's Beauty and the Beast' is uplifting for adults and children. The high quality of creativity took me by the hand and led me through the story as if it was my first time seeing it.

BWW Review: Birmingham has a Bright Comedy in THE SUNSHINE BOYS at the Virginia Samford TheatreBWW Review: Birmingham has a Bright Comedy in THE SUNSHINE BOYS at the Virginia Samford Theatre
May 29, 2018

'The Sunshine Boys' has laughs and smiles that harken back to the golden age of television. This production gives life to great characters and snappy deliveries. They capture the magic in Neil Simon's writing and invite you to 'ENTER!'

BWW Review: THE DIVINERS Washes You Over With Emotions at Birmingham Festival TheatreBWW Review: THE DIVINERS Washes You Over With Emotions at Birmingham Festival Theatre
May 18, 2018

'The Diviners' is packed with layered personalities leading toward unexpected emotions. The warmth of the play is found in its endearing characters and well thought out storyline. This high caliber production is worthy of a visit before the rain washes it away this weekend.

BWW Review: SMOKEY JOES CAFE is a Vibrant Jukebox of Hits Come to Life at RED MOUNTAIN THEATRE COMPANY.BWW Review: SMOKEY JOES CAFE is a Vibrant Jukebox of Hits Come to Life at RED MOUNTAIN THEATRE COMPANY.
May 11, 2018

'Smokey Joe's Cafe' is a show stopping revue celebrating the legendary music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. 'Stand By Me,' 'Jailhouse Rock,' 'Charlie Brown,' Poison Ivy' and many more hits are booming from the voices of this powerful cast.

BWW Review: THE FOREIGNER is Full of Laughs and Surprises at Covered Bridge PlayersBWW Review: THE FOREIGNER is Full of Laughs and Surprises at Covered Bridge Players
May 9, 2018

'The Foreigner' is hilarious comedy set in a fishing lodge that is 'way back' deep in them Georgia woods. If you're not familiar with southern terminology, 'way back' is a further distance than 'there yonder.' Misdirection leads a handful of colorful characters on a three day weekend with nothing being the same afterwards.

BWW Review: Get Yourself a Slice of THE RED VELVET CAKE WAR at THEATRE DOWNTOWNBWW Review: Get Yourself a Slice of THE RED VELVET CAKE WAR at THEATRE DOWNTOWN
May 8, 2018

'The Red Velvet Cake War' captures all of the drama and love found in family get togethers. No matter what side of the Mason-Dixon line you are from. The charm of the play is its hodgepodge of southern sweetness, sass and shenanigans. It is a silly, lighthearted play, seasoned like a southern sitcom set in good ol' Sweetgum Texas.

BWW Review: These Comical Ladies are ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID at HOMEWOOD THEATREBWW Review: These Comical Ladies are ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID at HOMEWOOD THEATRE
April 6, 2018

'Always a Bridesmaid' is a witty and fun comedy to enjoy with good friends. On one hand, you can relate to the bond these friends share. But mainly you can lean over and tell them during moment of hilarity, 'See, that's exactly what how your act sometimes!'

BWW Review: INTERNATIONAL DELIGHTS Takes You on an Emotional Journey to Love at THEATRE DOWNTOWNBWW Review: INTERNATIONAL DELIGHTS Takes You on an Emotional Journey to Love at THEATRE DOWNTOWN
March 30, 2018

Theatre Downtown is offering 'International Delights' as a tapestry of six plays that are set in various locations all over the world. These plays are written by Rich Mansfield & Daniel Martin. Each play has a different director and cast. There is a through line in each of the plays that embrace the power of love and its many complicated layers.

BWW Review: Angelic Voices Brings the Sunrise to ROMEO AND JULIET at OPERA BIRMINGHAMBWW Review: Angelic Voices Brings the Sunrise to ROMEO AND JULIET at OPERA BIRMINGHAM
March 27, 2018

There is a real pleasure in enjoying amazing voices telling a story in a language you do not know, and be able to understand the emotion conveyed by singers of exceptional skill. Opera Birmingham provided such wonder in 'Romeo and Juliet.'



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