Jeremy Bustin is a Communications Manager at GE. He has contributed as a writer for AltDaily, an ultra-independent magazine founded in Norfolk. Outside of his professional life, he dabbles in theatre, both as a spectator and a performer. He feels fortunate to live in a city with such a thriving theatre community and with so much talent. Jeremy holds a Master's of Strategic Public Relations from The George Washington University. In addition to theatre and earning a living, he enjoys creative writing. Jeremy lives in Richmond, Virginia.
I must preface this article to indicate that as much as I found this production of ALL MY SONS to be beguiling and devastatingly gripping, I found myself thinking, 'Wow, people just don't talk this way anymore. In fact, they really don't act this way anyone, either.' The play was written and set in 1947.BWW Feature: WINGS: THE MUSICAL at Firehouse Theatre February 7, 2018
The critically-acclaimed new musical from Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, FREAKY FRIDAY opens Friday at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. November 11, 2017
HILLARY AND CLINTON, a kind of seriocomedy written by Lucas Hnath, is about the Clintons... and yet it isn't. This piece is an interesting amalgamation of political intrigue and a science-fiction contrivance that takes us quite-literally out of this world.BWW Review: MURDER BALLAD at 5th Wall Theatre November 10, 2017
True to their slogan 'Theatre Beyond Boundaries,' director Lucian Restivo and the personnel at 5th Wall have executed (pun intended) a distinctly immersive theatrical gambit with pulverizing marks. By staging Murder Ballad entirely within the confines of the main room at Club Infuzion in Scott's Addition (as per the original Off-Broadway production's cue to venue selection), the audience is treated to a 360 degree display of four spellbinding actors belting out booming rock tunes whilst weaving around and about the respective patrons' tables and sitting areas.BWW Review: Eugene O'Neill's DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS at Firehouse Theatre: Simple, Brutal Brilliance November 3, 2017
For those unfamiliar with Eugene O'Neill's stark allegory of a poor family's struggle against the stagnant days of the Great Depression: don't let anyone (the internet included) spoil it for you! Not even me; and I'll keep things brief here, too. Yes, go in to see Desire Under The Elms with a clean slate! For such a warranted and temporary implementation of a kind of na vet is certain to make this haunting experience all the more visceral and captivating.BWW Review: Richmond Triangle Players' CLOUD 9: A Mysterious Cup of Tea October 7, 2017
It is this reviewer's exultant onus to relay that in the case of TheatreLAB and YES, AND's production of THE LAST FIVE YEARS, director Chelsea Burke and her team have pulled out all of the stops to give the audience an unforgettable experience, with the technical follow-through and musical polish to rival any production that has ever been mounted. And these generous qualities are symbiotically aligned with the equally powerful presence of actors Christie Jackson and Alexander Sapp. It's just that freaking good.BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at Virginia Repertory Theatre is Thoroughly Entertaining September 27, 2017
The images are haunting. Their stories are heartbreaking. Prior to the Pulse nightclub tragedy, it was the most deadly attack against the LGBT community. The arson at the UpStairs Lounge in the French Quarter of New Orleans is at the center of Richmond Triangle Players' entertaining and moving season opener, THE VIEW UPSTAIRS.Inventive and Engaging, ALICE: A NEW MUSICAL is a Fresh Trip Down the Rabbit Hole August 22, 2017
Under the imaginative hand of Adam Ferguson, The Basement is transformed into a 360-degree Wonderland. Serving as the director, scenic designer and props master, Ferguson displays the kind of vision and talent that take years to hone.