Natasha Ashley

Natasha Ashley Natasha Ashley is a reviewer for productions throughout Central New York. She was born and raised in the suburbs of Syracuse, New York. Natasha has grown up seeing many theatrical productions with her sister, Jennifer Perry, in New York City and in Washington D.C. Natasha and her sister have always shared the love for theatre. She graduated and received her Bachelors degree from Houghton College in 2008 with a double major in English and Communications. While attending Houghton College she acted in numerous productions. She was also the Assistant Director of the college production of You Can't Take it With You. Natasha was in charge of securing patrons, ticket sales, costume management, hair, and makeup for the college shows. She now resides in Cicero, New York with her husband and two children. For the last three years she has attended and reviewed many productions throughout Central New York for NY Theatre Guide.


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BWW Review: THE HUMANS is Eerily Relatable at Syracuse StageBWW Review: THE HUMANS is Eerily Relatable at Syracuse Stage
Posted: Apr. 28, 2019


BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON is a Vulgar and Comedic Experience at the Landmark TheatreBWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON is a Vulgar and Comedic Experience at the Landmark Theatre
Posted: May. 9, 2019


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BWW Reviews: Extra! Extra! NEWSIES at The Cortland Repertory Theatre is BreathtakingBWW Reviews: Extra! Extra! NEWSIES at The Cortland Repertory Theatre is Breathtaking
Posted: Jul. 21, 2018


BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF National Tour Previews at The Landmark TheatreBWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF National Tour Previews at The Landmark Theatre
Posted: Oct. 18, 2018


BWW Review: Syracuse University's Department of Drama Modernizes INTO THE WOODSBWW Review: Syracuse University's Department of Drama Modernizes INTO THE WOODS
Posted: Oct. 15, 2018


BWW Review: Syracuse University Department of Drama Presents an Intoxicating Production of THE WILD PARTYBWW Review: Syracuse University Department of Drama Presents an Intoxicating Production of THE WILD PARTY
Posted: Apr. 1, 2019


BWW Review: NOISES OFF is a Perfectly on Point Production Full of Laughter at Syracuse StageBWW Review: NOISES OFF is a Perfectly on Point Production Full of Laughter at Syracuse Stage
Posted: Sep. 15, 2018


BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES is Totally Radical at The Central New York PlayhouseBWW Review: ROCK OF AGES is Totally Radical at The Central New York Playhouse
Posted: Jul. 16, 2018


BWW Review: POSSESSING HARRIET an Intriguing World Premiere Play at Syracuse StageBWW Review: POSSESSING HARRIET an Intriguing World Premiere Play at Syracuse Stage
Posted: Oct. 20, 2018


BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON is a Vulgar and Comedic Experience at the Landmark Theatre
May 9, 2019

The touring production ofThe Book of Mormonis now 'educating' and entertaining audiences in Syracuse's Landmark Theatre. This musical of course brings many laughs and pushes many boundaries by taking a fresh look at the familiar and friendly Mormons that may have knocked on your door. Whether you think the writers are mocking them or just helping you look at them in a different way is up for personal interpretation.

BWW Review: THE HUMANS is Eerily Relatable at Syracuse Stage
April 28, 2019

Stephen Karam's 2016 Tony Award-winning play The Humans is now engaging audiences at Syracuse Stage. Presented in association with Geva Theatre Center and directed by Mark Cuddy, this production of the uncannily relatable play is moving, emotional, and humorous.

BWW Review: Syracuse University Department of Drama Presents an Intoxicating Production of THE WILD PARTY
April 1, 2019

The music, the lyrics, the story, and the characters - every element of Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party is very intense and intriguing. This production, presented by the Syracuse University Department of Drama at Syracuse Stage, doesn't hold back either. Set in the Jazz Age of the Roaring '20s, this production features a stellar cast, impressive set and lighting design by Alex Koziara, and meticulously detailed direction by Katherine McGerr. The spot-on choreography by Andrea Leigh-Smith and the powerhouse performances of the entire cast take center stage in this wild performance of Lippa's The Wild Party.


March 27, 2019

One the most acclaimed musicals in theatrical history is now performing at Syracuse's Landmark Theater as part of The Famous Artists Broadway Theater Series: Broadway in Syracuse. As presented by Cameron Mackintosh, the Tony Award-winning musical phenomenonLes Misrablesis back with a fantastic new staging and breathtaking scenery.

BWW Review: Bernadette Peters in Concert with Symphoria at Crouse Hinds Theater
March 25, 2019

For a one night only, the legendary Broadway, Television, and Silver Screen star Bernadette Peters sang with the Syracuse, New York orchestra known as Symphoria. Ms. Peters lit up the stage at Crouse Hinds Theater. Accomplished music director Marvin Laird, a friend of Ms. Peters, guest conducted Syracuse's Symphoria orchestra while Ms. Peters sang some of her greatest hits from the stage as well as many other familiar tunes. The talent, the energy, and the star power - it was all perfection.

BWW Review: Syracuse Stage Presents an Energetic Contemporary Production of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
March 24, 2019

Syracuse Stage has once again brought a creative and entertaining play to its audience. This time around it is Kate Hamill's modern take on the Jane Austen 1813 classic novel Pride and Prejudice. Hamill's creative and comedic Pride and Prejudice is certainly not what you might expect. The high energy comedic production is full of wonderful surprises under the impressive direction of Jason O'Connell.

BWW Review: Syracuse City Ballet Performs a Phenomenal Production of PETER PAN at the Crouse Hinds Theater
March 18, 2019

A powerful and passionate production ofPeter Pandazzled audiences this past weekend at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater in Syracuse, New York. The Syracuse City Ballet out did their past productions with this high-flying adventurous ballet. The staging, the flying effects, and of course the dancing were all magnificent under the Syracuse City Ballet's Artistic Director Kathleen Rathbun (direction and choreography).

BWW Review: I'M NOT RAPPAPORT Charms at the Redhouse Arts Center
March 16, 2019

The Redhouse Arts Center in Syracuse, New York is now delighting audiences with their entertaining and engaging production of Herb Gardner's play I'm Not Rappaport. Impressively directed by Vincent J. Cardinal, the production marks the reunion of Fred Grandy and Ted Lange, castmates of the beloved television series The Love Boat.

BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! Performs at The Central New York Playhouse
February 23, 2019

Local talent Stephfond Brunson has brought none other than the global smash hit musical Mamma Mia! to life at the daring theater in the mall, otherwise known as The Central New York Playhouse. Thanks to Brunson's direction and high energy choreography, the catchy and pure fun musical built around the music of ABBA is, without a doubt, entertaining.

BWW Review: NATIVE GARDENS is a Comedic Delight at Syracuse Stage
February 17, 2019

Syracuse Stage is now delighting audiences with a contemporary play Native Gardens by Karen Zacaras. The witty comedy, wonderfully directed by Melissa Crespo, features a fun and entertaining story that delves into important social issues. It also features some top-notch actors.

BWW Review: Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA Performs at The Landmark Theatre
February 14, 2019

No doubt you will see tiaras, beautiful ball gowns, slippers made of glass, pumpkins, a Prince, and a clock striking midnight in the current touring production of Rodgers & Hammerstein'sCinderella. Yes, the modern production keeps all those familiar things from the fairytale and the original 1957 musical starring Julie Andrews intact. However, this production - like the most recent Broadway revival on which it is based - features a new book by Douglas Carter Beane (2013 adaptation). He gives the audience new characters and a more sympathetic stepsister. He also provides the Prince with a story/personality and grants Cinderella the power to decide her own destiny. Put succinctly, there are many socio-political undertones within the story and the characters that inhabit it.

BWW Review: ALMOST, MAINE Exudes Sweetness at the Redhouse
January 27, 2019

Syracuse's Redhouse Arts Center starts the new year off strong with John Carciani's Almost, Maine. The sweet, intimate, and thought-provoking play marks the directorial debut of Steve Hayes who has brought together six versatile actors to beautifully capture the experience of falling in and out of love.

BWW Review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Entertains at Baldwinsville Theatre Guild
January 20, 2019

The Baldwinsville Theatre Guild is now entertaining audiences in Baldwinsville, New York with the witty and entertaining musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Colin Keating, Artistic Director of The Baldwinsville Theater Guild and director of this musical along with his stellar cast has brought the poignant and hysterical musical to life with great heart, skill, and powerhouse performances.

Ten Syracuse Area Productions to Look Forward to in 2019
January 15, 2019

Happy New Year to the Syracuse area theater community! We have a new year filled a variety of theatrical productions throughout the greater Syracuse area coming up! We are fortunate to live in an area that has so many talented actors, technicians, and directors as well as dedicated theater companies - not to mention supportive theatergoers. From the local theaters to the Equity tours that come through the area, we are lucky that Syracuse offers many opportunities to experience live theater. Having seen countless productions in this area since I was young and reviewed many shows for the past few years, I thought I would take a moment to share which productions I am most excited about in 2019!

BWW Review: MOSCOW BALLET'S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER DOVE OF PEACE TOUR at the Crouse Hinds Theater
December 21, 2018

Keeping up the tradition of attending the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is a must for the holiday season. This year, Syracuse audiences had the opportunity to see the remarkable show again when the Dove of Peace tour played The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater for two performances. Once again, the superb production featured all of the beauty, elegance, and detail that the Moscow Ballet is known for with Great Russian Nutcracker.

BWW Review: MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET Comes to Life at the Central New York Playhouse
December 15, 2018

The Central New York Playhouse Holiday production for this season is the timeless classic Miracle on 34th Street under the direction of Bella Calabria. production, set in present day, is heartwarming, nostalgic, and, as per usual, demonstrates the devotion of the community theater performers to their craft.

BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC Enchants at The Landmark Theatre
December 12, 2018

The latest touring production enchanting audiences at the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse, New York is none other than Rodgers and Hammerstein's Tony Award-winning 1959 musical The Sound of Music. Purely breathtaking and nostalgic, it, of course, features favorite and familiar musical numbers such as "My Favorite Things," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss," and "The Sound of Music," just to name of few. Richard Rodgers (Music) and Oscar Hammerstein II's (Lyrics) score features some of the most gorgeous and emotional songs in musical theater history and they are very well performed in this production.

BWW Review: A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS at the Redhouse is the Perfect Holiday Treat
December 10, 2018

Memories and tradition are a large part of the Holiday and watching Bill Mendez and Lee Mendelson's television special A Charlie Brown Christmas is certainly a Holiday tradition for many children and adults. The Redhouse Arts Center brings Eric Shaeffer's stage adaptation by (with special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson) to life under the delightful direction of Jonathan David Martin. Indeed, A Charlie Brown Christmas is the first holiday show to take place in the newly relocated Redhouse and it is a delightful trip down memory lane.

BWW Review: Syracuse City Ballet's Annual Tradition of THE NUTCRACKER at Crouse Hinds Theater
December 3, 2018

This past weekend the Syracuse City Ballet, the only professional ballet company serving the Central New York community, presented its annual festive and heartwarming production of The Nutcracker astutely directed and choreographed by Syracuse City Ballet founding Artistic Director Kathleen Rathbun. The talented dancers performed to the familiar music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, lighting up the stage at the Crouse Hinds Theater creating lasting memories and carrying on tradition for many Central New Yorkers.

BWW Review: Syracuse Stage and Syracuse University Department of Drama Bring Holiday Cheer with ELF THE MUSICAL
December 2, 2018

The Syracuse Stage and Syracuse University (SU) Department of Drama Holiday production is an annual tradition for many Central New Yorkers. This year, the family friendly holiday show Elf the Musical is the perfect start to the Holiday season. The production features fabulous SU drama students, local child performers, and accomplished equity actors. Director Donna Drake, last season's director of The Wizard of Oz, brings the comedy, the heart, and the holiday cheer to life with her fun and festive direction.



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