Perry Tannenbaum

Perry Tannenbaum

  Perry Tannenbaum has been covering the performing arts across the Carolinas since 1987. He has also acted onstage in productions by Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, innovative Theatre, and Charlotte Repertory Theatre. Among the diverse artists he has interviewed, Tony Kushner, Beth Henley, John Guare, Maya Angelou, Dave Brubeck, Gary Burton, Joseph Papp, and Judith Jamison were the most memorable. Beside his regular coverage of the Charlotte performing arts scene for Creative Loafing and CVNC.org, Perry has been covering Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston for over 25 years and makes yearly pilgrimages to New York for his annual roundups of Broadway, Off-Broadway, opera, and jazz. His reviews, interviews, and features have appeared in American Record Guide, Backstage, Classical Voice North America, Dance International, Early Music America, JazzTimes, Stage Directions and TheaterMania.com.




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BWW Review: New DRACULA Sports Female Feline FangsBWW Review: New DRACULA Sports Female Feline Fangs
Posted: Oct. 16, 2019


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BWW Review: THE DAFFODIL GIRLS Vie Viciously for Survival – and a PonyBWW Review: THE DAFFODIL GIRLS Vie Viciously for Survival – and a Pony
Posted: Nov. 14, 2018


BWW Review: BNS Productions' TWO TRAINS RUNNING Runs at Full Steam With a Deep CastBWW Review: BNS Productions' TWO TRAINS RUNNING Runs at Full Steam With a Deep Cast
Posted: Feb. 7, 2019


BWW Review: UNC Doctors Do No Harm in Charlotte Ballet's SHAKESPEARE REINVENTEDBWW Review: UNC Doctors Do No Harm in Charlotte Ballet's SHAKESPEARE REINVENTED
Posted: Jan. 31, 2019


BWW Review: Actor's Gym Unearths a Gem in FALLEN ANGELSBWW Review: Actor's Gym Unearths a Gem in FALLEN ANGELS
Posted: Dec. 6, 2018


BWW Review: Like Panoramic Pease, MUSIC OF THE NIGHT Was Fun While It LastedBWW Review: Like Panoramic Pease, MUSIC OF THE NIGHT Was Fun While It Lasted
Posted: Nov. 2, 2018


BWW Review: MOZART REQUIEM Clashes With Sunny Salieri SymphonyBWW Review: MOZART REQUIEM Clashes With Sunny Salieri Symphony
Posted: Apr. 16, 2019


BWW Review: New DRACULA Sports Female Feline Fangs
October 16, 2019

While his fixed-set concept is too confining and his Van Helsing isn't on her best form, Tony Wright's new COUNTESS DRACULA is plenty of fun at its best, smoking with feline sharpness, sexuality, and grace.

BWW Review: ShakesCar's CYRANO Has Ample Eloquence but Faulty Amplification
September 7, 2019

Like its title, CYRANO is a shortened adaptation of Edmond Rostand's 'Cyrano de Bergerac.' Presented outdoors at the Winthrop Amphitheater, the Shakespeare Carolina production is an engaging intro to this classic - if you can comfortably plow through the distractions of a wayward sound system.

BWW Review: AMOS McGEE Takes Us Into Uncharted Pre-K Territory
August 30, 2019

There aren't many plays for pre-schoolers that boast the right pace and sustain their attention, Children's Theatre's new adaptation of A SICK DAY FOR AMOS MCGEE hits the sweet spot, quietly modeling friendship and kindness.

BWW Review: ATC's Outdoor MIDSUMMER Is Electrifying Fun
August 20, 2019

Outdoor Shakespeare is back in Charlotte with a fine Actor's Theatre production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. Master access, bring a beverage, and get a good sightline - NOT in the middle - for the dreamiest experience.

BWW Review: Free Reign's SAINT JOAN Handsomely Shaves a Shavian Tragedy
August 16, 2019

GBS is often decried for his didacticism, but in SAINT JOAN, he allowed the story to carry him away from his usual soapbox. With some judicious pruning and an infusion of lively swordplay, Free Reign Theatre has made this masterwork even more agreeable and accessible.

BWW Review: nuVOICES NEW PLAY FESTIVAL Bucks the Patriarchy
July 16, 2019

Although nuVOICES 5 was all about women playwrights, the staged readings in the revived Actor's Theatre of Charlotte festival at Queens University featured plenty of diversity - and plenty of onstage and tech talent.

BWW Review: Excellent CPCC Summer Cast Isn't Weary of SHOW BOAT
June 15, 2019

You might think SHOW BOAT is impossibly quaint and politically incorrect. Well, it is, but an excellent CPCC Summer Theatre cast keeps the ol' boat afloat on 'Ol' Man River.'

BWW Review: Gitai's Elegiac and Abrasive LETTER TO A FRIEND IN GAZA Strikes a Nerve at Spoleto
June 7, 2019

Israeli filmmaker/director Amos Gitai has crafted a multimedia piece that hurls accusations at his countrymen - most fiercely in Hebrew rather than Arabic. It's a powerful indictment, even if it is a bit one-sided and inflammatory.

BWW Review: Theatre Charlotte's THE PRODUCERS Is More Politically Incorrect Than Ever
June 7, 2019

Getting over the seedy scenery and the pre-recorded orchestra, I found Theatre Charlotte's THE PRODUCERS more politically incorrect - and nearly as enjoyable - as the previous three times I've seen this Mel Brooks romp.

BWW Review: SPRING WORKS Delights With Sensuous, Satirical, and Classic Vibes
April 30, 2019

Charlotte Ballet's SPRING WORKS, with a surprise cameo from the Merce Cunningham centennial, is another varied and provocative display by the Queen City's preeminent performing arts troupe

BWW Review: MOZART REQUIEM Clashes With Sunny Salieri Symphony
April 16, 2019

Well-aware of the Peter Shaffer implications of programming MOZART'S REQUIEM with a Salieri symphony, Charlotte Symphony flipped the script, revealing a happy-go-lucky Salieri and a fearsome Mozart.

BWW Review: Cherokee Anguish Upstages SLEEPING BEAUTY in Symphony Concert
February 24, 2019

Although Tchaikovsky's SLEEPING BEAUTY suite was the headliner, Charlotte Symphony and guest conductor Joseph Young were far more convincing in American fare by Aaron Copland and Michael Daugherty.

BWW Review: BNS Productions' TWO TRAINS RUNNING Runs at Full Steam With a Deep Cast
February 7, 2019

The BNS production of JITNEY was quite a treat in late 2017, but this season's August Wilson offering, TWO TRAINS RUNNING, is even richer and more refined.

BWW Review: UNC Doctors Do No Harm in Charlotte Ballet's SHAKESPEARE REINVENTED
January 31, 2019

No amazing synthesis or revelation emerges in Charlotte Ballet's audacious SHAKESPEARE REINVENTED collaboration with UNC Charlotte, but the evening bristles with excitement and electricity, probably because the two imaginative choreographers didn't allow their academic partners to get inside their heads - or their art.

BWW Review: A Catchphrase Becomes a Musical Mantra in A CHRISTMAS STORY
December 7, 2018

Joseph Robinette's adaptation of Jean Shepherd's beloved Yuletide story doesn't make all the right moves, but A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL will still warm your holiday spirit if you're patient with it.

BWW Review: Actor's Gym Unearths a Gem in FALLEN ANGELS
December 6, 2018

Two wives grapple with the prospect of meeting their common old flame in Noel Coward's FALLEN ANGELS, a situation that played out very differently in 1925 than it does today.

BWW Review: THE DAFFODIL GIRLS Vie Viciously for Survival – and a Pony
November 14, 2018

THE DAFFODIL GIRLS, Jeff Swearingen's makeover of 'Glengarry Glen Ross,' transformed David Mamet's real estate shark tank into a Girl Scout Cookie drive. Now in a further mutation, Three Bone Theatre successfully produces this children's theatre hit with an all-adult cast.

BWW Review: Mendelssohn's ITALIAN SYMPHONY Upstaged by Epic Paganini Concerto
November 6, 2018

Charlotte Symphony's celebration of Italy with music by Berio, Berlioz, Paganini, and Mendelssohn's ITALIAN SYMPHONY actually peaked with Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1, thanks to the spectacular virtuosity of Sergej Krylov.

BWW Review: Like Panoramic Pease, MUSIC OF THE NIGHT Was Fun While It Lasted
November 2, 2018

After we're rid of the obligatory 'Memory,'CP's fond farewall to Pease Auditorium, THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT, is a lot of fun - but not a lot of music,

BWW Review: THE PHILADELPHIA STORY Bides Its Time Before Detonating
October 31, 2018

A less-than-imperial Tracy Lord picks up strength, energy, and enlightenment as THE PHILADELPHIA STORY chugs along at Theatre Charlotte, cresting in time for an affecting epiphany.



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