Birmingham Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: THE BIG MEAL Feeds Four Generations of Family at Terrific New Theatre BWW Review: THE BIG MEAL Feeds Four Generations of Family at Terrific New Theatre
by David Edward Perry - November 10, 2017

The Big Meal makes a stylized approach to watching a family tree grow on stage. Pivotal moments in the timeline of this family are played out in sequence by a gifted group of eight actors.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE DRESSER Wraps You in Co-Dependency at Birmingham Festival Theatre BWW Review: THE DRESSER Wraps You in Co-Dependency at Birmingham Festival Theatre
by David Edward Perry - November 08, 2017

The Dresser unveils the complexity of a co-dependent relationship between a pompous Shakespearian actor, aptly named Sir (Jack Cannon) and his dresser Norman (Judd McCluney). Norman's devotion to Sir is built upon many levels of admiration, even though Sir treats him like a second rate Sancho.... (more...)
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.
by David Edward Perry - November 04, 2017

Birmingham playwright/director Daniel Martin has adapted a collection of a few choice cuts of Poe's library into a scary stage production that gets your heart beating fast with fright.... (more...)
BWW Review: POSTMODERN JUKEBOX  Brought Swing and Soul to Birmingham's  Iron City BWW Review: POSTMODERN JUKEBOX Brought Swing and Soul to Birmingham's Iron City
by David Edward Perry - October 26, 2017

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox lit up the stage at Iron City. The evening was filled with amazing singers and a band that threw down some hoppin' music.... (more...)
BWW Review:  BOOK OF MORMON Brings Comical Irreverence to Birmingham BWW Review: BOOK OF MORMON Brings Comical Irreverence to Birmingham
by David Edward Perry - October 14, 2017

At its core, THE BOOK OF MORMON is a typical buddy comedy/fish out of water scenario infused with powerhouse song and dance. Added to the mix is a heavy, heavy dose of R rated flavors and an unapologetic irreverence.... (more...)
BWW Review: Audrey Cardwell and Veronica Kuehn bring a BROADWAY NIGHT AT THE CABARET to Red Mountain Theatre Company BWW Review: Audrey Cardwell and Veronica Kuehn bring a BROADWAY NIGHT AT THE CABARET to Red Mountain Theatre Company
by David Edward Perry - October 08, 2017

Audrey Cardwell returns to the Red Mountain stage where she had her humble beginnings as a child in the RMTC Conservatory. Cardwell shares the stage with her talented and hilarious friend Veronica Kuehn.... (more...)
BWW Review: It is Fun Riding Shotgun in BECKY'S NEW CAR at   Birmingham Festival Theatre BWW Review: It is Fun Riding Shotgun in BECKY'S NEW CAR at Birmingham Festival Theatre
by David Edward Perry - September 30, 2017

Becky's New Car is comedy where you ride shotgun with a middle aged woman's journey to find clarity in self worth, fidelity and second chances. With no map and no clue, she finds herself lost at the middle of a quirky comedy with no exit in sight.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE 39 STEPS Lead You to Laughs at Theatre Tuscaloosa BWW Review: THE 39 STEPS Lead You to Laughs at Theatre Tuscaloosa
by David Edward Perry - September 28, 2017

THE 39 STEPS at Theatre Tuscaloosa gets many honest laughs with creative stage techniques and hilarious actors.... (more...)
BWW Review: Alabama Talent Fills The Spotlight in A CHORUS LINE at Virginia Samford Theatre BWW Review: Alabama Talent Fills The Spotlight in A CHORUS LINE at Virginia Samford Theatre
by David Edward Perry - September 27, 2017

Virginia Samford Theatre's production of A Chorus Line successfully leads the audience to feel the colossal emotion behind a dancer saying those six memorable words, 'God, I hope I get it!'... (more...)
BWW Review:    Terrific New Theatre has a key to the Comedy Townhouse in THE TRIBUTE ARTIST BWW Review: Terrific New Theatre has a key to the Comedy Townhouse in THE TRIBUTE ARTIST
by David Edward Perry - September 19, 2017

The Tribute Artist by Charles Busch has the structure of a classic 40's comedy. Silly situations, gender bending, zingy one-liners and fluctuating sexual tensions are afoot.... (more...)
BWW Review:  The Dark Comedy TREVOR is not Monkeying Around at Theatre Downtown BWW Review: The Dark Comedy TREVOR is not Monkeying Around at Theatre Downtown
by David Edward Perry - September 18, 2017

Trevor is no longer the cute and cuddly chimp from his old days on variety shows of the likes of Sonny and Cher and Barbara Mandrel. He's now an adult chimpanzee wracked with cabin fever and dreams to get back to Hollywood.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Homewood Theatre Brings a Classy Night of Cabaret with BILL BUGG AND FRIENDS: SONGS FROM THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK BWW Review: Homewood Theatre Brings a Classy Night of Cabaret with BILL BUGG AND FRIENDS: SONGS FROM THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK
by David Edward Perry - August 25, 2017

BILL BUGG AND FRIENDS: SONGS FROM THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK is a great throwback to the intimate piano bar shows that showcase hot numbers and cool singers.... (more...)
BWW Review: Brick by Brick Arts Bring Back The Swinging 60's in SWEET CHARITY BWW Review: Brick by Brick Arts Bring Back The Swinging 60's in SWEET CHARITY
by David Edward Perry - August 12, 2017

'Sweet Charity' is a late 60's period comedy musical with some muddy areas of sadness.... (more...)
BWW Review: Montevallo Main Street Players Release the Comedy Hounds in BASKERVILLE BWW Review: Montevallo Main Street Players Release the Comedy Hounds in BASKERVILLE
by David Edward Perry - August 11, 2017

'Baskerville' blends campy comedy into a fast paced Sherlock Holmes mystery.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Battling Dementia in THE OTHER PLACE at Theatre Tuscaloosa BWW Review: Battling Dementia in THE OTHER PLACE at Theatre Tuscaloosa
by David Edward Perry - August 10, 2017

'The Other Place' by Sharr White is a play exposing the struggle of adjusting to declining mental ability. It's a heart-tugging and at times funny story of a sharp and empowered woman fighting with a splintering mental health dilemma. White's writing brings to light the frustration of dementia. The ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BIKINIS Sing You Back to The Beach at Central Alabama Theater BWW Review: THE BIKINIS Sing You Back to The Beach at Central Alabama Theater
by David Edward Perry - August 06, 2017

'The Bikinis' give due diligence to the variety show formula reminiscent of classic TV specials by Carol Burnett, Debbie Reynolds and Sonny and Cher.... (more...)
BWW Review: SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES are Coming Out with Pride at Theatre Downtown BWW Review: SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES are Coming Out with Pride at Theatre Downtown
by David Edward Perry - August 04, 2017

There is no grey area in the meaning of the title 'Southern Baptist Sissies'. This emotional play addresses the turmoil faced when coming out in the shadow of religion. Dell Shores has written a string of thought provoking plays (The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife','Sordid Live... (more...)
BWW Review: 'Extra, Extra!'  NEWSIES is a Runaway Hit at Red Mountain Theatre. BWW Review: 'Extra, Extra!' NEWSIES is a Runaway Hit at Red Mountain Theatre.
by David Edward Perry - July 21, 2017

'Newsies' is an pulse pumping musical that inspires you to stand up for what's right and fight for a cause you believe in.... (more...)
BWW Review: RAGTIME at Theatre Tuscaloosa Touches Your Heart With The American Dream BWW Review: RAGTIME at Theatre Tuscaloosa Touches Your Heart With The American Dream
by David Edward Perry - July 18, 2017

Ragtime: The Musical is a timeless and moving musical with a powerhouse ensemble at Theatre Tuscaloosa... (more...)
BWW Review: BLITHE SPIRIT is Marvelously Materialized by The Southside Players BWW Review: BLITHE SPIRIT is Marvelously Materialized by The Southside Players
by David Edward Perry - May 19, 2017

The Southside Players has summoned the doorway to the classic comedy BLITHE SPIRIT... (more...)
BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS Serenades Birmingham With Song, Soul and Sparkle BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS Serenades Birmingham With Song, Soul and Sparkle
by David Edward Perry - May 15, 2017

All you have to do is dream and baby they'll be there.... (more...)
LA STRADA, Birmingham Rep LA STRADA, Birmingham Rep
by Emma Cann - May 08, 2017

Fellini's La Strada is an exploration of post-war Italy; a time before industrial boom made Italy a desirable, fashionable destination, when rural swathes of the country were still run on a 'peasant economy'. The desperate situation of many rural families is reflected Gelsomina's mother's willingnes... (more...)
BWW Review: I Got Bit by Talent at This LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS BWW Review: I Got Bit by Talent at This LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by David Edward Perry - May 06, 2017

Spain Park High School Theater delivers a killer performance of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.... (more...)
BWW Review: CRIMES OF THE HEART  is Guilty of Pulling at Your Heartstrings. BWW Review: CRIMES OF THE HEART is Guilty of Pulling at Your Heartstrings.
by David Edward Perry - May 05, 2017

After you visit the McGrath sisters your family issues wont seem so bad.... (more...)
BWW Review: NANA'S NAUGHTY KNICKERS is a Fun Romp Into a Panty Drawer of Laughs BWW Review: NANA'S NAUGHTY KNICKERS is a Fun Romp Into a Panty Drawer of Laughs
by David Edward Perry - April 29, 2017

You will leave Theatre Downtown laughing with 'bras on the brain.'... (more...)