Birmingham Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review:  SHIRLEY VALENTINE Takes a Hilarious Leap into the Unknown at Terrific New Theatre BWW Review: SHIRLEY VALENTINE Takes a Hilarious Leap into the Unknown at Terrific New Theatre
by David Edward Perry - 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... (more...)
BWW Review: Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a Vibrant Storybook Come to Life at Red Mountain Theatre Company BWW Review: Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a Vibrant Storybook Come to Life at Red Mountain Theatre Company
by David Edward Perry - June 09, 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: Birmingham has a Bright Comedy in THE SUNSHINE BOYS at the Virginia Samford Theatre BWW Review: Birmingham has a Bright Comedy in THE SUNSHINE BOYS at the Virginia Samford Theatre
by David Edward Perry - 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!'... (more...)
BWW Review: THE DIVINERS Washes You Over With Emotions at Birmingham Festival Theatre BWW Review: THE DIVINERS Washes You Over With Emotions at Birmingham Festival Theatre
by David Edward Perry - 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.... (more...)
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.
by David Edward Perry - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE FOREIGNER is Full of Laughs and Surprises at Covered Bridge Players BWW Review: THE FOREIGNER is Full of Laughs and Surprises at Covered Bridge Players
by David Edward Perry - May 09, 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 be... (more...)
BWW Review: Get Yourself a Slice of THE RED VELVET CAKE WAR at THEATRE DOWNTOWN BWW Review: Get Yourself a Slice of THE RED VELVET CAKE WAR at THEATRE DOWNTOWN
by David Edward Perry - May 08, 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... (more...)
BWW Review: These Comical Ladies are ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID at HOMEWOOD THEATRE BWW Review: These Comical Ladies are ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID at HOMEWOOD THEATRE
by David Edward Perry - April 06, 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!'... (more...)
BWW Review: INTERNATIONAL DELIGHTS Takes You on an Emotional Journey to Love at THEATRE DOWNTOWN BWW Review: INTERNATIONAL DELIGHTS Takes You on an Emotional Journey to Love at THEATRE DOWNTOWN
by David Edward Perry - 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... (more...)
BWW Review: Angelic Voices Brings the Sunrise to ROMEO AND JULIET at OPERA BIRMINGHAM BWW Review: Angelic Voices Brings the Sunrise to ROMEO AND JULIET at OPERA BIRMINGHAM
by David Edward Perry - 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.'... (more...)
BWW Review: DISNEY'S THE LION KING Roars With Excitement and Creative Wonder at BJCC CONCERT HALL BWW Review: DISNEY'S THE LION KING Roars With Excitement and Creative Wonder at BJCC CONCERT HALL
by David Edward Perry - March 20, 2018

There is no comparison to the amazing creative expression director Julie Taymor has woven into Disney's 'The Lion King.' This beautiful presentation of the iconic animated film is built on a collective of striking theatrical elements indicative of theatre styles found on a global scale. The artistic... (more...)
BWW Review: Theatre Tuscaloosa's  CABARET Entertains with Song, Dance and Decadences of the Dark Side of Love. BWW Review: Theatre Tuscaloosa's CABARET Entertains with Song, Dance and Decadences of the Dark Side of Love.
by David Edward Perry - February 27, 2018

The production leaves you breathless with a wagon train of thoughts and emotions to process. I was entertained and at the same time shaken. This show acts as a bridge to the raw emotions of those struggling toward acceptance.... (more...)
BWW Review: Birmingham Festival Theatre got you Laughing when Einstein meets PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE BWW Review: Birmingham Festival Theatre got you Laughing when Einstein meets PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE
by David Edward Perry - February 09, 2018

"Picasso at the Lapin Agile" is a play with a playful heart and much optimism. Birmingham Festival Theatre brought this Steve Martin comedy to life with a hilarious cast. If you have ever wondered what would happen if Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein met in a bar, this is for you.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE is Vibrant with Song and Success at Red Mountain Theatre Company BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE is Vibrant with Song and Success at Red Mountain Theatre Company
by David Edward Perry - February 05, 2018

'The Color Purple' was riveting due to its top talent, high energy and high production quality in every aspect of the performance.The vocals throughout the performance are rich with full harmonies, belting solos. The intimate stage springs alive with swashes of vibrant colors combined with familiar ... (more...)
BWW Review: It Was Hilarious Going BAREFOOT IN THE PARK at Homewood Theatre BWW Review: It Was Hilarious Going BAREFOOT IN THE PARK at Homewood Theatre
by David Edward Perry - February 01, 2018

'Barefoot in the Park' has all the elements of a traditional good ol' American sitcom. Newlyweds discovering emotional peaks and pitfalls, a tense parent-child dynamic, unresolved family issues, wise advice from a telephone repairman and a bohemian continental who lives in mystery upstairs.... (more...)
BWW Review: Divine Comedy is Found in NUNSENSE at Terrific New Theatre BWW Review: Divine Comedy is Found in NUNSENSE at Terrific New Theatre
by David Edward Perry - January 29, 2018

Five nuns sing, joke it up and dance in this hilarious musical. While frequently breaking the fourth wall to engage with the audience, the approachable cast makes 'Nunsense' funny and lighthearted. You'll feel as if you are at a live Las Vegas style variety show.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Heat of CHICAGO Cools at Virginia Samford Theatre BWW Review: The Heat of CHICAGO Cools at Virginia Samford Theatre
by David Edward Perry - January 26, 2018

This production of CHICAGO is enjoyable. I was expecting more of an energetic 'umph' from the leads. Without that, I felt the show's energy lacked cohesion from the beginning. It's opening weekend. If they can find that spark, this show will be one hot CHICAGO.... (more...)
BWW Review: I Found Wicked Temptation in THE TRAGEDY OF CARMEN at Opera Birmingham BWW Review: I Found Wicked Temptation in THE TRAGEDY OF CARMEN at Opera Birmingham
by David Edward Perry - January 25, 2018

Opera Birmingham delivered a trimmed version of "The Tragedy of Carmen" that did not loose a bit of its luster. The cabaret theater at the Red Mountain Theatre Company provided a perfect venue for this cast of powerful singers.... (more...)
BWW Review: Bring in the New Year Laughing by Going TO MOCK A KILLING BIRD at Theatre Downtown BWW Review: Bring in the New Year Laughing by Going TO MOCK A KILLING BIRD at Theatre Downtown
by David Edward Perry - December 30, 2017

'To Mock a Killing Bird!' is an improvised, murder mystery comedy that is a New Year's staple in the city of Birmingham. Every performance is new, fresh and full of madcap plot devices and hilarious characters.... (more...)
BWW Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE! at Virginia Samford Theatre Delivers the Christmas Spirit with an Amazing Cast BWW Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE! at Virginia Samford Theatre Delivers the Christmas Spirit with an Amazing Cast
by David Edward Perry - December 26, 2017

Ravenswood Productions is once again delivering the holiday treat to the city of Birmingham. 'It's a Wonderful Life: Live!' is a bright and lively throwback to the days of radio theater... (more...)
BWW Review: CINDERELLA: AN OUTRAGEOUS FAIRY TALE at Birmingham Children's Theatre is Pure Magic BWW Review: CINDERELLA: AN OUTRAGEOUS FAIRY TALE at Birmingham Children's Theatre is Pure Magic
by David Edward Perry - December 08, 2017

'Cinderella: An Outrageous Fairy Tale' is a dynamic piece by Birmingham Children's Theatre. The show is a carousel of whimsy and childish glee. The actors and a live band keeps the energy up and a festive holiday spirit throughout the performance.... (more...)
BWW Review:  The Cast of 'WORKING: A MUSICAL' Worked Overtime at UAB Department Of Theatre BWW Review: The Cast of 'WORKING: A MUSICAL' Worked Overtime at UAB Department Of Theatre
by David Edward Perry - November 27, 2017

'Working: A Musical' is driven by the honest words of real people sharing why they work at what they do. The show is packed with with monologues and songs of people working various jobs put to music. The result of the varying talent of multiple composers sadly gives the show periodically draggy lyri... (more...)
BWW Review: I Got MURDERED TO DEATH by John Carroll Theater's Hilarious 1930's Style Murder Mystery BWW Review: I Got MURDERED TO DEATH by John Carroll Theater's Hilarious 1930's Style Murder Mystery
by David Edward Perry - November 25, 2017

This 1930's style comedy/murder myster features a slew of quirky characters that get tossed into a 'whodunit' during a dinner party at a ritzy estate in the English countryside. As each character arrives, motives, backstories and weapons are revealed, gradually setting up the path for one of the din... (more...)
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...)