Birmingham Theater Reviews
 


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...)
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...)