Birmingham Theater Reviews
 


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...)
BWW Review:  AN ACT OF GOD is a Hilarious Offering to Partake Of BWW Review: AN ACT OF GOD is a Hilarious Offering to Partake Of
by David Edward Perry - April 28, 2017

Laughs are bountiful in AN ACT OF GOD at Terrific New Theatre in Birmingham.... (more...)
BWW Review: A NIGHT OF MUSIC Marks Opening BWW Review: A NIGHT OF MUSIC Marks Opening
by Marietta Lunceford - August 19, 2016

History was made tonight as the Homewood Theatre had its first performance at the Dance Foundation. A NIGHT OF MUSIC was a cabaret type show featuring Homewood Theatre's founder Kyle Bass, along with Amy Johnson and Dana Porter.... (more...)
BWW Review: A 1940's RADIO VARIETY SHOW Featuring CASABLANCA Looks Back BWW Review: A 1940's RADIO VARIETY SHOW Featuring CASABLANCA Looks Back
by Marietta Lunceford - August 14, 2016

This weekend the Montevallo Main Street Players present A 1940's RADIO VARIETY SHOW, featuring CASABLANCA. With only two more chances to see this show, August 13 at 7:30 and August 14 at 2, I would say if you want to step back to a simpler time call 665-9207, extension 6 for reservations. Although t... (more...)
BWW Review: SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN Raises the Roof BWW Review: SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN Raises the Roof
by Marietta Lunceford - August 06, 2016

Central Alabama Theatre has a new home, at Steeple Arts Academy in the Crestline Village area of Mountain Brook. The space actually helped to inspire the first show there- SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN. With its church pews and the pitched ceiling, the building actually becomes part of the pretty, well buil... (more...)
BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Discos Down BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Discos Down
by Marietta Lunceford - July 30, 2016

South City Theatre's production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM is silly and campy, but a great escape. It gives you the opportunity to dance, laugh out loud, and forget your humdrum life for a couple of hours. As usual with SCT these days, some shows are sold out already, so go to www.southcitytheatre... (more...)
BWW Review: SEUSSICAL, THE MUSICAL Is Lively Event BWW Review: SEUSSICAL, THE MUSICAL Is Lively Event
by Marietta Lunceford - July 23, 2016

ACTA theatre is presenting SEUSSICAL, THE MUSICAL now through July 31. A mixture of characters from several different stories by Dr. Seuss, with a through line that involves Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and JoJo, a small boy from Whoville, SEUSSICAL is fast paced and fun. Running July 21,... (more...)
BWW Review: Escape to THE LITTLE MERMAID BWW Review: Escape to THE LITTLE MERMAID
by Marietta Lunceford - July 09, 2016

After a traumatic few weeks for our nation and around the world, it was a delight to escape into the world of make believe watching Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID, presented by Red Mountain Theatre Company. I was thrilled to be able to forget the horrors of the real world for a couple of hours and see... (more...)
BWW Review: Everyone Wins THE RED VELVET CAKE WAR BWW Review: Everyone Wins THE RED VELVET CAKE WAR
by Marietta Lunceford - June 13, 2016

When people in the community try their hand at theatre, including people with no experience and do so with fun and love while raising money for a good cause, I think we are all winners. And to quote THE RED VELVET CAKE WARS , 'you can agree with me, or you can be wrong!' Kudos to the Episcopal Churc... (more...)
BWW Review: DIE FLEDERMAUS Captures Quality BWW Review: DIE FLEDERMAUS Captures Quality
by Marietta Lunceford - June 11, 2016

If laughter is the best medicine, then I will not be sick for the rest of the year. Between the hilarious plays I have seen recently and last night's DIE FLEDERMAUS (The Bat), I have certainly had a couple of weeks full of chuckles. Birmingham is certainly the place to be if you need a laugh this we... (more...)