Central Pennsylvania Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: SHE LOVES ME at Gretna Theatre BWW Review: SHE LOVES ME at Gretna Theatre
by Rich Mehrenberg - July 13, 2018

She Loves Me doesn't employ splashy chorus numbers or elaborate choreography. It is designed as a character piece, and does without a lot of traditional musical theater bells and whistles to tell a more honest and realistic story.... (more...)
BWW Review: FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON AND THE INSANITY OF MARY GIRARD at Oyster Mill Playhouse BWW Review: FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON AND THE INSANITY OF MARY GIRARD at Oyster Mill Playhouse
by Andrea Stephenson - July 08, 2018

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BWW Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at Gretna Theatre BWW Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at Gretna Theatre
by Rich Mehrenberg - June 28, 2018

I doubt many people think watching a play influenced by the works of Anton Chekhov would be the definition of "fun". However, they would be wrong, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike playing at Gretna Theater is a hilarious way to spend the day.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater
by Rich Mehrenberg - June 24, 2018

Through a combination of both some old fashion singing and dancing and modern special effects, the show promises something for everyone.... (more...)
BWW Review: Take a Trip to SOUTH PACIFIC at the Belmont BWW Review: Take a Trip to SOUTH PACIFIC at the Belmont
by Marakay Rogers - June 22, 2018

A fresh production of the old classic is on stage at the Belmont.... (more...)
BWW Review: DEATH BY DESIGN Brings Laughs at Oyster Mill BWW Review: DEATH BY DESIGN Brings Laughs at Oyster Mill
by Marakay Rogers - June 14, 2018

When an actress, a playwright, and their friends all wind up at the star's country house unexpectedly, there are killer laughs in store.... (more...)
BWW Review: Swear on HAND TO GOD for Laughs at EPAC BWW Review: Swear on HAND TO GOD for Laughs at EPAC
by Marakay Rogers - June 14, 2018

Can a church puppet be possessed by Satan himself, or is it just helping a teen express himself... badly?... (more...)
BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Fulton Theatre BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Fulton Theatre
by Rich Mehrenberg - June 13, 2018

The Hunchback of Notre Dame...is the perfect way to end the company's current season...I predict many Broadway World Award nominations in its future.... (more...)
BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS at Gettysburg Community Theatre BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS at Gettysburg Community Theatre
by Allison Rambler - June 11, 2018

INTO THE WOODS is arguably a staple of American theatre. As one of the incomparable Stephen Sondheim's most recognizable shows, INTO THE WOODS is performed continuously by a multitude of theatres across America. From middle schools, to universities, to regional theatre and beyond, an active audience... (more...)
BWW Review: FIFTH OF JULY at Susquehanna Stage Company BWW Review: FIFTH OF JULY at Susquehanna Stage Company
by Rich Mehrenberg - June 02, 2018

Fifth of July is an intelligent piece of community theater.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN at OrangeMite Studios BWW Review: THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN at OrangeMite Studios
by Rich Mehrenberg - May 28, 2018

However, it's obvious that Wolfgang and company respect their audience. It's Shakespeare! You don't put ketchup on fllet mignon.... (more...)
BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at HMAC Stage On Herr BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at HMAC Stage On Herr
by Andrea Stephenson - May 26, 2018

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, takes audiences on a journey. It's a journey of love, loss, betrayal, and acceptance. There is no such thing as the fourth wall in this show-this rock musical's audience is also the audience for the band Hedwig and the Angry Inch... (more...)
BWW Review: RED at Fulton Theatre BWW Review: RED at Fulton Theatre
by Rich Mehrenberg - May 10, 2018

Red is a great exploration of the purpose of art...the show proves that a good play can be both thoroughly entertaining, and intellectually stimulating.... (more...)
BWW Review: GREASE at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater BWW Review: GREASE at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater
by Rich Mehrenberg - May 04, 2018

This production, just like the Greased Lightning car, could use some fine tuning... (more...)
BWW Review: A Darkly Funny FUN HOME at Ephrata BWW Review: A Darkly Funny FUN HOME at Ephrata
by Marakay Rogers - May 03, 2018

EPAC strikes again, with Alison Bechdel's black humor, Jeanine Tesori's music, the direction of Ed Fernandez, and a heavy dose of truth.... (more...)
BWW Review: COLLECTIVE RAGE Catches Fire at Open Stage BWW Review: COLLECTIVE RAGE Catches Fire at Open Stage
by Marakay Rogers - May 03, 2018

When you hear the title COLLECTIVE RAGE and understand that the play you're to see may be feminist, queer, or both, you might picture angry women screaming about men, God, the universe, or almost anything. Once you see that the full title is COLLECTIVE RAGE: A TALE IN FIVE BETTIES, you might warm up... (more...)
BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Theatre Harrisburg BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Theatre Harrisburg
by Andrea Stephenson - April 27, 2018

Hairspray originally opened on Broadway in 2002. The stage musical by Marc Shaiman, Mark O'Donnell, Thomas Meehan, and Scott Whittman, is based on the 1988 film written and directed by John Waters. The show takes place in 1962 in Baltimore and follows the story of teenager Tracy Turnblad. In many wa... (more...)
BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at Fulton Theatre BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at Fulton Theatre
by Rich Mehrenberg - April 26, 2018

Million Dollar Quartet is the kind of show that invites dancing in the aisles. It is a fun and memorable blast from the past.... (more...)
BWW Review: CURTAINS at Oyster Mill Playhouse BWW Review: CURTAINS at Oyster Mill Playhouse
by Andrea Stephenson - April 22, 2018

Curtains by John Kander, Fred Ebb, Rupert Holmes, and Peter Stone is a murder mystery wrapped up in the trappings of a romantic comedy. When it premiered at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, Curtains received mixed reviews. However, in 2007 the show opened on Broadway and received eight Tony Awar... (more...)
BWW Review: A Harrowing ANNE FRANK at the Belmont BWW Review: A Harrowing ANNE FRANK at the Belmont
by Marakay Rogers - April 18, 2018

The Belmont's production lets audiences feel as if they're living in Anne Frank's hiding place.... (more...)
BWW Review: TAFE's CINDERELLA, A MUSICAL Dances Its Way Across the Stage BWW Review: TAFE's CINDERELLA, A MUSICAL Dances Its Way Across the Stage
by Marakay Rogers - April 14, 2018

TAFE's mission is to be theatre for everyone. Its CINDERELLA does that with stage magic, not a fairy godmother.... (more...)
BWW Review: Gamut's Educational Outreach: Fun, Not Just Smart BWW Review: Gamut's Educational Outreach: Fun, Not Just Smart
by Marakay Rogers - April 14, 2018

Some shows are too good to be hidden in a school project!... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM at Susquehanna Stage Company BWW Review: THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM at Susquehanna Stage Company
by Rich Mehrenberg - April 08, 2018

The Robber Bridegroom is the wrong show at the wrong time.... (more...)
BWW Review: BLACKBIRD at Fulton Theatre BWW Review: BLACKBIRD at Fulton Theatre
by Rich Mehrenberg - April 06, 2018

Blackbird is not an easy show to watch, but it is an important one.  It tackles complex themes and, like life, promises no simple resolutions.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES Sparkle at Servant Stage BWW Review: THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES Sparkle at Servant Stage
by Marakay Rogers - March 29, 2018

The Sixties are back in Lancaster, leading up to a youth production of JUKEBOX SATURDAY NIGHT in May.... (more...)