Central Pennsylvania Theater Reviews
 


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...)
BWW Review: SHOW BOAT at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater BWW Review: SHOW BOAT at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater
by Rich Mehrenberg - March 24, 2018

Come see Show Boat at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater and stimulate your brain, heart, and stomach all in one night!... (more...)
BWW Review: I LOVE YOU BECAUSE at Theatre Harrisburg BWW Review: I LOVE YOU BECAUSE at Theatre Harrisburg
by Allison Rambler - March 12, 2018

The age-old struggle of romance has become even more challenging in the modern era. Whether one uses dating apps, blind dates, or sheer luck, finding love has also proven to be a task for the brave and the patient. The search for romance can often be a stressful one, and it can be easy to view relat... (more...)
BWW Review: GUYS AND DOLLS at Fulton Theatre BWW Review: GUYS AND DOLLS at Fulton Theatre
by Rich Mehrenberg - March 10, 2018

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BWW Review: ON GOLDEN POND Sparkles at Oyster Mill BWW Review: ON GOLDEN POND Sparkles at Oyster Mill
by Marakay Rogers - March 09, 2018

The classic play-turned-film is no clone at Oyster Mill, where it has a life of its own... (more...)
BWW Review: Go INTO THE WOODS at the Belmont Theatre BWW Review: Go INTO THE WOODS at the Belmont Theatre
by Marakay Rogers - February 24, 2018

The Sondheim send-up of fairy tales takes on new life at the Belmont, with an evil witch that's a delight to meet.... (more...)
BWW Review: OUR TOWN Is a Lot Like Us, At Gamut BWW Review: OUR TOWN Is a Lot Like Us, At Gamut
by Marakay Rogers - February 18, 2018

Tom Weaver brings a witty, properly non-styled production of Wilder's classic play to the Gamut stage.... (more...)
BWW Review: AKEELAH AND THE BEE at Open Stage Of Harrisburg BWW Review: AKEELAH AND THE BEE at Open Stage Of Harrisburg
by Andrea Stephenson - February 17, 2018

Akeelah and the Bee was first seen on the big screen in 2006. Written and directed by Doug Atchison, the film follows the journey of a young girl, Akeelah Anderson, who overcomes a variety of challenges to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The film was adapted for the stage by playwr... (more...)
BWW Review: RING OF FIRE at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre BWW Review: RING OF FIRE at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
by Andrea Stephenson - February 11, 2018

In 2006, Ring of Fire, conceived by William Meade and created by Richard Maltby, Jr. appeared for the first time on Broadway. Its Broadway run was short-lived, but a revised version of it has found popularity in the theatre world, particularly in an intimate setting where the audience can find thems... (more...)
BWW Review: Go to GO BACK FOR MURDER at Oyster Mill BWW Review: Go to GO BACK FOR MURDER at Oyster Mill
by Marakay Rogers - February 03, 2018

There's nothing like seeing a theatre do what it does best. When it comes to Oyster Mill, it's Agatha Christie.... (more...)
SOMETHING ROTTEN is Fresh at Hershey Theatre SOMETHING ROTTEN is Fresh at Hershey Theatre
by Marakay Rogers - January 27, 2018

The Bottom Brothers are struggling to compete with rock star playwright and poet William Shakespeare. Can they come out on the cutting edge of the 1590s or will they stay bottom forever?... (more...)
BWW Review: THE IRISH...AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY at Fulton Theatre BWW Review: THE IRISH...AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY at Fulton Theatre
by Rich Mehrenberg - January 26, 2018

Only a week ago, in my review of The Mousetrap, I praised the Fulton in their decision to bring a drama back to the mainstage. I will now 'double-down', and share how much fun it was to attend a musical in their intimate fourth floor theater.... (more...)
BWW Review: GOD OF CARNAGE at Theatre Harrisburg BWW Review: GOD OF CARNAGE at Theatre Harrisburg
by Andrea Stephenson - January 20, 2018

God of Carnage sounds like it could be the next Quentin Tarantino film. While there is a lack of actual physical carnage, Yasmina Reza's satire peels back the layers of forced civility, conventions of politeness, and good intentions. Underneath these layers God of Carnage illuminates humanity's cons... (more...)