Central Pennsylvania Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: TRUE WEST at Susquehanna Stage Company BWW Review: TRUE WEST at Susquehanna Stage Company
by Rich Mehrenberg - January 14, 2018

Considering it only has four characters and one setting, Sam Shepherd's True West has a lot going on. It is a show about the creative process, sibling rivalry and an exploration of the idea that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. The show is a character study, it has moments of great ... (more...)
BWW Review: SOMETHING'S AFOOT at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater BWW Review: SOMETHING'S AFOOT at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater
by Rich Mehrenberg - January 12, 2018

There haven't been many popular mystery musicals over the years. I suspect it has something to do with a conflict of genres. Effective mysteries are cerebral. Audience members must perform mental gymnastics in order to outwit the detective. Musicals (with the exception of Sondheim) often prioritize ... (more...)
BWW Review: A Green Light for THE OLD TIME GOSPEL RADIO CHRISTMAS BWW Review: A Green Light for THE OLD TIME GOSPEL RADIO CHRISTMAS
by Marakay Rogers - December 19, 2017

Servant Stage delivers another helping of what it does best: singing, dancing, preserving tradition, and bringing on the fun in theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING at Susquehanna Stage Company BWW Review: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING at Susquehanna Stage Company
by Allison Rambler - December 16, 2017

Susquehanna Stage Company, although tucked away in the small town of Marietta, has proven time and time again to be a great source of spectacle, talent, and all-around entertainment. They display their musical prowess once again with their current production of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REA... (more...)
BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Brightens Season at TAFE BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Brightens Season at TAFE
by Marakay Rogers - December 13, 2017

TAFE, Theatre Arts for Everyone, puts on a big, bright, shiny A CHRISTMAS CAROL... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ at EPAC BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ at EPAC
by Rich Mehrenberg - December 08, 2017

There's no place like home and there's no place like the Ephrata Performing Arts Center for the holiday season. EPAC sidesteps the glut of 'A Christmas Carol' productions performed at community theaters this time of year, and instead, puts on Decembers shows that are big, fun, and targeted for the e... (more...)
BWW Review: SHE KILLS MONSTERS at William Penn Senior High School BWW Review: SHE KILLS MONSTERS at William Penn Senior High School
by Christy Brooks - November 28, 2017

William Penn Performing Arts Institute (WPPAI), an outreach educational program of the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, presented SHE KILLS MONSTERS by Qui Nguien on November 17th and 18th, at William Penn Senior High School. SHE KILLS MONSTERS is a comedic insight into the world of the fantas... (more...)
BWW Review: OLIVER! Glorious OLIVER! at The Belmont BWW Review: OLIVER! Glorious OLIVER! at The Belmont
by Marakay Rogers - November 24, 2017

Director Rene Staub brings the Dickens and Leonard Bart classic to the Belmont mainstage. Jeff Gilbert's Fagin steals wallets, jewelry, and the show, but don't miss the women's singing in this production.... (more...)
BWW Review: WHITE CHRISTMAS at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater BWW Review: WHITE CHRISTMAS at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater
by Rich Mehrenberg - November 18, 2017

Dutch Apple's production of White Christmas is a great night of theater for those wishing for some nostalgic memories of holidays from long ago. Simply put, If the Ghost of Christmas Past had a favorite musical, this would be it.... (more...)
BWW Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at Theatre Harrisburg BWW Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at Theatre Harrisburg
by Allison Rambler - November 14, 2017

The name Stephen Sondheim is one that conjures excitement in many a theatre enthusiast. His most popular works, such as INTO THE WOODS and SWEENEY TODD, thrive on scathing social commentary and twisting melodies that only the more experienced musicians can follow. However, as this reviewer has come ... (more...)
BWW Review: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at Gamut BWW Review: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at Gamut
by Marakay Rogers - November 07, 2017

Director Clark Nicholson gives the Tennessee Williams classic fresh life and a sterling cast.... (more...)
BWW Review: JEEVES INTERVENES at Oyster Mill BWW Review: JEEVES INTERVENES at Oyster Mill
by Marakay Rogers - November 06, 2017

Jeff Wasileski reprises his role as the greatest valet of all time in Oyster Mill's latest production... (more...)
BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD at Ephrata Performing Arts Center BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD at Ephrata Performing Arts Center
by Rich Mehrenberg - October 28, 2017

Sean Young and Bobbi Bear play Sweeney Todd and his partner in crime, Mrs Lovett. Young's singing and speaking voice has a clear deep register that is especially adept in expressing menace. Bear's voice and demeanor is complimentary with a more energetic, bubbly quality. The pair have good chemistry... (more...)
BWW Review: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF at Susquehanna Stage Company BWW Review: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF at Susquehanna Stage Company
by Allison Rambler - October 23, 2017

Tennessee Williams is perhaps one of the most well-known playwrights of the modern era. His works, just as THE GLASS MENAGERIE (one of the reviewer's favorite plays) and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE have long stood the test of time with Williams' use of relevant subject matter and interesting characters... (more...)
BWW Review: FRANKENSTEIN Comes Alive at The Belmont BWW Review: FRANKENSTEIN Comes Alive at The Belmont
by Marakay Rogers - October 23, 2017

Mary Shelley's classic tale of ego gone wrong and the devastation it wreaks comes to the Belmont, laboratory and all.... (more...)
BWW Review: Servant Stage FIRST LOOK FUNDRAISER Offers Fabulous 2018 Programming BWW Review: Servant Stage FIRST LOOK FUNDRAISER Offers Fabulous 2018 Programming
by Marakay Rogers - October 18, 2017

Area favorite Dan Deal hosted the announcement of a TITANIC 2018 season for Servant Stage Company... (more...)
BWW Exclusive: Reading Blues Festival Kicks Off Fall Tradition BWW Exclusive: Reading Blues Festival Kicks Off Fall Tradition
by Tory Gates - October 15, 2017

'To understand where you're going, you gotta know where you've been.' -- Slam Allen... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CURIOUS SAVAGE at Hershey Area Playhouse BWW Review: THE CURIOUS SAVAGE at Hershey Area Playhouse
by Allison Rambler - October 15, 2017

In the vast realm of theatre, there are shows of all moods and temperaments to be found. Recently, it can sometimes seem difficult to find a show that prides itself on a cast of characters that inspire nothing but joy and help to convey messages of love and self-exploration. However, this is exactly... (more...)
BWW Review: FUN HOME at Open Stage of Harrisburg BWW Review: FUN HOME at Open Stage of Harrisburg
by Christy Brooks - October 11, 2017

FUN HOME is a musical, based on the 2006 graphic memoir by the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who is the author of the comic strip DYKES TO WATCH OUT FOR. Bechdel's play tells the story of her life as she navigates through her years of childhood to adulthood, while living in the same house in a... (more...)
BWW Review: SLEUTH at Fulton Theatre BWW Review: SLEUTH at Fulton Theatre
by Christy Brooks - October 09, 2017

Mum's the word... SLEUTH is playing at The Fulton Theatre's Groff Theatre! The show is running now through Sunday, October 29th. This production is directed by Andrew Kindig and stars Warren Kelley (Andrew Wyke); Michael Ziabinger (Milo Tindle); Albert Reid (Inspector Doppler); Jack Edward (Police C... (more...)
BWW Review: BUDDY-THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater BWW Review: BUDDY-THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater
by Rich Mehrenberg - September 30, 2017

Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story claims to be' the most successful rock n' roll musical of all time', and with good reason.... (more...)
BWW Review: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at Oyster Mill Playhouse BWW Review: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at Oyster Mill Playhouse
by Allison Rambler - September 25, 2017

In this day and age, musicals have transcended the limits of what they are expected to be. Shows such as DEAR EVAN HANSEN, THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, and HAMILTON break the traditional mold of Golden Age musicals with significant innovation that paves that way for even more creativity in this ever-evo... (more...)
BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Fulton Theatre BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Fulton Theatre
by Rich Mehrenberg - September 23, 2017

The Fulton Theatre should consider renaming their newest production, a musical about a man-eating plant, Big Shop of Horrors.... (more...)
BWW Review: LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS at Little Theatre Of Mechanicsburg BWW Review: LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS at Little Theatre Of Mechanicsburg
by Allison Rambler - September 19, 2017

The works of Neil Simon should come with a warning label: be prepared for a thorough, generous douse of comedy.... (more...)
BWW Review: Belmont's School LES MISERABLES is Les Fabuleux BWW Review: Belmont's School LES MISERABLES is Les Fabuleux
by Marakay Rogers - September 18, 2017

Multiple schools from central Pennsylvania contributed cast to the Belmont's LES MISERABLES. They're clearly the cream of the area crop, with great singing and acting chops to match the set.... (more...)