Charlotte Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: More Empathy for a Barbaric Monarch in the Touring KING AND I BWW Review: More Empathy for a Barbaric Monarch in the Touring KING AND I
by Perry Tannenbaum - July 13, 2017

Leaning toward spectacle and theatricality, Bartlett Sher's production of THE KING AND I took me by surprise with its emotional power.... (more...)
BWW Review: FUN HOME Strikes a New Balance on Tour BWW Review: FUN HOME Strikes a New Balance on Tour
by Perry Tannenbaum - June 30, 2017

Knight Theater and Abby Corrigan's darker, more vulnerable portrayal of Middle Allison make the big differences in the current touring version of FUN HOME.... (more...)
BWW Review: CHORUS LINE at CPCC Remains as Fresh as Ever – in Spots BWW Review: CHORUS LINE at CPCC Remains as Fresh as Ever – in Spots
by Perry Tannenbaum - June 23, 2017

While A CHORUS LINE shows signs of age at CPCC Summer Theatre, when it gets intensely personal, it still delivers a dramatic jolt.... (more...)
BWW Review: SQUAWKS Hasn't Sharpened Its Claws BWW Review: SQUAWKS Hasn't Sharpened Its Claws
by Perry Tannenbaum - June 22, 2017

CHARLOTTE SQUAWKS 13: CHARLOTTE, WE HAVE A PROBLEM does a better job targeting statewide and national scoundrels than delivering on its promise to face local issues, but there are genuine nuggets among the worthless trinkets - and an absolutely sensational new cast member.... (more...)
BWW Review: WAITING FOR GODOT Tops Spoleto's Edgy Theatre Lineup BWW Review: WAITING FOR GODOT Tops Spoleto's Edgy Theatre Lineup
by Perry Tannenbaum - June 08, 2017

Spoleto Festival USA has gone from last year's 40th anniversary geniality to its customary edginess, and Druid Theatre's WAITING FOR GODOT wonderfully keynotes that shift at Dock Street Theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: Physical Comedy Reigns Supreme in THE ACTRESS BWW Review: Physical Comedy Reigns Supreme in THE ACTRESS
by Perry Tannenbaum - May 24, 2017

Physical comedy upstages Chekhovian pathos in Peter Quilter's THE ACTRESS, now at Spirit Square in a well-acted Three Bone Theatre production.... (more...)
BWW Review: There's Plenty of Broadway Bravura in Theatre Charlotte's MEMPHIS BWW Review: There's Plenty of Broadway Bravura in Theatre Charlotte's MEMPHIS
by Perry Tannenbaum - May 18, 2017

Under the direction of Corey Mitchell, Theatre Charlotte delivers one of their best productions in the past 30, with Joe McCourt delivering a Broadway-caliber performance as Huey Calhoun, the heart of MEMPHIS.... (more...)
BWW Review: Enjoying Is Easier Than Understanding THE PRIDE BWW Review: Enjoying Is Easier Than Understanding THE PRIDE
by Perry Tannenbaum - May 09, 2017

Shame and repression hinder homoerotic love in 1958, but it's easy, nasty love that's the bugbear when we cut to 2008 in Alexi Kaye Campbell's THE PRIDE.... (more...)
BWW Review: WUTHERING HEIGHTS Dances Madly to the End of Love BWW Review: WUTHERING HEIGHTS Dances Madly to the End of Love
by Perry Tannenbaum - May 04, 2017

With a brilliantly imagined final scene, Charlotte Ballet choreographer Sasha Janes captures the emotions, manias, and passions of WUTHERING HEIGHTS with surprising success.... (more...)
BWW Review: STUPID F@#%ING BIRD Mashes Chekhov With Giddy Modernism BWW Review: STUPID F@#%ING BIRD Mashes Chekhov With Giddy Modernism
by Perry Tannenbaum - April 08, 2017

If you can find STUPID F@#%ING BIRD at Queens University, you'll find that this mash-up of Chekhov's 'The Seagull' is a goofy lark.... (more...)
BWW Review: Art and Business Clash in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM BWW Review: Art and Business Clash in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
by Perry Tannenbaum - April 07, 2017

The ugly spectacle of art being turned into money is very much at the heart of MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, but there's also an upstairs-downstairs conflict brewing.... (more...)
BWW Review: A New RAISIN IN THE SUN Is Set to Explode BWW Review: A New RAISIN IN THE SUN Is Set to Explode
by Perry Tannenbaum - March 23, 2017

Theatre Charlotte's vivid new staging of A RAISIN IN THE SUN reminds us that Lorraine Hansberry's drama was written to show us all the things, good and bad, that can happen to 'a dream deferred.'... (more...)
BWW Review: BOOTYCANDY Sizzles With Satire and Seethes With Inner Turmoil BWW Review: BOOTYCANDY Sizzles With Satire and Seethes With Inner Turmoil
by Perry Tannenbaum - March 17, 2017

Robert O'Hara's BOOTYCANDY has a merry old time lampooning trashy black mammas and a grandiloquent Sunday preacher, but the turbulence lurking within his gay anti-hero is indicative of the the playwright's ambivalence toward white people and his inner self-doubts.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Ghost of (I Hate) Hamlet Returns - With a Vengeance - in WOMEN PLAYING HAMLET BWW Review: The Ghost of (I Hate) Hamlet Returns - With a Vengeance - in WOMEN PLAYING HAMLET
by Perry Tannenbaum - March 16, 2017

Shamelessly borrowing his concept from Paul Rudnick's 'I Hate Hamlet,' William Missouri Downs's WOMEN PLAYING HAMLET hilariously flips the script, giving all the principal parts and scene-stealing cameos to women.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE GREAT COMET Outshines HAMILTON in Perry T's Annual Broadway Roundup BWW Review: THE GREAT COMET Outshines HAMILTON in Perry T's Annual Broadway Roundup
by Perry Tannenbaum - March 07, 2017

Perry T's latest New York Roundup includes six Broadway shows; NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET, HAMILTON, A BRONX TALE, IN TRANSIT, PARAMOUR, and ON YOUR FEET! plus three off-Broadway shows; PRUDENCIA HART, SPAMILTON, and CAGNEY... (more...)
BWW Review: Strong CP Cast Unleashes Newfound Power of RAGTIME BWW Review: Strong CP Cast Unleashes Newfound Power of RAGTIME
by Perry Tannenbaum - February 17, 2017

The current CPCC Theatre production of RAGTIME THE MUSICAL is not only timely, but thanks to one of the best casts ever assembled on the Halton Theater stage, it's also newly powerful.... (more...)
BWW Review: COTU Hits the Road With a Mind-Boggling HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE BWW Review: COTU Hits the Road With a Mind-Boggling HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE
by Perry Tannenbaum - February 03, 2017

Closing with THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY at the Unknown Brewing Company, their most lavish production since they adapted The Princess Bride in 2011, Citizens of the Universe is going out with a big bang.... (more...)
BWW Review: AN ACT OF GOD Ordains Wedolowski as Divine Vessel BWW Review: AN ACT OF GOD Ordains Wedolowski as Divine Vessel
by Perry Tannenbaum - February 02, 2017

After gracing Broadway's Studio 54 with his presence in the body of Jim Parsons, God has chosen Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square for his newest abode and the body of Queen City Theatre Company's Kristian Wedolowski as his instrument. David Javerbaum's AN ACT OF GOD arrives in Charlotte with new ... (more...)
BWW Review: Henley's CRIMES OF THE HEART Still Delivers Southern-Fried Hilarity BWW Review: Henley's CRIMES OF THE HEART Still Delivers Southern-Fried Hilarity
by Perry Tannenbaum - January 26, 2017

Theatre Charlotte's revival of CRIMES OF THE HEART affirms how vividly Beth Henley's deftly differentiated Magrath Sisters stick in a theatergoer's memory.... (more...)
BWW Review: EMERSON STRING QUARTET Rocks Halton Theater Again BWW Review: EMERSON STRING QUARTET Rocks Halton Theater Again
by Perry Tannenbaum - December 16, 2016

Now celebrating their 40th anniversary season, the Emerson String Quartet was already a marquee attraction when I first encountered them in live concert during the summer of 2002 at the Aspen Music Festival. That was about the time when members of the quartet, except for the cellist sitting on a ris... (more...)
BWW Review: GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE Brings New Balance to Love & Murder on Tour BWW Review: GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE Brings New Balance to Love & Murder on Tour
by Perry Tannenbaum - November 25, 2016

With such a fine set of frontliners behind him, John Rapson may not be a dominant as Jefferson Mays was on Broadway, but the touring show comes off as more balanced, the LOVE and MURDER more equally weighted.... (more...)
BWW Review: FIRST DATE BROADWAY MUSICAL at Booth Playhouse BWW Review: FIRST DATE BROADWAY MUSICAL at Booth Playhouse
by Linda Ann Watt - October 12, 2016

FIRST DATE Broadway Musical is a musical with a book by Austin Winsberg and music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. Based around the concept of a blind date, these first daters bring tons of baggage, which gets kicked around metaphorically onstage with truly funny and witty words and ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ
by Linda Ann Watt - July 08, 2016

THE WIZARD OF OZ is a must see!... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL Strikes a Boomer Chord BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL Strikes a Boomer Chord
by Perry Tannenbaum - April 21, 2016

With two Broadway-calibre voices hitting the hits out of the park, BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is pure gold... (more...)
BWW Review: BE A LION By Rory D. Sheriff BWW Review: BE A LION By Rory D. Sheriff
by Vickie Evans - April 11, 2016

'Be A Lion', inspired by the Broadway musical and film, 'The Wiz', opens its third season at The Duke Energy Theater, at Spirit Square in Charlotte, NC... (more...)