Charlotte Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: First Night at the Knight Succeeds With RODRIGO CONCERTO BWW Review: First Night at the Knight Succeeds With RODRIGO CONCERTO
by Perry Tannenbaum - October 14, 2017

Young guitarist Pablo S inz Villegas burned with Spanish duende, assuring that Charlotte Symphony's first Classics Series concert at Knight Theater wouldn't be their last.... (more...)
BWW Review: Children's Theatre's MARY POPPINS Raises the Bar While Flying Its Star BWW Review: Children's Theatre's MARY POPPINS Raises the Bar While Flying Its Star
by Perry Tannenbaum - October 13, 2017

In a dazzling production that may challenge the small fry's small attention spans, Children's Theatre's MARY POPPINS sets a new standard for technical theatre in Charlotte.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE REVOLUTIONISTS Reminds Us That 1793 Wasn't a Very Good Year BWW Review: THE REVOLUTIONISTS Reminds Us That 1793 Wasn't a Very Good Year
by Perry Tannenbaum - October 11, 2017

If you can find the newly repurposed Goodyear Arts Center, you'll find that the new PaperHouse Theatre production of Lauren Gunderson's THE REVOLUTIONISTS is a dark comedy with a light self-effacing touch.... (more...)
BWW Review: Davidson Takes Astonishing Flight on NEVERLAND Tour BWW Review: Davidson Takes Astonishing Flight on NEVERLAND Tour
by Perry Tannenbaum - October 06, 2017

Taking over the key supporting roles of Charles Frohman and James Barrie's charismatic villain, Captain Hook, John Davidson rescues FINDING NEVERLAND from shipwreck.... (more...)
BWW Review: Candle Burns More Brightly in RENT After 20 Years BWW Review: Candle Burns More Brightly in RENT After 20 Years
by Perry Tannenbaum - October 01, 2017

Under the direction of Evan Ensign, the 20th anniversary edition of RENT has become a no-fly zone for self-absorbed rockstar posturing and strutting.... (more...)
BWW Review: Family and Romance Tug at an Iowa Housewife in MADISON COUNTY BWW Review: Family and Romance Tug at an Iowa Housewife in MADISON COUNTY
by Perry Tannenbaum - September 28, 2017

The Tony Award-winning music and orchestrations of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON are as beautifully rendered in CPCC Theatre's production as they were in the national tour, with better singing if you value clarity.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CHRISTIANS Has Much to Say About America Under The Donald BWW Review: THE CHRISTIANS Has Much to Say About America Under The Donald
by Perry Tannenbaum - September 25, 2017

In 2014, THE CHRISTIANS seemed to be about a bunch of tedious church folk wrestling with their faith. You should see it now.... (more...)
BWW Review: Alfred's BROWN TALE Is Very Chicago and Very Funny BWW Review: Alfred's BROWN TALE Is Very Chicago and Very Funny
by Perry Tannenbaum - September 20, 2017

Notwithstanding the lingering leeriness I feel about going to see them, one-person shows can be memorable and truly special. Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays, Frank Gorshin's Say Goodnight, Gracie and Colin Quinn's Long Story Short stand out as the best that I've seen by men, while I'd point to Julie Har... (more...)
BWW Review: One-Two Punch of Surprises Powers EAT THE RUNT BWW Review: One-Two Punch of Surprises Powers EAT THE RUNT
by Perry Tannenbaum - September 19, 2017

Make sure to bring your smartphone to the Charlotte Art League when you see EAT THE RUNT. You'll help to cast the show, conveniently set in an art museum by playwright Avery Crozier, by texting your choices.... (more...)
BWW Review: Triumphant AIDA Cast Slogs Through Tedious Sir Elton Score BWW Review: Triumphant AIDA Cast Slogs Through Tedious Sir Elton Score
by Perry Tannenbaum - September 14, 2017

Linda Woolverton does a masterful job of modernizing - and feminizing - Verdi's libretto for A DA, but despite an excellent Theatre Charlotte cast, slogging through Sir Elton's parade of power ballads grows tedious.... (more...)
BWW Review: Fire, Fury, and Painful Memories Drive Wilson's JITNEY BWW Review: Fire, Fury, and Painful Memories Drive Wilson's JITNEY
by Perry Tannenbaum - September 07, 2017

BNS Productions has assembled a strong, deep, and engaging cast for August Wilson's JITNEY, and director Corlis Hayes keeps it chugging at a rush-hour pace.... (more...)
BWW Review: Playwright Imposter Goes Off-Script in THE SUBMISSION BWW Review: Playwright Imposter Goes Off-Script in THE SUBMISSION
by Perry Tannenbaum - August 24, 2017

Three Bone Theatre's fast-paced production of THE SUBMISSION brings out all of playwright Jeff Talbott's backstage comedy and drama - and helps gloss over its clumsy, implausible ending.... (more...)
BWW Review: ShakesCar Puts Women Behind THE IRON MASK BWW Review: ShakesCar Puts Women Behind THE IRON MASK
by Perry Tannenbaum - August 21, 2017

Shakespeare Carolina takes a bold step in their adaptation of Dumas's swashbuckling MAN IN THE IRON MASK, casting two women as the twin brothers who claim the title of Louis XIV.... (more...)
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...)