Charlotte Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: Homespun BARBECUE APOCALYPSE Improves With Age BWW Review: Homespun BARBECUE APOCALYPSE Improves With Age
by Perry Tannenbaum - May 15, 2018

Charlotte's Off-Broadway takes a homespun approach to Matt Lyle's BARBECUE APOCALYPSE that makes it seem more real than it did in 2015. So does the absence of a rational adult in the White House.... (more...)
BWW Review: Egg-spressive Brothers Cook Up SOMETHING ROTTEN for Elizabethan Stage BWW Review: Egg-spressive Brothers Cook Up SOMETHING ROTTEN for Elizabethan Stage
by Perry Tannenbaum - May 11, 2018

Whether you love 'em or hate 'em, the more you know about Shakespeare and Broadway musicals, the more SOMETHING ROTTEN will have you laughing out loud.... (more...)
BWW Review: Time's Up for Heavy Drama in THE MERMAID HOUR, but the Lyricism Lingers On BWW Review: Time's Up for Heavy Drama in THE MERMAID HOUR, but the Lyricism Lingers On
by Perry Tannenbaum - May 07, 2018

While the crises of THE MERMAID HOUR seem more overblown than they did two years ago at Actor's Theatre, director Laley Lippard and her design team have brought fresh beauty and transcendence to the non-binary protagonist's aspirations.... (more...)
BWW Review: Comedy and Dread Haunt THE HUMANS in Lower Manhattan BWW Review: Comedy and Dread Haunt THE HUMANS in Lower Manhattan
by Perry Tannenbaum - May 04, 2018

Pennsylvania rubes visiting the Big Apple supply old-timey laughs to THE HUMANS, but the Twin Towers and Hurricane Sandy also lurk in Stephen Karam's drama.... (more...)
BWW Review: New RITE OF SPRING Showcases the Best of Charlotte Symphony and Ballet BWW Review: New RITE OF SPRING Showcases the Best of Charlotte Symphony and Ballet
by Perry Tannenbaum - April 15, 2018

Charlotte Symphony continues to shine in modern repertoire, but RITE OF SPRING: REINVNENTED was extra special as Charlotte Ballet also put its best foot forward.... (more...)
BWW Review: Actor's Theatre Brings THE MOUNTAINTOP Down to Earth – So It Can Soar BWW Review: Actor's Theatre Brings THE MOUNTAINTOP Down to Earth – So It Can Soar
by Perry Tannenbaum - March 21, 2018

Only slightly rushed, Katori Hall's THE MOUNTAINTOP arrives in style at its divine and visionary destinations in Actor's Theatre of Charlotte's production, directed by April Jones.... (more...)
BWW Review: WAITRESS Frequently Betrays Its Southern Heart With Loudness and Silliness BWW Review: WAITRESS Frequently Betrays Its Southern Heart With Loudness and Silliness
by Perry Tannenbaum - March 16, 2018

With her country-rich voice, Desi Oakley keeps the Southern heart of WAITRESS beating despite the silly lagniappe of the script and the tour's overmiked production.... (more...)
BWW Review: Lucia Stetson Brings a Regal, Enigmatic EVITA to CPCC BWW Review: Lucia Stetson Brings a Regal, Enigmatic EVITA to CPCC
by Perry Tannenbaum - February 23, 2018

CPCC Theatre's EVITA sports spectacular sets and costumes along with a regal, enigmatic leading lady who can belt, but they need to fix the audio for the leading men.... (more...)
BWW Review: Landing the Next LeBron Is Step One in KING LIZ -- but Can She Keep Him in Line? BWW Review: Landing the Next LeBron Is Step One in KING LIZ -- but Can She Keep Him in Line?
by Perry Tannenbaum - February 22, 2018

Chameleonic sports agent Liz Rico has the game to land top NBA prospect Freddie Luna straight out of high school, but KING LIZ will need fresh moves keep her phenom from self-destructing... (more...)
BWW Review: People Messing With Other People Keep THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE Lively BWW Review: People Messing With Other People Keep THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE Lively
by Perry Tannenbaum - February 08, 2018

A father and son have plenty to sort out in the wake of Mom's death in Meridith Friedman's THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE, while the son's gay lover wonders which of the two is behaving more childishly.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Truly Innovative Dances of Charlotte Ballet's INNOVATIVE WORKS Are Mesmerizing BWW Review: The Truly Innovative Dances of Charlotte Ballet's INNOVATIVE WORKS Are Mesmerizing
by Perry Tannenbaum - February 02, 2018

Sasha Janes strays too far from his comfort zone in his new piece, but CharBallet's INNOVATIVE WORKS features stunners by Robyn Mineko Williams and Myles Thatcher... (more...)
BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK Sports Heavy-Metal Vulgarity BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK Sports Heavy-Metal Vulgarity
by Perry Tannenbaum - January 12, 2018

Somewhat muted and diluted at cavernous Ovens Auditorium, the touring company of SCHOOL OF ROCK is as talented and high-energy as their Broadway counterparts - reminding us that Andrew Lloyd Webber can truly rock.... (more...)
BWW Review: Amid a Record Cold Wave, Nosky Brings the Heat of VIVALDI'S FOUR SEASONS BWW Review: Amid a Record Cold Wave, Nosky Brings the Heat of VIVALDI'S FOUR SEASONS
by Perry Tannenbaum - January 11, 2018

Reaching full bacchante mode, punk redhead violinist Aisslinn Nosky torched the Red Priest.... (more...)
BWW Review: Charlotte's Off-Broadway Poignantly Pieces THREE DAYS OF RAIN Together BWW Review: Charlotte's Off-Broadway Poignantly Pieces THREE DAYS OF RAIN Together
by Perry Tannenbaum - December 07, 2017

Meticulously directed by Paige Johnston Thomas, the Charlotte's Off-Broadway restores THREE DAYS OF RAIN to its original bearings, leaving us unexpectedly with a touch of bittersweet romantic comedy.... (more...)
BWW Review: Charlotte Symphony Demonstrates Their Seasoning in BEETHOVEN BWW Review: Charlotte Symphony Demonstrates Their Seasoning in BEETHOVEN
by Perry Tannenbaum - November 30, 2017

An autumn of BEETHOVEN presented by Christopher Warren-Green and the Charlotte Symphony ends triumphantly with his great VIOLIN CONCERTO, played with sensitivity and virtuosity by Benjamin Beilman.... (more...)
BWW Review: Actor's Theatre Stages a Superior HAND TO GOD – In Hilarious Spurts BWW Review: Actor's Theatre Stages a Superior HAND TO GOD – In Hilarious Spurts
by Perry Tannenbaum - November 13, 2017

In many ways, the deglamorized Actor's Theatre production of HAND TO GOD works better than the Broadway version.... (more...)
BWW Review: Subversive Energy Still Ignites FAHRENHEIT 451 BWW Review: Subversive Energy Still Ignites FAHRENHEIT 451
by Perry Tannenbaum - November 10, 2017

Forget about Charlottesville and think about Charlotte when you go to see Three Bone Theatre's high-combustion revival of Ray Bradbury's FAHRENHEIT 451.... (more...)
BWW Review: Miller's CRUCIBLE Roars Its Power at CP BWW Review: Miller's CRUCIBLE Roars Its Power at CP
by Perry Tannenbaum - November 04, 2017

Arthur Miller still has a message for post-2016 America in THE CRUCIBLE, and CPCC tre iTheatre s serving it up hot.... (more...)
BWW Review: Little Discoveries Yield Big Laughs in THE SNOWY DAY BWW Review: Little Discoveries Yield Big Laughs in THE SNOWY DAY
by Perry Tannenbaum - November 01, 2017

Children's Theatre balls up four Ezra Jack Keats kids' books into a fast, fun-filled and funny 44 minutes with THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES.... (more...)
BWW Review: Soot of Sodom Chases the Joads in THE GRAPES OF WRATH BWW Review: Soot of Sodom Chases the Joads in THE GRAPES OF WRATH
by Perry Tannenbaum - November 01, 2017

After 27 years in the wilderness, Frank Galati's award-winning stage adaptation of Steinbeck's GRAPES OF WRATH finally arrives - powerfully - in Charlotte... (more...)
BWW Review: Bourne's Stylish RED SHOES Misses the Train BWW Review: Bourne's Stylish RED SHOES Misses the Train
by Perry Tannenbaum - October 20, 2017

Matthew Bourne's adaptation of THE RED SHOES struggles to tell its story - and contour its mad impresario villain - in ballet form.... (more...)
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...)