Delaware Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES at Delaware Theatre Company BWW Review: SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES at Delaware Theatre Company
by Rosanne DellAversano - October 06, 2017

Based upon the novel by Ray Bradbury, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, . presented by Delaware Theatre Company and co-produced with Yonge Street Theatricals, is a vaudevillian, visual delight adapted by Brian Hill, with Neil Bartram as the show's composer. We are first introduced to a lightening rod... (more...)
BWW Review: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU at UD REP Ensemble BWW Review: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU at UD REP Ensemble
by Greer Firestone - October 02, 2017

UD Rep Ensemble by and large stages classics: Shakespeare, Moliere, Bernard Shaw, Tennessee Williams, etc. Plays become classics due to their timeless quality and universal truths; truths that lived, for example, in Shakespeare's time as they do today. The immediacy of live theatre brings these pri... (more...)
BWW Review: SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES at Delaware Theatre Company BWW Review: SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES at Delaware Theatre Company
by Greer Firestone - September 27, 2017

Aisle Say has seen hundreds of shows. Never have I experienced such an overwhelming amalgam of sound and light, FX and empathy, soaring and captivating voices singing gorgeous melodies, as in this performance of SOMETHING WICKED COMES THIS WAY.... (more...)
BWW Review: FUNNY GIRL at Candlelight Music Theatre BWW Review: FUNNY GIRL at Candlelight Music Theatre
by Greer Firestone - September 22, 2017

FUNNY GIRL established Barbra Streisand's career and People became her signature song. It is performed rarely so Candlelight's current production is an excellent chance to add to your musical theatre bucket list.... (more...)
BWW Review: FORUM at Walnut Street Theatre BWW Review: FORUM at Walnut Street Theatre
by Greer Firestone - September 20, 2017

Roman playwright Plautius (251-183 BC) wrote farces entitled Pseudolus and Miles Gloriosus; coincidentally, two of the characters in the show. This ancient's inspiration became a gold mine for in 1962 for Composer/Lyricist Stephen Sondheim and authors Burt Shrevelove and Larry Gelbart of M A S H fam... (more...)
BWW Review: LIZZIE at City-Theater BWW Review: LIZZIE at City-Theater
by Greer Firestone - September 13, 2017

Aisle Say would never be so trite as to suggest the goth-rock musical LIZZIE, now playing 'live' at City-Theatre is a 'killer' or 'cutting edge' or 'slays the audience'. Of course not. I am much too circumspect and erudite to cave to formulaic nonsense.... (more...)
BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING at JustArt Theatricals, LLC BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING at JustArt Theatricals, LLC
by Rosanne DellAversano - August 03, 2017

JustArt Theatricals, LLC - A new theater company wants all to know.... (more...)
BWW Review: BAREFOOT IN THE PARK at Candlelight Music Theatre BWW Review: BAREFOOT IN THE PARK at Candlelight Music Theatre
by Greer Firestone - July 22, 2017

Great actors immerse themselves in their character such that one cannot consider anyone else playing the role. They study the writer's words to develop a full sense of character; bringing to life every shade and every nuance. Could you conceive anyone else but Pacino playing Michael Corleone or anyo... (more...)
BWW Review: JOSEPH at DE All State Theatre BWW Review: JOSEPH at DE All State Theatre
by Greer Firestone - June 22, 2017

The 10th anniversary production of DE All State Theatre JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is staged at the sumptuous Laird Performing Arts Center at Tatnall School.... (more...)
BWW Review: GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT at Wilmington Drama League BWW Review: GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT at Wilmington Drama League
by Rosanne DellAversano - June 14, 2017

Wilmington Drama League's production of Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT keeps the pulse going, the energy flowing and the audience of many ages singing along.... (more...)
BWW Review: CRAZY FOR YOU at Candlelight Music Theatre BWW Review: CRAZY FOR YOU at Candlelight Music Theatre
by Greer Firestone - May 19, 2017

I have great advice for The Gershwin Trust, those descendants of George and Ira who have clipped coupons all their lives by virtue of the brothers' genius and copywrite law. They wrote 17 Broadway shows. Only one, GIRL CRAZY (rewritten and renamed CRAZY FOR YOU, compiled without input from The Trust... (more...)
BWW Review: TARTUFFE at UD REP Ensemble BWW Review: TARTUFFE at UD REP Ensemble
by Greer Firestone - May 02, 2017

Unconditional attention to detail has always been a signature of UD Rep. The audience is first met with the towering 17th century set with a wooden switch-back staircase rising 3 stories... (more...)
BWW Review: HETTY FEATHER at Delaware Theatre Company BWW Review: HETTY FEATHER at Delaware Theatre Company
by Greer Firestone - April 26, 2017

The performing arts has many siblings, many guises, many mutations on a theme. Is HETTY FEATHER a drama, is it a musical? Or is it a creative hybrid with no discernible niche?... (more...)
BWW Review: CAMELOT at Candlelight Music Theatre BWW Review: CAMELOT at Candlelight Music Theatre
by Greer Firestone - March 21, 2017

After a 3-month hiatus to create a new stage at the 70-year-old barn, Candlelight opens their second season with CAMELOT. Congratulations must be extended to their non-profit board President Tom Hornung and major contributor State Senator Cathy Cloutier who called in all their chips to fund the $300... (more...)
BWW Review: PIPPIN at The Playhouse BWW Review: PIPPIN at The Playhouse
by Greer Firestone - March 09, 2017

There was an abundance of "Magic To Do" in PIPPIN, The Playhouse's penultimate production this season. This tour brought along skilled acrobats that dazzled the crowd not only with their Cirque de Soleil-type gymnastics but with jaw-dropping magic.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ELEPHANT MAN at UD REP Ensemble BWW Review: THE ELEPHANT MAN at UD REP Ensemble
by Greer Firestone - March 07, 2017

In this supercharged political environment, we are buffeted with tweeted grotesqueries daily. We ask ourselves where is the humanity in this?... (more...)
BWW Review: RIVERDANCE 20 at The Playhouse BWW Review: RIVERDANCE 20 at The Playhouse
by Greer Firestone - February 23, 2017

What has consumed 400,000 bottles of water, 50,000 rolls of self-grip tape by company physiotherapists, created 60 marriages netting 88 babies born (and more on the way)?... (more...)
BWW Review: AFTER BIRTH OF A NATION at City-Theater BWW Review: AFTER BIRTH OF A NATION at City-Theater
by Greer Firestone - February 17, 2017

Co-founder and Director Michael Gray has created an admirable culture at City-Theater. The group takes risks with most every production. Well one supposes they should for their mission statement is to 'rid the planet (not just Wilmington!) of complacency, redundancy, indifference and FEAR'.... (more...)
BWW Review: CINDERELLA at The Playhouse - A Lavish, Luxurious Production Fit For Any Age! BWW Review: CINDERELLA at The Playhouse - A Lavish, Luxurious Production Fit For Any Age!
by Greer Firestone - February 09, 2017

This is not the CINDERELLA from our childhood. Wise people reconfigured the fantasy tale into a lavish contemporary production that coalesced with gorgeous and stunning technical aspects that make this a memorable theatrical experience for any age.... (more...)
BWW Review: WHITE GUY ON THE BUS at Delaware Theatre Company BWW Review: WHITE GUY ON THE BUS at Delaware Theatre Company
by Rosanne DellAversano - February 09, 2017

A perspective on White privilege and racism unfolded - WHITE GUY ON THE BUS by Bruce Graham.... (more...)
BWW Review: CABARET at Wilmington Drama League BWW Review: CABARET at Wilmington Drama League
by Rosanne DellAversano - February 02, 2017

Come, here the music play. CABARET at Wilmington Drama League continues to be politically relevant and especially thought-provoking in our current time.... (more...)
BWW Review: LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR at Walnut Street Theatre - An Homage to Sid Caesar and Mid Century TV BWW Review: LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR at Walnut Street Theatre - An Homage to Sid Caesar and Mid Century TV
by Greer Firestone - January 30, 2017

'Mid Century' is in renaissance. Mid-century decor, mid-century fashion, mid-century architecture (although Palm Springs architecture has never left the '50's and '60's). Now we welcome a resurgence of Mid Century entertainment at The Walnut, America's oldest theatre and a National Historic Landmark... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BELLLS at Roselle Center For The Arts - Provocative Drama of Conscience BWW Review: THE BELLLS at Roselle Center For The Arts - Provocative Drama of Conscience
by Greer Firestone - January 27, 2017

UD REP Ensemble continues its excellent work... (more...)
BWW Review: A LITTLE PRINCESS at Wilmington Drama League BWW Review: A LITTLE PRINCESS at Wilmington Drama League
by Rosanne DellAversano - December 30, 2016

A LITTLE PRINCESS - Separated from her father and the openhearted Africans who have helped him raise her, young Sara Crewe is sent to boarding school in London. When things go badly for her there, her imaginative powers come to the rescue.... (more...)