Houston Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: THE REVISIONIST Reaffirms History and Family BWW Review: THE REVISIONIST Reaffirms History and Family
by Katricia Lang - April 22, 2018

The quiet semi-autobiographical drama gives harsh treatment to narrow interpretations of family as well as those who see the pain and suffering of another human being as an opportunity for a good story.... (more...)
BWW Review: CLEO Barges Onto the Alley Stage BWW Review: CLEO Barges Onto the Alley Stage
by Gary Laird - April 20, 2018

The writer and director are to be congratulated for managing to tell the story fully in one 80-minute, no-intermission production.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR Bribes Russia at Classical Theatre Company BWW Review: THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR Bribes Russia at Classical Theatre Company
by Brett Cullum - April 18, 2018

THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR is a fluffy piece, but has real bite when we look across at our current state of political officials. It almost hurts to laugh so hard at the Russians.... (more...)
BWW Review: Come to the CABARET at Obsidian Theater BWW Review: Come to the CABARET at Obsidian Theater
by Brett Cullum - April 13, 2018

It's not a reinvention, but a celebration of the classical musical that delivers familiar songs and themes. It is well worth coming to this CABARET where indeed… life is beautiful.... (more...)
BWW Review: Clutch Play SMALL BALL Delivers for Catastrophic Theatre BWW Review: Clutch Play SMALL BALL Delivers for Catastrophic Theatre
by P'nina Topham - April 09, 2018

SMALL BALL is a farcical, fantastical and downright fabulous basketball musical that tells a very human story about loss, love, and finding a home.... (more...)
BWW Review: MST Opens Wilting DAISY, but Admirably Tackles Perennial Debate BWW Review: MST Opens Wilting DAISY, but Admirably Tackles Perennial Debate
by Katricia Lang - April 06, 2018

DAISY is an interrogation of the current political arena, which is fun to watch, even when a dubious argument is presented.... (more...)
BWW Review: EIGHTH DAY OF THE WEEK Is Cozy at The Ensemble Theatre BWW Review: EIGHTH DAY OF THE WEEK Is Cozy at The Ensemble Theatre
by Brett Cullum - April 06, 2018

EIGHTH DAY OF THE WEEK is a lovely portrait of what family means in the face of the unthinkable. It's a positive and affirming show that taps something anybody can relate to, the need for your family to understand exactly what you are facing.... (more...)
BWW Review: DARK MATTER Challenges the Light at Mildred's Umbrella BWW Review: DARK MATTER Challenges the Light at Mildred's Umbrella
by Brett Cullum - April 03, 2018

DARK MATTER is a complex show that requires the audience make connections for themselves. It is challenging theatre presented by passionate artists who find ways to keep it light enough to be entertaining.... (more...)
BWW Review: Interactive JUST DANCE LIVE Experience Thrills Houston Fans at Revention Music Center BWW Review: Interactive JUST DANCE LIVE Experience Thrills Houston Fans at Revention Music Center
by Audrey Morabito - March 24, 2018

As I stood outside the Revention Music Center in downtown Houston on Thursday night with a growing line of enthusiastic Just Dance fans, I did not know what to expect when I walked through the doors. Having played Just Dance for the first time back in my middle school days, I was intrigued by this l... (more...)
BWW Review: BRIGHT STAR Burns Out Too Soon BWW Review: BRIGHT STAR Burns Out Too Soon
by P'nina Topham - March 17, 2018

BRIGHT STAR follows two pairs of star-crossed lovers, two decades apart, all against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. And now through March 25, the Tony Award-nominated musical makes its home at the Hobby Center.... (more...)
BWW Review: RIVERDANCE Amazes at the Hobby Center BWW Review: RIVERDANCE Amazes at the Hobby Center
by P'nina Topham - March 15, 2018

It's really, really good.... (more...)
BWW Review: MEMPHIS Gets Houston Flavor at TUTS BWW Review: MEMPHIS Gets Houston Flavor at TUTS
by Brett Cullum - February 23, 2018

MEMPHIS is a great step for TUTS – a thought-provoking timely piece on race relations featuring a significant number of Houston artists. It's directed and staged well, and the show entertains throughout.... (more...)
BWW Review: LEAP AND THE NET WILL APPEAR at Catastrophic Theatre BWW Review: LEAP AND THE NET WILL APPEAR at Catastrophic Theatre
by P'nina Topham - February 16, 2018

LEAP AND THE NET WILL APPEAR is an evocative theatrical experience, rooted in the intertwined existence of farcical and absurd characters, each seeking love, respect and/or money, and the most potent human driver: acceptance.... (more...)
BWW Review: Schenkkan and LBJ Make GREAT SOCIETY at the Alley Theatre BWW Review: Schenkkan and LBJ Make GREAT SOCIETY at the Alley Theatre
by Katricia Lang - February 11, 2018

THE GREAT SOCIETY does not match the power of its predecessor. But ALL THE WAY is hard to match. And THE GREAT SOCIETY is a fine play in its own right.... (more...)
BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK at The Hobby Center BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK at The Hobby Center
by Katricia Lang - February 04, 2018

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Glenn Slater wrote the score and Julian Fellowes wrote the book. The show is nearly as pedigreed as the characters on Fellowes' PBS masterpiece Downton Abbey. (Pun intended.)... (more...)
BWW Review: WELL Explores Wellness & Personal Narrative at Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company BWW Review: WELL Explores Wellness & Personal Narrative at Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company
by Audrey Morabito - January 19, 2018

What truly makes us well? Is wellness some otherworldly notion or mindset that we consciously choose or decide not to choose? How much power does an individual genuinely have over their wellness, or lack thereof? Additionally, how much power does an individual have over the wellness of others? These... (more...)
BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE Places Soul and Spirit On Display at The Hobby Center BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE Places Soul and Spirit On Display at The Hobby Center
by Audrey Morabito - January 10, 2018

The Broadway Across America engagement of the 2016 Tony Award Winning Revival of THE COLOR PURPLE presented a performance brimming with soul and spirit to The Hobby Center. Based on Alice Walker's 1982 novel, the show follows the difficult journey of Celie (Adrianna Hicks), a young black mother in e... (more...)
BWW Review: SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT Brings Out the Child in All at Theatre Under The Stars BWW Review: SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT Brings Out the Child in All at Theatre Under The Stars
by Audrey Morabito - December 15, 2017

In partnership with Lythgoe Family Panto, Theatre Under the Stars has opened their family-fun, holiday-filled interactive production Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight to Houston audiences. With a star-studded cast, popular music, and a storybook vibe, Kris Lythgoe's Sleeping Beauty and Her Winte... (more...)
BWW Review: ON YOUR FEET! Electrifies Audiences at The Hobby Center BWW Review: ON YOUR FEET! Electrifies Audiences at The Hobby Center
by Audrey Morabito - November 22, 2017

Last night, On Your Feet! opened with a bang to an enthusiastic crowd at the Hobby Center. An electrifying production, On Your Feet! classifies as a jukebox musical a production that weaves together an iconic artist's most popular songs with their biography (often focusing on the rise to stardom) to... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SECRET GARDEN Mesmerizes Houston Audiences as Theatre Under The Stars' 49th Season Opener BWW Review: THE SECRET GARDEN Mesmerizes Houston Audiences as Theatre Under The Stars' 49th Season Opener
by Audrey Morabito - October 16, 2017

Opening their 49th Season with the enchanting storybook tale THE SECRET GARDEN, Theatre Under the Stars has welcomed Dan Knechtges as Artistic Director to take over the season that predecessor Sheldon Epps put in place. The musical, directed and choreographed by 5th Avenue Theatre's Artistic Directo... (more...)
BWW Review: The A.D. Players' HARVEY Is a Gift BWW Review: The A.D. Players' HARVEY Is a Gift
by Gary Laird - October 01, 2017

Planned a year ago as the opening of their 2017-18 season, no one had any inkling how ironic the title HARVEY would be. Playwright Mary Chase's merry little romp seemed like a good idea at the time. And as it turned out, it was.... (more...)
BWW Review: Houston Ballet Brings The Artistry And Drama Of Mayerling To The Hobby Center For The Performing Arts BWW Review: Houston Ballet Brings The Artistry And Drama Of Mayerling To The Hobby Center For The Performing Arts
by Gary Laird - September 26, 2017

Houston has had its share of drama in the last few short weeks, and the city's downtown theater venues are reeling from the blow.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Houston Ballet's season opener MAYERLING Brings Drama to Life at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts BWW Review: The Houston Ballet's season opener MAYERLING Brings Drama to Life at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
by Gary Laird - September 24, 2017

The Houston Ballet's season opener MAYERLING Brings Drama to Life at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.... (more...)
BWW Review: There are axes to grind in Firecracker Production's Regional Premiere of CROOKED, at the Obsidian Theater. BWW Review: There are axes to grind in Firecracker Production's Regional Premiere of CROOKED, at the Obsidian Theater.
by Gary Laird - August 23, 2017

If you have any dull hatchets lying around, I suggest you bring them along. There are axe-grindings galore on the stage in this play by Catherine Trieschmann, now playing a summer run at the Obsidian Theater.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD THE MUSICAL Will Always Love Whitney at Broadway At The Hobby Center BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD THE MUSICAL Will Always Love Whitney at Broadway At The Hobby Center
by Brett Cullum - August 17, 2017

THE BODYGUARD THE MUSICAL is one of those shows that offers up little else but a warm nostalgia for the original material, but thankfully the source is strong enough to make you tap your toes and smile from ear to ear.... (more...)