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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...)
BWW Review: THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT BWW Review: THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT
by Audrey Morabito - August 14, 2017

On Friday night The Gravity Players opened a courtroom comedy and exploration of faith, THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, to a lively audience. Set in the Court of Purgatory, a place of redemption and a 'waiting list' between Heaven and Hell, the audience was to witness trials regarding sinners' plac... (more...)
BWW Review: Summer Audiences Can Chill Out  With Hitchcock's THE 39 STEPS at the Alley Theatre BWW Review: Summer Audiences Can Chill Out With Hitchcock's THE 39 STEPS at the Alley Theatre
by Gary Laird - July 27, 2017

Chill out. Alfred Hitchcock's THE 39 STEPS is at the Alley.... (more...)
BWW Review: SAUCY JACK AND THE SPACE VIXENS Just Need Disco at Obsidian Theater BWW Review: SAUCY JACK AND THE SPACE VIXENS Just Need Disco at Obsidian Theater
by Brett Cullum - July 14, 2017

It's freaky and fun! Glittery boots, lots of variations on sex and preference, and even a stripper pole front and center means this one is not gonna be a light family musical. If the phrase 'think BARBARELLA meets ROCKY HORROR' makes you shiver in anticipation, then reserve your seats now.... (more...)
BWW Review: Gary Laird - PIPPIN Has Magic To Do at Miller Outdoor Theatre BWW Review: Gary Laird - PIPPIN Has Magic To Do at Miller Outdoor Theatre
by Gary Laird - July 13, 2017

It's a show business aphorism that the meaning of the musical PIPPIN, first produced on Broadway in 1972, is anybody's guess. I can go along with that.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LION KING at Hobby Center BWW Review: THE LION KING at Hobby Center
by Bryan-Keyth Wilson - July 04, 2017

In 1994 Disney's animated feature The Lion King was the cartoon movie that broke barriers and was popular with adults and children. With its textual references to William Shakespeare's HAMLET, this age old tale is one that no one needs to go in depth about. In July of 1997, Julie Taymor along with o... (more...)
BWW Review: SIMPLY SIMONE Is Anything But 'Simple' at The Ensemble Theatre BWW Review: SIMPLY SIMONE Is Anything But 'Simple' at The Ensemble Theatre
by Audrey Morabito - June 30, 2017

On June 29, The Ensemble Theatre opened the final production for their celebratory 40th anniversary season with a bang, a belt, and a whole lotta sass! With its powerhouse vocalists, entertaining and sassy storytellers, and vast musical variation, SIMPLY SIMONE is anything but simple.... (more...)
BWW Review: The WORLD ACCORDING TO SNOOPY Is a True Regal for the Beagle BWW Review: The WORLD ACCORDING TO SNOOPY Is a True Regal for the Beagle
by Kelvin Douglas - June 15, 2017

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SNOOPY simply takes the cake.... (more...)
BWW Review: Things Get Freaky at the Alley In FREAKY FRIDAY BWW Review: Things Get Freaky at the Alley In FREAKY FRIDAY
by Gary Laird - June 15, 2017

FREAKY FRIDAY, a new musical from Disney, is based on the 1976 original movie and 2003 remake of the same name. It's a simple premise. Career mother and teenage daughter don't get along. (Stop me if you've heard this one.)... (more...)
BWW Review: 1984 is Doubleplusungood at Obsidian Theater BWW Review: 1984 is Doubleplusungood at Obsidian Theater
by Brett Cullum - June 03, 2017

It's certainly a relevant piece for our time, and I applaud the intention of bringing it to life in this era of political debate and mistrust of the media. But if you're going to dig this one up then have the nerve to make it feel dangerously close to the outside world.... (more...)
BWW Review: North American Premiere of Bintley's TEMPEST Takes the Wortham by Storm BWW Review: North American Premiere of Bintley's TEMPEST Takes the Wortham by Storm
by Gary Laird - June 02, 2017

The Houston Ballet brings one of the most theatrical of the Bard's plays to life in a lavish production by choreographer David Bintley. No expense was spared; no stop un-pulled in this story of love, revenge, magic, and complicated skullduggery that this play provides in abundance. Or maybe overabun... (more...)
BWW Review: FUN HOME Shakes the Foundations at Theatre Under The Stars BWW Review: FUN HOME Shakes the Foundations at Theatre Under The Stars
by Brett Cullum - May 18, 2017

It's a deeply emotional musical telling the story of a lesbian girl as she navigates her way through life with a closeted gay father. The Broadway Production won the Tony in 2015 for Best Musical as well as top honors for its book and score. It is a handsome show, acted expertly, and it will move an... (more...)
BWW Review: LOBBY HERO AT 4TH Wall Theatre Company BWW Review: LOBBY HERO AT 4TH Wall Theatre Company
by Jenny Taylor Moodie - May 14, 2017

Directed by Kim Tobin-Lehl and Jennifer Dean, LOBBY HERO is realistic and gritty with characters that are built from deep within.... (more...)
BWW Review: BARBER OF SEVILLE On the Cutting Edge at Classical Theatre Co. BWW Review: BARBER OF SEVILLE On the Cutting Edge at Classical Theatre Co.
by Guest Blogger: Kelvin Douglas - April 18, 2017

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE (the eighteenth century play written by French native Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, not Rossini's opera) makes for a charming spectacle at Classical Theatre Company.... (more...)
BWW Review: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Soars at Sam Houston Race Park BWW Review: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Soars at Sam Houston Race Park
by Gary Laird - April 17, 2017

KURIOS, Cabinet of Curiosities, written and directed by Michel Laprise, creates a world vaguely 19th-century, with overtones of the French filmmaker Georges Melies. It's a world populated by fantastic beings, all going about their business with a will, whatever that business may be. It doesn't reall... (more...)
BWW Review: GRAND CONCOURSE forgives at Main Street Theater BWW Review: GRAND CONCOURSE forgives at Main Street Theater
by Brett Cullum - April 16, 2017

The actors are amazing, the set is handsomely appointed, and the lighting design is creative and well executed. It fascinates for a while. But once the finale fizzles from a lapse in logic, GRAND CONCOURSE proves to be an exercise in dramatic frustration.... (more...)