Louisville Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at Mind's Eye Theatre Company BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at Mind's Eye Theatre Company
by Taylor Clemons - February 20, 2018

This production of a smash musical has many strengths, but a few weaknesses keep it from reaching it's true potential.... (more...)
BWW Review: MOON OVER BUFFALO at Theatreworks Of Southern Indiana BWW Review: MOON OVER BUFFALO at Theatreworks Of Southern Indiana
by Keith Waits - February 12, 2018

Ken Ludwig's Moon Over Buffalo is the kind of well-constructed, old-fashion farce that has been a mainstay of community theaters for generations, yet it was written in the early 1990's. Set in 1953, it captures the struggle in desperation of a second-rate repertory company touring mid-range towns wi... (more...)
BWW Review: THE TROJAN WOMEN at Commonwealth Theatre Center BWW Review: THE TROJAN WOMEN at Commonwealth Theatre Center
by Keith Waits - February 05, 2018

There is an idea that Ancient Greece was an exemplary society. Even though they did build the foundation of western civilization and democratic ideals, especially when it comes to theatre. Yet the subjects of the plays are often war and it's devastating effects on humanity. This Commonwealth Theatre... (more...)
BWW Review: DOUBLE V/DERBY MINE 4 at Kentucky Black Repertory Theatre BWW Review: DOUBLE V/DERBY MINE 4 at Kentucky Black Repertory Theatre
by Keith Waits - February 05, 2018

Derby Mine 4 starts out with a pair of coal miners trapped underground after a methane explosion. Becky (Megan Adair) is a new employee, under the watchful eye of Dan (Casey Moulton), a youthful but prolific member of the industry. Their interaction quickly shows that Dan is a playful and aggressive... (more...)
BWW Review: CHICAGO at The Kentucky Center For The Arts BWW Review: CHICAGO at The Kentucky Center For The Arts
by Taylor Clemons - January 24, 2018

Murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and treachery take center stage in CHICAGO.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE HONEY HARVEST at Little Colonel Playhouse BWW Review: THE HONEY HARVEST at Little Colonel Playhouse
by Keith Waits - January 22, 2018

The Honey Harvest is a modest, heartfelt exploration of time and family. Melissa Holt (Megan Kubac) has moved back home to care for her widowed father, John (John Lina) as he suffers the advanced stages of Alzheimer's. One generation coming to grips with the diminished capacity of a parent is not an... (more...)
BWW Review: LITTLE BUNNY FOO FOO at Actors Theatre Of Louisville BWW Review: LITTLE BUNNY FOO FOO at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
by Taylor Clemons - January 13, 2018

Hopping and bopping, Little Bunny Foo Foo takes over Actors Theatre.... (more...)
BROADWAY BEYOND LOUISVILLE Review: WAITRESS at the Aronoff Center BROADWAY BEYOND LOUISVILLE Review: WAITRESS at the Aronoff Center
by Taylor Clemons - January 11, 2018

The Broadway hit that's baked from the heart opens up in Cincinnati.... (more...)
BWW Review: CALIFORNIA SUITE at Imagine Blind Players BWW Review: CALIFORNIA SUITE at Imagine Blind Players
by Keith Waits - December 21, 2017

There's a lot to like about one of the newest theatre companies in town, Imagine Blind Players. They are a high-energy troupe of performers with varying performance experience, with the majority of them living with some visual impairment or blindness - hence the name of the group.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Mind's Eye Theatre Company BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Mind's Eye Theatre Company
by Keith Waits - December 18, 2017

As you step into The Mex Theater before The Hunchback of Notre Dame, hymns and church songs fill the air. An impressive, monumental set fills the entire space accented by stained glass and bells at every angle. Below this set rests a chamber choir and music pit kept in the shadows, just out of view ... (more...)
BWW Review: ST. NICKAKLAUS AND THE HANUKKAH CHRISTMAS at Bunbury Theatre BWW Review: ST. NICKAKLAUS AND THE HANUKKAH CHRISTMAS at Bunbury Theatre
by Keith Waits - December 07, 2017

What does a family do when their beloved father starts showing signs of dementia? Do you take him in and try to keep him comfortable or do you send him to an assisted living facility where experienced personnel will be there to take care of him? It's the question at the heart of Juergen Tossmann's l... (more...)
BROADWAY BEYOND LOUISVILLE Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL at The Aronoff Center BROADWAY BEYOND LOUISVILLE Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL at The Aronoff Center
by Taylor Clemons - December 07, 2017

The classic holiday comedy is now a big, brassy, and ultimately heartwarming Broadway musical.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SANTALAND DIARIES at Actors Theatre Of Louisville BWW Review: THE SANTALAND DIARIES at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
by Taylor Clemons - December 04, 2017

Tired of the family friendly holiday classics? Actors Theatre has the perfect remedy with this clever balls to the wall one man Christmas comedy.... (more...)
BWW Review: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL at Kentucky Center For The Arts BWW Review: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL at Kentucky Center For The Arts
by Taylor Clemons - December 02, 2017

The story of the holiday classic lands in Louisville.... (more...)
BWW Review: SKELETON CREW at Actors Theatre Of Louisville BWW Review: SKELETON CREW at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
by Taylor Clemons - November 27, 2017

Actors Theatre takes us back to Detroit circa 2008 in Dominique Morisseau's SKELETON CREW.... (more...)
BWW Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE FROM WVL RADIO THEATRE at IUS The Ogle Center BWW Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE FROM WVL RADIO THEATRE at IUS The Ogle Center
by Keith Waits - November 27, 2017

'Merry Christmas You Wonderful Building And Loan.'... (more...)
BWW Review: THE GREATEST: MUHAMMAD ALI at The Louisville Orchestra BWW Review: THE GREATEST: MUHAMMAD ALI at The Louisville Orchestra
by Keith Waits - November 14, 2017

It is not often that Louisville is treated to a World Premiere orchestral piece, but, lucky for us, we have a young talent of renown who serves as our orchestra's Music Director: Teddy Abrams.... (more...)
BWW Review: PVT. WARS at The Alley Theater BWW Review: PVT. WARS at The Alley Theater
by Keith Waits - November 14, 2017

The scars carried home by combat veterans are often visible, but just as often they are invisible, at least to anyone who hasn't had similar experiences. In Pvt. Wars, James McClure examined Vietnam veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome years before it was given that name.... (more...)
BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at Norton Center For The Arts BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at Norton Center For The Arts
by Taylor Clemons - November 10, 2017

Mayhem, murder, and music go hand in hand to create a delightful evening seeing A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.... (more...)
BWW Review: CLYBOURNE PARK at The Liminal Playhouse BWW Review: CLYBOURNE PARK at The Liminal Playhouse
by Keith Waits - November 06, 2017

I have watched some plays that were awarded the Pulitzer Prize and wondered, 'was this REALLY the best American play of the year?' Watching this production of Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park that thought never entered my mind. This is a play for which the word 'great' is fully justified, a reading of t... (more...)
BWW Review: CAREFULLY TAUGHT at Looking For Lilith BWW Review: CAREFULLY TAUGHT at Looking For Lilith
by Keith Waits - November 06, 2017

The words 'carefully taught', drawn from a song in Rogers & Hammerstein's South Pacific, promise artistic green vegetables, an edifying moral lesson about the origins of racial prejudice in American society. Cheryl L. Davis's play contains exactly such a lesson, but it is wrapped in an equally edify... (more...)
BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND NATIONAL TOUR at Broadway In Louisville BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND NATIONAL TOUR at Broadway In Louisville
by Keith Waits - October 30, 2017

Most of us have grown up with the story of Peter Pan; the story of a young boy who can fly, who never grows up and lives in Neverland, which can be found at the second star to the right. We heard it as a bedtime story, or enjoyed seeing Walt Disney bring the story to animated life, or even, if we we... (more...)
BWW Review: DEAD MAN WALKING at Kentucky Opera BWW Review: DEAD MAN WALKING at Kentucky Opera
by Keith Waits - October 30, 2017

Kentucky Opera brings their premiere of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking to Louisville audiences this week. And composer Heggie was also in town to celebrate this production, one of more than 60 mounted of this work around the world since its 2000 premiere.... (more...)
BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND at The Kentucky Center For The Arts BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND at The Kentucky Center For The Arts
by Taylor Clemons - October 25, 2017

Not Peter Pan, but HOW Peter Pan came to be the cherished story it is today.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CRUCIBLE at Commonwealth Theatre Center BWW Review: THE CRUCIBLE at Commonwealth Theatre Center
by Keith Waits - October 23, 2017

Arthur Miller's The Crucible, written as a parable for a specific time, seems to strike such a deep and resonant chord that its themes are universal and always relevant. The historical setting is Salem, Massachusetts and the infamous 18th-century witch trials, but Miller had the 1947 House Un-Americ... (more...)