Norfolk Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: THE NORMAL HEART at Richmond Triangle Players is an Essential Piece of Theatre BWW Review: THE NORMAL HEART at Richmond Triangle Players is an Essential Piece of Theatre
by Jeremy Bustin - April 21, 2018

The Richmond Triangle Players' production of Larry Kramer's THE NORMAL HEART is not the most polished audiences have seen, but it is one of the most important and heartrending pieces of theatre the company has produced in recent years. While the story may be more compelling to those who lived throug... (more...)
BWW Review: ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT'S END at the Hanover Tavern: Her Hilarious Observations Still Merit Attention (And Gasping Guffaws) After All Of These Years... BWW Review: ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT'S END at the Hanover Tavern: Her Hilarious Observations Still Merit Attention (And Gasping Guffaws) After All Of These Years...
by Brent Deekens - April 18, 2018

Plays Through April 29thBy admission, Erma Bombeck's cultural influence on the typical American family from the mid-1960s through the mid-1990s was marginally removed from my personal scope (she died when I was only 11). Thus my knowledge of her and the substantive impact of her socially-intuitive n... (more...)
BWW Review: AN OAK TREE at Firehouse Theatre: Limitless Textual Interpretations Grounded By A Faultless Production BWW Review: AN OAK TREE at Firehouse Theatre: Limitless Textual Interpretations Grounded By A Faultless Production
by Brent Deekens - April 10, 2018

Plays Through April 14th... (more...)
BWW Review: Riverside Center Hits The Right Notes with HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Regional Premiere BWW Review: Riverside Center Hits The Right Notes with HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Regional Premiere
by Jeffrey Walker - April 01, 2018

Boasting an impressive production and stellar cast, Riverside Center for the Performing Arts is presenting the professional DC-Northern Virginia regional premiere of the dark and romantic musical THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. It is well worth the trip along Interstate 95 to hear the rich score and ly... (more...)
BWW Review: I AM MY OWN WIFE at the RICHMOND TRIANGLE PLAYERS & 5TH WALL THEATRE: An Ominous (And Riveting) Trip Down Memory Lane… BWW Review: I AM MY OWN WIFE at the RICHMOND TRIANGLE PLAYERS & 5TH WALL THEATRE: An Ominous (And Riveting) Trip Down Memory Lane…
by Brent Deekens - March 15, 2018

It plays through the 17th of March!... (more...)
BWW Review: DAMES AT SEA at SWIFT CREEK MILL THEATRE: As Cutely-Camp As Can Be! BWW Review: DAMES AT SEA at SWIFT CREEK MILL THEATRE: As Cutely-Camp As Can Be!
by Brent Deekens - March 13, 2018

DAMES AT SEA, in its original lead-off at the Cafe Cino in New York City 1966, started off as a short, song-filled comedy routine spoofing the Gold Diggers flicker shows of 1930s - then a reasonably priced respite for the downtrodden working masses of The Great Depression. The chief conceit to AT SE... (more...)
BWW Review: JOHN & JEN at HATTheatre: A Family-Friendly Charmer BWW Review: JOHN & JEN at HATTheatre: A Family-Friendly Charmer
by Brent Deekens - March 06, 2018

Plays Through March 17th... (more...)
BWW Review: WINGS THE MUSICAL at Firehouse Theatre Pensively Soars BWW Review: WINGS THE MUSICAL at Firehouse Theatre Pensively Soars
by Brent Deekens - March 06, 2018

Plays Through March 10th... (more...)
BWW Review: CONSTELLATIONS at Mill Mountain Theatre BWW Review: CONSTELLATIONS at Mill Mountain Theatre
by Andrew Burrill - March 06, 2018

Defying the boundaries of the world we think we know, Nick Payne's Olivier and Drama League nominated hit is a charming and profound exploration of the universal truth in finding and losing love.... (more...)
BWW Review: Relevant and Remarkable, Virginia Rep's A RAISIN IN THE SUN Delivers BWW Review: Relevant and Remarkable, Virginia Rep's A RAISIN IN THE SUN Delivers
by Jeremy Bustin - February 20, 2018

Teeming with emotionally-charged and nuanced performances, and led by Tony-award winning actress Trezana Beverley, Virginia Rep's RAISIN is a tour de force not to be missed. Audiences can see the Broadway-caliber masterwork through March 11 at Virginia Rep's November Theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: Swift Creek Mill's ALL MY SONS: A Haunting Glimpse at an 'American Dream' Gone Awry BWW Review: Swift Creek Mill's ALL MY SONS: A Haunting Glimpse at an 'American Dream' Gone Awry
by Brent Deekens - February 15, 2018

I must preface this article to indicate that as much as I found this production of ALL MY SONS to be beguiling and devastatingly gripping, I found myself thinking, 'Wow, people just don't talk this way anymore. In fact, they really don't act this way anyone, either.' The play was written and set in ... (more...)
BWW Review: TheatreLAB's I'M GONNA PRAY FOR YOU SO HARD: Bare Bones, Metaphysical Theatre BWW Review: TheatreLAB's I'M GONNA PRAY FOR YOU SO HARD: Bare Bones, Metaphysical Theatre
by Brent Deekens - February 07, 2018

I'M GONNA PRAY FOR YOU SO HARD is a theatrical piece... about creating theatrical pieces.... (more...)
BWW Review: MAMMA MIA Proves A Super Trouper in Regional Premiere at Riverside Center BWW Review: MAMMA MIA Proves A Super Trouper in Regional Premiere at Riverside Center
by Jeffrey Walker - January 24, 2018

The view looks pretty good from a pair of platform shoes. Heck, even on an idyllic, Greek island resort there's not a moment of stress and strain that can't be cured by breaking into the hits of Sweden's number one pop group, ABBA. If you want to get your groove back to the tune of 'Dancing Queen,' ... (more...)
BWW Review: Swift Creek Mill Theatre's THE ANDREWS BROTHERS: Non-Stop Nostalgia at its Best BWW Review: Swift Creek Mill Theatre's THE ANDREWS BROTHERS: Non-Stop Nostalgia at its Best
by Brent Deekens - December 21, 2017

In a swingin' cavalcade of big band excitement, director Tom Width and his sterling team of singer-actors, musicians and technicians have packed a real red, white and blue wallop!... (more...)
BWW Review: Virginia Repertory Theatre's MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET is the Surprise Hit of the Season! BWW Review: Virginia Repertory Theatre's MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET is the Surprise Hit of the Season!
by Jeremy Bustin - December 18, 2017

Head on over to Hanover Tavern to see one of the smartest, funniest and, surprisingly, most charming plays of the year. Wrapped in twists, MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET features a powerhouse cast-delivering some of their best dramatic and comedic work.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Hills are Revived in THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Altria Theatre BWW Review: The Hills are Revived in THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Altria Theatre
by Jeremy Bustin - December 09, 2017

NETworks Presentations' production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved classic, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, is nearly pitch perfect thanks to brilliant, refreshing new direction from Jack O'Brien, and standout performances by several cast members. Playing through Sunday at the Altria Theatre in Richmond, t... (more...)
BWW Review: Whimsical and Winsome, Virginia Repertory Theatre's Production of MARY POPPINS is a Holiday Best Bet for Families BWW Review: Whimsical and Winsome, Virginia Repertory Theatre's Production of MARY POPPINS is a Holiday Best Bet for Families
by Jeremy Bustin - December 07, 2017

Everyone's favorite Nanny has landed, with 'supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' magic in tow, at Virginia Repertory Theatre. Based on the 1934 P.L. Travers series and subsequent Disney film, the Tony-nominated MARY POPPINS has been extended through January 7 at the November Theatre due to popular de... (more...)
BWW Review: HATTheatre's HILLARY AND CLINTON: Affairs, Rivalries and a Soupçon of Sci-Fi BWW Review: HATTheatre's HILLARY AND CLINTON: Affairs, Rivalries and a Soupçon of Sci-Fi
by Brent Deekens - November 11, 2017

HILLARY AND CLINTON, a kind of seriocomedy written by Lucas Hnath, is about the Clintons... and yet it isn't. This piece is an interesting amalgamation of political intrigue and a science-fiction contrivance that takes us quite-literally out of this world.... (more...)
BWW Review: MURDER BALLAD at 5th Wall Theatre BWW Review: MURDER BALLAD at 5th Wall Theatre
by Brent Deekens - November 10, 2017

True to their slogan 'Theatre Beyond Boundaries,' director Lucian Restivo and the personnel at 5th Wall have executed (pun intended) a distinctly immersive theatrical gambit with pulverizing marks. By staging Murder Ballad entirely within the confines of the main room at Club Infuzion in Scott's Add... (more...)
BWW Review: Eugene O'Neill's DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS at Firehouse Theatre: Simple, Brutal Brilliance BWW Review: Eugene O'Neill's DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS at Firehouse Theatre: Simple, Brutal Brilliance
by Brent Deekens - November 03, 2017

For those unfamiliar with Eugene O'Neill's stark allegory of a poor family's struggle against the stagnant days of the Great Depression: don't let anyone (the internet included) spoil it for you! Not even me; and I'll keep things brief here, too. Yes, go in to see Desire Under The Elms with a clean ... (more...)
BWW Review: Richmond Triangle Players' CLOUD 9: A Mysterious Cup of Tea BWW Review: Richmond Triangle Players' CLOUD 9: A Mysterious Cup of Tea
by Brent Deekens - October 07, 2017

CLOUD 9 is a charmingly funny but introspective head-scratcher of a play that shouldn't be missed. The entire company, production team, and everyone at Richmond Triangle Players have delivered a solid piece of theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: Quill Theatre's LYSISTRATA: Possibly the Hottest Ticket in Town for Obvious (and Perhaps Some Not-So-Obvious) Reasons BWW Review: Quill Theatre's LYSISTRATA: Possibly the Hottest Ticket in Town for Obvious (and Perhaps Some Not-So-Obvious) Reasons
by Brent Deekens - October 07, 2017

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BWW Review: TheatreLAB And Yes, And's THE LAST FIVE YEARS Stays With You BWW Review: TheatreLAB And Yes, And's THE LAST FIVE YEARS Stays With You
by Brent Deekens - October 02, 2017

It is this reviewer's exultant onus to relay that in the case of TheatreLAB and YES, AND's production of THE LAST FIVE YEARS, director Chelsea Burke and her team have pulled out all of the stops to give the audience an unforgettable experience, with the technical follow-through and musical polish to... (more...)
BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at Virginia Repertory Theatre is Thoroughly Entertaining BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at Virginia Repertory Theatre is Thoroughly Entertaining
by Jeremy Bustin - September 27, 2017

Virginia Repertory Theatre's production of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE is first-rate entertainment that will keep audiences smiling through the final curtain. I loved it.... (more...)
BWW Review: Cadence Theatre Takes on Tony-Winning FUN HOME BWW Review: Cadence Theatre Takes on Tony-Winning FUN HOME
by Jeremy Bustin - September 13, 2017

FUN HOME looks and sounds great, and has many, many moments of brilliance.... (more...)