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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 Jeremy Bustin - 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 Jeremy Bustin - 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 Jeremy Bustin - 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 Jeremy Bustin - 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 Jeremy Bustin - 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 Jeremy Bustin - 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 Jeremy Bustin - 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...)
BWW Review: THE VIEW UPSTAIRS at Richmond Triangle Players BWW Review: THE VIEW UPSTAIRS at Richmond Triangle Players
by Jeremy Bustin - August 27, 2017

The images are haunting. Their stories are heartbreaking. Prior to the Pulse nightclub tragedy, it was the most deadly attack against the LGBT community. The arson at the UpStairs Lounge in the French Quarter of New Orleans is at the center of Richmond Triangle Players' entertaining and moving seaso... (more...)
Inventive and Engaging, ALICE: A NEW MUSICAL is a Fresh Trip Down the Rabbit Hole Inventive and Engaging, ALICE: A NEW MUSICAL is a Fresh Trip Down the Rabbit Hole
by Jeremy Bustin - August 22, 2017

Under the imaginative hand of Adam Ferguson, The Basement is transformed into a 360-degree Wonderland. Serving as the director, scenic designer and props master, Ferguson displays the kind of vision and talent that take years to hone.... (more...)
BWW Review: DA at Virginia Repertory Theatre BWW Review: DA at Virginia Repertory Theatre
by Jeremy Bustin - August 04, 2017

Virginia Repertory Theatre's intimate space at the Hanover Tavern is the perfect venue for Hugh Leonard's Drama Circle and Tony Award-winning play, DA. Set in Ireland in the 1960s, the production is equal parts memory play and Irish comedy.... (more...)
BWW Review: RAGTIME at Peninsula Community Theatre BWW Review: RAGTIME at Peninsula Community Theatre
by Jeremy Bustin - August 03, 2017

The Hampton Roads theatre scene is bursting with talent, and some of it is on display in Peninsula Community Theatre's enjoyable production of RAGTIME. The production follows three distinct societal classes in New York at the turn of the 20th century. Exploring themes of racism, anti-Semitism, anti-... (more...)
BWW Review: MAMMA MIA at Altria Theater BWW Review: MAMMA MIA at Altria Theater
by Jeremy Bustin - July 26, 2017

For two nights only, the 'Farewell Tour' of MAMMA MIA brings the beloved jukebox musical back to Richmond. The Altria Theater is the second to last stop on the 10-month 'final' American tour for this crowd-pleasing production.... (more...)
BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at The Williamsburg Players is Heartrending and Powerful BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at The Williamsburg Players is Heartrending and Powerful
by Jeremy Bustin - July 10, 2017

NEXT TO NORMAL is an emotional roller coaster that's unlike anything in the Broadway archives. It's an important story and the kind of powerful theatre that changes people to the core. The Williamsburg Players' production is not to be missed. It runs through July 16 at the James York Playhouse.... (more...)
BWW Review: TheatreLAB and Firehouse Theatre's Co-production of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL is So Very. BWW Review: TheatreLAB and Firehouse Theatre's Co-production of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL is So Very.
by Jeremy Bustin - July 06, 2017

Not since Virginia Repertory Theatre's acclaimed staging of Spring Awakening has there been so much teen angst on one stage in Richmond. Like the aforementioned production, the young, spry cast of TheatreLAB's and Firehouse Theatre's Heathers: The Musical brings tenacity, rockin' vocals and an abund... (more...)
BWW Review: Impassioned and Invigorating, Virginia Repertory Theatre Delivers Impressive IN THE HEIGHTS BWW Review: Impassioned and Invigorating, Virginia Repertory Theatre Delivers Impressive IN THE HEIGHTS
by Jeremy Bustin - June 26, 2017

IN THE HEIGHTS is a universal story of life, hope and new beginnings; and with this pitch-perfect, dynamic production that transcends generational and cultural boundaries, Virginia Repertory Theatre breaks new ground. IN THE HEIGHTS is on stage at the November Theatre now through July 30.... (more...)
BWW Review: IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU at Richmond Triangle Players, a Feel-Good Wedding With a Twist BWW Review: IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU at Richmond Triangle Players, a Feel-Good Wedding With a Twist
by Jeremy Bustin - June 04, 2017

IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU isn't smart and doesn't have a lot of artistic merit, but it's thoroughly entertaining and offers the kind of trivial comedy audiences need right now. The production runs through July 1 at the Robert B. Moss Theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: Attention Must Be Paid - LiveArts Presents Stirring DEATH OF A SALESMAN in Charlottesville BWW Review: Attention Must Be Paid - LiveArts Presents Stirring DEATH OF A SALESMAN in Charlottesville
by Jeffrey Walker - June 02, 2017

Attention must be paid once again to Arthur Miller's DEATH OF A SALESMAN. One of Charlottesville's premier theatres is presenting the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama with a strong cast of leading players and impeccably directed by William Rough. An all-volunteer organization, LiveArts has a strong repu... (more...)
BWW Review: A KINKY Revolution in Richmond BWW Review: A KINKY Revolution in Richmond
by Jeremy Bustin - May 31, 2017

Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, KINKY BOOTS runs at the Altria Theater through Sunday, June 4.... (more...)
BWW Review: Superb KING LEAR at Avant Bard is Fitting Swan Song for DC Acting Legend Rick Foucheux BWW Review: Superb KING LEAR at Avant Bard is Fitting Swan Song for DC Acting Legend Rick Foucheux
by Jeffrey Walker - May 31, 2017

Tom Prewitt, Avant Bard's current artistic director, knew who he wanted to take on this monumental role: Rick Foucheux. A 35-year veteran of stages large and small in the Washington, DC area, Foucheux has played everything from realism to the avant garde; modern and the classics. Capping off his sto... (more...)
BWW Review: Jewish Family Theatre's Encore Presentation of BAD JEWS is Viciously Good Fun BWW Review: Jewish Family Theatre's Encore Presentation of BAD JEWS is Viciously Good Fun
by Jeremy Bustin - May 14, 2017

The Jewish Family Theatre encore presentation of Joshua Harmon's sharp and penetrating comedy, BAD JEWS, runs at the Weinstein Jewish Community Center through May 14.... (more...)