Tampa Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: Go All the Way with THE FULL MONTY at the Carrollwood Players BWW Review: Go All the Way with THE FULL MONTY at the Carrollwood Players
by Peter Nason - September 21, 2017

It's a fast-paced show, full of life, that is so enjoyable that we forgive any messiness or performance moments that are not up to snuff.... (more...)
BWW Review: Annie Baker's Brilliant Pulitzer Prize Winning THE FLICK at Jobsite Theater is a Movie Lover's Dream Play BWW Review: Annie Baker's Brilliant Pulitzer Prize Winning THE FLICK at Jobsite Theater is a Movie Lover's Dream Play
by Peter Nason - September 16, 2017

It's the most fun I've had at the theater since...well, since the last Annie Baker play I've seen.... (more...)
BWW Review: BROADWAY BENT: VILLIANS STEP INTO THE BAD SIDE at The Studio At Carrollwood Cultural Center BWW Review: BROADWAY BENT: VILLIANS STEP INTO THE BAD SIDE at The Studio At Carrollwood Cultural Center
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - September 09, 2017

Performed in The Studio at Carrollwood Cultural Center, BROADWAY BENT: VILLIANS was a celebration of the most despicable, evil, contemptable characters in the history of Broadway.... (more...)
BWW Review: Highs and Lows at the Short Play Competition at the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival BWW Review: Highs and Lows at the Short Play Competition at the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival
by Peter Nason - September 08, 2017

Deb Kelley's '11:11,' Lisa VillaMil's 'Hearsay' and Kevin Michael Wesson's 'No Hole, No Soul' stand out as the best of the competition.... (more...)
BWW Review: GOOD TIMES ABOUND AT SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at Show Palace Dinner Theatre BWW Review: GOOD TIMES ABOUND AT SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at Show Palace Dinner Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - August 28, 2017

From the first note of In The Neighborhood coming from the fire escape on the side stage to the incredible finale of Stand By Me, center stage in front of a door stoop, only one word could describe the high-energy, powerhouse performances in Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller at Show... (more...)
BWW Review: Lots of Energy and Heart in New Tampa Players' Production of THE WIZ BWW Review: Lots of Energy and Heart in New Tampa Players' Production of THE WIZ
by Peter Nason - July 30, 2017

Tron Montgomery as Scarecrow, Thomas Williams as Tin Man and Michael Jo'Mae as Lion help turn this into a stunningly entertaining show.... (more...)
BWW Review: Innovocative Theatre, A New Theatre Company, Debuts with David Auburn's PROOF BWW Review: Innovocative Theatre, A New Theatre Company, Debuts with David Auburn's PROOF
by Peter Nason - July 23, 2017

A satisfying play with strong performances and a great script.... (more...)
BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE CAST IS ONE SINGULAR SENSATION  at Eight O' Clock Theatre BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE CAST IS ONE SINGULAR SENSATION at Eight O' Clock Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - July 17, 2017

A CHORUS LINE CAST IS ONE SINGULAR SENSATION at Eight O' Clock Theatre. A Chorus Line is not often seen in community theatre because it requires multiple triple-threats - singers, dancers and actors in one talented package. Fortunately, director James Grenelle and assistant director Rocco Morabito ... (more...)
BWW Review: SHORTS PLAYS WRITTEN AND ON STAGE A DAY LATER at 4x6 FEST At CL Space BWW Review: SHORTS PLAYS WRITTEN AND ON STAGE A DAY LATER at 4x6 FEST At CL Space
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - June 27, 2017

EIGHT SHORTS PLAYS WERE WRITTEN AND ON STAGE A DAY LATER at 4x6 Fest At CL Space... (more...)
BWW Review: MAD Theatre of Tampa Presents Stephen Sondheim's Iconic COMPANY at the Shimberg BWW Review: MAD Theatre of Tampa Presents Stephen Sondheim's Iconic COMPANY at the Shimberg
by Peter Nason - June 18, 2017

Ricky Marenda as Bobby leads a strong cast in a show that, nearly fifty years after it first opened, still resonates.... (more...)
BWW Review: A FARTING BELCHING OGRE WILL STEAL YOUR HEART at Dreamhouse Theatre BWW Review: A FARTING BELCHING OGRE WILL STEAL YOUR HEART at Dreamhouse Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - June 16, 2017

A FARTING BELCHING OGRE WILL STEAL YOUR HEART at Dreamhouse Theatre. This show has it all - part twisted fairytale, part irreverent fun.... (more...)
BWW Review: Sharr White's Thought-Provoking THE OTHER PLACE at Tampa Rep BWW Review: Sharr White's Thought-Provoking THE OTHER PLACE at Tampa Rep
by Peter Nason - June 15, 2017

A smart, sharply executed production of an exceptionally written play. ... (more...)
BWW Review: Ned Averill-Snell Stands Out in Jobsite Theater's Fine Production of Israel Horovitz's GLOUCESTER BLUE BWW Review: Ned Averill-Snell Stands Out in Jobsite Theater's Fine Production of Israel Horovitz's GLOUCESTER BLUE
by Peter Nason - May 22, 2017

Averill-Snell's performance is dizzying in its brilliant unpredictability. The show is, too.... (more...)
BWW Review: TMI - LIVE RADIO SHOW OF DECADE'S PAST DEBUTS at Urban Phoenix BWW Review: TMI - LIVE RADIO SHOW OF DECADE'S PAST DEBUTS at Urban Phoenix
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - May 14, 2017

TMI - LIVE RADIO SHOW OF DECADE'S PAST DEBUTS at Urban Phoenix to laughter, groans, and more laugher.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE NEXT CHARLES…. DICKENS OR MANSON at Crowbar BWW Review: THE NEXT CHARLES…. DICKENS OR MANSON at Crowbar
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - May 13, 2017

A timely and dark reflection on a school shooting, 47 REASONS TO LIVE will not leave you like some performances do. It will cause the reflections, the discussions, the remembrances of over 200 school shootings since 2013 and pose the question, how do we fix a broken child.... (more...)
BWW Review: A Fun Stageworks Journey to AVENUE Q BWW Review: A Fun Stageworks Journey to AVENUE Q
by Peter Nason - May 11, 2017

Funny and serious, cynical and heartwarming at the same time, it's extremely enjoyable but offers nothing new or revelatory.... (more...)
BWW Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE IS DARK NEUROTIC COMEDY at West Coast Players BWW Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE IS DARK NEUROTIC COMEDY at West Coast Players
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - April 29, 2017

ANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE IS DARK NEUROTIC COMEDY at West Coast Players about regrets and the road not taken.... (more...)
BWW Review:  TRAILER PARK TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS  at Show Palace Dinner Theatre BWW Review: TRAILER PARK TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS at Show Palace Dinner Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - April 16, 2017

THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL is expertly directed by Matthew Belopavlovich and Steven Jones, also the choreographer. Matty Colonna, who also plays Duke, is the music director. This show is a triple win for the three men.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: BIANCA DEL RIO Keeps Hilarious Rolodex of Hate Spinning BWW Reviews: BIANCA DEL RIO Keeps Hilarious Rolodex of Hate Spinning
by Trevor Durham - April 10, 2017

Drag queen phenomenon Bianca Del Rio spent nearly two hours exploring her infamous 'rolodex of hate' to Tampa's receptive crowd, still managing to shock and surprise in her tour's final legs.... (more...)
BWW Review: VIOLA DAVIS SLAYED DRAGONS  at University Of South Florida Sun Dome BWW Review: VIOLA DAVIS SLAYED DRAGONS at University Of South Florida Sun Dome
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - April 05, 2017

Tony, Oscar and Emmy award-winning actress Viola Davis revealed how she learned to accept her past and become comfortable in her own skin of the Sun Dome for the student-run University Lecture Series, the centerpiece of its annual USF Week with over 3,500 guests... (more...)
BWW Review: Brian Beach & Cody Carlson Rock the New Tampa Players' Production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR BWW Review: Brian Beach & Cody Carlson Rock the New Tampa Players' Production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
by Peter Nason - April 03, 2017

The incredible, lively performances, especially among the show's leads, should not be missed.... (more...)
BWW Review: Heavenly Performance of JOSEPH AND THE TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT  at Dreamhouse Theatre BWW Review: Heavenly Performance of JOSEPH AND THE TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Dreamhouse Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - April 01, 2017

Through JOSEPH AND THE TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, I was very happy to visit ancient Egypt and experience this family-friendly show with catchy numbers at Dreamhouse Theater that just - simply put- leaves you feeling good.... (more...)
BWW Review: IT GETS BETTER SHARES MESSAGE OF HOPE at The Straz Center For The Performing Arts BWW Review: IT GETS BETTER SHARES MESSAGE OF HOPE at The Straz Center For The Performing Arts
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - March 27, 2017

On March 24 in Ferguson Hall at the Straz, by the talents of The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA), in collaboration with the It Gets Better Project and Speak Theater Art, through it gets better I experienced the heartbreak of it all. I was taken on an emotional rollercoaster of anguish and so... (more...)
BWW Review: Michael Silvestri is the Definition of Fabulous in Jerry Herman's LA CAGE AUX FOLLES at the Carrollwood Players BWW Review: Michael Silvestri is the Definition of Fabulous in Jerry Herman's LA CAGE AUX FOLLES at the Carrollwood Players
by Peter Nason - March 27, 2017

Join the party and be prepared to be entertained and moved, especially by Silvestri's brilliant turn as Albin/Zaza.... (more...)
BWW Review: Jobsite Theater Presents Martin McDonagh's Quirky, Darkly Funny A SKULL IN CONNEMARA at the Shimberg BWW Review: Jobsite Theater Presents Martin McDonagh's Quirky, Darkly Funny A SKULL IN CONNEMARA at the Shimberg
by Peter Nason - March 20, 2017

Pitch-perfect, pitch-black humor and fine performances bring this literal skull-bashing production to life.... (more...)