Tampa Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: Innovocative Theatre Comes of Age with Jane Martin's Riveting KEELY & DU BWW Review: Innovocative Theatre Comes of Age with Jane Martin's Riveting KEELY & DU
by Peter Nason - January 15, 2018

K.D. O'Hair and Dawn Truax give performances of a lifetime as the title characters of this highly controversial play.... (more...)
BWW Review: Will Eno's Quirky GNIT is Hit and Miss at Tampa Rep, but the Supporting Cast Saves the Day BWW Review: Will Eno's Quirky GNIT is Hit and Miss at Tampa Rep, but the Supporting Cast Saves the Day
by Peter Nason - January 14, 2018

Supporting cast and Eno's hilarious quips stand out in this odd ode to Ibsen's 'Peer Gynt.'... (more...)
BWW Review: THEATREONE DEBUTS A NAUGHTY AND NICE CHRISTMAS TREAT at Catherine Hickman Theatre BWW Review: THEATREONE DEBUTS A NAUGHTY AND NICE CHRISTMAS TREAT at Catherine Hickman Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - December 27, 2017

BWW Review: THEATREONE DEBUTS A NAUGHTY AND NICE CHRISTMAS TREAT at Catherine Hickman Theatre... (more...)
BWW Review: 17 for 2017: The Best Shows & Performances of the Year in the Tampa-St. Petersburg Area BWW Review: 17 for 2017: The Best Shows & Performances of the Year in the Tampa-St. Petersburg Area
by Peter Nason - December 26, 2017

A look back at the very best local productions that 2017 had to offer.... (more...)
BWW Review: A DOO WOP CHRISTMAS BRINGS HOLIDAY CHEER  to Show Palace Dinner Theatre BWW Review: A DOO WOP CHRISTMAS BRINGS HOLIDAY CHEER to Show Palace Dinner Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - December 08, 2017

The only person who could possibly leave the Show Palace Dinner Theatre not feeling in the holiday spirit after seeing A Doo Wop Christmas is the old Grinch himself. This show has everything -a storyline full of heart, humor, a gorgeous set, beautiful costumes, dance choreography, and cherished Chri... (more...)
BWW Review: AVENUE Q at Stageworks- This is Definitely Not Sesame Street BWW Review: AVENUE Q at Stageworks- This is Definitely Not Sesame Street
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - December 04, 2017

My daughter introduced me to the sarcastic wit of the music in Avenue Q on the way to college a few years ago, so I sort of knew going in, this wasn't your typical musical.... (more...)
BWW Review: NEW TAMPA PLAYERS OFFER A CELEBRATION OF COURAGE WITH PRODUCTION OF QUILT  at Catherine Hickman Theatre BWW Review: NEW TAMPA PLAYERS OFFER A CELEBRATION OF COURAGE WITH PRODUCTION OF QUILT at Catherine Hickman Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - October 12, 2017

NEW TAMPA PLAYERS OFFER A CELEBRATION OF COURAGE WITH PRODUCTION OF QUILT at Catherine Hickman Theatre... (more...)
BWW Review: mad Theatre of Tampa's Production of DISASTER: THE MUSICAL at the Shimberg is a Blast! BWW Review: mad Theatre of Tampa's Production of DISASTER: THE MUSICAL at the Shimberg is a Blast!
by Peter Nason - October 08, 2017

What do you get when you merge 'The Poseidon Adventure' and schmaltzy pop songs from the 1970's? One hell of a good time!... (more...)
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...)