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BWW Review: IN A TORNADO'S DESTRUCTIVE PATH at Innovocative Theatre Photo BWW Review: IN A TORNADO'S DESTRUCTIVE PATH at Innovocative Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - July 14, 2020

Nerve-racking. That's the word that comes to mind when reviewing Innovocative Theatre's virtual production of Lauren Gunderson's Natural Shocks. Artfully directed by Staci Sabarsky, it is a powerful one-woman performance with the talent of Marie-Claude Tremblay as Angela, a woman hiding in the b...
BWW Review: Playwright Pens Incredible New Musical Genre, Steampop With MELINA: A STE Photo BWW Review: Playwright Pens Incredible New Musical Genre, Steampop With MELINA: A STEAMPUNK MUSICAL TR at Carrollwood Cultural Center The Studio
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - March 08, 2020

Melina: A Steampunk Musical is a dash of Shakespeare, a dollop of Jules Verne, a pinch of Sherlock Holmes, a smidgen of Phantom of the Opera, and a splash of Greek tragedy mixed with an utterly original pop opera. It is something that you'll definitely want to support to get to future theatre festiv...
BWW Review: Richey Suncoast Theatre Presents Kander & Ebb's Iconic CABARET Photo BWW Review: Richey Suncoast Theatre Presents Kander & Ebb's Iconic CABARET
by Peter Nason - March 07, 2020

There is much to offer in this unusual take on the musical, but just as many questionable choices. ...
BWW Review: Like An Old Vinyl Record, Or A Jukebox; There Is Something For Everyone W Photo BWW Review: Like An Old Vinyl Record, Or A Jukebox; There Is Something For Everyone With SHOUT:THE MOD MUSICAL at Straz Center For The Performing Arts
by Drew Eberhard - March 07, 2020

Whether you grew up in the 1960s, an adult in the 1960s, or a child of any decade after; you have probably heard most of the music that was popular in yesteryear. Whether you grew up listening to the songs in the car, on the radio, or raced home to catch your favorite TV personality singing on TV, t...
BWW Review: SHOTS OF WHISKEY, AND HARD LESSONS LINGER ON THE PALATE IN THIS HUMOROUS Photo BWW Review: SHOTS OF WHISKEY, AND HARD LESSONS LINGER ON THE PALATE IN THIS HUMOROUS BUT INSIGHTFUL GHOST STORY WITH LONE STAR SPIRITS at FreeFall Theatre
by Drew Eberhard - March 02, 2020

Imagine for a minute going home... moving away, and coming back to the town you once knew. The town you grew up in, fell in and out of love, and yet something still calls you back home. This ideal and the centralized themes that lessons from our past will continue to haunt our futures is the heart o...
BWW Review: Kadime Kanyinda Gives a Star Turn in the Carrollwood Players' Hit and Mis Photo BWW Review: Kadime Kanyinda Gives a Star Turn in the Carrollwood Players' Hit and Miss Production of Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA
by Peter Nason - March 01, 2020

It's fun at times and messy, but the mega-talented Ms. Kanyinda takes it to completely higher level....
BWW Review: Eight O'Clock Theatre's Production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's SUNSET BOULEV Photo BWW Review: Eight O'Clock Theatre's Production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's SUNSET BOULEVARD Is a Technical Marvel
by Peter Nason - February 29, 2020

Great voices and incredible sets and lighting cannot hide the weaknesses of the musical....
BWW Review: Family Matters, Matters Of The Heart, And Deep Southern Pride Extends No Photo BWW Review: Family Matters, Matters Of The Heart, And Deep Southern Pride Extends No Matter How Far You May Go With MORNINGSIDE at Stageworks Theatre
by Drew Eberhard - February 23, 2020

Topher Payne's witty, smart, and sharply fine-tuned work Morningside gives an ingenious glimpse into the lives of eight women some friends, but mostly family. Grounded deep in Southern Pride, heartfelt lessons, and the idea that above all family is what matters most proves to be the heart of this si...
BWW Review: WORKING WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY MUSICAL OF THE WORKING CLASS at Powerstorie Photo BWW Review: WORKING WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY MUSICAL OF THE WORKING CLASS at Powerstories Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - February 21, 2020

With stage direction and an ensemble that was nothing short of perfection, a live band that complimented and didn't overpower the vocals, costumes, choreography, sound and lighting and a set that, despite being in a small area, felt huge, this was a spectacular start to the professional theatre's 20...
BWW Review: MEAN GIRLS Explodes With Power, Sass, And Class And Proves There's More T Photo BWW Review: MEAN GIRLS Explodes With Power, Sass, And Class And Proves There's More Than Fashion In Girl World At Straz Center
by Drew Eberhard - February 19, 2020

Anyone with connections to any form of Pop Culture within the last two decades is sure to have come into contact with the 2004 smash-hit Mean Girls the film of the same name, which was written by Tina Fey and Mark Waters. From the moment Queen-Bee Regina George portrayed in the film by Rachel McAdam...
BWW Review: TAMPA BAY PREMIERE PROVES TO BE A HARD HITTING EXPOSE ON LIFE IN THE WORK Photo BWW Review: TAMPA BAY PREMIERE PROVES TO BE A HARD HITTING EXPOSE ON LIFE IN THE WORKPLACE WITH SKELETON CREW at American Stage
by Drew Eberhard - February 17, 2020

The time is 2008, the place Detroit...this and more sets the stage for a hard hitting, knockout Tour de Force that chills you to the bone. Dominique Morisseau's Skeleton Crew is a searing, eye opening look into the workforce division between blue-collar and white-collar and what might happen when th...
BWW Review: RUMORS Leaves Audience in Stitches at Hat Trick Theatre Photo BWW Review: RUMORS Leaves Audience in Stitches at Hat Trick Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - February 15, 2020

a?oeRumorsa?? offers palpable, infectious energy of its ensemble cast. Never a dull moment, the fast-paced, witty dialogue paired with the constant movement of the cast is executed flawlessly. The speed and flow of the conversations didn't give us, the audience, even a moment to recover before anoth...
BWW Review: BKLYN Is A Poignant Look Into The Past, And A Retrospective Look Forward Photo BWW Review: BKLYN Is A Poignant Look Into The Past, And A Retrospective Look Forward at Spanish Lyric Theatre
by Drew Eberhard - February 08, 2020

Like an ode that harkens back to the great a?oeAlma Mater'sa?? of yesteryear one truth rings out loud above them all, and that is a?oelove an acceptance above all.a?? Love what you have and work with what you got, and make your best in the world no matter what life throws your way. This and more is ...
BWW Review: A ROCKING & ROLLING DARING JOURNEY OF FAITH WITH MARIE AND ROSETTA at Fre Photo BWW Review: A ROCKING & ROLLING DARING JOURNEY OF FAITH WITH MARIE AND ROSETTA at FreeFall Theatre
by Drew Eberhard - January 20, 2020

The time is 1946, the place a showroom in a modest funeral home. Let me reitterate; the time is 1946, a time where Racism is alive and well. 2 actresses take the stage and for the next 95 uninterrupted minutes we are strapped in for a ride unlike any other through faith, Gospel, love, family, and co...
BWW Review: AUNTIE MAME SENDS AN ODE TO CLASSICS, PROVES TO BE A BUMPY BUT NONETHELE Photo BWW Review: AUNTIE MAME SENDS AN ODE TO CLASSICS, PROVES TO BE A BUMPY BUT NONETHELESS ENTERTAINING ROMP at CARROLLWOOD PLAYERS THEATRE
by Drew Eberhard - January 20, 2020

Auntie Mame not to be confused with Mame the popular musical version tells the story of the life of Mame Dennis and her orphaned nephew Patrick over the course of 18 years of time. Mame Dennis a swinging and very progressive woman with a zest/zeal for the finer things in life is left to be the guard...
BWW Review: A Great Girls Night Was Had By All at Jaeb Theatre At Straz Center For Th Photo BWW Review: A Great Girls Night Was Had By All at Jaeb Theatre At Straz Center For The Performing Arts
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - January 19, 2020

Last night was girl's night at Jaeb Theater. A couple hundred ladies (and a few of their poor ill-prepared boyfriends and husbands) and I shared in the engagement party of Sharon's daughter Candy Rose. Though we never actually met Candy Rose, like a real ladies' night, there was booze, dancing, k...
BWW Review: Stage Manager and Tech Crew Are the Stars of the LOLHS Production of LEGA Photo BWW Review: Stage Manager and Tech Crew Are the Stars of the LOLHS Production of LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL
by Peter Nason - January 19, 2020

Omigod you guys, it's so much fun!...
BWW Review: Jobsite Theater's Joyous, Hilarious Production of Shakespeare's A MIDSUMM Photo BWW Review: Jobsite Theater's Joyous, Hilarious Production of Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at the Shimberg Playhouse
by Peter Nason - January 18, 2020

It's like being bathed in pure joy....
BWW Review: Will There Be a Better Performance in 2020 Than Kayla Witoshynsky's in In Photo BWW Review: Will There Be a Better Performance in 2020 Than Kayla Witoshynsky's in Innovocative Theatre's Production of Barbara Lebow's A SHAYNA MAIDEL?
by Peter Nason - January 11, 2020

Powerful stuff, with a revelatory performance by Ms. Witoshynsky at the heart and soul of it....
BWW Review: Celebrating Fats Waller with Eight O'Clock Theatre's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' at Photo BWW Review: Celebrating Fats Waller with Eight O'Clock Theatre's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' at the Central Park Performing Arts Center
by Peter Nason - January 05, 2020

With Latoya McCormick and Tron Montgomery leading the way in this Fats Waller revue, 'it's so nice, it should be illegal.'...
BWW Review: The Best of the Decade - Reviewer Peter Nason Picks the Top 25 Local Show Photo BWW Review: The Best of the Decade - Reviewer Peter Nason Picks the Top 25 Local Shows & Performances of the Past 10 Years
by Peter Nason - December 21, 2019

25 Shows & Performances in the Tampa Bay Area That Rocked Our World from 2010 to 2019!...
BWW Review: Stellar Cast and A Flying Magic Carpet Enchant With Disney's ALADDIN At D Photo BWW Review: Stellar Cast and A Flying Magic Carpet Enchant With Disney's ALADDIN At David A. Straz, Jr. Center For Performing Arts
by Drew Eberhard - December 21, 2019

From a Kabuki drop and into the world of Agrabah the audience Friday night was completely swept up in a glamorous spectacle that continued throughout the evening. From moving set pieces, a flying carpet, and stunning costumes all the stops were pulled out for this production. Not one minute of this ...
BWW Review: 19 for 2019: The Best Local Shows and Performances of the Year Photo BWW Review: 19 for 2019: The Best Local Shows and Performances of the Year
by Peter Nason - December 14, 2019

BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the best of the best that he saw onstage in the Tampa Bay area in 2019....
BWW Review: FLUID EXPRESSIONS' “SINGLE BLACK FEMALE” TAKES A MICROSCOPIC BUT FUNNY LO Photo BWW Review: FLUID EXPRESSIONS' “SINGLE BLACK FEMALE” TAKES A MICROSCOPIC BUT FUNNY LOOK INTO THE LIVES OF SINGLE WOMEN at Stageworks Theatre
by Drew Eberhard - December 08, 2019

3 tapestry panels, of multi-color and tribal patterns adorn the backdrop of a minimalized set surrounding the story of two women of color in their 30's. The women subliminally named SBF 1 and SBF 2 enter the space and like a conversation over Friday night cocktails with friends the show commences. A...
BWW Review: ELF THE MUSICAL IS PERFECT START TO THE HOLIDAYS at Show Palace Dinner Th Photo BWW Review: ELF THE MUSICAL IS PERFECT START TO THE HOLIDAYS at Show Palace Dinner Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - December 04, 2019

Most people like or even love Christmas, but no one a?" I mean no one a?" LOVES (in 250 point font) Christmas like Buddy the Elf. On Tuesday afternoon, after a belly full of a delicious holiday buffet at Show Palace Dinner Theatre, we settled in for Santa's tale of a human infant baby that grew up...