West Virginia Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: WE WILL NOT BE SILENT at CATF BWW Review: WE WILL NOT BE SILENT at CATF
by Johnna Leary - August 02, 2017

We Will Not Be Silent at CATF is an extraordinary theatrical experience based on true events. College student Sophie Scholl is arrested and interrogated by a German Nazi officer (not entirely unsympathetic to her cause) for the only act of civil disobedience protesting Hitler by a German citizen dur... (more...)
BWW Review: BYHALIA, MISSISSIPPI at CATF BWW Review: BYHALIA, MISSISSIPPI at CATF
by Johnna Leary - July 29, 2017

A dark comedy about unexpected choices and familial prejudices, Byhalia Mississippi is a phenomenal evening of entertainment directed by Marc Masterson and wonderfully written by Evan Linder.... (more...)
BWW Review: WELCOME TO FEAR CITY at CATF BWW Review: WELCOME TO FEAR CITY at CATF
by Johnna Leary - July 25, 2017

Though it contains the admirable and relevant racial contemporary message the playwright, Kara Lee Corthron, intended, Welcome to Fear City suffers from a lack of a coherent vision and a dragging pace unsuited to the fast-talking, non-stop world of the 1970's Bronx in which the play is set.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE NICETIES at CATF BWW Review: THE NICETIES at CATF
by Johnna Leary - July 24, 2017

Featuring a tour de force performance from its' two female stars, cutting dialogue and presenting the strongest of both social questions and CATF performances this summer, The Niceties is a show not to be missed.... (more...)
BWW Review: EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL at CATF BWW Review: EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL at CATF
by Johnna Leary - July 24, 2017

A beautiful story of redemption and forgiveness within a family, Everything is Wonderful truly is a wonderful show at CATF this summer. While still handling a dark subject matter, the tone and eventual outcome of the show is much more light-hearted than one would expect walking in and Ed Herendeen's... (more...)
BWW Review: WILD HORSES at CATF BWW Review: WILD HORSES at CATF
by Johnna Leary - July 19, 2017

Wild Horses is a charming, energetic coming of age story of teenage rebellion and romance in the 1970's expertly performed in a solo show by Kate Udall. Written by Allison Gregory and in the National New Play Network premiere, a single unnamed woman recounts a single summer from her teenage years wh... (more...)
BWW Review: CATF PEN/MAN/SHIP is a Dramatic, Dark and Unforgettable Theatrical Voyage BWW Review: CATF PEN/MAN/SHIP is a Dramatic, Dark and Unforgettable Theatrical Voyage
by Johnna Leary - July 28, 2016

Unlike Anything Goes or some other lighter summer shows set on ships, Christina Anderson's phenomenal new play, pen/man/ship, currently running at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, is a stunningly crafted and unforgettable voyage that confronts modern controversial issues, such as race, re... (more...)
BWW Review: CATF THE WEDDING GIFT is Visually Stunning, but Difficult to Decipher BWW Review: CATF THE WEDDING GIFT is Visually Stunning, but Difficult to Decipher
by Johnna Leary - July 21, 2016

At its basic essence, a play tells a story. But when the audience has difficulty understanding the story and the language, the message, no matter how poignant or powerful, is lost. The Wedding Gift, a world premiere play at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, is a visual feast for audience m... (more...)
BWW Review: CATF NOT MEDEA Is a Deeply Imaginative and Powerful Piece of Theater BWW Review: CATF NOT MEDEA Is a Deeply Imaginative and Powerful Piece of Theater
by Johnna Leary - July 19, 2016

The 2016 CATF mission statement lists their vision as 'The Ultimate Theater Experience', and Not Medea, one of the five plays in rotating rep at the festival, completely satisfies this expectation. A highly creative and completely immersive theatrical experience, Not Medea is brilliantly written by ... (more...)
BWW Review: CATF THE SECOND GIRL is a Stunning and Spirited Show BWW Review: CATF THE SECOND GIRL is a Stunning and Spirited Show
by Johnna Leary - July 15, 2016

Take a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead approach to O Neill's classic Long Day's Journey Into Night, and you have Ronan Noone's fantastically crafted The Second Girl, now running at the Contemporary American Theater Festival.... (more...)
BWW Review: CATF 20th CENTURY BLUES is a Comedic and Poignant Crowd Pleaser BWW Review: CATF 20th CENTURY BLUES is a Comedic and Poignant Crowd Pleaser
by Johnna Leary - July 13, 2016

A show about older women celebrating and commiserating aging has been done countless times in entertainment, from Steel Magnolias on stage to The Golden Girls on television. However, 20th Century Blues, a world premiere play at the Contemporary American Theater Festival written by Susan Miller and d... (more...)
BWW Reviews: CATF: WE ARE PUSSY RIOT is Cleverly Staged and Immersive Experience for Audience BWW Reviews: CATF: WE ARE PUSSY RIOT is Cleverly Staged and Immersive Experience for Audience
by Johnna Leary - July 18, 2015

We Are Pussy Riot, currently running at CATF, is an immersive and outstanding theatrical experience, filled with unique choices and the sobering undercurrent that this story is not just theatrical fiction.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: CATF: EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH is Visually Spectacular but Lacking in Depth and Development BWW Reviews: CATF: EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH is Visually Spectacular but Lacking in Depth and Development
by Johnna Leary - July 17, 2015

Everything You Touch, a black comedy focusing on the fashion industry and two intertwining stories about how it affects two separate women's self worth, is very similar to the industry it portrays. The overall look, visual appeal and staging is phenomenal, but beneath the gorgeous costumes and flair... (more...)
BWW Reviews: CATF: ON CLOVER ROAD is an On-The-Edge-of-Your-Seat Experience BWW Reviews: CATF: ON CLOVER ROAD is an On-The-Edge-of-Your-Seat Experience
by Johnna Leary - July 17, 2015

Exquisitely directed by Ed Herendeen with a strong script by Steven Dietz, On Clover Road at CATF is truly an edge-of-your-seat thriller which leaves the audience guessing and gasping at every new suspenseful situation.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: CATF: THE FULL CATASTROPHE Stuffed Full of Laughs BWW Reviews: CATF: THE FULL CATASTROPHE Stuffed Full of Laughs
by Johnna Leary - July 16, 2015

In a twist on the typical modern American romance, The Full Catastrophe shows just how funny and futile our modern ideas about love can be. Dr. Jeremy Cook is a successful linguist, now unemployed, and accepts a mysterious job offer from an eccentric businessman, Mr. Pillow. As part of the "Pillow P... (more...)
BWW Reviews: CATF: WORLD BUILDERS Displays the World Between Imagination and Insanity BWW Reviews: CATF: WORLD BUILDERS Displays the World Between Imagination and Insanity
by Johnna Leary - July 16, 2015

In an intimate show with epic possibilities, World Builders at the Contemporary American Theater Festival raises important questions about the fine line between imagination and insanity in today's medical society.... (more...)