Reviews for Zach Theatre Performances

Review: Million Dollar Quartet by Zach Theatre

Review: Million Dollar Quartet by Zach Theatre

by David Glen Robinson
Published on August 01, 2017

The premise of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, one day in the life of Sun Records, Memphis, Tennessee, is an excuse for the music. Music Director Allen Robertson culled national talent for his performers, and they all seem to be quadruple threats—acting, dancing, singing, and playing instruments.

Musicals are what Zach Theatre does best under Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley, and Million Dollar Quartet shines near the top of the rankings.  The show, with a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, is a top-shelf literary and musical property, and Zach Theatre’s production of it realizes all its potential.  The audience, of course, receives full value for its ticket purchases. The show is highly recommended for audiences of all ages ...

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Review: Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill by Zach Theatre

Review: Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill by Zach Theatre

by Brian Paul Scipione
Published on April 20, 2017

Chanel as Lady Day is surrounded by ghosts, adoring fans, beautiful music, a supportive band and the shadowy pull of drug addiction. She owns every square inch of the stage.

Hey, Lady Day!

 

NOTE: Zach Theatre is extending the production May 18 - June 11, 2017, and moving it to the Kleberg Stage.

 

There is no question that her presence is regal if not refined. Chanel playing the titular role of Lady Day enters the stage via the audience. Her presence is so bold, sassy and commanding that spotlights are rendered redundant. She sweeps over the crowd with her gaze and the sterling luminosity ...

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Review #2 of 2: THE GREAT SOCIETY by Robert Schekkan, Zach Theatre, January 25 - March 5, 2017

Review #2 of 2: THE GREAT SOCIETY by Robert Schekkan, Zach Theatre, January 25 - March 5, 2017

by David Glen Robinson
Published on February 12, 2017

The GREAT SOCIETY by Robert Schenkkan is one ponderous battleship of a stage presentation, driven forward by Steve Vinovich as LBJ, one of our most imperial presidents. It's a political and historical thriller.

The Great Society by Robert Schenkkan is one ponderous battleship of a stage presentation. At three hours and ten minutes, it could have won the Battle of the Phillippine Sea singlehandedly in extended combat, given its nonstop narrative discourses. 

 

People who lived through the tumultuous mid-sixties of the Johnson Administration can recall bits of the conversations and events of the time recreated in the play.Schenkkan has woven actual speeches by President Lyndon ...

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Review #1 of 2: THE GREAT SOCIETY by Robert Schekkan, Zach Theatre, January 25 - March 5, 2017

Review #1 of 2: THE GREAT SOCIETY by Robert Schekkan, Zach Theatre, January 25 - March 5, 2017

by Brian Paul Scipione
Published on February 12, 2017

Three acts, many characters, with a laugh or sigh or a gasp from the audience every five minutes. The script is marvelous: dense but easy to take in. Whether or not you know this period in U.S. history, but especially if you lived through it, I recommend this production.

 

 

Tour de force: a masterly or brilliant stroke, creation, effect or accomplishment. 

 

A tour de force is easily defined but not so easily described. So to say that Zach Theatre’s latest production, The Great Society, is a tour de force is accurate but not particularly enlightening. And yet this exact turn of phrase is required because of the generous scope of the play. It wouldn’t do to say things like well done ...

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Review: A Christmas Carol: A Rockin' Musical by Zach Theatre

Review: A Christmas Carol: A Rockin' Musical by Zach Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on December 05, 2016

Director Steakley serves up a production with more elegant delights than a mail-order fruitcake from Neiman Marcus.

That glossy Zach Theatre program produced by PAPI is emblazoned with a leapin' rock 'n' roll picture and the bright legend LET'S PARTY! It reflects precisely director Dave Steakley's creative aim with this third iteration of A Christmas Carol. It no longer carries the explanatory gloss A Rockin' Musical, but that's exactly what it is -- more than two hours of lively entertainment, offering covers of pop music and swift-moving stage choreography ...

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Review: Charlotte's Web by Zach Theatre

Review: Charlotte's Web by Zach Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on October 19, 2016

Bright, fun, and at the same time subtly educational for all ages, this happy theatrical version at the Zach's Kleberg Theatre is a gift and a reward in itself.

Bright, funny and engaging, the Zach Theatre production of Charlotte's Web is a delight, not only for the young and their parents but also for all those who had the good fortune either to read the E.B. White classic or to have it read to them. White's story, so simple and gentle, offers some comedy, a fine tale of friendship, and an ever-so-gentle brush up against the question of mortality. Fun and ...

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