Recent Reviews

GLT play features talented cast

Friday, June 23, 2017

The cast of “Suddenly, Last Summer” shines in the Greenwood Little Theatre’s final production of the 2016-17 season, which debuted Thursday evening.

Directors Eddie Amelung and Will Perkins picked a talented group for the Tennessee Williams play.

“Suddenly, Last Summer” stars Alicia Dallas as Catharine Holly, Cheryl Weiss as Mrs. Violet Venable and Bobby VanDevender as Dr. Cukrowicz.

Entering the stage first are Mrs. Venable and Dr. Cukrowicz setting up the plot. The scene opens with the wealthy Mrs. Venable showing off the garden of her beloved deceased son, Sebastian, to Dr. Cukrowicz, a doctor who is seeking money for his research.


GLT’s ‘Ring of Fire’ burns bright

Friday, March 24, 2017

A packed house at the W.M. Whittington Jr. Playhouse burned with delight throughout the Thursday-evening debut of Greenwood Little Theatre’s production of “Ring of Fire.”

The jukebox musical beamed with the spirit of singer Johnny Cash and featured an all-star cast of musical talent.

Directed by Ted MacIntosh, who is assisted by Cathy Roberts, the event featured 28 storytelling songs that follow a narrative of Cash’s life — childhood, stardom, meeting June Carter, struggles with addiction and redemption.

The production’s music director is Alan Jones, and it features a live band composed of Jones, lead guitar; Justin Tate, bass; Taylor Buchanan, rhythm guitar; and Matthew Moore, drums.


Little Theatre presents dark thriller

Friday, January 27, 2017

Edge-of-your-seat suspense. That describes the final 20 minutes — performed in the dark — of Greenwood Little Theatre’s current production.

“Wait Until Dark,” written by Frederick Knott and directed by Will Perkins, debuted at the W.M. Whittington Jr. Playhouse Thursday evening to a large crowd.

The set details carried the audience back in time to the 1960s. As the play begins, three con men (Justin Tate as Mike Talman, Tom Weldon as Sgt. Carlino and Stephen McIntyre as Harry Roat) are introduced, and the background of the play’s plot is revealed.

“Wait Until Dark” centers around the con men’s search for a special doll, which they believe is at the home of Sam and Suzy Hendrix (Bob Draper and Elaine Tharpe), who reside in a basement apartment in Greenwich Village, New York. One of the con men is even willing to kill for this doll.


‘Summer Scene Fest’ is a must-see

Friday, July 15, 2016

There’s no better way to spend this evening or Saturday evening in Greenwood than watching a group of 11- to 17-year-olds perform 14 famous scenes from 11 of William Shakespeare’s plays.

The cast of youngsters, who all participated in the Shakespeare Boot Camp this summer, give outstanding performances throughout the show, which is directed by Steve Iwanski of the Greenwood Shakespeare Project.

“Shakespeare Summer Scene Fest” opens with the prologue from “Henry V,” which is believed to be the first lines spoken at the opening of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The audience can expect the opening scene to have strong performances, which the young actors continue throughout the show.


GLT’s ‘84, Charing’ funny, warm

Friday, June 24, 2016

Greenwood Little Theatre’s last production of the season, “84, Charing Cross Road,” is a quiet little treasure of a play — well acted, solidly produced and filled with small moments so familiar one leaves the theater feeling as if she just spent the last two hours at dinner with a friend, over a few glasses of wine.

This tale, told in letters between a New Yorker and a Londoner in the 1950s and ‘60s, is funny, warm, melancholy and, most surprisingly, real. Little Theatre actors Connie Black and David Dallas, along with their competent supporting crew, carry it off with warmth and confidence.

Black plays Helene Hanff, a self-described “poor writer with an antiquarian taste in books.” She has discovered Marks & Company of London, a secondhand bookstore run by Frank Doel, played by Dallas, and their friendship is christened in 1949 with Helene’s first successful purchase of a book via airmail.


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