So many first-rate productions, so little time. Last week, the Scene's Martin Brady offered a flat-out rave for Tennessee Rep's The Importance of Being Earnest, a must-see as it enters its last weekend. What to expect, says Brady: "engrossing and beautiful sets, excellent costumes, shimmering high-tech lighting and top-notch performances by seasoned professionals." (Oh, is that all.)
This week, Brady hails two blockbuster musical productions in neighboring Williamson County:
Boiler Room Theatre led off with the first local mounting of Mel Brooks' The Producers. Under Patrick Kramer's smartly paced direction, the company infuses Brooks' irreverently hilarious script with tons of energy and raw talent. Kramer's cast of 20 is chock full of newer faces, including hungry college kids, and his leading players, while somewhat under the radar, are a hugely pleasant surprise handling very demanding roles. ...
Meanwhile, Studio Tenn's impressive take on Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods reaps the benefits of direcor Matt Logan's gorgeous fairy-tale set and costume design, some engaging hologram special effects, a cast of 16 that includes some of Middle Tennessee's most familiar names, and musical director Bryan Louiselle's potent nine-piece orchestra doing high justice to the master composer's unified multilayered score.
Read the full review here — and prepare for some tough decisions.