It’s Your Move: A Review of Chess

“Each game of chess / Means there’s one less / Variation left to be played; // Each day got through / Means one or two / Less mistakes remain to be made.”  These opening lines from “Prologue”/”The Story of Chess” point us to the inevitable—but not predictable—conclusion of Chess, the 1988 American version of Tim Rice, Benny […]

Aladdin: “What fun!”

by Robin Smith What fun! “Aladdin” was my first pantomime, but attending Waterworks’ annual holiday panto is going to become a new tradition to share with my grandchildren. The audience first spies a cartoonish market scene washed in delicious rainbow sherbet colors. Since “Aladdin” is based on a Middle Eastern tale from the “Arabian Nights,” […]

Shrek the Musical: A Review

Most of us are familiar with Shrek the movie, Mike Meyers’s 2001 smash (complete with Smashmouth’s cover of “I’m a Believer” as the credits roll). Some of us are familiar with Shrek the book, William Steig’s 1990 children’s tale that features a much more repulsive, cruder ogre who saves, then marries his equally repulsive bride […]

Review of “Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None”

Walking into the Waterworks playhouse I was mesmerized by the extraordinary set, designed by Moffat Evans, that lay situated in the middle of a semi-circle of theatre style seating. It was not difficult to put yourself in the 1940’s living room of a secluded island manor off the coast of England. Everything was strategically placed, […]

Legally Blonde is a joyous, rousing treat

Waterworks Players’ Legally Blonde: The Musical is a joyous, rousing treat that brings community to community theater by casting student-actors from Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College along with an ensemble of seasoned Waterworks actors from the Farmville community and beyond. Although five of the 11 cast members are making their debuts at Waterworks Theater itself, […]

Review of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

by Julia Palmer Calling all theater lovers! You do not want to miss the Waterworks Players production of Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. If this play is new to you, the catchy title provides just a hint of the originality and fun that await discovery. This production is community theater at […]

Fuddy Meers review

by Jes Simmons Buy tickets Waterworks Players’ performance of Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire is an evening of surprises, shocks, poignancy, and laughter. Lindsay-Abaire wrote Fuddy Meers at the Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program, and it was first performed in 1999. In 2016, Lindsay-Abaire returned to Juilliard as co-director of the same […]

Into The Woods Review

Once upon a time, a Baker and his Wife were having a very, very bad day- they hadn’t a bun in the oven, in more ways than one. But what else should they expect when they live in a land of fairy tales and their next door neighbor is a witch? Promised a child in […]

Strong cast delivers outstanding performance

Waterworks Players have done it again. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” is yet another successful production in a now long line-up of shows that are delivering first-class community theater to Farmville. Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” (1962) opened on Broadway in October of 1962 and won several top awards including a Tony Award […]

“May The Farce Be With You” Review

Once upon a time in a town far, far, far. . . . Were you thinking Farmville? Why, yes, it is Farmville and since it’s December, it’s time for Waterworks Players’ much anticipated annual pantomime. While common in Great Britain, pantomimes, or pantos as the Brits say, are not as familiar here in the U.S. […]