Reviews

In addition to the following excerpts from reviews, please see click the links below for reviews of our productions and articles about the Parkway Playhouse:

The Mountain Xpress

The Asheville Citizen-Times



Robin Hood, Legend of Sherwood by Jeff Messer & Robert Akers 
          (Parkway Playhouse 2011 season)
          voted 1st place in MountainX's Best of WNC in the category Best Local Original Production 

What was it that resonated with Xpress theatergoers about Jeff Douglas Messer and Robert Akers’ version of the Robin Hood story? It may have been the whole “stealing from the rich” thing — has the economic imbalance in America riled folks up? Or maybe it was the clinking of swords, or the jubilance of the Merry Men? Perhaps people just dig men in tights. Whatever ‘twas, Parkway Playhouse earned a hit with Messer and Akers’ new take on the fabled story. — R.S. (Mountain Xpress)

The Ballad of Tom Dooley by Brenda Lunsford Lilly, music by Jan Powell, lyrics by Ken Stone
          (Parkway Playhouse 2010 season)
           voted 3rd place in MountainX's Best of WNC in the category Best Local Original Production

The Ballad frames its version of the Tom Dula story as a ghost story, which is only semi-successful, as is the entire enterprise. The creative team — seasoned professionals all — has done a more than competent job, especially with the music, which runs the gamut from bluegrass to classic American musical style to post-Sondheim complexity. ~Mountain Xpress

Guys and Dolls 
         "Guys and Dolls" is nostalgic fun at Parkway Playhouse! ~Asheville Citizen Times 

Annie
Parkway Playhouse is successful in its attempt to blend community theatre with a few more experienced practitioners in order to raise the bar of performance and educate the newer, and in this case, largely younger performers. ~Mountain Xpress

The Cowboy Cafe 
Cowboy Cafe broke Playhouse records, and even PBS took a shine to it, producing it for North Carolina Now. ~Mountain Xpress

Pride and Prejudice 
From the get-go we have Mary Katherine O'Donnell's dazzling stage set -- an elegant back wall with six identical, classically framed doorways, with strongly defined and highly colored door panels and fluted door jamb9s beneath crown molding dentils. ~Asheville Citizen Times