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Disney's Beauty and the Beast

"5 Stars!...A wondrous delight"

Sifter

Stunning production...Awesome...Carried out to perfection""

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Lives up to any Broadway version"

Richmond Family Magazine


The End of War (world premiere)

"Brought to life... with stunning detail
Top-notch acting from every cast member
Director Nathaniel Shaw expertly weaves the narrative threads"

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Video interview
At Virginia Rep, local author's 'End of War' tells story of sacrifice and human suffering

Richmond Times-Dispatch


Violet

"Violet is a Touching, Musical Journey to Self-Discovery"

Richmond Family Magazine

"Country, gospel and blues, lifted high on sweeping Broadway chords, that never fails to seduce and beguile..."

Richmond Times-Dispatch


Dancing Lessons

"Virginia Rep to Present Dancing Lessons at Hanover Tavern"

Broadway World


Buffalo Soldier

Powerful True Story of “Buffalo Soldier” is Must-See for All Ages

Richmond Family Magazine

A quality addition to Black History Month

Richmond Times-Dispatch


Airline Highway

Airline Highway is "masterfully crafted,"
a "warm stew of a play"

TVJerry and Richmond Times-Dispatch


Anything Goes Gala 2017

Virginia Rep honors two at Anything Goes Gala

Richmond Times-Dispatch


The Charitable Sisterhood Christmas Spectacular

"Make the drive out to Hanover Tavern"

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"It's the type of show we need right now."

GayRVA


A Christmas Story

"Pure holiday magic... Virginia Rep delivers a Broadway blockbuster"

Richmond Family Magazine

"A glittering gift... If only the movie had been a musical all along."

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Plenty of wow factor... Go see it.
Take your family visiting from out of town for the holidays. I did, and it was a big hit."

STYLE Weekly

"Family fun featuring a large, lively cast and a colorful production"

TVJerry



John

"John may be one of the smartest, most unusual plays I’ve ever seen."

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Should not be missed."

GayRVA

"Haunting and haunted, full of ruminations on connection and detachment, life and death, love and loneliness — essentially the human condition."

STYLE Weekly


Junie B. Jones

"Bright and Bouncy"

Richmond Times Dispatch

"Quirky, Smart"

Richmond Family Magazine

"Spirited" "Loads of fun"

Sifter


1776

"Excellent" "Soars from its opening... through its closing"

STYLE Weekly

"Buoyant" "Bold"

Richmond Times Dispatch

"Witty" "Beautifully staged"

TVJerry

"Patriotic joy" "This tale is told well and entertainingly"

GayRVA

"Timely and highly entertaining"

Richmond Family Magazine


Outreach

"Virginia Rep announces new free community tickets program."

Broadway World


Nathaniel Shaw is Virginia Rep's new Artistic Director

"The Man of Destiny"

Richmond Magazine

"Virginia Rep Names Nathaniel Shaw New Artistic Director"

American Theatre Magazine

"Nathaniel Shaw assumes reins of Central Virginia's largest professional theater."

STYLE Weekly


Brighton Beach Memoirs

Footlights - Tyler Stevens in Brighton Beach Memoirs

STYLE Weekly

"Touching and entertaining... Tyler Stevens is a real standout. His energy and enthusiasm are electric. His comic timing is spot on."

Richmond Family Magazine

"This outstanding cast has crafted a charming, genuinely funny comedy, while beautifully capturing the warmth of familial love. 5 Stars"

TVJerry

"Delightful! Solid and seamless."

Richmond Times-Dispatch


Dreamgirls

What ‘Dream Girls’ cast do for hospital patients will warm your heart

WTVR 6

Dreamgirls cast performs for VCU Medical Center patients

Becker's Hospital Review

"Sure to Make Audiences Happy"

STYLE Weekly

"Phenomenal... You'll be sorry if you miss it!"

Richmond Times Dispatch

"It’s dynamic. It’s energetic. It’s a powerhouse of talent, and a must-see this summer."

Richmond Family Magazine

"Visual dazzle and vocal power... sure to electrify and entertain!"

TVJerry

"Don't Miss Dreamgirls! WOW!"

Macaroni Kid

"Video: Antoinette Essa fetures Dreamgirls on the A List"

WTVR 6


"Virginia Rep to Present Dreamgirls this Summer"

BroadwayWorld


The Golden Goose

"The giggles keep coming"

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"'The Golden Goose' brings a message of hope"

Richmond Family Magazine

"An energetic ensemble and lively staging. Kids... were enthralled."

TVJerry


Summer and Smoke

"A masterful production.
Demanelis rises to the occasion, making the audience care deeply about her.
Sapp yet again proves himself as one of Richmond’s finest actors.
Miller’s direction doesn’t miss a step"

STYLE Weekly

"Mesmerizing... Summer and Smoke definitely entertains."

Richmond Family Magazine

"Williams’ subtle and sizzling two-act romance marks Bruce Miller’s directorial farewell"

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Intimate" and "Breathtaking"

GayRVA

"A beautifully-staged, richly-acted and thoroughly-captivating experience."

TVJerry

"Virginia Rep to Present Tennessee Williams' SUMMER AND SMOKE"

BroadwayWorld


4000 Miles

Produced by Cadence Theatre Company, in partnership with Virginia Rep.

"Funny, moving and intimate, '4000 Miles' is a rare show that entertains while emphasizing a message of compassion."

STYLE Weekly

"Highlights the healing power of compassion
Meaningful and effective performances... It feels true."

GayRVA

"Languid and haunting as a study of human intimacy."

Richmond Times-Dispatch


Founding Artistic Director, Bruce Miller

"After 41 years as artistic director, Bruce Miller is ready for new challenges"

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"This is the Life Meant for Me"

Richmond Magazine

"Bruce Miller will step aside after four decades at Virginia Rep"

Richmond.com


Croaker

"Absolutely phenomenal"

Richmond Family Magazine

"A hit that appeals to children and adults
I was certainly not the only one blown away by Croaker"

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Rollicking, rousing fun
5 Stars!"

TVJerry

"'Croaker' Hops Onstage"

Richmondmag


The Mountaintop

Produced by Cadence Theatre Company, in partnership with Virginia Rep.

"Seamless and riveting...
The Mountaintop is a must see."

Richmond Family Magazine

"I have been to The Mountaintop and it was delightful
A must see for anyone who loves theatre."

GayRVA

"Two of Richmond’s finest actors
5 Stars!"

TVJerry


Saturday, Sunday, Monday

"Unforgettable
Anyone who has ever been embroiled in family drama will love it."

Richmond Family Magazine

Review: "It’s not every day theater audiences get to watch a troupe of actors set a pot to boil, cook a meal of pasta and sit down to Sunday dinner in the middle of the stage."

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Preview: "Food-centric drama takes center stage at Virginia Repertory Theatre"

Richmond Times-Dispatch


I Have a Dream

"My kids were enthralled.
Four rambunctious boys who normally can’t sit still for more than two seconds [were] riveted by the history these five actors shared with them"

Richmond Family Magazine

"Compelling Dramatization"

"[Mike Brown's] impassioned recreation of the titular speech is a truly stirring moment."

TV Jerry


Velveteen Rabbit

"A Captivating and Timeless Classic"

Richmond Family Magazine

"Children are sure to be charmed by the enchanting staging of this lovely production."

TVJerry

"The holiday season brings 'The Velveteen Rabbit' to Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn, and it’s a welcome visitor."

Richmond Times-Dispatch


This Wonderful Life

"Amazing... Wichman has the audience in the palm of his hands... Magical"

GayRVA

The One and Only Scott Wichmann

Richmond Family Magazine

"Virginia Rep to Celebrate the Holidays at Hanover Tavern with THIS WONDERFUL LIFE"

Broadway World

"Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate a high point in this (or any other) theatrical season."

TVJerry


Gypsy

"O’Neill is fantastic"
"She possesses a gorgeous, clear, voice and commands the stage"
"A true and treasured piece of Americana."

RVAnews

"'Gypsy' may be the most enjoyable three hours I’ve spent in a theater in recent memory"

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"A joy from beginning to end!"

GayRVA

"Playing Mama Rose in Gypsy the fullfillment of actress' lifelong dream"

Richmond.com

"Everything's Coming Up Roses! Virginia Rep to Open GYPSY This Month"

Broadway World


Equus

Produced by Cadence Theatre Company, in partnership with Virginia Rep.

"Go do this: Equus"

RVAnews

"Mesmerizing and haunting, Peter Shaffer’s masterfully-crafted script, Equus, was exquisitely rendered"

GayRVA

"The dancers, inhabiting the spirit, grace and physicality of horses, allow us to gaze upon the equine soul and the primal beauty it contains"

Richmond.com


The House at Pooh Corner

"A memory we cherish: a fun-filled morning that lives on in our hearts"

Richmond Family Magazine

"A lovely interpretation with a delightful cast "

TVJerry

"Remarkable cast... should appeal to families with children ages 4 to 100!"

Richmond Times-Dispatch


Peter and the Starcatcher

"Pure, exuberant fun."

STYLE Weekly

"Richly Imaginative and Gloriously Funny...
A creative, spellbinding tour-de-force and a must-see"

Richmond Family Magazine

"A rollicking, hilarious imagining of how the 'Peter Pan' adventure story and characters might have come to be...
We can’t help but be swept along with them and join in the gales of laughter that fill the November Theatre over and over again."

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Taking Flight: Jeremy Michael Lagunas plays The Boy" in Peter and the Starcatcher"

Richmond Magazine

"Magic is low-tech in 'Peter Pan' backstory"

Richmond.com

"Head to Neverland with Virginia Repertory Theatre’s ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’"

WTVR 6


Virginia Rep for Virginia tourists

"Why Richmond, Virginia, Is the City to Visit Right Now"

Condé Nast


The Fabulous Lipitones

"A terrific cast... clever dialogue and hysterical scenes."

Herald Progress

"...The Lipitones have plenty to love."

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"A surefire audience pleaser loaded with genuine laughs."

TVJerry

"Valayil as Bob is absolutely brilliant…"

RVA News

"...Delightful, consistently funny and even somewhat poignant theater experience"

STYLE Weekly

Emmy Winner John Markus to Helm Virginia Repertory Theatre's The Fabulous Lipitones

Broadway World


Season Kickoff with BBQ Pitmasters

Tuffy Stone and John Markus talk about the event on WTVR Channel 6


Last of the Red Hot Lovers

"Last of the Red Hot Lovers will keep you laughing.
[Wichmann] is a delight to watch."

Richmond Family Magazine

"Red Hot Lovers seduces audience with hilarity"

Herald Progress

"From Scott Wichmann’s first furtive entrance to his final phone call... Last of the Red Hot Lovers flies by in a blur of laughter"

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"You’ll Love Last of the Red Hot Lovers"

RVABlog

"The considerable comic talents of this talented quartet create a mirthful and entertaining evening."

TVJerry

Wichmann "should teach a master class in playing this kind of role...
knocking Simon's one-liners over the fence with incredible speed."

STYLE Weekly

Scott Wichmann to Star

Broadway World

From stage to service and back again, local actor returns to Hanover Tavern

Herald Progress

Q&A: Scott Wichmann

Richmond Magazine


Goodnight Moon

"Clever and Endearing
enchanting entertainment for families with young kids"

Richmond Family Magazine

"A sure hit for the youngest theater audience"

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Young audiences will be enchanted"

TVJerry


South Pacific

The Road to Opening Night

STYLE Weekly

"Each actor is superb, showcasing the wealth of local talent that rivals New York or Chicago."

Visit Richmond

"Virginia Rep's South Pacific truly is an entertainment gem for families."

Richmond Family Magazine

"Cabaj is simply captivating
The cast is rich with talent, the music is both fantastic and familiar"

STYLE Weekly

"She's a beauty all right
the excellent cast hits their marks and nails the vocals"

Richmond Times-Dispatch

South Pacific opens at Virginia Rep

RVA Blog

Virginia Rep's South Pacific to honor local WWII vets with free tickets

Richmond Times-Dispatch


Obici Healthcare Grant

Obici Healthcare Foundation awards $15,000 to Virginia Rep to develop an elementary school-aged play to both educate and entertain children with a solid message for obesity prevention. Part of $2.2 million awarded to 21 Virginia nonprofits.

Tidewater News


Artistic Director

Virginia Rep's Artistic Director to Step Down

Broadway World

Bruce Miller will step aside after four decades at Virginia Rep

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Virginia Rep founder retires after 40 years

WWBT 12


Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

"Get ready to laugh!
Sibling Send-Up is Well-Oiled Comedy Machine"

Richmond Family Magazine

"The cast keeps the audience in stitches"

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Beautifully honed comic performances"

TVJerry


A Lie of the Mind

"It had me sucked in from the start
Brilliant performances"

GayRVA

"Clear-eyed, earthy and peppered with mordant wit"

Richmond Times-Dispatch


Virginia Rep

Know a Theatre: Virginia Repertory Theatre of Richmond, Va.

American Theatre


Treasure Island

"A marvelous introduction to one of the world’s best-known adventure tales."

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Virginia Rep’s production delivers on the adventure it was meant to be."

Richmond Family Magazine


You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

"Brings dimension, heft and a fresh sympathy to characters we think we know.

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"This delightful ensemble brings the deadpan innocence and sweet charms of the Peanuts gang to life."

TVJerry

"all audience members will leave with smiles on their faces."
"Whether you’re a longtime “Peanuts” fan or simply seeking unpretentious, lighthearted fun, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” makes for a great family outing."

Herald Progress


The Whipping Man

"Engrosing, suprising...
Virginia Rep’s “The Whipping Man” is far more than just a compelling historical backdrop."

Style Weekly

"It’s not every day that masterful drama draws from events that once played out in your own backyard"

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"...everyone in, from, or around Richmond must see this show."

GayRVA

"This absorbing drama is expressive and skillfully staged with three compelling performances."

TVJerry


Maggie Walker

Virginia Repertory Theatre pay homage to Richmond-native Maggie Walker

WTVR Channel 6


Anything Goes Gala

Travel back to the 1940s for Virginia Repertory Theatre's 3rd Annual 'Anything Goes Gala'

WTVR Channel 6


Acts of Faith Festival

Acts of Faith festival will tackle spirituality and personal identity

Richmond.com


Mame

"Skinner exudes charm and talent"
"unquestionably a light, crowd-pleasing feast"
"Virginia Repertory Theatre doesn’t disappoint."

STYLE Weekly

A Quick 5 with Emily Skinner

Maryland Theatre Guide

"Skinner commands the stage with her bigger than life charm and vocal talent!"

Broadway World

"Mame goes straight to our heads with all the effervescence of the Roaring Twenties, where this whirling, eye-popping musical’s story begins."

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Emily Skinner brings her Broadway skills back home!
"Dazzling"
"Emily Skinner’s a gem and the rest of the cast shines brilliantly"

TVJerry

"Emily Skinner returns to Richmond theater in Mame"

Richmond Times-Dispatch

6-year-old Iain has appeared on The View and saw his first Broadway show when he was 3. He's well known for his video reviews of Broadway shows. Take a look:



They're Playing Our Song

"Nagel and Wepplo both ooze charm and style"

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"A sweet delight... Charming performances"

TVJerry


Charlotte's Web

"Bravo Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theater…you’ve done it again!"

Richmond Family Magazine

"Virginia Rep brings the cherished novel to life with exactly the right mix of love, nostalgia and honesty"

Richmondmom

"This classic tale is staged with lively energy and sweet charm."

TVJerry


Equivocation

"One of those rare gems that comes along every so often, if we’re lucky, to remind us what it is that we love about live theatre and why we want to attend."

WCVE

"Intriguing, entrancing, brilliant"

Richmond Family Magazine

"Dynamic and supremely intellectual" with a "shining cast and crew"

Richmond Times-Dispatch

A Collaboration Brings William Shakespeare the Man to the Richmond Stage in Equivocation

The Creative Habit - WRIR 97.3FM

"...There’s no denying the superior quality of the production"

TVJerry


Becoming Dr. Ruth

“You are going to love Becoming Dr. Ruth.”
“Eileen DeSandre...embodies Dr. Ruth, perfectly replicating her mannerisms and accent.”
“She takes you on an emotional journey filled with memories and laughter. She is mesmerizing to watch.”

Richmond Family Magazine

“DeSandre does marvelous work capturing her essence as well as her iconic voice.”
“Compelling!”

Style Weekly

“A tale worth telling, filled with challenges, romance, humor, and the endurance and hopefulness of the human spirit.”
“DeSandre is perfect for the part.”

Richmond Times-Dispatch


The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church

Review: "A delightful evening of theatre! The charitable sisters are like the women of Steel Magnolias, with a few unexpected twists. A well-done production featuring a quintet of talented actresses that leaves its audience feeling amply entertained!”

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Review: "Funny and delightful summer treat from a gifted ensemble cast"

Richmond Family Magazine

Video: "A heart-warming comedy by a local award-winning playwright”

WTVR, Channel 6


Go, Dog. Go!

"Riveting and delightful for little ones"

Richmond Family Magazine

"Just the ticket to introduce the age 3-6 demographic to live theater."

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Delightful cast serves up entertaining free form fun!"

Sifter



The Color Purple

Review: "Virginia Rep’s “The Color Purple” proves that Richmond can produce Broadway-caliber theater."

STYLE Weekly

Review: "Each of the 32 cast members deserves accolades for the heart, soul and sheer talent poured into this flawless production."

Broadway World

Review: A "soulful and stunning musical
A powerful production
Do not pass by The Color Purple"

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Uplifting and Mesmerizing!"

Read at Richmond Family Magazine, or listen at WCVE

Review: "Extraordinary!
Emotional Journey of Self Discovery."

Richmond Free Press

Review: "This glorious, rousing, moving musical is theatre at its best. DO NOT MISS IT!"

TVJerry

Review: "Works on every level
The singing, the dancing, the acting and the music are all spot on, and each performer is perfectly cast in this technically breathtaking production."

ShowbizRadio

Review: "Must-see musical!
Truly an uplifting experience."

Boomer Magazine

Review: "I cannot recommend this highly enough."

Macaroni Kid

"'When you go on this journey, you don’t just feel this heavy, heavy burden, but you actually see that there’s a place where she can find herself' and ultimately 'lift herself up.'”

Richmond Times-Dispatch

A Broadway vet and a stage newcomer add luster

STYLE Weekly

Meet some of the cast and crew of The Color Purple

Richmond.com

The Color Purple Comes to Virginia Rep,
Aims to Inspire

GayRVA.com



Detroit

Produced by Cadence Theatre Company, in partnership with Virginia Rep.

“Fueled By Talent A powerful cast that delivers on every page”

Broadway World

“A dark comedy with a bittersweet touch of nostalgia”

Richmond Times-Dispatch


Other Desert Cities

"Riveting, powerful and funny... a thought-provoking and entertaining piece of theater."

STYLE Weekly

“Grab your tickets to see this scorching hot cast!”

Broadway World

"A Fiery and Fascinating Look at Family"

Richmond Family Magazine

“A thought-provoking comedy"

Richmond Times-Dispatch


Shrek, The Musical

David Lindsay-Abaire attends “Shrek

Richmond Family Magazine

Shrek Makes a Believer Out of Richmond!”

Broadway World

“Believe the hype!
Shrek truly has something for everyone"

Richmond Times-Dispatch

“It’s a Big, Bright, Beautiful Show!”

Richmond Family Magazine

“An Absolute Delight!”

WCVE

“Big, splashy fun!”

STYLE Weekly

“Bubbles over with laughter and delight!”

RichmondMom.com

“Crammed with creativity, energy and tons of fun!"

Sifter


Virginia Rep's Theatre IV on Tour

Buffalo Soldier: "Concord native brings theater to local schools"

The Charlotte Observer


Clybourne Park

Produced by Cadence Theatre Company, in partnership with Virginia Rep.

"Under the skillful direction of Keri Wormald, a dynamic ensemble consisting of David Bridgewater, Katie McCall, Tyra D. Robinson, Steve Perigard, Thomas E. Nowlin, McLean Jesse, Andrew Firda and, in a brief but poignant final scene, Daniel Allen masterfully guide the audience through Bruce Norris’ intense yet humorous journey — a journey that boldly tackles some of the uncomfortable questions of race"

Richmond Times-Dispatch


Tartuffe

“Well played comedy... stellar performances... magnificent costumes... A fun romp."

Richmond Family Magazine

“Grabs its audience by juxtaposing old-world design and décor with whip-smart stage antics and comedic timing."

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Loaded with wonderfully funny performances
A continuous delight"

Sifter


Olympus on My Mind

"Musical Treat Delivers Big Laughs"

Richmond Family Magazine

"Virginia Repertory Theatre's third iteration of Olympus musters belly laughs..."
Delights Richmond

Broadway World

"Travis’ role requires him to have a split personality, a challenge he takes on with authority
Sommers... possesses a powerful, operatic voice paired with a great sense of comedic timing
Mary Anne Furey is hilarious as Charis, and would have stolen many scenes if Maggie Roop had left any to be stolen.

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Olympus will be on YOUR mind – a can’t miss show!

Show Biz Radio

"Amidst the comic hijinks, silly mistaken identity machinations, and peppy musical numbers, several sly little questions about perception, reality and love get tossed out, almost more effective in their exploration because they aren’t hammered home.

STYLE Weekly


Harriet Tubman

Poignant, Inspirational, and Thought-Provoking

Richmond Family Magazine

A personal as well as historical journey

Richmond Times-Dispatch


The Acts of Faith Festival

Statement About the Preview Event
from our Artistic and Managing Directors



Fiddler on the Roof

"This Production is Broadway Good"
"The show belongs to David Benoit who plays Tevye... His portrayal is so authentic that you couldn’t imagine anyone else playing part. And yes, apologies to Zero Mostel – Benoit is that good."

Richmond Family Magazine Review

"A musical for the whole family.
Not to be missed!"

Richmond Times-Dispatch Review

"Get tickets to this gem!
David Benoit is a triumph as the Papa, Tevye."

GayRVA.com

"With Broadway actor David Benoit at the helm, Virginia Rep outdoes itself with a triumphant classic."

STYLE Weekly

"As Tevye, David Benoit commands the stage with charisma, comic joy and dramatic power."

TVJerry

"The greatest asset of this production is David Benoit as Tevye... His energy, comic timing and powerful vocals add a touch of Broadway star power to the Richmond stage."

Showbizradio Review

Scenic Design: Goal for Virginia Rep’s Fiddler on the Roof was 'stylized environment'

Richmond Times-Dispatch


A Lug Nuts Christmas

"Sweet memories of Richmond combined with a lively concert of doo-wop and Christmas songs."

TVJerry


'Twas the Night Before Christmas

"’Twas the Night Before Christmas will bring delight and smiles to those 4 and up, and the modern references and positive message of joy, love and family values will make their parents and caregivers feel good about bringing them."

Richmond Times-Dispatch


Good People

Produced by Cadence Theatre Company, in partnership with Virginia Rep.

"Good People a hilarious, sobering tale of gritty Boston"

Richmond Times-Dispatch Review

Best Bet: "this excellent cast creates an enjoyable experience"

TVJerry

Playwright sets the bar high with Good People"

Richmond Times-Dispatch


Say Goodnight Gracie

Wichmann Wows: His Burns is the most humble, lovable and downright entertaining character you’re likely to see onstage this season, or maybe ever.

STYLE Weekly

Actor shines as George Burns

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Wichmann owns the stage: he delivers every punch line with flawless timing and the several moments of drama are genuinely moving.

Sifter - TVJerry

Virginia Rep has another hit on its hands.

Examiner

Say Goodnight Gracie makes for 90 minutes of great entertainment!

Show Biz Radio

Say Hello, Scott! - Video Interview with Scott Wichmann

TVJerry

Joan Tupponce writes about Scott Wichmann

Richmond Tourism


To Kill a Mockingbird

Virginia Rep’s ‘Mockingbird’ remains powerful tale

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Virginia Rep infuses new energy into this familiar story of southern racism

STYLE Weekly

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ highlights federal judge’s acting talent

Richmond Times-Dispatch


Cashore Marionettes

A mesmerizing puppet show
Pure, simple and beguiling, the Cashore Marionettes are the real deal.

Richmond Times-Dispatch


Steel Magnolias

A sure feel-good evening’s entertainment.

Macaroni Kid

Hilarious, Touching, Superb Ensemble Acting

Richmond Family Magazine

From the casting to the magnolia trees at the sides of the stage, every little aspect of this “Steel Magnolias” comes together to create a captivating experience.

Richmond Times-Dispatch


The Music Man

A Masterpiece of Sight, Sound, and Emotion! Spirited, and energetic musical spectacle that’s perfect for the whole family.

Richmond Family Magazine

Delightful, fun-for-the-whole-fam adaptation of the Broadway classic... Deliciously swoony... I recall my son actually gasping as Harold and Marian–all decked out in their fancy duds for the town social–sang “Till There Was You” with a backdrop of stars twinkling behind them and a stream reflecting from below.

RVAnews

"From its unique syncopated train car opening to the lively finale, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man is an audience- pleasing production filled with familiar tunes and quirky characters played by a remarkably strong cast."

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Among the many things that this production gets right, Director John Moon should be lauded for hitting the tone spot-on... Cook is flawless... Virginia Rep has rounded up some of the best talent in the city.

STYLE Weekly

"Seeing Amanda Johnson as Marian is well worth the ticket price alone... Larry Cook... is a natural for the part of Hill. He displays warmth and charm with that underlying sense of dirty rotten scoundrel."

ShowBizRadio

"Voices are uniformly solid, set is big and beautiful, lighting is lovely and costumes are colorful."

TVJerry


Busytown

Busytown is Whimsical, Wonderful – A Family Gem!
Richmond Family Magazine

The ensemble cast is fantastic. You’ll believe an actor can become a cartoon character. Busytown is the perfect outing for families with small children.
ShowBizRadio


RED

"RED is the most compelling play in Richmond this year."
Richmond.com

"Director, Christopher Owens, could not have chosen two better actors... The Acting will win you over from the start."
WCVE

The Creative Habit's Paige Goodpasture Interviews David Bridgewater and Maxwell Eddy
WRIR 97.3 FM

"RED is an incredible play of loyalty, passion, and conviction in one’s work."
RVAnews

RED brings artist Mark Rothko’s studio to life
Richmond Times Dispatch

Review: "Compelling... A Play with a Purpose"
Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Eddy plays Ken to perfection, adopting just the right composition of awe, inquisitiveness, kindness, provocation and intellectual honesty to influence the grandiose Rothko. Bridgewater is Rothko, from the minute we enter the theater to the final scene."
Richmond Family Magazine


Next to Normal

Produced by Cadence Theatre Company, in partnership with Virginia Rep.

"Next to Normal creates something phenomenal out of an unconventional subject. The best summary is the shortest: Go see it."
STYLE Weekly


Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

"'Lyle' with style!...young theatergoers’ delight at the antics of Lyle"
Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Moving, Hilarious... my [son's] favorite!"
Richmond Family Magazine


Hay Fever

"Hay Fever is attacking theatergoers with irrepressible laughter!"
Richmond Times-Dispatch

"The extremely talented ensemble cast take on each role with palpable enthusiasm."
GayRVA.com

Hay Fever manages to take the most mundane situations and turn them into comedy gold."
John Porter, mondojohnny.blogspot.com

Hay Fever preview video
CBS 6 - Virginia this Morning


Sons of the Prophet

Produced by Cadence Theatre Company, in partnership with Virginia Rep.

Sons of the Prophet “impressive and expertly directed”
GayRVA.com

“You can’t help warming to the Douaihys”
Richmond Times-Dispatch


Cotton Patch Gospel

Cotton Patch cast performs "foot-stomping songs" at Hanover Habitat for Humanity's 43rd home dedication.
The Mechanicsville Local

A musical welcoming at recent Habitat for Humanity dedication
The Herald Progress

"Cotton Patch Gospel good for the soul
This is a downright fun Southern hoedown and jamboree of the Gospels
You might even cry back in jubilation, 'Hallelujah!'"
Richmond Times-Dispatch

"A family-friendly show with a lively beat
that will keep you entertained throughout!"
Richmond Family Magazine

Anything Goes Gala

Virginia Rep honors actor Blair Underwood
Richmond Times-Dispatch

The Magic Flute

Fantasy, music and humor prove to be a winning combination!
Something for every age level."
Richmond Times-Dispatch

The Magic Flute on Channel 6, Virginia This Morning


Closer Than Ever

"A worthy musical
many wonderful, creative songs, and the cast sounds absolutely elegant singing them."
Herald-Progress


Madeline's Christmas

"Madeline’s Christmas a treat for kids!"
Richmond Times-Dispatch

The Producers

"Must see!... A great night spent with a great cast."
RVAnews

Interview with Scott Wichmann: Singing and dancing have some parallels in military life
Richmond Times-Dispatch

November 15, 2012
By Celia Wren

"Flashy and fun. Virginia Rep’s "The Producers" is sweet Broadway escapism at its most undiluted."
Richmond.com

"The Producers comes barreling down Interstate 95 at us full-steam with all its Tony-Award-winning, Broadway-version bells, whistles, cornball jokes, and show-stopping musical numbers happily intact."
Richmond Family Magazine

"Directed here by Patti D’Beck, a longtime veteran of Broadway musical theater, the cast of 22 throws themselves into Brooks’ shtick. And it’s enhanced by D’Beck’s choreography, mixing klezmer folk styles with an abundance of tap dancing that keeps the momentum strong."
Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Fun, toe-tapping good show, that will leave you laughing and humming long after you’ve left the theater"
examiner.com



Young Tom Jefferson

Review: Miller has a solid grasp on what it takes to hold a young audience’s attention for a full hour.
RVA News

October 23, 2012
By Valerie Catrow

Review: Fascinating facts... Talented and Engaging Actors
Richmond Family Magazine

By Margaret Thompson

Review: The fast-paced, lively production is jam-packed with historical tidbits.
Richmond Times-Dispatch

September 29, 2012
By Julinda Lewis

Theatre IV on Tour division

No one will sleep during 'Beauty' at The Paramount
Reporter News: Your Abilene Online

October 11, 2012
By Janet Van Vleet

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Review: Sherlock Holmes a hit at Hanover Tavern
Herald-Progress

October 24, 2012
By Dan Sherrier

Review: Three actors in 20 roles present lively spoof of Holmes
Richmond Times Dispatch

September 16, 2012
By Celia Wren

Night Blooms

Review: Night Blooms Blossoms at Virginia Rep
WCVE

October 5, 2012
By John Porter

Review: Weaves family folklore and social history with poetic intensity and unexpected vividness.
Richmond Times Dispatch

September 30, 2012
By Matthew Miller

Night Blooms tells family tale against civil rights
Richmond Times Dispatch

September 20, 2012
By Celia Wren

Costume Director, Sue Griffin

Star Dresser
STYLE Weekly

September 4, 2012
By Belle Magazine

Filming at the November Theatre - Killing Lincoln

Filming for 'Killing Lincoln' Has Begun in Richmond
Richmond.com

August 1, 2012
By Richmond.com Staff

Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music

Review: Prepare for mad laughter
RichmondMom.com

August 7, 2012
By Lisa Ann Setchel

Review: Hanover Tavern lassoes a hit
STYLE Weekly

July 31, 2012
By Rich Griset

Virginia This Morning: Video Preview of Nice People Dancing with David Bridgewater and Matt Mitchell
CBS6

July 30, 2012
By Virginia This Morning

CBS 6 Video Virginia Rep

Review: Quirky...very funny...charmer. What more could you want?
Richmond Family Magazine

July 23, 2012
By Karen Schwartzkopf

Review: Featuring a supremely talented cast of five, “Nice People” is one of those shows that keeps you in stitches from beginning to end
GayRVA

July 20, 2012
By Jen Maciulewicz

Review: A witty play performed nearly flawlessly
Richmond Times-Dispatch

July 15, 2012
By Julinda Lewis

Nice People... Set to Play Hanover Tavern
Broadway World

July 21, 2012
By BWW News Desk


Spring Awakening

Review: Parent and Teen Review
Richmond Family Magazine

June 28, 2012
By Karen Schwartzkopf and Samantha Schwartzkopf

Review: Virginia Rep raises the temperature — and the roof — with "Spring Awakening.".
STYLE Weekly

June 26, 2012
By David Timberline

Review: Audacious and edgy, Virginia Rep's "Spring Awakening" rocks the November Theatre this summer.
GayRVA

June 25, 2012
By Matthew Miller

Review: Virginia Repertory Theatre's Controversial, Teenage Rock Drama
Richmond.com

June 21, 2012
By Liz Jewett

Review: 'Spring Awakening'
Richmond Times-Dispatch

June 17, 2012
By Julinda Lewis

Virginia Rep Announces Spring Awakening for Richmond this Summer -Newcomer Oliver Houser as Melchior
Broadway World

June 4, 2012
By BWW News Desk


Barksdale Theatre and Theatre IV are now Virginia Rep

Barksdale and Theatre IV finally make it official with a merger.
STYLE Weekly

June 5, 2012
By Rich Griset
It was the shot heard round the Richmond theater world: Local juggernauts Barksdale and Theatre IV were merging. While the two companies have operated in conjunction since 2001, they will restructure under the name Virginia Repertory Theatre, or Virginia Rep for short...

From Merger, Virginia Repertory Theatre Is Born
Nonprofit Quarterly

May 23, 2012
By Mike Keefe-Feldman
There is often a courtship period when two nonprofits are considering a merger, but it’s not usually so long as it was in the case of two nonprofit theater groups in Richmond, Va. The Barksdale Theatre and Theatre IV recently announced that they would merge to form one entity, the Virginia Repertory Theatre...

Curtains up for theater nonprofit
Richmond BizSense

May 22, 2012
By Michael Schwartz
David RobbinsTwo Richmond theaters are putting their business operations front and center. Barksdale Theatre and Theatre IV struck a deal last week to merge and become the Virginia Repertory Theatre, a move its leaders say creates a more powerful nonprofit with an almost $5 million budget and plans to raise $14 million...



Theater Groups Combine to Form New Repertory Company
WCVE

May 22, 2012
By John Ogle
Barksdale and Theatre IV have combined resources to create Virginia Repertory Theatre and raise the profile of professional theater in the area. Audio Content.

Say Hello to Virginia Repertory Theatre
Richmond.com

May 21, 2012
By Colleen Curran
Barksdale Theatre and Theatre IV announced Sunday, May 20 that they are now one theater company with a new name: Virginia Repertory Theatre. The new theater company will have a combined budget of $5.1 million dollars, making it one of the largest performing arts organizations in Virginia...

Barksdale, Theatre IV merging
Richmond Times Dispatch

May 20, 2012
By Holly Prestidge
Two of Richmond's legacy theater companies are merging with the aim of becoming central Virginia's premier professional theater. Barksdale Theatre and Theatre IV will join forces July 1 to form Virginia Repertory Theatre under the leadership of Bruce Miller and Phil Whiteway...

Barksdale and Theatre IV join to create Virginia Repertory Theatre
rvanews

May 20, 2012
By Nathan Cushing
Two of Richmond’s premiere theaters are joining together. Barksdale Theatre and Theatre IV will merge on July 1st to form Virginia Repertory Theatre. The two theaters had operated in tandem, yet distinctly, for the last several years. The creation of Virginia Repertory Theatre will formally merge them...

Barksdale Theatre and Theatre IV Merge into Virginia Repertory Theatre
RichmondMom.com

May 20, 2012
By Rhonda Day
Barksdale Theatre and Theatre IV announce that the two nonprofit theaters will formally merge effective July 1, 2012 under a new name – Virginia Repertory Theatre (Virginia Rep). With a budget exceeding $5 million, four distinct venues, and an annual audience over 550,000, Virginia Rep will become the largest professional theater and...

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces its season
Richmond Times Dispatch

May 20, 2012
By Holly Prestidge
The name is new and so is the season. But some things will never change. Virginia Repertory Theatre will host four distinct series this year that showcase the new company's identity as central Virginia's premier theater arts organization, as well as pay homage to the programming legacies of Barksdale Theatre and Theatre IV...

Theater legacies
Richmond Times Dispatch

May 20, 2012
By Holly Prestidge
What does it take to start and then sustain a successful professional theater company? The answer can be explained, as Bruce Miller did recently, in a matter of seconds: All it takes is everything...


Seussical

A Mash-Up Smash: "Seussical" the musical is where it's at
STYLE Weekly

May 8, 2012
By Rich Griset
Parents, listen up: Are you tired of being dragged to dreadful children's films with anemic plots and worse humor? Do you count the days until Pixar's next release so you can finally watch a children's film without contemplating violent acts. Have no fear, "Seussical" is here, and Theatre IV has brought in some heavy hitters to make sure you and your little ones are supremely entertained...

RFM Review - Seussical The Musical
Richmond Family Magazine

May 4, 2012
By Margaret Thompson
Oh the places you’ll go when you put a fabulous script and score in the hands of a fabulous cast in a fabulous downtown Richmond theater. This perfect storm comes in the form of "Seussical", on stage through May 20th at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre...

Review: Seussical the Musical
Richmond Times Dispatch

April 29, 2012
By Susan Haubenstock
The adorability quotient is high in Theatre IV's "Seussical," playing at the November Theatre. The 2000 kid-oriented musical conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle is based on several beloved Dr. Seuss books. And the colorful production directed by Chase Kniffen is lovable, too...

Broadway’s “Seussical” Now Playing in Richmond! A Real Richmond Review
RichmondMom.com

April 29, 2012
By Katie Mardigian
Theatre IV has brought Broadway hit “Seussical” to Richmond, and it is a colorful, fantastical, musical extravaganza that will entertain the whole family...

Preview of ‘Seussical’
Virginia this Morning, WTVR Channel 6

April 26, 2012
By Chelsea Greaux
Video content


Scorched Earth

Theater review: Barksdale's production of David L. Robbins' play 'Scorched Earth'
Richmond Times Dispatch

April 15, 2012
By Susan Haubenstock, Photo by Jay Paul
Scorched EarthThere are many thrilling elements in "Scorched Earth," the world premiere of David L. Robbins' play now at Barksdale at Willow Lawn. The stunning wraparound set by Ron Keller envelops the audience in the contemporary small-town atmosphere of Good Hope, Va., not too far from Richmond. The satisfying depth of skill displayed by the cast of 16 makes most of the 23 characters come to life. And Steve Perigard's sensitive direction emphasizes emotion...

Another Earth
STYLE Weekly

April 10, 2012
By Rich Griset
To restore the graveyard's whites-only status, the church deacons had a very simple solution: exhume the body of a recently buried, mixed-race infant. It might sound like a work of fiction, but it was a real-life scenario that grabbed national headlines in 1996 for the city of Thomasville, Ga. The deacons at Barnett's Creek Baptist Church later retracted their request to remove the baby's body, but for novelist David L. Robbins, it was the kind of thing that stayed with him...

World premiere of David Robbins' 'Scorched Earth' at Barksdale Theatre
Richmond Times Dispatch

April 1, 2012
By Celia Wren, Photos by Jay Paul
David RobbinsDavid L. Robbins' sailboat won't be taking a bow when his drama "Scorched Earth" begins its world premiere run at Barksdale Theatre on April 13. That's too bad: The vessel deserves some of the credit for the play, an adaptation of Robbins' 2002 novel of the same title. At least, that's the story the bestselling novelist tells as he sits, barefoot, dressed in jeans and a plaid shirt, in the study of his home in Southside Richmond. Robbins obviously spends a lot of time here: He has, after all, published nine novels (a 10th is in the pipeline)...