Check back here throughout our 2015 Season to read the reviews as they come out for each show!
Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten (Same writers as our Sell-Out Shows Hallelujah Girls, Dixie Swim Club, and Dearly Departed!)
Directed by Randy Davis
"Big Dawg Productions starts their season off with a bang!... Dearly Beloved is no disappointment in that arena, and delivers everything it promises... In the past few years, Big Dawg Productions, though working in a small and fairly limited space, has developed a reputation for pretty substantial production values... With such a talented cast who is clearly having a ball onstage, it is easy to see why this show feels infectious. Davis also is directing “Christmas Belles” (i.e. the Dubberlys do Christmas) this winter for Big Dawg. It looks like it will be the perfect bookend to the season." - Encore
"In the world of Wilmington community theater, “country-fried” entertainment brings in the crowds. The ensemble pieces allow actors to freely chew scenery with a down-home humor that skewers Southern stereotypes. Luckily, “Dearly Beloved,” with a hearty dose of spunk and wit, stands out from the bunch." - StarNews
Laughter on the 23rd Floor
"Big Dawg Productions is stacking the deck on this year’s season... Stafford brings every ounce that the audience would want to see. Due to his film career, it is rare we get to see him onstage; this is a treat that must be seen.... How can you not love this script? In the hands of skilled director Anthony Lawson—who has a great eye for physical comedy, and a cast that is firing on all cylinders—this is a recipe for success. A good laugh is always good medicine. Do yourself a favor and go see a show you will walk out of smiling." - Encore ****1/2 Stars!!
"Under the direction of Anthony Lawson for Big Dawg Productions and with fine characterizations from a dedicated cast of players, "Laughter" provides an intriguing look at both a bygone era of television history and the combat – and camaraderie – that ensues when a half dozen smart, funny, crazy writers are forced to work together... These varied personalities rub against each other to create plenty of comic sparks. It's a true ensemble, and Lawson has the actors working well together... Ultimately, Simon is able to put his fond memories into an entertaining package. ...They always say that you never want to see the sausage being made, but in this case I'd recommend it." - StarNews
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
"...scholars have argued about the rebel Christ-like nature of McMurphy and his journey for the inhabitants of the ward. Combined with Cosec’s radiant blonde hair and wining smile, one could argue that Rodriguez hit upon a beautiful rebel with this casting choice." - Encore
"An impassioned stage version of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” is currently running at Wilmington's Cape Fear Playhouse under the direction of J.R. Rodriguez for Big Dawg Productions, and thanks to a strong ensemble cast, the play captures the source material's rebellious, defiant spirit." - StarNews
The Hermit of Fort Fisher Returns!
“'The Hermit of Fort Fisher' thrives outdoors, where it belongs... "Big Dawg has said it has the rights to “Hermit” for the next couple of years, which means that it could become a summer mainstay at Greenfield Lake. The company’s outdoor debut is an artistic success by most any measure...
'Hermit', a deeply felt and often funny drama about an eccentric Southeastern North Carolina legend, shows why it’s a good candidate to be the area’s first annual outdoor drama tied to local history..." - StarNews
"SUCCESSFUL REVIVAL: Big Dawg’s outdoor production of “The Hermit of Fort Fisher” is a perfect fit for Greenfield Lake Amphitheater...
Big Dawg Productions has moved to the forefront of the cultural scene this year. No longer a mere player, the theatre company is much more a guidepost with consistent sold-out shows across various platforms... The Hermit of Fort Fisher” is a truly unique [show] that encapsulates a story of relationships and love, all taking place on Pleasure Island, just 10 miles south of Wilmington...Anyone who saw the show at Cape Fear Playhouse of in Brunswick County should come see it again at the lake; it is a completely different experience. The space at Big Dawg is incredibly intimate, but this is a bigger story. Just like the Hermit, who did not find himself until he got outside under our beautiful Carolina stars, the power of this story does not gel until it has the grandest stage: under the moon with a chorus of frogs and geese. When Harrill talks about going to catch dinner in the sound, the splash of aquatic life in Greenfield Lake perfectly complements the line. It is but one instance of how much this story is connected to nature and the outdoors... Few stories have ever been so entwined as that of our Hermit and nature." - ENCORE
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