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“Amazing production” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cumberland County Playhouse

Cumberland County Playhouse
221 Tennessee Avenue, Crossville, TN 38555
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Ranked #1 of 20 Attractions in Crossville
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“Amazing production”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

While on vacation, we attended opening night of "Ragtime" and were astounded at the depth of talent, variety of ages and personalities of the performers, the very effective scenery changes as well as the live music. None of the dozens of performers ever missed a cue, and the multitude of scene changes were handled efficiently and quickly. As mentioned in previous reviews, this is no "community theater", although most of the actors were locals, several of the performers were equity actors with some major credits in their resume. Seats were comfortable with very good site lines. There were two other productions being performed at the playhouse--I'm just sorry we couldn't fit in seeing the other two.

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Cheatham County, TN
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“Lots of action here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We attended a performance of To Kill A Mockingbird, a favorite of mine. This production varied from both the novel, the film, and other productions I've seen, the story told by a neighbor rather than the adult Scout, placing an odd perspective on her omniscience. The large cast included very talented local children, whose presentation of their lines, body language, and projection impressed me. There were some issues with sound amplification, and confusion regarding curtain time due to another, very loud production in the adjacent performance space. The lobby was crowded with insufficient seats for waiting attendees, someone performed for about an hour on one of the pianos. A pervasive odor of mop water was hard to avoid, and the booths selling gifts and snacks were staffed by pleasant workers. Everyone was pleasant, from ushers to ticket booth workers. The women's bathroom in the theater was clean, though a hook was missing from the door in the booth I used. Exits were clearly marked, walkways had rails for those who needed them, and we had a fine time overall.

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“Quaint Setting, Great Production, Wonderful Volunteers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

While on a trip to Fairfield Glade, like many folks we decided to take in a show at the Cumberland County Playhouse.

The playhouse itself is situated in a somewhat older building in Crossville, and despite some good signage can be a little difficult to locate for first-time visitors unfamiliar with the area - especially for an evening performance, so be sure to allow yourself a little extra travel time.

We had reservations for the 7:30PM showing of Harper Lee's classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird - immortalized for all time in the movie of the same name, starring Gregory Peck. Our will call tickets were readily located under our name at the box office and we entered the lobby. The Cumberland Playhouse is a somewhat older facility, but nicely maintained, and a pianist was entertaining the patrons that evening while we waiting for the theater seating to open up.

A small "scheduling conflict" occurred that evening, with the Hispanic Festival going on at the facility next door - and the evening's performance was pushed back until 8:00PM. You have to give credit to the play's producer/director, as he personally addressed the waiting patrons to explain and apologize for the delay in the start of the performance (for which he received the evening's first-round of applause).

With the theater about two-thirds full that evening, the production of To Kill a Mockingbird came off without a hitch carried principally by the nearly flawless performance of the younger cast members playing the parts of Scout, Jem and Dill, and the roles of Atticus Finch (played by Britt Hancock) and Jason Ross in the role of Bob Ewell and Patty Payne in the role of actor/narrator Maudie Atkinson. The production values were top-notch, compared to other community playhouses we've visited, and while the facility is older and smaller - this setting allows the audience to be much closer to the production.

The success of The Cumberland County Playhouse would not be complete without a mention of the "behind-the-scenes" story which appears to be the almost entirely volunteer staff who turn out to support each performance. Whether these are the folks working the concession stand, the guys directing traffic in the parking lot, the ushers, ticket-takers, program distribution or other volunteers who are simply chatting with the patrons prior to the performance, this assumably unpaid staff, really makes for a pleasant and familiar experience, not unlike watching home movies at a friend's house - although without any of the tedium and boredom experienced occasionally in situations like that . . .

The Cumberland Country Playhouse is clearly worth the trip, and you can likely expect a very respectable performance for virtually any production - and for a remarkably affordable price.

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“Wonderful Time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

We saw To Kill A Mockingbird. It was a wonderful show, wish we would have found about the theater sooner so we could have caught another show. Well worth the money!

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“Solid Productions Worth The $”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

As good as most NYC off broadway theatres. This is NOT community theatre. Equity actors perform in 2 different spaces.
Tickets are a bargain & the productions are very good. Both avid theatre goers & 1st timers will be entertained.

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