The CBT is a gem for the Knoxville area. As a LORT theatre, it maintains extraordinarily high production values. Set design is always a thing of beauty--I have probably seen close to 100 shows and am continually amazed at the creativity in making the set fit the show (notables: Amadeus, Streetcar Named Desire, Tommy, Man of La Mancha, and the perennial favorite, Christmas Carol).
What really makes a great theatre is the people involved. As a teaching theatre, the CBT uses the talents and passion of the superb faculty in the Department of Theatre at the University of Tennessee, along with wonderful graduate and undergraduate students. There are typically some professionals who are brought in as well. This is a place that knows how to do it right, and does so with production values that rival Broadway at a fraction of the cost. If you haven't been there, go! It is a wonderful experience and every season brings a remarkably rich fabric of new plays to see.
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