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The Father, the Son, and the Wholly Spirited: "Big Fish," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through August 9
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-08-03 15:40:00

Karl Hamilton, Paige ManWaring, and Matt W. Miles in Big FishThough I’ve watched the film version several times and viewed a staging of its musical earlier this summer, the Timber Lake Playhouse’s production of Big Fish still had me choking back tears despite my (over-)familiarity with the material. That’s in no small part due to the magic in director James Beaudry’s staging, the cast’s endearing rendering of the supporting characters, and Karl Hamilton’s captivating charm as Edward Bloom, the father at the center of this tale of tall tales.
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Tall Tails: "Big Fish," at North Scott High School through July 19
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-07-13 16:19:09

Big Fish ensemble members, photo courtesy of Avenue StudiosAdam Nardini deserves credit for making Countryside Community Theatre’s Big Fish so endearing. Playing the father at the center of composer Andrew Lippa’s and playwright John August’s story – one based on the novel and Tim Burton film of the same name, the latter of which found Albert Finney playing Nardini's Edward Bloom – the performer is in excellent voice and remarkably engaging as this teller of tall tales. While he doesn’t adjust his performance to accommodate age differences while traveling from high school to early fatherhood to late-life, Nardini is still one of the best things that Countryside's piece has going for it.
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Turn Your Hips and Coif: "Hairspray," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through June 14
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-06-09 12:00:00

Sam Leicht, Rosie Upton, Eli Emmit, and Amelia Jo Parish in HairsprayGood gawd is the Timber Lake Playhouse’s Hairspray fun. I went into Saturday’s matinée with eager anticipation and left with a sense of thrilled enjoyment, floating on a cloud of happiness. Director Lili-Anne Brown’s production of this musical based on John Waters’ 1988 film is not only a helluva good time for us, but a rockin’ wild ride for Amelia Jo Parish’s Tracy Turnblad, as Hairspray's lead goes from overweight sideliner to local-dance-show star to racial-integration crusader in 1960s Baltimore.


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A Coupla Theatre Guys Sittin’ Around Talkin’: Mike Schulz and Thom White Discuss 2014's Area Stage Scene
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2014-12-18 12:00:00

the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Irving Berlin's White ChristmasIf you’re new to this almost-annual recap, what follows is my conversation with Reader theatre reviewer Thom White about the area’s stage stage over the past 12 months.

If you’re not new to it, you know the drill. Clear some time, grab a snack, and enjoy!


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"The Station Agent" Ranks with 2003’s Best Movies: Also, "Big Fish" and "House of Sand and Fog"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2004-01-21 00:00:00

Peter Dinklage and Patricia Clarkson in The Station AgentTHE STATION AGENT

After spending 90 minutes with the cast of Tom McCarthy’s The Station Agent, I believe I would, à la The Purple Rose of Cairo, have eagerly leapt right into the screen and been content to spend the rest of my life in their company.


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