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Wild and Only-Slightly-Tamed Thing: "The Rocky Horror Show," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through October 30
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-10-11 12:00:00

Tristan Tapscott and Justin Droegemueller in The Rocky Horror ShowI had a great time at Thursday night’s performance of The Rocky Horror Show at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre. I laughed, quite hard at times, and sang along (in my head, so as not to annoy those around me), and almost jumped to my feet to do “The Time Warp.” The group of 50- and 60-year-old men and women in the crowd did dance along, as well as throw rice, toilet paper, and other items at the appropriate times, all of which upped the fun ante. Still, Harrison Hilltop’s show could use a bit more of something to take it over the top and make it more memorable. Actually, it’s more accurate to say it needs to lose something: inhibition.


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You're a Good Play, Pseudo-"Charlie Brown": "Dog Sees God," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through July 31
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-07-19 12:00:00

Danny White and Evan Wesselman in Dog Sees GodPlaywright Bert V. Royal's Dog Sees God, which is basically Peanuts set in high school, is tough to swallow; it's not easy to hear comic-strip characters - cherished for their innocence - cussing and talking about sex. Yet while it's offensive, the script is also deeply sad, something the Harrison Hilltop Theatre's current production doesn't quite grasp until the play gets really, really sad.
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Post-Grads: "Tired American Dream," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through March 6
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-03-01 12:00:00

David Turley, Chris Walljasper, Kevin Grastorf, Jason Platt, Sara Elizabeth King, and Cari Downing in Tired American DreamEvery good writer needs an editor. Composer/accompanist Derek Childs certainly needs one for his rock musical Tired American Dream, which debuted at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre last week. The opening-night performance, which lasted two hours with an intermission, had a few talented singers to boost Dream's simple plot, Childs' script has potential, and some of the songs have peppy melodies with sweet and memorable (if word-heavy) lyrics. But as a complete production, Dream felt too much like an early draft in need of revisions.


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Sheer Lunar-cy: "Moon Over Buffalo," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through January 24
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-01-18 12:00:00

Stephen Baldridge, Paul Workman, and Diane Greenwood in Moon Over BuffaloAttending the theatre is typically a form of escapism, a chance to get lost in the magic of the staging and performances. And then there's Moon Over Buffalo, one of those shows that doesn't just let you escape into it, but lets you in on the antics of what's going on off stage. It's a show about actors and their messed up, dramatic lives.


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Eight Times Five: Ensembles, Musical Numbers, Stagecraft, Couples, Newcomers, Collegiate Performers, Minors, & Exits
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2009-12-21 12:00:00

Five Inspiring Ensembles

Powerful lead performances and scene-stealing supporting turns are always welcome; one- and two-character shows can be a gas. But for my money, nothing quite beats the theatrical pleasure of watching a tightly knit ensemble in action, and the following five productions ensured that this pleasure was a continual one.

 


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