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Tales of a First-Grade Something: "Junie B. Jones: The Musical," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through May 21
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2016-04-21 11:59:00

Kirsten Sindelar, Erin Churchill, Nicholas Munson, Sunshine Ramsey, Janos Horvath, Brad Hauskins, Brooke Schelly, and Chris Galvan in Junie B. Jones: The MusicalOn the program cover for the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s new family musical, right under the names of show creators Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, you’ll find this brief synopsis: “A delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books.” The built-in praise seemed a tad presumptuous: Its delightfulness wasn’t (hopefully) going to be our opinion, but was rather a fact? Well ... yeah. With its hugely endearing ensemble and peppy, cheerfully sung songs, Junie B. Jones: The Musical is almost inarguably entertaining, and would likely have been an hour of radiant, capitalized Sunshine even if that weren’t also the first name of its gifted leading performer.
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Phan-tastic: "Phantom," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through March 5
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2016-01-19 12:00:00

Patrick Beasley and Emily Stokes in PhantomLet’s get this out of the way: In case you're attending to specifically hear “Music of the Night” or other well-known tunes, the current production of the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Phantom is not Andrew Lloyd Webber's more famous version of the same story. Comparing Phantom to Webber's The Phantom of the Opera is like comparing a croissant to an éclair. Both are French, textured, and rich with flavor, but also two totally different experiences.
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Center-Stage Craft: Spotlight Turns with the Reader’s Theatre Reviewers
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2015-12-23 12:00:00

Center-Stage CraftThe ends of calendar years always bring with them a certain amount of reflection, and questions that we find ourselves quietly grappling with. “Did I achieve personal fulfillment and happiness?” “Were there people I improperly appreciated or unintentionally wronged?” “What are we going to do about the Reader’s annual year-in-theatre article now that Thom White has moved to Kentucky?!”
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Varied Treasure: "How I Became a Pirate," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through July 11
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-06-22 12:00:00

Cody King, Antoinette Holman, Chris Galvan, Janos Horvath, Brad Hauskins, Deanna Collins, and Ben Klocke in How I Became a PirateHow long does it take for an area production to become legendary? In the case of the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s How I Became a Pirate, I’d say about one week, because after the show’s debut staging in 2013, that’s how long it took four adult patrons, individually, to tell me it was maybe the best family musical they’d ever seen.
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The Wind in Their Sales: “Glengarry Glen Ross,” at St. Ambrose University through February 22
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-02-20 12:00:00

Sam Jones and Jordan McGinnis in Glengarry Glen RossGlengarry Glen Ross was my introduction to the writing of David Mamet, with the 1992 film version of his play marking my first exposure to his work. Awestruck, I fell in love with Mamet’s vulgar, layered, verbose style, which made it difficult for me to go into St. Ambrose University’s new production without high expectations. Fortunately, though, director Corinne Johnson and her cast and crew – particularly set designer Kris Eitrheim – get it mostly right.
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