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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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A Twist of a Reindeer Tail (/Tale): "The Most Famous Reindeer of All," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through December 27
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-11-30 12:00:00

Miranda Jane, Cydney Roelandt, Ben Cramer, Nicholas Munson, Janos Horvath, Brad Hauskins, Kevin Grastorf, and Sheldon Rogers in The Most Famous Reindeer of AllMy husband and I have been taking our granddaughter Ava to stage presentations since she was three. She is now eight and has her own opinions about what makes good theatre, and one of her complaints about some productions is that they require adult actors to play children. As Ava insists, “It just isn’t believable.” I agree. It often seems forced.

So after I was asked to review the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's children’s musical The Most Famous Reindeer of All, I invited Ava along. She reluctantly agreed. But at the November 27 show, there were no adults playing kids. Instead, the cast boasted elves, reindeer, Santa, a witch, and a snowflake … and my granddaughter totally bought it and loved it. Go figure!


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By George, I Think They've Got It: "A Wonderful Life," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through December 27
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-11-17 12:02:00

Don Denton and Sara Tubbs in A Wonderful LifeI must confess: When I first saw the Jimmy Stewart film It’s a Wonderful Life on TV in the early 1980s, I was not a fan. Was I, I wondered, the only person on the planet who thought the story overly sentimental and a bit of a melodramatic mess? As I was to learn, I was not, for when the film was first released in 1946, some considered it a disappointing addition to director Frank Capra’s oeuvre. Although I have begrudgingly come to accept the movie on its own terms over the years, it was with a bit of trepidation that I went to see the November 12 preview of the musical production A Wonderful Life at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse. Would this, my first published review, be my “outing” as a Scrooge?


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Americana Beauty: "Route 66," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through November 7
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-09-28 12:00:00

Paul G. Nelson, Erin Churchill, and Kenton Fridley in Route 66The plot twists and turns, or lack thereof, are visible from a mile away in the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse’s production of Route 66. This boy-meets-girl musical has few surprises, and the outcome is abundantly clear from the moment Erin Churchill’s aspiring writer Liz meets Kenton Fridley’s freewheeling photographer Drew; they’re like oil and water, but you know they’re going to blend in the end. Even so, Circa '21's romantic comedy is a delight, boasting endearing charm in spades and one catchy tune after another.
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