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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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Die Job: "Shear Madness," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through April 30
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2016-03-15 12:00:00

Jennifer Poarch, Brad Hauskins, Tristan Layne Tapscott, Jeff Haffner, Carrie SaLoutos, and Tom Walljasper in Shear MadnessOur audience hadn't even realized the play had started.

The continually in-motion and always entertaining Bootleggers had barely concluded their pre-show when the evening's featured performance quietly began. As patrons sipped their after-dinner coffees, and with the house lights fully lit, the first characters in the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's production of Shear Madness made their way onstage and – delivering an outlandish and amusing show-before-the-show – gave our crowd some insight into what sort of over-the-top, wacky comedy we were about to see. Between cast members getting their hair washed and blow-dried in rhythm to classic pop music to the infinite number of entrances and exits, it was clear that this was going to be one wild and colorful ride.
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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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