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items tagged with Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse

Absolutely Fabulist: "Aesop's Dynamic Duo" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-05-03 00:00:00
Aesop’s Dynamic Duo – the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s new family musical – focuses on several of the renowned storyteller’s famous characters, and one of its first songs is entitled “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” Bret Churchill plays The Boy, and the actor, with his usual exuberance and vigor, begins the number with: “I’m the Boy Who Cried Wolf / I’m the one who frightened the town / I told them the story / And, boy, it was gory / I told them the wolf ate / the Smith’s Bassett hound.”
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Spiking Your Own Drink: St. Ambrose University's Corinne Johnson
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2006-04-19 00:00:00
“There’s something about being in a live theatre,” says St. Ambrose University Professor of Theatre Corinne Johnson, “and experiencing that moment with the actors and, maybe more importantly, with the audience.
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Litter Kitties: "Cats" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-04-12 00:00:00

The Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s latest production is, nearly element for element, an awesome technical achievement. The set, conceived by Dawn Robyn Petrlik, is a glorious mess of artful decay, Ron Breedlove’s lighting effects are mostly extraordinary, and the sound quality is superb. (Dave Vanderkamp’s continually outstanding sound design is overdue for mention.)
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Many Ways to Skin a "Cats": Dennis Hitchcock Discusses Circa '21's Latest Musical
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2006-03-29 00:00:00
Author’s note: Prior to my full-time tenure at the Reader, I worked at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, and for Dennis Hitchcock, for 11 years. This was one of those rare interviews that didn’t start with a handshake, but rather a hug.
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Revenge of the Nerds: "Grease" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-01-18 00:00:00
The most telling moment in the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s splendid re-imagining of Grease is a minor one, and – like most of this production’s finest moments – nowhere to be found in the original script. (It’s actually an invention of director/choreographer Ann Nieman’s, designed to cover a scene change.) Danny (Jeremy Jonet) and Cha-Cha (Nicole Polzella) have just won Rydell High’s dance competition, yet instead of relishing the victory, Danny runs off to re-claim the heart of his true love, Sandy (Cheryl Hoffman). As the decorations come down and the stragglers depart, Cha-Cha – who has even been rebuffed by the nerdy Eugene (Mark D. Lingenfelter) – finds herself alone, and she takes a beat, gazes at the suddenly meaningless trophy in her hands, and quietly, sadly walks off stage.
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