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items tagged with Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse

Depression? What Depression?: "Southern Crossroads," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through September 21
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-08-19 12:01:00

 Brad Hauskins, Tom Walljasper, Rachelle Walljasper, Lora Adams, Andrew Crowe, and Jody Alan Lee in Southern CrossroadsWith its charm, high spirits, optimism, and infectiously fun tunes selected and arranged by Steve Przybylski, there’s a wonderful specialness to playwright Warner Crocker’s Southern Crossroads. And in the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's current production of the show, what's particularly special about what is already a good musical has a lot to do with director Curt Wollan’s cast members, who have an apparent love for the material and exude a palpable enjoyment in their performance of it. This piece transcends traditional musical theatre in a way that’s all too rare, pulling in its audience through a spell of song and hope.


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Udder-ly Charming: "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through July 27
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-07-01 12:00:00

Chris Causer, Megan Opalinski, Antoinette Holman, and Andrea Moore in Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That TypeCostume designer Gregory Hiatt’s creations for the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's family musical Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type were, for me, the highlights of Saturday morning’s performance.


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A Time for Change: "Menopause: The Musical," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through August 10
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-06-10 12:00:00

Whitney Hayes, Erin Fish, Eleonore Thomas, and Megan Opalinski in Menopause: The MusicalWhile I have no doubt that women who’ve experienced “the change” – and the men who’ve experienced it with them – will better appreciate the humor in the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse’s latest, Menopause: The Musical offers a lot of entertainment that transcends that particular life experience. Filled with comically altered lyrics of popular, mostly 1960s songs, the familiar melodies, energetic rhythms, and notable performances from the cast of four had Friday’s audience on its feet at the end of the production.


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Turning Children's Theatre Into Ar-r-r-rt: "How I Became a Pirate," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through May 11
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-04-15 12:03:00

Chris Causer, Brad Hauskins, Janos Horvath, Sarah Hayes, Nikki Savitt, and Antoinette Holman in How I Became a PirateWhile I’ve loved every children’s production I’ve reviewed at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, How I Became a Pirate marks the first in which I wish I had the soundtrack to enjoy with my partner’s nine-year old daughter Madison on our way to and from school each day. With music and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman (both of whom also wrote the musical’s book), the songs are worth revisiting for their singable melodies and enjoyable styles, particularly the calypso numbers and a speedy, staccato, complexly rhymed nod to Gilbert & Sullivan’s “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General.” After Saturday's performance of the show, in fact, Madison and I were singing lyrics from several of the songs on our car ride home, which I hope suggests how fun and memorable they are.


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Midwestern Union: "A Mighty Fortress Is Our Basement," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through June 1
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-03-18 12:00:00

 Kimberly Steffen, Kay Francis, Tom Walljasper, Nikki Savitt, and Carrie SaLoutos in A Mighty Fortress Is Our BasementBilled as “the funniest and most tuneful Church Basement Ladies yet,” A Mighty Fortress Is Our Basement had me laughing more than I expected to during Friday night’s performance. Having had a too-hearty helping of the first two Lutheran-themed kitchen musicals, I couldn’t help but have low expectations for the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse’s production of this fourth show in the series. Yet while this sequel still falls into some of the expected traps, it also had enough humor – and one especially entertaining song – to keep me amused.


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