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Upbeat Depression: "Southern Crossroads," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through April 14
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-03-12 12:01:00

Rachelle Walljasper, Brad Hauskins, Chad Willow, Tristan Layne Tapscott, Andrew Crowe, and Steve Lasiter in Southern CrossroadsA sign in front of the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse includes a description of the theatre’s current show, Southern Crossroads, as “an inspiring and hilarious story about one musical group’s struggle against impossible odds, as they find new hope through music.” That line fits Circa '21's production to a T, as the tone of director Curt Wollan’s offering is clearly joyful, despite the sense of desperation in its setting. With the appropriate exceptions of those playing villains, Wollan’s cast does not play up any silliness written into their comedic lines. Instead, they choose to play them straight, and in doing so, add to the musical's air of Great Depression uncertainty.


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Kind of Smooth, Kind of Sticky: "Grease," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through March 3
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-01-16 12:00:00

Lisa Carter and Aaron Alan in GreaseI adore the movie version of Grease, and think it's one of the few musicals in which the film is an improvement on the original stage version. The theatrical musical is less cohesive in terms of the timelime's flow, forcing the audience to fill in the gaps between scenes, and I kind of hate that about it – unless a stage production transcends the script's weakness, in which case, like the movie, I love it. However, while I did not hate Friday's performance of Grease at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, I didn't exactly love it, either.


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All the Worlds of Stage: Mike Schulz and Thom White Discuss Area Theatre in 2011
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2011-12-15 17:53:34

Tom Walljasper, Kristin Gilbert, and John Payonk in HairsprayThe Reader's chief theatre reviewer, Thom White, saw and wrote about 52 area stage productions in 2011. I saw 39 and reviewed 12. Obviously, during our second-annual breakfast chat on the Year in Theatre, there was a bit to talk about.


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Brat Packed: "Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through December 31
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-11-28 12:00:00

Tom Taylor,  Jillian Prefach, Jessica Sheridan, Brad Hauskins, Marc Ciemiewicz, Janos Horvath, and Sunshine Woolison-Ramsey in Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman SmellsBefore November 26, I didn’t know much about Junie B. Jones beyond her being the main character in a popular children’s book series by Barbara Park. With that in mind, I felt I needed to enlist the help of my family’s resident Junie B. expert, eight-year-old Madison, to adequately review the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s production of Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells. (Madison is, after all, the show’s target audience, as opposed to this 37-year-old, balding male.) I suspected that if she was pleased with the play, I would be, too.


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Free to Be Junie B.: Sunshine Ramsey Stars in the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells," November 25 through December 31
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2011-11-16 12:00:00

Sunshine Ramsey as Junie B. JonesOn November 25, the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse will debut Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, a holiday comedy based on one of the many children’s books featuring author Barbara Park’s feisty, funny, and unpredictable first-grader Junie B. Jones. It’s the second Junie B. title that Circa ’21 has staged in the past three years, and if you attend this new show and think you recognize its star from 2009’s Junie B. Jones & a Little Monkey Business, you do: Sunshine Ramsey will again be donning Junie’s dress to play a character some 25 years younger than the actress is.


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