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Hard Habits to Break: "Nuncrackers," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through December 30
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-11-14 12:01:00

Marc Ciemiewicz, Kristen Jeter, Courtney Washington, Jillian Prefach, and Nancy Evans in NuncrackersOf all the installments in the Nunsense series, which includes six sequels and three spinoffs, the Christmas musical Nuncrackers – currently running at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse – seems to me the most palatable. For one thing, it has the added benefit of its Christmas theme; there’s just something about the holidays that puts you (or at least me) in a cheery mood, which, in turn, makes it easier to forgive the show’s shortcomings. And when you add the merry goofiness of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, it’s hard not to be in good spirits throughout the show.


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Art in Plain Sight: Fort Armstrong Theatre Building
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Art

Category: Feature Stories

2011-11-09 11:28:31

Photo by Bruce Walters.

At the corner of Third Avenue and 19th Street in the Rock Island District is a glazed terra-cotta bust of an American Indian wearing a war bonnet that encircles his head, almost like the traditional painting of a halo. Arrows, peace pipes, and entwined snakes are also included in the symmetrical composition. This 10-foot-wide relief is placed above the second-story window on the rounded corner of the Fort Armstrong Theatre building.

Though the artwork is ornate, the dominant central face gives it a strong point of emphasis. The angular structure of the face and surrounding triangular patterns are counterbalanced by the overarching half-circle and circular shapes radiating from the composition’s center.

The decorative patterns around the other second-floor windows and the building’s outline are also composed of these geometric shapes and Native American symbols. The ivory-, blue-, yellow-, red-, and green-colored glaze stands out against the theatre’s dark-red brick exterior.


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Prom/Prom Girls: "The Marvelous Wonderettes," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through November 5
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-10-03 12:00:00

Adrienne Griffiths, Kirsten Sparks, Megan Wheeler, and Shannon McMillan in The Marvelous WonderettesI found the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s The Marvelous Wonderettes to be sweet, well-sung, and, frankly, borderline annoying.


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Give ’em the Slips: “Nana’s Naughty Knickers,” at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through September 24
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-08-23 12:00:00

Nancy Evans, Adelina Feldman-Schultz, and Sherry Konjura in Nana's Naughty KnickersFor what it is, the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s Nana’s Naughty Knickers is rather amusing and somewhat unexpected. The title, for me, conjures up images of scantily clad grannies telling off-color, elderly-themed jokes in a wild farce. Instead, playwright Katherine DiSavino’s piece is a mild farce, with a unique plot and interesting, likable characters (and only a handful of age-based jokes). I didn’t laugh quite as much as I expected to during Friday’s opening-night performance, but I was more engaged than I anticipated I would be, and interested in where DiSavino would take her characters.


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Feeding Frenzies: "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," at the Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse through July 30
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-07-11 12:00:00

Jennifer Weingarten and Daniel Rairdin-Hale in If You Give a Mouse a CookieWhat happens if you give a mouse a cookie? Nothing good, if you’re the cookie giver. If, however, you’re watching what unfolds by way of the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s current youth-theatre offering, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, it’s a delightful experience.


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