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By George, I Think They've Got It: "A Wonderful Life," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through December 27
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-11-17 12:02:00

Don Denton and Sara Tubbs in A Wonderful LifeI must confess: When I first saw the Jimmy Stewart film It’s a Wonderful Life on TV in the early 1980s, I was not a fan. Was I, I wondered, the only person on the planet who thought the story overly sentimental and a bit of a melodramatic mess? As I was to learn, I was not, for when the film was first released in 1946, some considered it a disappointing addition to director Frank Capra’s oeuvre. Although I have begrudgingly come to accept the movie on its own terms over the years, it was with a bit of trepidation that I went to see the November 12 preview of the musical production A Wonderful Life at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse. Would this, my first published review, be my “outing” as a Scrooge?


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Americana Beauty: "Route 66," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through November 7
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-09-28 12:00:00

Paul G. Nelson, Erin Churchill, and Kenton Fridley in Route 66The plot twists and turns, or lack thereof, are visible from a mile away in the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse’s production of Route 66. This boy-meets-girl musical has few surprises, and the outcome is abundantly clear from the moment Erin Churchill’s aspiring writer Liz meets Kenton Fridley’s freewheeling photographer Drew; they’re like oil and water, but you know they’re going to blend in the end. Even so, Circa '21's romantic comedy is a delight, boasting endearing charm in spades and one catchy tune after another.
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Fiancée What?: "Boeing-Boeing," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through September 19
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-08-03 15:40:00

Cara Moretto, Cory Boughton, Jacqueline Keeley, Elizabeth Loos, Tristan Tapscott, and Theresa McGuirk in Boeing-BoeingThe Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse’s production of Boeing-Boeing is a colorful rendition of French playwright Marc Camoletti’s classic farce – and that’s just the set and costumes. Scenic designer Susan Holgersson’s and costume designer Gregory Hiatt’s combined use of bright primary and secondary colors is stunning, with Holgersson’s seven-door set providing delight even before the opening of this comedy's proverbial curtain.
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Making Mary: Heather Herkelman Plays Mary Poppins for Quad City Music Guild, August 7 through 16
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2015-07-29 12:00:00

Valeree Pieper and Heather Herkelman in Mary PoppinsI don’t mean to alarm you, but during my recent interview with Heather Herkelman, the area performer revealed something shocking and rather upsetting: Hawaii, it turns out, isn’t perfect.

“There’s not much of a music scene or theatre scene,” says Herkelman, who returned in February from a year and a half spent living in Honolulu. “It’s beautiful, of course, and there’s just a laid-back happiness, a peacefulness, that made me want to live there. And they have a lot of Hawaiian music, obviously, from their heritage. But that’s about it. And yeah – not a lot of theatre.”


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Varied Treasure: "How I Became a Pirate," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through July 11
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-06-22 12:00:00

Cody King, Antoinette Holman, Chris Galvan, Janos Horvath, Brad Hauskins, Deanna Collins, and Ben Klocke in How I Became a PirateHow long does it take for an area production to become legendary? In the case of the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s How I Became a Pirate, I’d say about one week, because after the show’s debut staging in 2013, that’s how long it took four adult patrons, individually, to tell me it was maybe the best family musical they’d ever seen.
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