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Dysfunction Junction: "Next to Normal," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through August 16
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-08-10 17:00:00

Kriss Doss, Aaron Brakefield, Christian Chambers, Daniella Dalli, Livvy Marcus, and Jonathan Young in Next to NormalThursday’s performance of Next to Normal didn’t appear as well-attended as the rest of the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s opening nights this summer. Yet while this musical trip through a family’s struggle with the mother’s mental issues may not be as familiar as a Cats or Steel Magnolias, this isn’t a piece to miss. The songs by Tom Kitt and book by Brian Yorkey are powerful testimonies to the reality of mental illness for those who suffer from it, and those who suffer through it alongside a loved one.
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Flower Power: "Steel Magnolias," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through August 2
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-07-27 12:00:00

Bailey Jordan Reeves, Jalayne Riewerts, and Miranda Barnett in Steel MagnoliasNot long into author Robert Harling’s ensemble dramedy Steel Magnolias, the Louisiana beautician Truvy asks local socialite Clairee Belcher about the recipe for a delicacy called “cuppa cuppa cuppa,” the ingredients for which are a cup of flour, a cup of sugar, and a cup of fruit cocktail. Truvy says it sounds awfully rich, and Clairee replies that it is, “so I serve it over ice cream to cut the sweetness.”

That line gets a laugh, and it should, and after attending the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s new production of Steel Magnolias, it dawned on me that Clairee’s dessert makes a fine analogy for the play itself. In effect, Harling’s beloved, female-driven theatrical mainstay is a cup of wisecracking sitcom, a cup of unvarnished sentimentality, and a cup (perhaps a teaspoon or two less) of genuine feeling, all blended together and served over ice cream. Some may find this tale of six Southern friends and beauty-parlor regulars too sweet. But it’d be hard to deny the tastiness of the Showboat’s presentation, and if the collective response during Thursday’s curtain call was to be trusted, the standing, clapping, happily tearful crowd would’ve gratefully asked for seconds.
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Oh, the Places You'll Go!: "Seussical," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through July 19
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-07-13 15:59:30

Derrick Bertram, Joseph Brune, Kate Struble (center) and ensemble members in SeussicalIt is with no hesitation that I admit adoring Stephen Flaherty's and Lynn Ahrens' musical Seussical, for which Flaherty wrote the music and Ahren the lyrics, with both collaborating on the book. Though it seems a children's play, the lyrics, melodies, and harmonies are sophisticated and memorable, and knowing how much I like this piece – and remembering the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s excellent Cats from earlier this summer – I couldn’t set aside my expectations prior to Thursday’s Showboat performance, certain I was in for a theatrical treat. Director Matthew Teague Miller did not disappoint.
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Ol' Blank Eyes: "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through July 5
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-06-30 12:00:00

Livvy Marcus, Jonathan Young, Bailey Jordan Reeves, and Christian Chambers in My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank SinatraThe Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra is filled with beautiful vocals from beginning to end, as Christian Chambers, Livvy Marcus, Jonathan Young, and Bailey Jordan Reeves sing their way through 55 of Sinatra’s songs. Backed by a three-piece band under the lead of musical director Matt Bean, who also plays piano, this production covering the singer’s hits – along with a few facts about his life thrown in here and there – sounds sensational, and is a true delight for the ears.
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Feline Groovy: "Cats," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through June 21
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-06-15 12:00:00

Natalie Fisher in CatsI struggle with where to begin in praising director Matthew Teague Miller’s Cats at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, simply because there’s so much to praise.
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