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Torture Chamber Play: " The Pillowman," at the District Theatre through May 12
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-04-30 12:01:00

Jason Platt, Dexter Brigham, and Matt Mercer in The PillowmanOn Thursday, the District Theatre debuted a most admirable, impressive production of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, a play boasting numerous surprises both major and minor. Yet if the reactions of a few of the evening’s audience members are to be trusted, it might be necessary to spoil a few right off the bat.


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The Accused: "Parade," at the District Theatre through May 5
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-04-24 12:00:00

Bryan Tank and Kelly Lohrenz in ParadeWould it be possible to get a cast recording of the District Theatre’s Parade? Because the production is so well-sung by its cast members, I wouldn’t mind listening to them perform composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown’s songs over and over again. The solos are stirring, as characters sing about their relationships and roles in a Georgia town gripped by the rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl. But some of the ensemble numbers gave me goosebumps during Saturday’s performance – particularly the hauntingly sad “Funeral Sequence: There Is a Fountain / It Don’t Make Sense,” performed as the townsfolk remember the young lady whose body was found in the basement of a local pencil factory.


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Money Makes the Worms Come Around: "Spreading It Around," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through June 9
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-04-23 12:00:00

Lora Adams in Spreading It AroundBrad Hauskins elicited the largest laughs during Friday’s performance of Spreading It Around at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, starting with the moment he first walked onstage with his frozen-hip shuffle. His psychologist character Dr. Ward doesn’t actually appear until the middle of the second act of this comedy, which concerns the efforts of the widow Angie to share her wealth (and that of her fellow retirees) with those in need, rather than leaving it to their ungrateful children. But with little stage time, Hauskins squeezes out every ounce of comic possibility from his role, relishing his awkward pauses, and dryly delivering his lines with the slightly high-pitched, mildly shaky voice stereotypical of the elder person he's portraying.


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Dressing Roomies: "Scenery," at the District Theatre through February 25
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-02-13 12:00:00

Ed Villarreal and Molly McLaughlin in SceneryThe District Theatre’s production of Scenery boasts the most range I’ve yet seen from actor Ed Villarreal, who is obviously growing as an artist after notable performances in the (then-) Harrison Hilltop Theatre’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Jesus Christ Superstar last year, and New Ground Theatre’s Bad Habits last month. During Thursday night’s show, he incorporated an accent, plus shifts in vocal inflection and projection, to punctuate either the humor or emotion of his lines, and in so doing, successfully shaped his Richard as an aging actor resigned to his status.


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Not Getting Married Today: "Company," at the District Theatre through February 18
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-02-07 12:00:00

John VanDeWoestyne, Christopher Tracy, Mark Ruebling, Bryan Tank, Brian Nelson, and Paul Workman in CompanyAt the start of the intermission to Friday night’s District Theatre performance of Company, my partner turned to me and said, “I don’t remember this show being that funny.” He was right, because director David Turley accentuates the funny parts in this musical by composer Stephen Sondheim and writer George Furth. He does so, however, with subtle nudges and winks that almost cross over into silliness but don't, and that keep the production from sinking into sappy sentimentality.


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