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Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Old: "The Robin Hood Caper," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through July 19
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-07-13 16:04:28

Don Hazen, Robert Grueskin, and Jackie Patterson in The Robin Hood CaperThe opening scene in the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre’s The Robin Hood Caper is one you’ve likely sat through, in different iterations, in numerous stage comedies over the years. It introduces us to the young, flummoxed journalist Richard Collins, who, as his conversation reveals, is dealing with all manner of personal crises: shaky finances; an underhanded mayor with plans to shutter Richard’s newspaper; a fiancée demanding a wedding date. Richard’s Aunt Flora, meanwhile, takes this all in with a sympathetic ear and an occasional, dotty reminiscence of her own, and routinely shifts her focus back to her needlepoint.

It’s easy to watch this scene and think you know the score: Poor, put-upon Richard is our befuddled leading man, and Flora is the lovable supporting eccentric who’ll randomly pop in for warmhearted laughs, or for other characters to pelt with exposition, or both. Consequently, it’s a pleasant surprise – in a production boasting pleasant surprises galore – to see that author Fred Carmichael is one step ahead of us. It’s actually Richard (Ernest Toutant III) who vanishes for large portions of The Robin Hood Caper, and Flora, played by the delightful Jackie Patterson, who emerges as the show’s heroine.
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Inheritance Vise: "Barely Heirs," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through January 18
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-01-13 12:00:00

Tyler Henning and Ashley Hoskins in Barely HeirsThe Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s Barely Heirs is a bit of an enigma, because even though it's problematic in plot and presentation, this farce delivers some big laughs. Despite taking issue with several elements of Friday’s performance, I must also admit that I, along with the rest of the audience, not only laughed but guffawed, repeatedly, throughout the comedy. This play is deeply flawed, but also exceedingly funny.


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Restaurant Revue: "100 Lunches: A Gourmet Comedy," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through June 16
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-06-10 12:00:00

Nathan Johnson, Cindy Ramos, Terri Nelson, and Jack Sellers in 100 Lunches: A Gourmet ComedyI wouldn’t necessarily associate the titular “gourmet,” which implies “high-quality” or “fancy,” with the script for the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's 100 Lunches: A Gourmet Comedy. But the production is entertaining beyond its thin plot, the two-dimensional characters and situations are at least interesting enough to warrant continued attention, and although this is yet another play that could end at intermission and still leave audiences satisfied, the second act – despite boasting a wholly dissimilar tone – proves just as appealing as the first.


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All Abo-o-o-oard!: "The Christmas Express," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through November 18
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-11-12 12:02:00

Bill Peiffer, Liz Paxton, Nick Waldbusser, and Carli Talbott in The Christmas ExpressThe last time I watched Nancy Teerlinck perform, earlier this year, she offered a moving portrayal of a matriarch making tough, emotional decisions in the Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s Moving. Yet as much as I liked her in that role, I think she’s even better when she’s playing … well, a bitch … such as the one she portrays in Playcrafters’ current offering, The Christmas Express. Teerlinck’s Hilda, who runs the play's Holly Railway Station, is an acerbic, crotchety, sarcastic, bitchy delight, and I think I now love the performer, and want to see this side of her comicality a lot more often.


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Mad Men (and Women): "The Curious Savage," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through August 26
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-08-20 12:00:00

Mollie Schmelzer, Jackie Patterson, Renaud Haymon, Taylor McKean, and Jordan L. Smith in The Curious SavageThe Curious Savage is the best production I’ve seen at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre so far this season. With its sharply funny script, interesting and endearing characters, and director Don Hazen's gentle touch rendering the piece heartfelt and sincere, I was captivated from beginning to end during Thursday’s performance, curious as to how the story would unfold, and caring what would happen to the show's cast of sanatorium residents.


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