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The Down-and-Dirty Dozen: "12 Angry Men," at the District Theatre through August 10
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-08-05 12:00:00

the District Theatre's 12 Angry Men ensembleIt only takes the jurors of the District Theatre’s 12 Angry Men an hour to deliberate and arrive at a verdict in the play’s murder trial, but director Tristan Tapscott’s production in no way feels rushed or stunted. Instead, Thursday’s 60-minute trip through this classic piece of theatre did a fine job of showcasing the excellence of playwright Reginald Rose’s script. Plus, purists be damned, Tapscott’s decision to cast women in what’s traditionally – even titularly – an all-male drama proves not at all problematic, and allows for the inclusion of Patti Flaherty, and her infusion of humorous personality traits, in the role of Juror Four.


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Sing It, Scrooge!: "A Christmas Carol," at the District Theatre through December 23
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-12-17 12:00:00

Doug Kutzli and Linda Ruebling in A Christmas CarolI had high expectations for the District Theatre’s musical version of A Christmas Carol, given my knowledge of Tristan Layne Tapscott’s and Danny White’s talents. But Tapscott’s book and White’s music and lyrics actually exceeded my expectations during Friday’s world-premiere performance, as the two have conceived a musical that I can see being produced by theatres across the country without requiring workshops and major rewrites. While their piece could still use some minor refinement, their version of the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge is remarkable for Tapscott's handling of the narrative, and White’s cleverly crafted lyrics and gorgeous instrumentation.


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The Pied Piper of Sweet Apple, Ohio: "Bye Bye Birdie," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through July 15
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-07-02 12:00:00

Bye Bye Birdie at the Clinton Area Showboat TheatreAmong Bye Bye Birdie’s signature numbers is the show-tune staple “Put on a Happy Face,” and barring one intentionally, gloriously sour exception, the cast for the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s winning and energetic production of this Broadway warhorse has done just that.


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Holiday Q & A: "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through December 18
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-12-05 13:51:31

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa ClausI want to start by saying that I enjoyed the tone of the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s presentation of Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus. I left Saturday’s performance with a warm feeling of Christmas cheer, which seems to me the point of the play, so... Christmas mission accomplished! Yet while there are some notable performances in the piece, it pains me to say that I also have a lot of minor issues with this Showboat production, and particularly with playwright Jamie Gorski’s script.


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The Moppet Takes Manhattan: "Annie," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through August 7
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-08-01 12:01:00

Mackenna Janz and Allison Winkel, alternating performances as AnnieThe Clinton Area Showboat Theatre's Annie feels like a show I've never seen before, even though I'd seen it many times prior to Thursday night’s performance. While the musical’s characters are portrayed in familiar ways, director Patrick Stinson's work seems new, mostly because of designer Kenneth Verdugo’s sets. As odd as that sounds – the idea that a set could change the feel of an entire show – it’s true, because the design not only affects the look of the production, but also how the stage space is used, and what elements are highlighted as a result.


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