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"Stella-a-a-a-ar!": "A Streetcar Named Desire," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2008-08-29 15:01:06

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Well, it turns out that crossing my fingers and rubbing my lucky rabbit's foot didn't do a damned bit of good, as the Harrison Hilltop Theatre's A Streetcar Named Desire closed, after a mere four performances, on August 31. (There was a chance that the show - originally scheduled to open August 21, but delayed due to scheduling conflicts - would run one or two more times in September, yet subsequent scheduling conflicts wound up precluding a second weekend.) Thursday's production was so enjoyable, though, and Kimberly Furness, Eddie Staver III, and Stephanie Burrough were so thrillingly good in it, that I'm more than happy to offer a post-mortem; had director Derek Bertelsen's take on Tennessee Williams' classic run another weekend, it's unimaginable that any devotee of the art of acting would've even thought of missing it.


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The Mellow Roads of Texas: "The Trip to Bountiful," at Playcrafters Barn Theatre through January 20
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2008-01-16 08:26:29

Sandy Stoltenberg & Jean Lupoli in The Trip to Bountiful Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful - which is opening the Playcrafters Barn Theatre's 2008 season on an awfully sweet note - is a lovely piece of theatre, but it's such an earnest, delicate little play that it requires all the effrontery and sass it can get.

Let's hear it, then, for Jean Lupoli, who takes what could've been a shrill, one-note caricature and fills it with such winning good humor and welcome meanness that she's utterly irresistible; despite much fine work by her co-stars, the production is practically unimaginable without her. The actress, so fresh and funny, gives Foote's small-scale, big-hearted elegy a true shot in the arm, and in all honesty, it frequently needs one.


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Farce Majeure: "Flaming Idiots," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre; "Funny Money," at the Timber Lake Playhouse
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2007-07-18 08:48:12

Spiro Bruskas, Craig Michaels, and Scott Naumann in Flaming Idiots On Friday night, I attended a comedic farce that featured slamming doors, mistaken identities, gunshots, an unhelpful cop, a heavily accented mobster, an attractive woman getting sloppy drunk, and a finale that found characters staring with amazement at a briefcase filled with cash.

And on Saturday, I attended another one.


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Ich Bien ein Berliner: "Irving Berlin’s White Christmas," at Circa ’21 through January 6
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-11-15 08:26:59

"Irving Berlin's White Christmas" ensemble Friday's performance of Irving Berlin's White Christmas at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse was so joyous, so committed to giving audiences a good time, that it easily transcended its opening-night technical gaffes. Hell, the sound system could've exploded and the set could've come crashing down - knock knock knock - and the cast still would have sold the show.


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New England Patriots: "Our Town," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre, November 10 through 19
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-11-08 05:49:45

"Our Town" ensemble members A busier-than-usual weekend dictated that I catch a final dress rehearsal for the Playcrafters Barn Theatre's Our Town on Monday, and at the well-attended preview, I found myself seated behind two couples who chuckled while perusing the program - their amusement stemmed from realizing that Thornton Wilder's play would be produced in three acts, and, as one of the women laughed, "We'll be here past our bedtime."


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