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Absolutely Fabulist: "Aesop's Dynamic Duo" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-05-03 00:00:00
Aesop’s Dynamic Duo – the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s new family musical – focuses on several of the renowned storyteller’s famous characters, and one of its first songs is entitled “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” Bret Churchill plays The Boy, and the actor, with his usual exuberance and vigor, begins the number with: “I’m the Boy Who Cried Wolf / I’m the one who frightened the town / I told them the story / And, boy, it was gory / I told them the wolf ate / the Smith’s Bassett hound.”
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Revenge of the Nerds: "Grease" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-01-18 00:00:00
The most telling moment in the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s splendid re-imagining of Grease is a minor one, and – like most of this production’s finest moments – nowhere to be found in the original script. (It’s actually an invention of director/choreographer Ann Nieman’s, designed to cover a scene change.) Danny (Jeremy Jonet) and Cha-Cha (Nicole Polzella) have just won Rydell High’s dance competition, yet instead of relishing the victory, Danny runs off to re-claim the heart of his true love, Sandy (Cheryl Hoffman). As the decorations come down and the stragglers depart, Cha-Cha – who has even been rebuffed by the nerdy Eugene (Mark D. Lingenfelter) – finds herself alone, and she takes a beat, gazes at the suddenly meaningless trophy in her hands, and quietly, sadly walks off stage.
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Circa '21's "Christmas from the Heart" Rates a Holiday Cheer
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-11-16 00:00:00
Christmas from the Heart, which opens the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s 29th season, is a holiday-themed musical revue, and as such, it has a built-in advantage that many stage works don’t: Audiences don’t make many demands of it. When presented with a piece of this sort – in which the production is essentially an excuse for linking together a diverse group of carols and holiday hits – no one really cares what the story is about or whether the characters have any depth; all we ask is that the numbers are well-sung and that the show maintains a lively pace, and if it’s funny or touching or particularly well-designed, those are just added bonuses.
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Leads Help This "King" Shine: "The King & I" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-04-13 00:00:00

Chief among many surprises in Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse’s current production of The King & I is the re-discovery of just how funny the show is. For many, myself included, the news of another Rodgers & Hammerstein revival is enough to fill you with trepidation; must we sit through one of their timeless extravaganzas yet again? But it’s easy to forget that this theatrical duo is legendary for good reason. Beyond their undeniable musical talents, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein wrote strong, well-constructed shows and empathetic characters, and their productions always feature an intriguing, nearly treacherous dark side; Rodgers & Hammerstein felt no compunction about casually killing off major characters. (Every time I see The Sound of Music I have to remind myself: Oh, right. There are Nazis in this.) And although I’d be content to never see South Pacific again, a recent, invigorating production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s State Fair at Assumption High School was a welcome reminder of the duo’s gifts, and Circa ’21’s The King & I is fantastically fine, engaging and memorable and, to a quite unexpected degree, hilarious.


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Song Ignites Circa '21's "Smoke on the Mountain"
Written By: Administrator
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2000-09-29 00:00:00
You know what they say about smoke and fire, and you’ll find a blaze in Circa 21’s production of Connie Ray’s Smoke on the Mountain. The kindling is Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe’s rather lethargic congregation. The match is the Sanders family, a traveling evangelical musical group. Put the two together and a foot-tapping, spirit-lifting evening of song erupts.
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