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Barrie, Barrie Good: "Peter Pan," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through July 12
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-07-06 12:00:00

Holly Moss and Rosie Upton in Peter PanThere’s magic in the Timber Lake Playhouse’s Peter Pan that reached my inner child and set him dancing. Even knowing that Rosie Upton’s title character would fly, I still got chills when scenic designer Benjamin Lipinski’s grand windows were flung open and the forever-young boy floated through them. And that thrill only took a break during the production's intermission, otherwise staying with me during its entire two hours.
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Turn Your Hips and Coif: "Hairspray," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through June 14
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-06-09 12:00:00

Sam Leicht, Rosie Upton, Eli Emmit, and Amelia Jo Parish in HairsprayGood gawd is the Timber Lake Playhouse’s Hairspray fun. I went into Saturday’s matinée with eager anticipation and left with a sense of thrilled enjoyment, floating on a cloud of happiness. Director Lili-Anne Brown’s production of this musical based on John Waters’ 1988 film is not only a helluva good time for us, but a rockin’ wild ride for Amelia Jo Parish’s Tracy Turnblad, as Hairspray's lead goes from overweight sideliner to local-dance-show star to racial-integration crusader in 1960s Baltimore.


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Thank You for Smokey-ing: "Smokey Joe's Café," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through November 3
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-09-24 12:00:00

Deidra Grace, Sara King, C.J. Williams, Kiarri D. Andrews, Nina Schreckengost, Joseph J. Baez, Joanthan Scott Roth, Patricia Gibson, and Denzel Edmondson in Smokey Joe's CafePrior to the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s opening-night performance of Smokey Joe’s Café, and immediately following the Bootleggers' “birth of rock 'n' roll”-themed pre-show, my partner’s daughter, Hannah, tried to argue that the doo-wop style of music heard in the wait staff's entertainment was not rock n’ roll because … well, because she’s 13 and knows everything, the history of the genre be damned. Yet despite also proclaiming that she hated this sort of “it’s not really rock ’n’ roll” music that I warned her would populate the entire evening’s entertainment, Hannah was all smiles at intermission, excitedly talking about how much she loved the songs, and even citing a few favorites by name. I hope Hannah’s changes of opinion and attitude are testaments to the quality of Circa '21's endeavor. It’s truly fantastic.


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All the Worlds of Stage: Mike Schulz and Thom White Discuss Area Theatre in 2011
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2011-12-15 17:53:34

Tom Walljasper, Kristin Gilbert, and John Payonk in HairsprayThe Reader's chief theatre reviewer, Thom White, saw and wrote about 52 area stage productions in 2011. I saw 39 and reviewed 12. Obviously, during our second-annual breakfast chat on the Year in Theatre, there was a bit to talk about.


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Feeding Frenzies: "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," at the Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse through July 30
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-07-11 12:00:00

Jennifer Weingarten and Daniel Rairdin-Hale in If You Give a Mouse a CookieWhat happens if you give a mouse a cookie? Nothing good, if you’re the cookie giver. If, however, you’re watching what unfolds by way of the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s current youth-theatre offering, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, it’s a delightful experience.


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