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Flower Power: "Steel Magnolias," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through August 2
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-07-27 12:00:00

Bailey Jordan Reeves, Jalayne Riewerts, and Miranda Barnett in Steel MagnoliasNot long into author Robert Harling’s ensemble dramedy Steel Magnolias, the Louisiana beautician Truvy asks local socialite Clairee Belcher about the recipe for a delicacy called “cuppa cuppa cuppa,” the ingredients for which are a cup of flour, a cup of sugar, and a cup of fruit cocktail. Truvy says it sounds awfully rich, and Clairee replies that it is, “so I serve it over ice cream to cut the sweetness.”

That line gets a laugh, and it should, and after attending the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s new production of Steel Magnolias, it dawned on me that Clairee’s dessert makes a fine analogy for the play itself. In effect, Harling’s beloved, female-driven theatrical mainstay is a cup of wisecracking sitcom, a cup of unvarnished sentimentality, and a cup (perhaps a teaspoon or two less) of genuine feeling, all blended together and served over ice cream. Some may find this tale of six Southern friends and beauty-parlor regulars too sweet. But it’d be hard to deny the tastiness of the Showboat’s presentation, and if the collective response during Thursday’s curtain call was to be trusted, the standing, clapping, happily tearful crowd would’ve gratefully asked for seconds.
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Farce of Habit: "Noises Off," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through October 14
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-10-08 12:00:00

David Lane, Molly McLaughlin, and Stan Weimer in Noises OffAs much as I love theatre-in-the-round, I recognize that not all plays work in a 360-degree environment. Take, for instance, Noises Off, the current offering at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre. A farcical comedy about the staging of a play (within the play) titled Nothing On, the show's second act offers, essentially, a view of the first act’s goings-on seen from backstage, and the production’s set is typically turned 180 degrees during the intermission to allow for that behind-the-scenes look. Consequently, prior to Thursday's performance at the Barn, I was baffled as to how director Jalayne Riewerts would pull off, in the round, this production of author Michael Frayn’s farce. She does it, it turns out, by not staging the piece in the round.


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Let’s Talk About Sets: The Richmond Hill Barn Theatre Stages the Scenically Demanding "Noises Off," October 4 through 14
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2012-09-20 12:00:00

Bryan Woods, Sarah Hayes, and Diane Greenwood in Noises OffWhen I first learned that Geneseo’s Richmond Hill Barn Theatre was staging author Michael Frayn’s Tony Award-winning Noises Off this fall, I’ll admit that the news made me chuckle, and not just because the show is so funny.


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Pink and Green Mother from Outer Space: "Little Shop of Horrors," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through June 10
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-06-04 12:00:00

Little Shop of HorrorsThe Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors kicks off with the promise of a lot of fun. The opening, titular doo-wop number is full of spirit (aided by choreographer Brian Cowing’s homage to ’50s-era backup singers) and is well sung by the trio of street urchins – played by Monique Abry, Heather Botts, and Nyla Watson – who showcase impressive solo belt voices and tight harmonies. With my head bopping and my lips longing to sing along, I believed I was in for a raucous good time during Friday’s performance. However, the Showboat’s production wilts as the carnivorous plant at the center of the action grows.


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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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