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Hard Habits to Break: "Nuncrackers," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through December 30
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-11-14 12:01:00

Marc Ciemiewicz, Kristen Jeter, Courtney Washington, Jillian Prefach, and Nancy Evans in NuncrackersOf all the installments in the Nunsense series, which includes six sequels and three spinoffs, the Christmas musical Nuncrackers – currently running at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse – seems to me the most palatable. For one thing, it has the added benefit of its Christmas theme; there’s just something about the holidays that puts you (or at least me) in a cheery mood, which, in turn, makes it easier to forgive the show’s shortcomings. And when you add the merry goofiness of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, it’s hard not to be in good spirits throughout the show.


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Aerosoul: "Hairspray," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through August 13
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-06-20 12:04:00

Tom Walljasper, Kristin Gilbert, and John Payonk in HairsprayThe Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s Hairspray lacks polish from what seems to be, in the chorus roles, a fairly green cast. Yet even though that softens the strength of the production, it doesn’t seem to diminish any of the fun. I had an incredibly good time watching Saturday night’s performance, and while the entire show isn’t quite worth the standing ovation it received, the final song, “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” does deserve that special accolade intended for exceptional performances.


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The “Mi-Mi-Mi-MI-Mi-Mi-Mi-i-i-i-i!” Generation: “8-Track: The Sounds of the 70’s,” at the Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse through August 26
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-08-09 12:00:00

Ben Holmes, Sara Nicks, Laura Miller, Andrea Moore, and Bret Churchill in 8-Track: The Sounds of the 70'sIt's hard to go wrong with a musical revue of 70's songs. Okay, actually a lot could go wrong: pitch problems, poor song selection, technical difficulties, weak performances. Fortunately, though, the Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse's 8-Track: The Sounds of the 70's suffered only a handful of pitch issues and a few missed microphone cues on Thursday's opening-night performance, and otherwise mirrored the fun of the decade's music.
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In-Laws & Disorder: "Squabbles," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through August 28
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-07-19 12:00:00

Autumn O'Ryan and Michael Kennedy in SquabblesWednesday night's preview performance of the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Squabbles was never funnier than when its two elder characters were engaged in the titular activity. Unfortunately, they didn't squabble as much as the show's title might lead you to believe. Fortunately, however, the parts of author Marshall Karp's play that are low on humor are high on sentiment, and created a far more touching experience than I expected.
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Theatre Highs in 2009
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2009-12-21 12:00:00

Whether you attend stage works sporadically or, like me, you saw 85 shows in the past year, anyone who enjoyed even one will understand that feeling of leaving a venue thinking, "Wow ... that was really good." I experienced that sensation numerous times this year, and while this list is hardly exhaustive, it'll hopefully give you an idea of just what you've been missing if you missed out on 2009's offerings.


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