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A Cabin o' White Chicks Sittin' Around Talkin': "The Dixie Swim Club," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through September 15
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-08-06 12:00:00

Carrie SaLoutos, Rachelle Walljasper, Serena Vesper, Autumn O'Ryan, and Lora Adams in The Dixie Swim ClubGiven its “sorority” sort of feel, the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse’s The Dixie Swim Club – which concerns the annual, beach-cabin gatherings of five former members of a college swim team – will likely appeal to the women in the audience. However, not being a woman myself, I can also say that I quite enjoyed Friday’s performance of the show for the chemistry between the actors, the stunning set, and the humor that playwrights Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten put into their comedy.


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Pretty Awesome in Pink: "Legally Blonde: The Musical," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through July 28
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-06-18 12:01:01

Sara King and Samantha Pauly in Legally Blonde: The MusicalSpeaking with producer Dennis Hitchcock prior to Friday's Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse performance, my partner thanked him for staging Legally Blonde: The Musical. And while I understand that many of Circa '21's patrons love their Church Basement Ladies, I share my partner's gratitude for the opportunity to see a bona-fide Broadway hit gracing Circa's stage. Having seen the production, I also appreciate how well director Jim Hesselman handled the material, playing up the bubbly, colorful fun of this stage version of the Reese Witherspoon movie.


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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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