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Restaurant Revue: "100 Lunches: A Gourmet Comedy," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through June 16
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-06-10 12:00:00

Nathan Johnson, Cindy Ramos, Terri Nelson, and Jack Sellers in 100 Lunches: A Gourmet ComedyI wouldn’t necessarily associate the titular “gourmet,” which implies “high-quality” or “fancy,” with the script for the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's 100 Lunches: A Gourmet Comedy. But the production is entertaining beyond its thin plot, the two-dimensional characters and situations are at least interesting enough to warrant continued attention, and although this is yet another play that could end at intermission and still leave audiences satisfied, the second act – despite boasting a wholly dissimilar tone – proves just as appealing as the first.


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Kind of a Drag: "More Than Meets the Eye," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through July 15
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-07-09 12:00:00

Molly McLaughlin, Wayne Hess, and Alex Klimkewicz in More Than Meets the EyeI quite like the tone of the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's More Than Meets the Eye, as director Joseph R. DePauw’s production brings a natural feel, and a welcome lack of affectation, to a play that kind of screams for affectation. Instead of overplaying the plot’s cross-dressing humor, Friday night’s performance offered a softer, more realistic approach to its comedy that rendered the jokes more subtle, but still laugh-out-loud funny. Unfortunately, the laughs in author Fred Carmichael’s play are, if not few, fairly far between (though when the jokes do hit, they’re good ones), and it doesn’t help that DePauw’s pacing is a bit on the slow side, lengthening the wait between punchlines.


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A Rogue by Any Other Name... : "The Importance of Being Earnest," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through July 17
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-07-11 12:00:00

Ray Rogers, Terri Nelson, and Jackie Patterson in The Importance of Being EarnestAbout two minutes into Thursday night’s performance of The Importance of Being Earnest, I panicked, knowing there were still two more hours of what had so far been – and seemed likely to continue to be – a flat, humorless presentation of playwright Oscar Wilde’s work. Fortunately, though, my fears were mostly unfounded, as the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre’s production improved as it progressed, and greatly improved with the arrival of the play’s female characters.


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Will and Grace Notes: “A Turn for the Nurse,” at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through July 18
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-07-14 12:00:00

Cory Holbrook and Alex Klimkewicz in A Turn for the NurseOne of Joe DePauw's smartest directorial choices for the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's A Turn for the Nurse was to avoid camp. His cast doesn't play the crime farce for laughs and, as a result, may get more of them than they otherwise might've; to be sure, Saturday's audience was offering up laughter aplenty throughout the performance.
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Eight Times Five: Ensembles, Musical Numbers, Stagecraft, Couples, Newcomers, Collegiate Performers, Minors, & Exits
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2009-12-21 12:00:00

Five Inspiring Ensembles

Powerful lead performances and scene-stealing supporting turns are always welcome; one- and two-character shows can be a gas. But for my money, nothing quite beats the theatrical pleasure of watching a tightly knit ensemble in action, and the following five productions ensured that this pleasure was a continual one.

 


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