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Matchmaker's Marks: "Hello, Dolly!," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through August 12
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-08-06 12:00:00

Mike Millar and Charlene Engstrom in Hello, Dolly!Quad City Music Guild's Hello, Dolly! seems something of a self-parody, as director Erin Lounsberry amps up the silliness of the piece, reveling in the fun of it rather than taking this story of the matchless matchmaker too seriously. It's Lounsberry's almost campy approach that makes the production worth seeing, with Tristan Layne Tapscott and Bryan Tank carrying much of its wacky weight.


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Disco Muse(ic): "Xanadu," at the District Theatre through July 14
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-07-02 12:00:00

Joseph Maubach, Joel Collins, Tracy Pelzer-Timm, Jenny Winn, Sara King, Becca Meumann, and Linda Ruebling in XanaduThe District Theatre’s Xanadu is perhaps the silliest, cheesiest, guiltiest-pleasure piece of musical theatre I’ve yet seen on a local stage … and I loved it! Director Tristan Tapscott plays up the goofiness of this self-referential take on the 1980 cult-film favorite, finding delight in its pokes at the movie’s ridiculousness and in the infectiously energetic songs, and the resulting mix of fluff and flash adds up to two hours of pure entertainment.


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Critter Comforts: “Diary of a Worm, a Spider, & a Fly,” through May 5 at Circa ’21
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-04-03 18:10:11

Brad Hauskins, Marc Ciemiewicz, and Kelly Lohrenz

Judging by the children dancing in the aisles during Saturday’s performance, Circa ’21’s current children’s offering Diary of a Worm, a Spider, & a Fly is a hit with younger audience members. But the hour-long musical also has quite a few laughs for the adults.

When the kids weren’t laughing at playwright Joan Cushing’s fart jokes or Worm describing his sister as having a “face that looks like her butt,” I was laughing at what I assume are director Kimberly Furness’ additions of pop-culture references. My favorite was Worm and Fly singing along to “Carry on My Wayward Son” after being told to “Please enjoy this music while your party is reached” when they call Spider’s cell phone.


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Bible Belting: "Jesus Christ Superstar," at the District Theatre through July 31
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-07-11 12:00:00

Sara Elizabeth Speight, Jenny Winn, and Tristan Layne Tapscott in Jesus Christ SuperstarJudas is angry. Jesus is angry. Everyone’s really angry in the Harrison Hilltop Theatre’s Jesus Christ Superstar.


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Meating Place: "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through May 14
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-04-25 12:00:00

Rachelle and Tom Walljasper in Sweeney ToddWhen the cast for the Harrison Hilltop Theatre’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was revealed several weeks ago, I’ll admit I was concerned. While I’d previously admired the work of most of the actors, I wasn’t sure they were up to the tasks of the roles they’d been awarded – chiefly Tom Walljasper, cast as the titular barber. While Walljasper excels at comedic roles, I worried that, with his smirking, tongue-in-cheek style of delivery, he wouldn’t be able to carry the dramatic weight of Stephen Sondheim’s killer character. But after seeing Thursday’s opening-night performance, I’m pleased to admit that I was wrong. Very wrong; Walljasper’s ability to handle the role was apparent with the first lyric he sang, which carried with it a dark, sinister, intense appeal.


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