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Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Santa?: "Miracle on 34th Street," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through December 30
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-11-12 12:03:00

Grace Moore, Laila Haley, John Payonk, Katie Casel, and Krianna Walljasper in Miracle on 34th StreetThe Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse opened its presentation of Miracle on 34th Street on Friday, and if you’re familiar with the 1947 film classic this musical version is based on, you should know that Laila Haley, who portrays Susan Walker, isn’t on a par with the movie’s Natalie Wood. She’s actually so much better than Wood that it’s not even funny.


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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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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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Bedford Falls ... and Falls ... and Falls ... : "A Wonderful Life," at Circa ’21 through January 3
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2008-11-19 08:11:02

ensemble members in A Wonderful LifeI've seen worse musicals than A Wonderful Life, the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's new stage version of Frank Capra's film classic It's a Wonderful Life. I've even seen worse stage versions of It's a Wonderful Life, one of them, produced way back in 1987, at Circa '21.


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Heaven Help Us!: "Meshuggah-Nuns!" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-09-28 00:00:00

My parents, being good people, raised me to believe that if you couldn’t say something nice, you shouldn’t say anything at all. Of course, they couldn’t have imagined I’d wind up a reviewer, nor that I’d wind up having to devote 700 words to Meshuggah-Nuns!


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