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items tagged with John VanDeWoestyne

"Tuna" Helpers: "Greater Tuna," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through June 10
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-06-05 12:00:00

Bruce Carmen and John VanDeWoestyne in Greater TunaBased on the reputation of the Tuna plays and remembering how heartily I laughed during a recent production of A Tuna Christmas, I expected the original piece in the series, Greater Tuna, to be, well, funnier. That’s not to say that the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre’s production of this comedy isn’t without laughs – they’re just not side-splitting ones. Still, thanks to the two actors who impressively handle 20 roles between them, director James Fairchild’s staging of authors' Jaston Williams’, Joe Sears’, and Ed Howard’s play is adequately diverting, and good for an evening’s entertainment.


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Adorkability: "The Nerd," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through April 22
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-04-16 12:01:00

Justin Raver, Jordan L. Smith, and Nathan Johnson in The NerdBy the time the titular character entered the play, I’d resigned myself to having to endure two more hours of few-and-far-between laughs during Friday’s performance of The Nerd, while also fighting off a sleepiness fostered by the unusually high temperature in the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre. However, appearing in only his third stage role, Jordan L. Smith woke me up and held my attention with his annoyingly nasally delivery of playwright Larry Shue’s monologues. The best reason to see The Nerd, it turns out, is the nerd himself.


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Not Getting Married Today: "Company," at the District Theatre through February 18
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-02-07 12:00:00

John VanDeWoestyne, Christopher Tracy, Mark Ruebling, Bryan Tank, Brian Nelson, and Paul Workman in CompanyAt the start of the intermission to Friday night’s District Theatre performance of Company, my partner turned to me and said, “I don’t remember this show being that funny.” He was right, because director David Turley accentuates the funny parts in this musical by composer Stephen Sondheim and writer George Furth. He does so, however, with subtle nudges and winks that almost cross over into silliness but don't, and that keep the production from sinking into sappy sentimentality.


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All the Worlds of Stage: Mike Schulz and Thom White Discuss Area Theatre in 2011
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2011-12-15 17:53:34

Tom Walljasper, Kristin Gilbert, and John Payonk in HairsprayThe Reader's chief theatre reviewer, Thom White, saw and wrote about 52 area stage productions in 2011. I saw 39 and reviewed 12. Obviously, during our second-annual breakfast chat on the Year in Theatre, there was a bit to talk about.


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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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