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Reasons of Love: "Rent," at the District Theatre through February 24
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-02-04 15:00:00

Chris Causer and Kelly Lohrenz in RentI cannot praise Bryan Tank enough for his take on composer Jonathan Larson’s Rent, as the director’s concept renders the much-loved Broadway hit an even more cohesive ensemble piece than any production of the musical I've yet seen. Friday’s District Theatre performance left me with a renewed love for Larson’s material and, in what may be the highest compliment I can give in regard to the emotionality of the presentation, it left my rarely-moved-to-tears partner Matt in tears – twice.


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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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Thank You for Smokey-ing: "Smokey Joe's Café," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through November 3
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-09-24 12:00:00

Deidra Grace, Sara King, C.J. Williams, Kiarri D. Andrews, Nina Schreckengost, Joseph J. Baez, Joanthan Scott Roth, Patricia Gibson, and Denzel Edmondson in Smokey Joe's CafePrior to the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s opening-night performance of Smokey Joe’s Café, and immediately following the Bootleggers' “birth of rock 'n' roll”-themed pre-show, my partner’s daughter, Hannah, tried to argue that the doo-wop style of music heard in the wait staff's entertainment was not rock n’ roll because … well, because she’s 13 and knows everything, the history of the genre be damned. Yet despite also proclaiming that she hated this sort of “it’s not really rock ’n’ roll” music that I warned her would populate the entire evening’s entertainment, Hannah was all smiles at intermission, excitedly talking about how much she loved the songs, and even citing a few favorites by name. I hope Hannah’s changes of opinion and attitude are testaments to the quality of Circa '21's endeavor. It’s truly fantastic.


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Bohemian Rhapsody: "Rent," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through May 1
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-04-12 12:01:00

Tristan Tapscott and Steve Lasiter in RentIn the program's director's notes, Matthew Helton reveals that he stepped into the role of director for the Harrison Hilltop Theatre's production of Rent hours before the first rehearsal, not giving him enough time to do much more than reproduce the Broadway staging of the show. The replication is arguably forgivable, given his time constraints, but also unfortunate, as little of the performance possesses the mark of being the local theatre's own take on composer Jonathan Larson's work. That being said, however, the production lives up to and even exceeds expectations, due to the singing ability of its cast, and the high energy of its band.


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Mixed Revue: “Holly Jolly Christmas,” at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through December 31
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2009-11-16 12:00:00

the Holly Jolly Christmas ensembleNo show that opens with 10 sharply dressed, great-looking, terrifically talented performers dancing a spirited tap number can be all that bad, which is a good thing for Holly Jolly Christmas, the musical revue currently playing at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse. Considering, however, that the production has no loftier purposes beyond entertaining crowds with familiar holiday tunes and spreading a little yuletide cheer, I think audiences could be easily forgiven for turning to their theatre-going companions after the curtain call and saying, "Well, that was nice... but what the hell was it?"


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