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Brat Packed: "Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through December 31
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-11-28 12:00:00

Tom Taylor,  Jillian Prefach, Jessica Sheridan, Brad Hauskins, Marc Ciemiewicz, Janos Horvath, and Sunshine Woolison-Ramsey in Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman SmellsBefore November 26, I didn’t know much about Junie B. Jones beyond her being the main character in a popular children’s book series by Barbara Park. With that in mind, I felt I needed to enlist the help of my family’s resident Junie B. expert, eight-year-old Madison, to adequately review the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s production of Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells. (Madison is, after all, the show’s target audience, as opposed to this 37-year-old, balding male.) I suspected that if she was pleased with the play, I would be, too.


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Hard Habits to Break: "Nuncrackers," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through December 30
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-11-14 12:01:00

Marc Ciemiewicz, Kristen Jeter, Courtney Washington, Jillian Prefach, and Nancy Evans in NuncrackersOf all the installments in the Nunsense series, which includes six sequels and three spinoffs, the Christmas musical Nuncrackers – currently running at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse – seems to me the most palatable. For one thing, it has the added benefit of its Christmas theme; there’s just something about the holidays that puts you (or at least me) in a cheery mood, which, in turn, makes it easier to forgive the show’s shortcomings. And when you add the merry goofiness of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, it’s hard not to be in good spirits throughout the show.


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"Alexander" the Great: "Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through May 7
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-04-26 12:00:00

Matthew Wiggin, Tom Taylor, Maeve Martin, Tommy McDowell, Marc Ciemiewicz, and Janos Horvath in Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DayNot being a child myself, I can only imagine the delight that kids feel at seeing a much-loved book played out, on stage, before their eyes – which is what's currently happening in the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's production of Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. While I’ve personally never read author Judith Viorst’s work, I do know it’s a popular story among younger readers, and those in the audience during Saturday morning’s performance certainly seemed to like what they were seeing. (They were also at least familiar enough with the source material to be able to shout out the show’s title without a hitch... though I'd bet many could recite much more than that part of the book by heart.)


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Jumping the Shark: "Happy Days: A New Musical," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through June 4
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-03-28 12:00:00

Laura Miller, Courtney Crouse, and Andrea Moore (center), and Laurie Sutton, Liz J. Millea, and Maeve Martin in Happy Days: A New MusicalIf the goal of Happy Days: A New Musical – making its Midwestern debut at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse – is to have the feel of the 1970s TV series, then playwright (and series creator) Garry Marshall and songwriter Paul Williams are working against each other. The book is reminiscent of the sitcom, with similar character dynamics and situations, but it comes across as a caricature of the TV show – purely wholesome, without the slight edge and hints of rebellion present in its televised incarnation. Williams’ songs, meanwhile, don’t suggest the series at all; it’s as if the tunes were taken from some other 1950s-themed musical, and plopped into an episode of Happy Days without consideration for whether they fit the characters.


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