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Model Twain: "Big River," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through August 8
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-08-02 12:00:00

To paraphrase one of Big River's best-known lyrics, I've been waitin' for the men to shine on the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre stage all summer long. In my estimation, and with the exception of a few notable performances - Antwaun Holley in Rent, Michael Oberfield in Show Boat - the male actors haven't really held their own against the female actors this season. That is, until Big River; on Saturday night, every single male performer in Mark Twain's boy-centric tale of Huck Finn offered a noteworthy performance.
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Rollin' on the River: “Show Boat,” at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through July 24
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-07-21 12:00:00

Jennifer Noble is in the wrong role in the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre's production of Show Boat. That's to say, she's so good in the role of Julie that the part seems woefully small. It is, however, impossible for Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II to write more songs and dialogue for the character, so we must be content to enjoy what we can during Noble's time on stage. And enjoy it I did. Immensely.
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Sole Patrol: "The Elves & the Shoemaker," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through December 26
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-12-06 08:31:18

"The Elves & the Shoemaker"I'm good friends with more than a few actors who frequently perform at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, and I'm occasionally asked if my ties to them - and to the venue itself - skew my opinions about Circa ‘21 productions. I'd like to think they don't ... but then I'll be confronted with a production such as The Elves & the Shoemaker. I had a blast at the theatre's new family musical, yet I'm forced to address a nagging issue: Did I enjoy it because it's good, or did I enjoy it because the act of watching my pals doing goofy-ass shtick in goofy-ass costumes makes me unaccountably happy?


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Murder Ball: "The Mousetrap," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through Sunday, July 8
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-06-28 05:11:22

The Mousetrap As the lights dimmed for the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre's production of The Mousetrap - based on Agatha Christie's mystery novel - I already knew whodunnit. But don't be fooled into thinking that I possess superhuman powers of deduction or anything. I was in a high-school production of the play some 20 years ago. (Fine. Twenty-three years ago. Happy, Mom?)

So I'm not exactly fit to comment on how successfully Christie's murderous plot plays itself out here. Yet my familiarity with the story didn't lessen my enjoyment of CAST's endeavor in the slightest. Quite the contrary: I loved this production, because the vigor with which the Mousetrap ensemble played their comically shady characters was positively exhilarating.


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The Pretender: Things You Should Know About – and From – the Area’s Best Actor, Tom Walljasper
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2006-05-24 05:33:53
"I think my forte is storytelling. I just like to pretend. And any experience that I have where I believe the actor or actors are as close to pretending as possible? That's what gets me off, man. To me, that's what acting's all about." -- Tom Walljasper
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