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To Helen, Back Again: "The Miracle Worker," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through November 17
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-11-11 12:01:00

Cayte McClanathan and Laila Haley in The Miracle WorkerWhen it matters most, the Playcrafters Barn Theatre gets A Miracle Worker right, and does emotional justice to author William Gibson’s tale of Annie Sullivan (Cayte McClanathan) teaching the blind, deaf, and mute Helen Keller (Emma Terronez) how to communicate through sign language. The scenes shared by McClanathan and Terronez are powerful, and their chemistry palpable, in Annie’s fight to force young Helen to learn, and Helen’s stubborn efforts to resist. But in truth, Saturday’s performance didn’t really find its footing until McClanathan and Terronez first shared the stage about halfway through Act I.


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Theorems and Relativity: "Proof," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through September 22
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-09-16 12:00:00

Bryan Lopez and Stephanie Moeller in ProofBryan Lopez’s charm seems key to enjoying the Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s production of Proof. That’s not to say that he's the only reason to take in director Steve Parmley’s presentation of author David Auburn’s material, but I do want to acknowledge that it’s his character’s grace and agreeableness that draw you into the play, as he's our sympathetic and likable connection to the plot’s proceedings. During Friday's performance, the eagerness with which Lopez's Hal tried to lure Stephanie Moeller’s Katherine out of her house to hear his band of math geeks perform held such sincerity that I hoped she’d say yes solely for his sake.


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Don't Move!: "Love Thy Neighbor," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through August 25
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-08-19 12:00:00

Jim Strauss, Jan Golz, and Stacy McKean Herrick in Love Thy NeighborThe sharp wit of playwright Gary Ray Stapp’s dialogue goes a long way to overcome the occasional humorless spots in the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's production of Love Thy Neighbor. And when the cast is delivering Stapp’s most amusing banter, director Eugenia Giebel’s presentation titillates sometimes to the point of tears, particularly as Jan Golz’s self-important, riff-raff-hating busybody Leona Crump squares off against Diane Greenwood’s dolled-up, somewhat pompous Tupperware and Avon saleswoman Ava. The two create sparks of entertaining disdain for each other, and best suggest the overall tone Stapp apparently intended for his play.


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Golf Ball: "The Fox on the Fairway," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through July 21
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-07-15 12:00:00

Melissa Scott, Mike Kelly, Clare VanEchaute, Alex Richardson, Mollie A. Schmelzer, and Greg Bouljon in The Fox on the FairwayThe Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s production of The Fox on the Fairway is a bit of a conundrum, as the script isn’t as consistently funny as much of playwright Ken Ludwig’s other fare, specifically Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo. But his tale of rival golf clubs duking it out at their annual tournament remains riveting nonetheless. While the laughs were there during Friday’s performance – and those laughs were oftentimes hearty, if not as plentiful as they could’ve been – it was the uncertainty regarding which direction Ludwig's tale would go, and the outcome of his plot, that maintained interest in this story.


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A Full House, with Jokers: "The Trouble with Cats," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through May 19
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-05-13 12:00:00

Liz Paxton and Matt Moody in The Trouble with CatsThe trouble with the Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s The Trouble with Cats is that Patti Flaherty is not featured enough during its two-and-a-half-hour length. Playing a dry, crass, flirtatious lowbrow named Joy Bombay, Flaherty proves it’s possible to present bad material in a way that’s enjoyable to watch, and when I laughed during Friday’s performance, it was usually due to Flaherty’s comedically nuanced deliveries or comically condescending or cruel facial expressions and body language. The actor is clearly gifted when it comes to comedy.


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