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Flower Power: "Steel Magnolias," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through August 2
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-07-27 12:00:00

Bailey Jordan Reeves, Jalayne Riewerts, and Miranda Barnett in Steel MagnoliasNot long into author Robert Harling’s ensemble dramedy Steel Magnolias, the Louisiana beautician Truvy asks local socialite Clairee Belcher about the recipe for a delicacy called “cuppa cuppa cuppa,” the ingredients for which are a cup of flour, a cup of sugar, and a cup of fruit cocktail. Truvy says it sounds awfully rich, and Clairee replies that it is, “so I serve it over ice cream to cut the sweetness.”

That line gets a laugh, and it should, and after attending the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s new production of Steel Magnolias, it dawned on me that Clairee’s dessert makes a fine analogy for the play itself. In effect, Harling’s beloved, female-driven theatrical mainstay is a cup of wisecracking sitcom, a cup of unvarnished sentimentality, and a cup (perhaps a teaspoon or two less) of genuine feeling, all blended together and served over ice cream. Some may find this tale of six Southern friends and beauty-parlor regulars too sweet. But it’d be hard to deny the tastiness of the Showboat’s presentation, and if the collective response during Thursday’s curtain call was to be trusted, the standing, clapping, happily tearful crowd would’ve gratefully asked for seconds.
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Gilding the Lilies: "Steel Magnolias," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through April 26
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2009-04-20 12:00:00

Angela Elliott, Dee Canfield, Colleen Winters, Pamela Crouch, Kelly Lohrenz, and Lisa Kahn in Steel MagnoliasAs Ouiser Boudreaux, the easily agitated Southern matriarch with the permanently fixed scowl and "more money than God," Dee Canfield enters the Green Room Theatre's production of Steel Magnolias as though shot through a cannon.


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"Van Helsing" Forgets to Add a Funny Bone: Also, "Laws of Attraction" and "Elephant"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2004-05-12 00:00:00

Hugh Jackman in Van HelsingVAN HELSING

Stephen Sommers’ action thriller Van Helsing, the first of 2004’s torrent of summer blockbusters, is big, loud, frenetic, and almost no fun at all. For those who’ve missed the omnipresent previews, the film is a special-effects bonanza featuring Hugh Jackman as the titular character, a taciturn growler who spends 130 minutes attempting to rid his corner of Europe from a series of CGI-created monsters, and it’s all treated with such solemnity that I wouldn’t have been surprised to see Henrik Ibsen listed as a screenwriter.


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