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items tagged with Rodgers and Hammerstein

Disappointed? Yes, Siam: "The King & I," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through June 18
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-06-14 05:04:25

Benjamin Cole and Nicole Horton When you visit the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, you know you won't get much in the way of spectacle - the intimate stage space is charming, but limited - so, instead, you look for inventiveness, especially when the production in question generally thrives on spectacle.


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Surprise! Clinton’s "Sound of Music" Is Full of Surprises
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-06-15 00:00:00
I hate The Sound of Music, but on some level, doesn’t everyone? The sugar-coated sensibility, the repetitive songs we know far too well, the Julie Andrews wannabes trilling with relentless cheeriness, the use of Nazis as a pesky, simplistic plot device … . I know that the show is an assured cash cow for producers, but many of us would be happy for the book and score to disappear until the show’s hundredth anniversary in 2059. (I’ll be dead by then, right?)
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Albee Blames Commerce for the Decline of the Arts
Written By: Administrator
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2005-04-13 00:00:00
The Allaert Auditorium at the Galvin Fine Arts Center was almost filled to capacity last Friday evening when admirers of Edward Albee, author of such legendary American works as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Seascape, and The Zoo Story, flocked from near and far to see their favorite avant-garde playwright give a public lecture about “The State of the Theatre & the Arts in America.”
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Leads Help This "King" Shine: "The King & I" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-04-13 00:00:00

Chief among many surprises in Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse’s current production of The King & I is the re-discovery of just how funny the show is. For many, myself included, the news of another Rodgers & Hammerstein revival is enough to fill you with trepidation; must we sit through one of their timeless extravaganzas yet again? But it’s easy to forget that this theatrical duo is legendary for good reason. Beyond their undeniable musical talents, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein wrote strong, well-constructed shows and empathetic characters, and their productions always feature an intriguing, nearly treacherous dark side; Rodgers & Hammerstein felt no compunction about casually killing off major characters. (Every time I see The Sound of Music I have to remind myself: Oh, right. There are Nazis in this.) And although I’d be content to never see South Pacific again, a recent, invigorating production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s State Fair at Assumption High School was a welcome reminder of the duo’s gifts, and Circa ’21’s The King & I is fantastically fine, engaging and memorable and, to a quite unexpected degree, hilarious.


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Circa '21's "State Fair" a Midwestern Treat
Written By: Administrator
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2000-07-25 00:00:00
The Show. Once upon a time long, long ago (over a half century), in a far away fantasy land (innocent, simple Iowa) there was a wonderful family (the completely believable, wholesome Frakes) who looked forward to a magical event (the yearly state fair) each summer that made a lot of their hard work (putting up pickles, making mince meat, raising livestock, etc.) seem like something special.
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