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Die Job: "Shear Madness," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through April 30
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2016-03-15 12:00:00

Jennifer Poarch, Brad Hauskins, Tristan Layne Tapscott, Jeff Haffner, Carrie SaLoutos, and Tom Walljasper in Shear MadnessOur audience hadn't even realized the play had started.

The continually in-motion and always entertaining Bootleggers had barely concluded their pre-show when the evening's featured performance quietly began. As patrons sipped their after-dinner coffees, and with the house lights fully lit, the first characters in the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's production of Shear Madness made their way onstage and – delivering an outlandish and amusing show-before-the-show – gave our crowd some insight into what sort of over-the-top, wacky comedy we were about to see. Between cast members getting their hair washed and blow-dried in rhythm to classic pop music to the infinite number of entrances and exits, it was clear that this was going to be one wild and colorful ride.
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Phan-tastic: "Phantom," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through March 5
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2016-01-19 12:00:00

Patrick Beasley and Emily Stokes in PhantomLet’s get this out of the way: In case you're attending to specifically hear “Music of the Night” or other well-known tunes, the current production of the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Phantom is not Andrew Lloyd Webber's more famous version of the same story. Comparing Phantom to Webber's The Phantom of the Opera is like comparing a croissant to an éclair. Both are French, textured, and rich with flavor, but also two totally different experiences.
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Switching Gears: "Machinal," at Augustana College through October 25
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-10-19 12:00:00

Debo Balogun and Christine Broughton in MachinalAt this time of the year, many people enjoy celebrating Halloween by being creeped out of their minds. Some enjoy cheesy slasher movies while others like to binge on The Walking Dead, and some religiously attend local spook houses such as Rock Island's Skellington Manor. Yet the most haunting, and even the creepiest, experience I have had in a long time happened at Augustana College's latest theatrical exploration of social justice: Machinal.
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Americana Beauty: "Route 66," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through November 7
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-09-28 12:00:00

Paul G. Nelson, Erin Churchill, and Kenton Fridley in Route 66The plot twists and turns, or lack thereof, are visible from a mile away in the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse’s production of Route 66. This boy-meets-girl musical has few surprises, and the outcome is abundantly clear from the moment Erin Churchill’s aspiring writer Liz meets Kenton Fridley’s freewheeling photographer Drew; they’re like oil and water, but you know they’re going to blend in the end. Even so, Circa '21's romantic comedy is a delight, boasting endearing charm in spades and one catchy tune after another.
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Fiancée What?: "Boeing-Boeing," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through September 19
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-08-03 15:40:00

Cara Moretto, Cory Boughton, Jacqueline Keeley, Elizabeth Loos, Tristan Tapscott, and Theresa McGuirk in Boeing-BoeingThe Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse’s production of Boeing-Boeing is a colorful rendition of French playwright Marc Camoletti’s classic farce – and that’s just the set and costumes. Scenic designer Susan Holgersson’s and costume designer Gregory Hiatt’s combined use of bright primary and secondary colors is stunning, with Holgersson’s seven-door set providing delight even before the opening of this comedy's proverbial curtain.
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