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Money Makes the Worms Come Around: "Spreading It Around," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through June 9
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-04-23 12:00:00

Lora Adams in Spreading It AroundBrad Hauskins elicited the largest laughs during Friday’s performance of Spreading It Around at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, starting with the moment he first walked onstage with his frozen-hip shuffle. His psychologist character Dr. Ward doesn’t actually appear until the middle of the second act of this comedy, which concerns the efforts of the widow Angie to share her wealth (and that of her fellow retirees) with those in need, rather than leaving it to their ungrateful children. But with little stage time, Hauskins squeezes out every ounce of comic possibility from his role, relishing his awkward pauses, and dryly delivering his lines with the slightly high-pitched, mildly shaky voice stereotypical of the elder person he's portraying.


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Upbeat Depression: "Southern Crossroads," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through April 14
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-03-12 12:01:00

Rachelle Walljasper, Brad Hauskins, Chad Willow, Tristan Layne Tapscott, Andrew Crowe, and Steve Lasiter in Southern CrossroadsA sign in front of the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse includes a description of the theatre’s current show, Southern Crossroads, as “an inspiring and hilarious story about one musical group’s struggle against impossible odds, as they find new hope through music.” That line fits Circa '21's production to a T, as the tone of director Curt Wollan’s offering is clearly joyful, despite the sense of desperation in its setting. With the appropriate exceptions of those playing villains, Wollan’s cast does not play up any silliness written into their comedic lines. Instead, they choose to play them straight, and in doing so, add to the musical's air of Great Depression uncertainty.


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Give ’em the Slips: “Nana’s Naughty Knickers,” at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through September 24
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-08-23 12:00:00

Nancy Evans, Adelina Feldman-Schultz, and Sherry Konjura in Nana's Naughty KnickersFor what it is, the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s Nana’s Naughty Knickers is rather amusing and somewhat unexpected. The title, for me, conjures up images of scantily clad grannies telling off-color, elderly-themed jokes in a wild farce. Instead, playwright Katherine DiSavino’s piece is a mild farce, with a unique plot and interesting, likable characters (and only a handful of age-based jokes). I didn’t laugh quite as much as I expected to during Friday’s opening-night performance, but I was more engaged than I anticipated I would be, and interested in where DiSavino would take her characters.


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Gotta Lot of Rhythm in Her Soul: “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline,” at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through November 6
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-09-06 12:00:00
Heather Beck in A Closer Walk with Patsy ClineI can't imagine anyone who likes the music of Patsy Cline not liking the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's current offering, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. Personally, I don't much care for the mid-20th-Century country style of Cline's songs. However, I very much appreciated Friday night's performance for its staging and its remarkable singing, and therefore, enjoyed music I'd otherwise ignore were I to hear it on the radio.
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In-Laws & Disorder: "Squabbles," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through August 28
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-07-19 12:00:00

Autumn O'Ryan and Michael Kennedy in SquabblesWednesday night's preview performance of the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Squabbles was never funnier than when its two elder characters were engaged in the titular activity. Unfortunately, they didn't squabble as much as the show's title might lead you to believe. Fortunately, however, the parts of author Marshall Karp's play that are low on humor are high on sentiment, and created a far more touching experience than I expected.
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