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All I Want for Christmas Are Two Front-Row Seats: "A Christmas Story: The Musical," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through January 4
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-11-11 12:02:00

Ben Klocke (center) and ensemble members in A Christmas Story: The MusicalThere's magic in the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's A Christmas Story: The Musical, most notably in the fantasy sequences and any scene involving the children's chorus. Adapted from the much-loved 1983 movie, this stage musical is familiar without being an exact copy, making it a fresh take on the holiday-tradition entertainment. Plus, the musical numbers, by composers and lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, add a lot of fun to an already laugh-worthy tale.


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Parent 'Hood: "Things My Mother Taught Me," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through November 2
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-09-30 12:00:00

Daniel Crary and Cara Chumbley in Things My Mother Taught MeThe Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse’s Things My Mother Taught Me, which is about a young New York couple moving into a new apartment in Chicago, is one of those plays that requires patience, as the first half of the first act takes a while to get on its feet and bring in the humor. While Brad Hauskins’ Polish building superintendent Max elicited hearty laughs during Friday's performance through the actor's adept comic delivery and (eventually overused) “Uh-oh”s, not much else, early on, was all that effectively funny. Until, that is, the parents of the cohabitating Olivia and Gabe arrived, at which point it was clear that director Warner Crocker’s pacing for the rest of the show was going to be remarkable, and the comedic chaos amplified by the play's four parents fussing over their children.


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Depression? What Depression?: "Southern Crossroads," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through September 21
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-08-19 12:01:00

 Brad Hauskins, Tom Walljasper, Rachelle Walljasper, Lora Adams, Andrew Crowe, and Jody Alan Lee in Southern CrossroadsWith its charm, high spirits, optimism, and infectiously fun tunes selected and arranged by Steve Przybylski, there’s a wonderful specialness to playwright Warner Crocker’s Southern Crossroads. And in the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's current production of the show, what's particularly special about what is already a good musical has a lot to do with director Curt Wollan’s cast members, who have an apparent love for the material and exude a palpable enjoyment in their performance of it. This piece transcends traditional musical theatre in a way that’s all too rare, pulling in its audience through a spell of song and hope.


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Sing It, Scrooge!: "A Christmas Carol," at the District Theatre through December 23
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-12-17 12:00:00

Doug Kutzli and Linda Ruebling in A Christmas CarolI had high expectations for the District Theatre’s musical version of A Christmas Carol, given my knowledge of Tristan Layne Tapscott’s and Danny White’s talents. But Tapscott’s book and White’s music and lyrics actually exceeded my expectations during Friday’s world-premiere performance, as the two have conceived a musical that I can see being produced by theatres across the country without requiring workshops and major rewrites. While their piece could still use some minor refinement, their version of the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge is remarkable for Tapscott's handling of the narrative, and White’s cleverly crafted lyrics and gorgeous instrumentation.


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Thank You for Smokey-ing: "Smokey Joe's Café," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through November 3
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-09-24 12:00:00

Deidra Grace, Sara King, C.J. Williams, Kiarri D. Andrews, Nina Schreckengost, Joseph J. Baez, Joanthan Scott Roth, Patricia Gibson, and Denzel Edmondson in Smokey Joe's CafePrior to the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s opening-night performance of Smokey Joe’s Café, and immediately following the Bootleggers' “birth of rock 'n' roll”-themed pre-show, my partner’s daughter, Hannah, tried to argue that the doo-wop style of music heard in the wait staff's entertainment was not rock n’ roll because … well, because she’s 13 and knows everything, the history of the genre be damned. Yet despite also proclaiming that she hated this sort of “it’s not really rock ’n’ roll” music that I warned her would populate the entire evening’s entertainment, Hannah was all smiles at intermission, excitedly talking about how much she loved the songs, and even citing a few favorites by name. I hope Hannah’s changes of opinion and attitude are testaments to the quality of Circa '21's endeavor. It’s truly fantastic.


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