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For the Love of God: "Children of Eden," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through August 7
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-08-01 12:00:00

Brandon Ford, Erica Vlahinos, and Patrick Connaghan in Children of EdenAs befits a musical based on the biblical book of Genesis, Children of Eden starts In the Beginning. Yet in discussing the Timber Lake Playhouse’s current presentation of the show, it seems more appropriate to start at the end, because the curtain call – arriving more than two-and-a-half hours after the opener – appears to be one of the few sequences in which the performers understand exactly what’s expected of them.


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Commie Dearest: "Red Herring," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through July 24
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-07-18 12:00:00

Katie Wesler and Andrew Harth in Red HerringWhen attending a detective spoof with the title Red Herring, you probably shouldn’t expect its storyline(s) to hold together in a way that makes much sense, and Michael Hollinger’s farcical noir seems particularly all-over-the-map; somehow, in 130 minutes, the play’s author squeezes in adultery, bigamy, murder, treason, neutron-bomb testing, the McCarthy hearings, a show-tune-loving Soviet, and a top-secret microfilm stashed in a block of Velveeta.


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If My Friends Could See It Now: "Sweet Charity," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through July 10
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-07-05 12:00:00

Sydney Hoyle, Sophie Brown, Daryn Harrell, Julia Mitchell, Kelsey Andres, Katie Wesler, and Erica Vlahinos in Sweet CharityThe Timber Lake Playhouse’s current production of Sweet Charity features the single most electrifying, exhilarating dance number I’ve ever seen on a stage. I’m well aware of what a sweeping and potentially exaggerated generalization that statement is, and almost hesitate in making it, because it’s the type of effusive praise that can easily make theatre-goers (to say nothing of theatre participants) roll their eyes and say, “Oh, come on.” But I’ll say it again: Sweet Charity features the single most electrifying, exhilarating dance number I’ve ever seen on a stage. And I’m betting that fellow patrons at Thursday’s performance might easily feel the same way.


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Up in the Air: “Flight of the Lawnchair Man,” at the Timber Lake Playhouse through June 26
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-06-20 12:00:00

Grant Drager and Sophie Brown in Flight of the Lawnchair ManPeppy, cheeky, and somewhat unsatisfying – though in ways that are rarely the fault of its current Timber Lake Playhouse presentation – Flight of the Lawnchair Man boasts a friendly spirit, a number of witty and weird diversions, and a brisk running time, clocking in (with the intermission) at a mere 105 minutes. Yet for all of its strengths, and unlike its determined hero, this musical comedy never really takes off. Director Chuck Smith’s production is ingeniously designed and energetically performed, but the show itself is a little bit You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, a little bit The Wedding Singer, and a little bit Bat Boy, and about as stylistically awkward as that description implies.


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Stormin’ Norma: "Sunset Boulevard," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through June 12
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-06-06 12:00:00

Brandon Ford in Sunset BoulevardAfter an extended silent-movie montage – one featuring clips from F.W. Murnau’s horror classic Nosferatu and the appearance of the show’s title, the Timber Lake Playhouse’s Sunset Boulevard opens with screenwriter Joe Gillis (Brandon Ford) at the bottom of a swimming pool. Granted, the water, like that montage, is a multimedia projection, and Gillis is standing (and singing) rather than floating face-down. But the Act I prelude is still enough like the opening to Billy Wilder’s beloved Hollywood noir that fans of the Sunset Boulevard movie will likely smile in recognition and appreciation, and we’re returned to this scene of a future crime at the start of the musical’s second act.

These are the two, and only, times that Timber Lake’s production will find itself underwater.


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