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The Pretender: Things You Should Know About – and From – the Area’s Best Actor, Tom Walljasper
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2006-05-24 05:33:53
"I think my forte is storytelling. I just like to pretend. And any experience that I have where I believe the actor or actors are as close to pretending as possible? That's what gets me off, man. To me, that's what acting's all about." -- Tom Walljasper
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Absolutely Fabulist: "Aesop's Dynamic Duo" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-05-03 00:00:00
Aesop’s Dynamic Duo – the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s new family musical – focuses on several of the renowned storyteller’s famous characters, and one of its first songs is entitled “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” Bret Churchill plays The Boy, and the actor, with his usual exuberance and vigor, begins the number with: “I’m the Boy Who Cried Wolf / I’m the one who frightened the town / I told them the story / And, boy, it was gory / I told them the wolf ate / the Smith’s Bassett hound.”
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Revenge of the Nerds: "Grease" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-01-18 00:00:00
The most telling moment in the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s splendid re-imagining of Grease is a minor one, and – like most of this production’s finest moments – nowhere to be found in the original script. (It’s actually an invention of director/choreographer Ann Nieman’s, designed to cover a scene change.) Danny (Jeremy Jonet) and Cha-Cha (Nicole Polzella) have just won Rydell High’s dance competition, yet instead of relishing the victory, Danny runs off to re-claim the heart of his true love, Sandy (Cheryl Hoffman). As the decorations come down and the stragglers depart, Cha-Cha – who has even been rebuffed by the nerdy Eugene (Mark D. Lingenfelter) – finds herself alone, and she takes a beat, gazes at the suddenly meaningless trophy in her hands, and quietly, sadly walks off stage.
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Big Rewards in a "Little" Package: "Stuart Little" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-11-30 00:00:00
Stuart Little, the family musical currently being produced at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, is a near-perfect melding of actors and material, a musical comedy so creative and ebullient that you are instructed to secure tickets even if you don’t have any kids on hand to chaperone you. The show has the sweetness of spirit that E.B. White’s beloved tale requires, but it’s better enjoyed as an ingenious vaudeville entertainment; with little overt plotting to get in the way, Stuart Little gives audiences a bevy of delightful musical and comedy sketches, and even though some of the songs are humdrum, the presentation never is. Circa ’21’s production isn’t just a topnotch family entertainment; it’s a topnotch entertainment, period.
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A Heroic "Pooh," and a Load of Crap: Circa '21's "Winnie the Pooh," and My Verona Productions' "Dingo Boogaloo 2: Taco's Revenge"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-07-13 00:00:00

Circa ’21’s Winnie the Pooh at The Rocket through July 23

 

At the opening-day performance of Winnie the Pooh, the air was already so festive – their doors may be temporarily closed, but the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse is still in business! – that the show was the recipient of enormous goodwill even before it began. Balloons decorated the street, the Rocket Theatre was alive with the noise of excited young uns, the parents seemed in surprisingly good moods … it was a pretty sweet sight. If you have as much fondness for Circa ’21 as I do – and I know some of you do, ’cause I’ve seen you there … – the atmosphere alone would have made Winnie the Pooh worthwhile.


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