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Wild and Only-Slightly-Tamed Thing: "The Rocky Horror Show," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through October 30
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-10-11 12:00:00

Tristan Tapscott and Justin Droegemueller in The Rocky Horror ShowI had a great time at Thursday night’s performance of The Rocky Horror Show at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre. I laughed, quite hard at times, and sang along (in my head, so as not to annoy those around me), and almost jumped to my feet to do “The Time Warp.” The group of 50- and 60-year-old men and women in the crowd did dance along, as well as throw rice, toilet paper, and other items at the appropriate times, all of which upped the fun ante. Still, Harrison Hilltop’s show could use a bit more of something to take it over the top and make it more memorable. Actually, it’s more accurate to say it needs to lose something: inhibition.


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Hitting the Right Wrong Notes: “Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins,” at the Village Theatre through September 26
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-09-20 12:00:00

Bryan Tank and Susan Perrin-Sallak in Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster JenkinsSusan Perrin-Sallak is currently one of the bravest actors in the Quad Cities. Starring in New Ground Theatre’s Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins, she’s required to sing badly, and Perrin-Sallak delivers a daring vocal performance that’s intentionally off-pitch and off-key, with poor placement, intonation, and timbre. It leaves her vulnerable to audience perception that the performer really can’t sing. However, since her caterwauling is required by the role, and presented with such abandon, Perrin-Sallak’s vocally painful singing is actually awfully good.


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E-X-C-E-L-L-E-N-T: "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through August 28
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-08-16 12:00:00

Bryan Tank, Sara King, Kelly Lohrenz (top row), James Bleecker, Liz Millea, and David Turley (bottom row) in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeThe Harrison Hilltop Theatre's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is both outrageously hilarious and poignantly touching. I laughed harder than I've laughed in a long time during Thursday's opening-night performance, and I wasn't alone in offering up hearty guffaws, with the capacity crowd cackling with delight throughout the evening's entertainment.


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The “Mi-Mi-Mi-MI-Mi-Mi-Mi-i-i-i-i!” Generation: “8-Track: The Sounds of the 70’s,” at the Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse through August 26
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-08-09 12:00:00

Ben Holmes, Sara Nicks, Laura Miller, Andrea Moore, and Bret Churchill in 8-Track: The Sounds of the 70'sIt's hard to go wrong with a musical revue of 70's songs. Okay, actually a lot could go wrong: pitch problems, poor song selection, technical difficulties, weak performances. Fortunately, though, the Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse's 8-Track: The Sounds of the 70's suffered only a handful of pitch issues and a few missed microphone cues on Thursday's opening-night performance, and otherwise mirrored the fun of the decade's music.
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Songs in the Key of "A-a-a-a-a-aa!": Whodunit... the Musical, at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through July 10
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-05-31 12:00:00

Tom Walljasper, Carrie Sa Loutos, and Autumn O'Ryan in Whodunit... the MusicalIt doesn't feature a question mark, but the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Whodunit... the Musical may still not have the right question in its title; after viewing Saturday's performance, I was instead asking myself, "What is it?" The show's book, for the most part, is a straightforward murder-mystery, the majority of its songs make for a bright and cheery musical, and the climax and dénouement are straight out of drawing-room farce. It's an identity crisis bigger than the mystery afoot in the show's plot.


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