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items tagged with Tristan Layne Tapscott

Grimm Undertaking: "Snowderella," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through July 5
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2008-06-18 08:21:20

the Snowderella ensemble I was going to begin by saying that Snowderella is the strangest show I've ever seen at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, but that seemed too limiting; it might be the strangest show I've ever seen. This kiddie comedy, which lasts just under half an hour (!), is so surreal that it's practically Dadaist - a cupcake topped with peyote buttons.


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Sons Raised, Sons Sent: "Empty Nest," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through July 19
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2008-06-04 08:51:00

Eddie Staver III, Adam Michael Lewis, and Ashler Catherine Schmitt It takes considerable skill - to say nothing of nerve - to steal a show from the likes of Brad Hauskins, Adam Michael Lewis, and Eddie Staver III. But in the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Empty Nest, actress Ashley Catherine Schmitt arrives halfway through the production, introduces herself to her co-stars, tucks playwright Lawrence Roman's comedy into her leg warmers, and all but dashes off with it. The play itself is too featherweight (albeit agreeably so) for this to be considered grand larceny, but it's certainly grand; Schmitt is like the guest you don't remember inviting who winds up being the life of the party.


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Generation Gaps: "john & jen," at the Green Room
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2008-06-03 08:43:13

Sarah Ulloa and Ryan Westwood in john and jenI hadn't heard of the two-person musical john & jen until it popped up on St. Ambrose University's schedule of studio-theatre productions for the 2006-7 season, as a project for director Scott Peake and music director Tyson Danner. I'm guessing a lot of you hadn't, either.


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Class Clowns: "Miss Nelson Is Missing," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through May 10
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2008-04-23 08:13:54

Miss Nelson is Missing ensemble members The latest presentation at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse is titled Miss Nelson Is Missing, and as family-oriented stage entertainments go, Miss Nelson is about the only thing that is missing from it. An hour-long one-act based on a pair of popular children's books by Harry Allard and James Marshall, this show - snappily directed by Brad Hauskins, who also co-stars - bubbles with color, personality, and wit. And the people wearing the costumes aren't too shabby, either.


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Whose Life is it Anyway?: "Inside Out," at the Village Theatre Complex through April 13
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2008-04-12 13:49:10

the Inside Out ensembleMy Verona Productions' last stage presentation premiered almost a year ago, so you could argue that the company is simply making up for lost time with its production of Christian Krauspe's Inside Out, a play within a play within a play (within another play, if I interpreted the climactic scene correctly). Yet based on its April 10 preview performance, the author's work-in-progress is still less a play than a stoner's conceit - "What if, like, everything we say and do is being written by, like, some unseen higher power who's, like, determining our actions without, like, our knowing it?" - and holds together about as well as most stoned ramblings; a few hours and a few bags of chips later, your "insights" begin to look rather dim.


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