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Heavy Spirited: "Ghost of a Chance," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through January 20 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 14 January 2013 06:00

Joshua Kahn, Jordan Smith, and Cayte McClanathan in Ghost of a ChanceI could’ve left Saturday’s Playcrafters Barn Theatre production of Ghost of a Chance at intermission and been quite pleased with the evening’s entertainment. Unfortunately, I exited after the night's second act frustrated almost to the point of anger – not at director Patti Flaherty or her cast, but at the show's playwrights Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus.

 
Critical Mass: Mike Schulz and Thom White Discuss Area Theatre in 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 31 December 2012 06:00

Mitch Donahue, Alexander Robin Kass, Samantha Pauly, Kristin Gilbert, and Tristan Layne Tapscott in the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Legally Blonde: The MusicalFor our third-annual conversation on the Year in Theatre, Thom White – the Reader’s chief theatre reviewer – and I thought we’d shake things up a bit. So instead of meeting for an hours-long breakfast to discuss the area stage scene, we met for an hours-long dinner to discuss the area stage scene.

And while I managed to keep things lively by spilling a completely full glass of water not 10 minutes after sitting down, we also managed to touch on many of the varied experiences that Thom (occasionally accompanied by his partner’s daughter Madison) and/or I had during another eventful year for fans of the theatre. Pack a lunch, sit back, and dive in ... .

 
Sing It, Scrooge!: "A Christmas Carol," at the District Theatre through December 23 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 17 December 2012 06:00

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.

 
Between a Stone and a Hard Place: "Altar Call," at the District Theatre through December 9 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 03 December 2012 06:00

Angela Rathman in Altar CallWhile the story would benefit from more attention to how and when plot points should unfold, and some of the dialogue would benefit from a greater awareness of how people actually speak, I quite liked the themes that author Melissa McBain explores in Altar Call.

 
Berry Berry Good: "Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through December 29 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 26 November 2012 06:00

Danielle Barnes, Mariah Thornton, and Dani Westhead in Freckleface Strawberry: The MusicalThe Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse and director Kimberly Furness have done it again, crafting a family production that’s charming and a whole lot of fun for both the kids and the adults in the audience. My partner’s nine-year-old daughter Madison and I enjoyed Friday’s performance of Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical immensely, even though neither of us is at all familiar with the children’s-book character the show is based on.

 
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