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Life Is No Cabaret, Old Chum: "My Sister," at the QC Theatre Workshop through January 25 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 20 January 2014 06:00

Elizabeth and Emily Hinkler in My SisterWhen a play stirs emotions in a way that invites a change in one's perspectives on life or the world, that’s true theatre magic. Such is the case with the QC Theatre Workshop’s My Sister, which, after it ended, left me wanting to just be quiet and alone for a while, in order to digest what I’d observed and learned during Saturday’s performance.

Home on the Ranch: "Of Mice & Men," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through January 19 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 13 January 2014 06:00

Cody Johnson, Ed Villarreal, and Greg Boulijon in Of Mice & MenThe Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s production of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice & Men begins with a scene in which Cody Johnson’s George and Ed Villarreal’s Lenny share a slow and (mostly) gentle conversation about their plans to work as ranch hands, and their dreams of using their money to buy their own piece of land and “live off the fat” of it. The patient way in which Johnson, with obvious compassion, speaks with Villarreal’s not-so-bright Lenny leaves no doubt as to George’s sincere concern for his daft companion, and Lenny's wide-eyed trust, shown as he hangs onto every word George says, suggests the loving connection Lenny has with George. Their relationship is immediately both clear and touching, and sets the foundation for the deeply emotional events that transpire through the course of this story.

One-Hundred-Word Moments in Time: Thom White, and a Few Others, on the Year in Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 23 December 2013 06:00

Cara Chumbley, Lora Adams, Brad Hauskins, and Rachelle Walljasper in Things My Mother Taught MeAnother year of area stage productions has come and gone, and wanting to try something different this December, Reader theatre reviewer Thom White and I thought we’d bypass our traditional, end-of-year postmortem in favor of an alternate approach: requesting 100-words-or-fewer submissions from our readers on what people found particularly memorable about the 2013 stage scene. “It’ll be something new!” we thought. “It’ll be exciting! It’ll be filled with fresh voices that aren’t ours!” And, I must admit, we were dazzled with the overall response.

Well, “dazzled” may be overstating it.

Hmmm ... what’s the word I’m looking for ... ?

“Mortified,” maybe ... ?

Seeking Contributions to "The Year in Theatre, 2013: Community Project": December 16 Deadline! PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 09 December 2013 07:00

The Year in Theatre, 2013: Community ProjectThe past three Decembers, theatre reviewer Thom White and I have wrapped up the Reader’s annual stage coverage with published conversations on the year, rife with opinions on local plays and musicals enjoyed (and sometimes not). But this time, we want to hear from you!

Turn of the Scrooge: "A Christmas Carol," at the District Theatre through December 15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 09 December 2013 06:00

Doug Kutzli in A Christmas CarolOn Saturday evening, I was reminded of the local treasure that is the District Theatre’s A Christmas Carol. Written by Tristan Layne Tapscott with music by Danny White, this holiday musical is something special: a locally created piece so good that it could, and should, be staged by theatres throughout the country. And this year – the second the theatre has produced the show – brings some notable changes from last winter's staging of this theatrical gem.

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