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Copping Attitude: "A Steady Rain," at the QC Theatre Workshop through March 29 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 05:00

Mike Schulz and Thomas Alan Taylor in A Steady Rain, photo by Shared Light Photography's Jessica SheridanI want to see Thomas Alan Taylor bomb on stage, and actually fail to portray a role well. This isn’t said out of disdain or schadenfreude, but because, to date, I’ve seen no evidence that he can do any wrong as an actor.

 
I Saw a Londoner, I Saw France, I Saw the Lead in His Underpants: "The 13th of Paris," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through March 22 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 05:00

Anna Tunnicliff, Jordan Smith, and Tyler Henning in The 13th of Paris, photo by Captured Moment PhotosPlaycrafters Barn Theatre’s romantic comedy The 13th of Paris leans more toward the romantic than the comedy, yet remains charming. Director Dana Moss-Peterson handles playwright Mat Smart’s examination of imperfect love held up against idealized standards with respect for its eventual moral, and while the production could undoubtedly be funnier, it’s not ruined by the more serious approach taken here.

 
How to Build a Better Mousetrap: "The Mousetrap," at the District Theatre through March 22 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 05:00

Mike Kelly and Doug Kutzli in The MousetrapAgatha Christie’s whodunit The Mousetrap is among my favorites in the genre, mostly due to the humor the author wrote into it, as well as the clues she included that make it possible to actually discern who did do it. Although the murderer’s identity still comes as something of a shock, the game of figuring out the killer remains fun. I just wish the District Theatre’s current production of the piece were as enjoyable.

 
Cinco de Marzo: "2015 Playwrights Festival: One-Acts," through March 15 at the Village Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 05:00

2015 Playwrights Festival: One-ActsNew Ground Theatre's 2015 Playwrights Festival: One-Acts was, for me, a mixture of “Ha ha ha!” and “What the hell?!” I either laughed heartily during the five debuting works or sat confused as to the points their playwrights tried to make.

 
You Can Go Home Again: Dana Moss-Peterson on His Acting Career and Directing "13th of Paris," March 13 through 22 at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Thursday, 05 March 2015 06:00

Dana Moss-PetersonIn recent years, 36-year-old actor Dana Moss-Peterson has been asked to play several characters far younger than himself.

During flashback scenes in the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre’s 2013 Death of a Salesman, Moss-Peterson played Biff Loman when he was a high-school senior and local football hero. For more than half of 2011’s Leaving Iowa at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre, his Don Browning was a younger teen enduring an excruciating family vacation. In New Ground Theatre’s 2012 Mr. Marmalade, the actor – not in flashback – portrayed Larry, a comically morose, suicidal five-year-old. (It’s that kind of play.)

Consequently, it makes a sort of sense when Moss-Peterson says his interest in theatre began when he was even younger than Larry.

 
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