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Drag of a Kind: "Leading Ladies," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through August 24 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Monday, 18 August 2014 06:00

Jonathan Grafft and Nathan Johnson, and (clockwise from lower left) Mallory Park, Josh Wielenga, Sarah Ade Wallace, Andy Davis, Stan Weimer, and Jackie Skiles in Leading LadiesThursday’s audience certainly enjoyed the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's Leading Ladies, judging by their loud snorts and uninhibited guffaws. Ken Ludwig provides plenty of fodder for laughter, as do director Tom Vaccaro and his cast, who hit the comedy's high notes pitch-perfectly. As for me, I didn’t just giggle but laughed heartily right along with the rest of the crowd at least a dozen times.

 
You Know You Make Me Want to ... : "Shout! The Mod Musical," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through August 24 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Monday, 18 August 2014 06:00

Caroline Murrah, Melissa Weyn, Daryn Harrell, Lexie Plath, and Allison Hunt in Shout! The Mod MusicalShout! The Mod Musical is not only the most tolerable musical revue I’ve seen to date, but also the most enjoyable. With more substance than The Taffetas and less forced plot than The Marvelous Wonderettes, this girl-group celebration of 1960s songs is both cohesive and a whole lot of fun, especially given the Timber Lake Playhouse’s current staging of it.

 
Cinema Scope: "Blame It on the Movies," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through August 28 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Monday, 11 August 2014 06:00

Marc Ciemiewicz, Andrea Moore, Sara Nicks, Sunshine Ramsey, Jennifer Diab, Antoinette Holman, and Brad Hauskins in Blame It on the MoviesFor me, the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Bootleggers' show is a bi-annual delight. It's a treat to see the men and women who serve our salads, drinks, and desserts all year – and who perform for a few minutes prior to each production – get their own show. This is their chance to shine and, while Blame It On the Movies isn't quite as fun, overall, as past Bootlegger revues, its cast proves that they deserve more time in the spotlight.

 
Sturdy with Fringe on Top: "Oklahoma!", at the Prospect Park Auditorium through August 17 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 11 August 2014 06:00

Oklahoma!'s Jen Sondgeroth and David M. MillerIf you’re planning to see Quad City Music Guild’s Oklahoma!, I’d recommend getting to the theatre at least 10 minutes before the presentation begins. Those buying – or hoping to buy – tickets at the door should certainly arrive earlier than that; Friday’s opening-night performance was already nearly sold out, and I imagine word-of-mouth will make the musical’s second weekend equally jam-packed. But 10 minutes seems like an appropriate amount of time to take in this production’s absolute beauty of a set, and besides, you might find yourself forgetting about the set once the cast shows up and gives you even more wonderful things to look at.

 
Going Carrolling: "Alice in Wonderland," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through August 17 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Monday, 11 August 2014 06:00

the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre presents Alice in WonderlandThe Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s Alice in Wonderland is one of those productions that must be accepted for what it is. In this case, it’s Lewis Carroll’s classic story adapted for the stage by director Kristin Katsu and the company of Showboat interns, along with a few of this summer’s cast members. In truth, much of the show plays like it was written by high school students (as it was), particularly the early scene in which the cast gathers on stage and shares their hurts, frustrations, and dreams. The teen-centric concerns involving acceptance and the hopes of making a difference in the world came off a bit pretentious during Friday's performance, leaving me thinking, “Ah, youth.” However, these young actors delivered their sentiments with such earnest sincerity that the play is rendered more tolerable through their joy and excitement in sharing their creation.

 
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