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Spirited Away: "A Christmas Carol," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through December 23 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 02:46

Brad Hauskins, Jordan Schmidt, and Adam Michael Lewis in A Christmas Carol When the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse last produced A Christmas Carol in 1998, the family musical's daytime performances ran concurrently with evening performances of Miracle on 34th Street. I was a member of Carol's cast at the time, and as I recall, we kind of thought the shows should have swapped positions; the chipper, candy-colored Miracle seemed ideal for kids, while the frequently dark Charles Dickens tale, with its themes of regret and mortality, appeared better-suited to a more mature crowd.

 
A Play in a Manger: "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," at Richmond Hill through November 24 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 03:01

Lauren Plumley in The Best Christmas Pageant EverI'd be tempted to call the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's latest offering the best Christmas pageant ever even if that wasn't its title. Yet that description wouldn't come close to suggesting just how successful it is as a play.

 
Play It Again, Irv: "Irving Berlin’s White Christmas," at Circa ’21 through January 5 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 02:27

Erin Dickerson and Gabriel Beck in White ChristmasAmong those I spoke with during the show's subsequent opening-night party, the prevailing opinion seemed to be that the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's new production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas was superior to the 2006 production, and I guess that maybe, in several respects, it was.

 
Holiday Punch for the Soul: "Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas," at Playcrafters through November 18 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 02:25

the Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas ensemble At last Monday's well-attended preview performance of the Playcrafters Barn Theatre's Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas, most of the mostly senior audience seemed delighted by the show.

 
Inner Tube Monologues: "Going Underground," at Black Hawk College November 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 02:24

Nina Prescott and Guillermo Jimenez Almanza in Going Underground Offhand, I can think of no theatrical climax this year that has been simpler, sweeter, or more subtly moving than the one in Black Hawk College's Going Underground. All it consists of is actress Miranda Lipes standing center-stage, offering a beatific, tranquil smile while Judy Garland sings "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," yet the impact of the moment is stronger than you might be prepared for.

 
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