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Theatre Essentials 2006: A Dozen Names to Remember PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 02:31

Christine Barnes with Brian Cox and Brian Bengtson in "The Miser" Of course, the people who are most essential to the success of area theatre are the ones ponying up the dough to get it produced (and this includes you, my ticket-buying friends). But it's hard to imagine the theatre year being as enjoyable as it was without the contributions of the following 12 individuals, each of whom added considerable flair to several area productions - oftentimes at several area venues - in 2006.

 
"Nut"-in’, Honey!: 5 Things I’ll Remember from My "Nutcracker" Experience PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 02:29

 
A Look Ahead to Area Theatre in 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 02:28

 
Bah!: "Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol," at the Nighswander Theatre through December 16 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 02:40

Jessica Denney & Earl Strupp in "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol"After attending the New Ground Theatre's production of Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, I wasn't much surprised to learn that Tom Mula's play has been broadcast on NPR numerous times now; a dramatization of Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol story through Marley's point-of-view, the show, with its blend of performance and frequent narration, seems tailor-made for radio. What I can't understand, though - at least based on New Ground's presentation - is what makes it a good fit for the stage.

 
Sole Patrol: "The Elves & the Shoemaker," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through December 26 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 02:31

"The Elves & the Shoemaker"I'm good friends with more than a few actors who frequently perform at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, and I'm occasionally asked if my ties to them - and to the venue itself - skew my opinions about Circa ‘21 productions. I'd like to think they don't ... but then I'll be confronted with a production such as The Elves & the Shoemaker. I had a blast at the theatre's new family musical, yet I'm forced to address a nagging issue: Did I enjoy it because it's good, or did I enjoy it because the act of watching my pals doing goofy-ass shtick in goofy-ass costumes makes me unaccountably happy?

 
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