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Oh, He's Stirring All Right ... : "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through December 27 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 06:00

'Daniel Rairdin-Hale, Allison Nook, and Emily Baker in 'Twas the Night Before ChristmasTwas the Night Before Christmas, at Circa's playhouse,

Is a play that’s about a large, loud, stirring mouse.

Bradley Hauskins plays Brierly – it's he who tells

Of a rodent, our star (that role’s Dan Rairdin-Hale’s).

 
Cold Temps, Cool Shows: Winter Theatre in the Quad Cities PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 24 November 2014 06:00

Ballet Quad Cities' The Nutcracker, at the Adler TheatreAs someone who’s been privileged to write about local theatre for nearly 10 years now, I can’t begin to describe the sheer tonnage* of correspondence I’ve amassed from people who are curious about upcoming area stage productions. Please allow me, then, this attempt at answering all your questions about the forthcoming winter-theatre season through just a few of the hundreds** of letters, e-mails, and texts I’ve recently received on this subject***.

 

*Perhaps an exaggeration.

**Definitely an exaggeration.

***Some of which I may have made up.

 
Celebration Affirmation: "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus" at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through November 23 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 17 November 2014 06:00

Bill Peiffer, Robert Wamer, and Steve Marriott in Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa ClausThe kids cast in the Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus are the best parts of the production, with Lena Slininger’s Virginia and the rest of the children lending the proceedings a bright innocence – even when some youths are bullying Virginia about her worn-out shoes – that provides a welcome warmth to the holiday tale. Unfortunately, the kids aren’t of central importance in this play that includes one of their names in the title.

 
Darkness and Plight: "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches," at the District Theatre through November 23 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 17 November 2014 06:00

John Antonin Dieter and Anthony Natarelli in Angels in America: Millennium ApproachesWith its emotional language and poetic imagery, Tony Kushner’s Angels in America the playwright's “gay fantasia on national themes” composed of two parts subtitled Millennium Approaches and Perestroika – is among my favorite scripts. And there are times at which the District Theatre’s production of Millennium Approaches nails the nuances of Kushner’s writing, allowing the beauty of his intent to be on full display.

 
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like ... : "Irving Berlin's White Christmas," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through December 28 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 10 November 2014 06:00

the Irving Berlin's White Christmas ensembleAnnoyed by local radio stations that switch to 24 hours of holiday music on November 5, as well as stores that set up holiday displays before Halloween, I wasn’t all that keen on seeing a Christmas musical in early November. However, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is my kind of holiday production: It’s light on its emphasis on Christmas cheer, and plays out as a musical that just happens to take place ahead of the holidays.

 
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