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Accentuate the Postulant: "The Sound of Music," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through July 25 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 06:00

Natalie Anderson, Allison Willie, Autumn Loose, Lauren VanSpeybroeck, Krianna Walljasper, Ben Klocke, Gage McCalester, and Hailie Shemek in The Sound of MusicThere’s an effervescent joy permeating the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse’s The Sound of Music from beginning to end – minus the Nazi involvement, of course. Director/choreographer Jim Hesselman’s production exudes an infectious glee that, for me, lifts this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic to new heights of performance pleasure. And as Hesselman must know that audiences take great delight in its composers' cherished musical and remember it fondly, he plays to those happy memories.

 
Saving Mrs. Bankrupt: "The Way West," at the Village Theatre through May 24 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 18 May 2015 06:00

Sarah Baxter and Valeree Pieper in The Way WestIt was difficult to go into Saturday’s performance of New Ground Theatre’s The Way West without high expectations given the cast of women involved. I’ve enjoyed all four of them in the past and was certain I’d be impressed yet again, and by the end of the night, my respect for their talents was mostly renewed due to each one's admirable characterization.

 
Chauffeur Show: "Driving Miss Daisy," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through May 17 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 11 May 2015 06:00

Rae Mary and Fred Harris Jr. in Driving Miss DaisyPrior to Friday night, my only experience with Driving Miss Daisy was with the remarkable film version starring the incomparable Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman. Although its tenderness sticks with me, for some reason I don’t recall Alfred Uhry's script being terribly funny. And with the Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s production of this material, I'm now wondering why I don’t remember the humor, considering how loud and often I laughed during director Donna Weeks' presentation.

 
And the Tony Goes to … : "Antony & Cleopatra" at the QC Theatre Workshop through May 9 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 06:00

Kristin Skaggs and J.C. Luxton in Antony & CleopatraMuch of Friday’s performance of the Prenzie Players’ Antony & Cleopatra played almost like a romantic comedy. Director Kate Farence’s staging of William Shakespeare’s tragedy feels lighter and funnier than perhaps the material calls for, with the titular couple enjoying their post-Julius Caesar relationship – and ultimately dealing with Rome’s political power plays and battles – amidst a den of hedonism, with hippie-esque attendants engaging in swinging orgies and drug use. Matt Moody’s set design even has the lovers reclining on a tiered platform covered in colorful pillows and blankets, a seeming nod to the pair’s interest in each other over the power of a throne. And the personality in Farence’s production proves titillating – and should make the show more palatable for those who might not enjoy a stuffier version.

 
All You Need Is Like: "As You Like It," at Augustana College through May 10 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 06:00

Jessica Holzknecht, Rowan Crow, and Keenan Odenkirk in As You Like It; photo courtesy of Augustana Photo Bureau/Nadia Panasky '17Director Jennifer Popple’s decision to set her Augustana College production of As You Like It in the 1960s is one of the most appropriate changes in time-setting for theatrical material I’ve yet witnessed. Such shifts sometimes seem gimmicky, or are better in concept than execution, but here it works, and works well.

 
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