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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
Theatre - 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.

 
There Go the Neighborhoods: "Clybourne Park," at the Village Theatre through November 16 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 10 November 2014 06:00

Caciona Bernstrom, Chris Page, Ryan Mauritz, Mark McGinn, and Kelly Thompson in Clybourne ParkNew Ground Theatre’s Clybourne Park, written by Bruce Norris as a sequel, of sorts, to Lorraine Hansberry's classic play A Raisin in the Sun, takes quite a bit of time to get rolling. But once it does, this exploration of racial tensions at different points in American history is wickedly hilarious. Director Chris Jansen effectively employs a slow, nearly dull pacing to build to a significant payoff, particularly in the second act, when the purposefully bland tone fits the play's scene of a neighborhood-association meeting. Following Friday’s performance, I was amused at how, during the presentation, I went from being almost bored to laughing heartily.

 
Eight Is Not Enough: "Cheaper by the Dozen," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through November 16 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 10 November 2014 06:00

first row - Hannah Hogue, Elisabeth Grafft, Colby Rapps, Amira Siddique; second row - P.J. Hilligoss, Joe Mroz, Yvonne Siddique, and Ben Klocke; third row - Jack Sellers, Jonathan Grafft, and Aidan Grafft in Cheaper by the DozenCheaper by the Dozen seems a perfect fit for a company such as the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre. It’s a wholesome family tale – one featuring a large group of children – that suits the theatre’s charm, and given playwright Christopher Sergel’s endearing script, should easily please patrons.

 
Nuts in the Belfry: "Bat Boy: The Musical," at the QC Theatre Workshop through November 9 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 27 October 2014 06:00

Calvin Vo in Bat Boy: The Musical, photo by Jessica Sheridan, Shared Light PhotographyIt was with eager anticipation that I sat down to watch Friday’s performance of the QC Theatre Workshop’s Bat Boy: The Musical, especially knowing that Calvin Vo would be portraying the title role.

 
Body Count: "The Passion of Dracula," at Augustana College through October 26 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 20 October 2014 06:00

John D'Aversa and Giselle Gaztambide in The Passion of Dracula, photo by the Augustana Photo Bureau and Lauren Beckerand Amanda MooreIf any local-theatre venue sets the bar for scenic design, I’d make a case for Augustana College. Anyone who doubts the theatre department’s candidacy should see its presentation of The Passion of Dracula, with its set that’s the latest in a long line of remarkable constructs.

 
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