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Job Shadowing: "Working," at St. Ambrose University through October 5 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Friday, 03 October 2014 06:00

Kelci Eaton, Becca Brazel, and Chris Galván in WorkingThe cast members in St. Ambrose University’s production of Working offer a somewhat unexpected and altogether delightful sincerity in their portrayals of American workers in various trades. These young actors, after all, presumably don’t have much, if any, career experience as full-time masons, receptionists, or prostitutes, among other professions. Yet they handle this musical as though possessing full knowledge of the experiences of the average worker, which, during Wednesday’s dress rehearsal, helped me connect with the oftentimes funny, sometimes touching material.

 
It's a Grandma Night for Singing: "Funny, You Don't Look Like a Grandmother," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through November 1 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 15 September 2014 06:00

Deborah Kennedy, Karen Pappas, and Andrea Moore in Funny, You Don't Look Like a GrandmotherThank goodness for second acts, because Saturday's production of the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse’s Funny, You Don’t Look Like a Grandmother, with its first act that almost put my own mother-who-doesn’t-look-like-a-grandmother to sleep, had us laughing fairly heartily during its second half. Director Ann Nieman’s staging of this modern-granny revue is fun and comfortably paced, and her choreography is oftentimes peppy and clever, especially in the yoga-class number and the jazzy, early-20th-Century-styled footwork of the musical’s high-energy “Grandmas to Go,” which features the play’s three leads – Karen Pappas, Deborah Kennedy, and Andrea Moore – singing gorgeous, tight, impressive Andrews Sisters-type harmonies.

 
Fiancé What? : "Marrying Terry," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through September 21 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 15 September 2014 06:00

Eric Landuyt, Jamie Bauschka, Melissa Hummel, Terri Nelson, Shawn Sutton, David Lane, and Victor Angelo in Marrying TerryReading through the program for the Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s Marrying Terry filled me with eager anticipation for Friday’s performance, as the cast is mostly composed of newcomers to either the Playcrafters stage or any stage. While it’s fun to see familiar actors in different roles, it can be even more exciting to see fresh faces take to the theatre, and with this production, the new talents are a blend of fine actors and those who, with time, could become fine ones, too.

 
The (White) Elephant in the Room: "'Art,'" at the QC Theatre Workshop through August 30 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 18 August 2014 06:00

Adam Michael Lewis, Aaron Randolph III, and Mike Schulz in 'Art'I love Yasmina Reza’s 'Art.' My infatuation with the playwright's script started four years ago when the piece was produced by the Curtainbox Theatre Company, and it brought me great delight to hear that the QC Theatre Workshop and director Tyson Danner planned to stage the play with the same cast that performed the material for the Curtainbox.

 
Drag of a Kind: "Leading Ladies," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through August 24 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 18 August 2014 06:00

Jonathan Grafft and Nathan Johnson, and (clockwise from lower left) Mallory Park, Josh Wielenga, Sarah Ade Wallace, Andy Davis, Stan Weimer, and Jackie Skiles in Leading LadiesThursday’s audience certainly enjoyed the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's Leading Ladies, judging by their loud snorts and uninhibited guffaws. Ken Ludwig provides plenty of fodder for laughter, as do director Tom Vaccaro and his cast, who hit the comedy's high notes pitch-perfectly. As for me, I didn’t just giggle but laughed heartily right along with the rest of the crowd at least a dozen times.

 
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