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Merci Beaucoup!: "Les Misérables," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through March 21 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 19 January 2015 06:00

ensemble members in Les MisérablesI’m on record stating that I was “Les Mis-ed out” after seeing three local productions of Les Misérables, and facing a fourth, over a year-and-a-half span. Yet after attending the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse’s version on Friday, my love for the material is renewed, as director Jerry Jay Cranford’s staging adds intimacy while still possessing the grandeur of composers Alain Boublil’s and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s musical masterpiece.

 
Inheritance Vise: "Barely Heirs," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through January 18 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 06:00

Tyler Henning and Ashley Hoskins in Barely HeirsThe Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s Barely Heirs is a bit of an enigma, because even though it's problematic in plot and presentation, this farce delivers some big laughs. Despite taking issue with several elements of Friday’s performance, I must also admit that I, along with the rest of the audience, not only laughed but guffawed, repeatedly, throughout the comedy. This play is deeply flawed, but also exceedingly funny.

 
"Carol" of the Bells, and Chains, and Door Slams: "A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol," at the Propsect Park Auditorium through December 7 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 14:25

James Driscoll and Sara Laufer in A 1940s Radio Christmas CarolThere are some delightful moments in Quad City Music Guild’s holiday production A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol, including composer David Wohl’s fantastic arrangements of classic carols, and inspired performances by some of the cast members portraying radio actors. When neither of these elements are present, there’s also scenic designer Harold Truitt’s layered, multi-level set with a plethora of pleasing décor, as well as costume designer Heidi Pedersen’s impeccably-tailored period ensembles. It also boasts the fun of watching several local acting dynamos share the stage together.

 
Oh, He's Stirring All Right ... : "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through December 27 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - 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).

 
Celebration Affirmation: "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus" at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through November 23 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - 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.

 
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