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The Mamas and the Papas: "Are We There Yet?," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through September 13 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 30 July 2008 02:23

Tom Walljasper, Sandra D. Rivera, Tristan Layne Tapscott, and Erin Dickerson Even considering the show's cast and director, if you had told me a week ago that the musical comedy Are We There Yet? would wind up being my favorite Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse presentation over the past two years, I wouldn't have believed you.

 
... And We Saw That It Was Good: "Children of Eden," at North Scott High School through July 27 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 02:27

Alison Scherer and ensemble members in Children of Eden Describing the Countryside Community Theatre's Children of Eden as a first-rate Sunday-school pageant may sound like a backhanded compliment, if not an actual insult. But that's exactly what this presentation of the Stephen Schwartz and John Caird musical feels like, and the description isn't meant to be the least bit insulting.

 
Love Is a Battlefield: "Romeo & Juliet," at Lincoln Park through July 27 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 02:25

Andy Koski and Aisha Ragheb in Romeo and Juliet I didn't think there was much wrong with Sunday night's presentation of Genesius Guild's Romeo & Juliet, aside from the fact that I didn't feel much of anything at it. But in terms of this particular Shakespeare play, isn't that a pretty sizable issue?

 
Art Nouveau Riche: "As Bees in Honey Drown," at the Village Theatre through July 26 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 02:22

Maggie Woolley and Jake Walker in As Bees in Honey Drown If you diagrammed the experience of the Riverbend Theatre Collective's As Bees in Honey Drown, it would look something like a roller coaster: There'd be an extended incline followed by a precipitous drop, several more inclines each followed by lesser drops, a few twists, and an eventual return to your point of origin. And as with a roller coaster, you might find yourself having a terrific time during Bees' ride, even if your enjoyment wears off quickly, and a few of its shakier moments give you a headache.

 
Glove Stories: "Almost, Maine," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through July 26 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 02:19

Jessica Stratton and Daniel Schaub in Almost, Maine For romantic comedies that display a proudly eccentric or whimsical bent, it's a fine line between aw-w-w-w and u-u-u-ugh. And playwright John Cariani's Almost, Maine - a series of comically romantic vignettes that involves 19 Northeasterners in a frigid American province - seems almost designed to encourage irritated sighs and eye-rolling amongst its more jaded attendees. It's the sort of literal-minded fantasy in which one character carries the remnants of her broken heart in her purse, and another returns to her boyfriend's apartment with armfuls of "all the love you ever gave me," and angrily dumps them on the floor.

 
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