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A Play in a Manger: "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," at Richmond Hill through November 24 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 03:01

Lauren Plumley in The Best Christmas Pageant EverI'd be tempted to call the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's latest offering the best Christmas pageant ever even if that wasn't its title. Yet that description wouldn't come close to suggesting just how successful it is as a play.

 
Play It Again, Irv: "Irving Berlin’s White Christmas," at Circa ’21 through January 5 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 02:27

Erin Dickerson and Gabriel Beck in White ChristmasAmong those I spoke with during the show's subsequent opening-night party, the prevailing opinion seemed to be that the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's new production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas was superior to the 2006 production, and I guess that maybe, in several respects, it was.

 
Holiday Punch for the Soul: "Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas," at Playcrafters through November 18 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 02:25

the Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas ensemble At last Monday's well-attended preview performance of the Playcrafters Barn Theatre's Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas, most of the mostly senior audience seemed delighted by the show.

 
Inner Tube Monologues: "Going Underground," at Black Hawk College November 15 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 02:24

Nina Prescott and Guillermo Jimenez Almanza in Going Underground Offhand, I can think of no theatrical climax this year that has been simpler, sweeter, or more subtly moving than the one in Black Hawk College's Going Underground. All it consists of is actress Miranda Lipes standing center-stage, offering a beatific, tranquil smile while Judy Garland sings "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," yet the impact of the moment is stronger than you might be prepared for.

 
Send in the Clowns: "The Taming of the Shrew," at Augustana College through November 4 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 10:05

Brian Bengtson and Jennifer Altenbernd in The Taming of the Shrew As luck - and the Vikings' football schedule - would have it, Augustana College's opening- weekend performances of The Taming of the Shrew coincided with the school's homecoming weekend, which allowed me the chance to reconnect with some fellow theatre-department alumni both before and after Saturday night's show. At several points during the evening, we laughed 'til we cried at stories of shared friends and past Augie productions, and it wasn't until the next day that I realized why this version of Shakespeare's comedy felt like the perfect play for my mood that night: Just like college, it was all about the joy of getting up in front of people and acting like a first-class goof.

 
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