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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.

 
Darkness and Plight: "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches," at the District Theatre through November 23 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 17 November 2014 06:00

John Antonin Dieter and Anthony Natarelli in Angels in America: Millennium ApproachesWith its emotional language and poetic imagery, Tony Kushner’s Angels in America the playwright's “gay fantasia on national themes” composed of two parts subtitled Millennium Approaches and Perestroika – is among my favorite scripts. And there are times at which the District Theatre’s production of Millennium Approaches nails the nuances of Kushner’s writing, allowing the beauty of his intent to be on full display.

 
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.

 
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