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Feline Groovy: "Cats," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through June 21 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 15 June 2015 06:00

Natalie Fisher in CatsI struggle with where to begin in praising director Matthew Teague Miller’s Cats at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, simply because there’s so much to praise.

 
Turn Your Hips and Coif: "Hairspray," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through June 14 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Tuesday, 09 June 2015 06:00

Sam Leicht, Rosie Upton, Eli Emmit, and Amelia Jo Parish in HairsprayGood gawd is the Timber Lake Playhouse’s Hairspray fun. I went into Saturday’s matinée with eager anticipation and left with a sense of thrilled enjoyment, floating on a cloud of happiness. Director Lili-Anne Brown’s production of this musical based on John Waters’ 1988 film is not only a helluva good time for us, but a rockin’ wild ride for Amelia Jo Parish’s Tracy Turnblad, as Hairspray's lead goes from overweight sideliner to local-dance-show star to racial-integration crusader in 1960s Baltimore.

 
Disability Assurance: "The Boys Next Door," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through June 14 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 08 June 2015 06:00

Victor Angelo and Jonathan Grafft in The Boys Next DoorI sat through Thursday’s The Boys Next Door at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre fascinated and perplexed by the mixture of emotions I felt. Author Tom Griffin’s play about four men with various degrees of mental illness living together in a group home is a comedy, for sure. But director John VanDeWoestyne and his cast presented it in such a way that I wanted to “Ha!” and “Aw-w-w!” simultaneously during almost every moment. The piece is both funny and deeply touching, and much of the credit for that goes to the perfectly cast actors playing the titular “boys.” While it took time for a couple of them to win me over, by intermission, each one had me convinced that he shouldn’t have been cast any other way.

 
Accentuate the Postulant: "The Sound of Music," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through July 25 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 06:00

Natalie Anderson, Allison Willie, Autumn Loose, Lauren VanSpeybroeck, Krianna Walljasper, Ben Klocke, Gage McCalester, and Hailie Shemek in The Sound of MusicThere’s an effervescent joy permeating the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse’s The Sound of Music from beginning to end – minus the Nazi involvement, of course. Director/choreographer Jim Hesselman’s production exudes an infectious glee that, for me, lifts this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic to new heights of performance pleasure. And as Hesselman must know that audiences take great delight in its composers' cherished musical and remember it fondly, he plays to those happy memories.

 
Saving Mrs. Bankrupt: "The Way West," at the Village Theatre through May 24 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 18 May 2015 06:00

Sarah Baxter and Valeree Pieper in The Way WestIt was difficult to go into Saturday’s performance of New Ground Theatre’s The Way West without high expectations given the cast of women involved. I’ve enjoyed all four of them in the past and was certain I’d be impressed yet again, and by the end of the night, my respect for their talents was mostly renewed due to each one's admirable characterization.

 
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