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Wicked

Wicked, a show I've heard called a theatrical phenomenon. Once again, I walked into the Orpheum with no knowledge of the show I was about to see besides the name of one of the songs and the 90% certainty that it was about the Wicked Witch of the West (I did not know, however, that her name was Elphaba until I had been thoroughly confused for some time). Even though I knew so little about Wicked going in, I have heard for years that it is a great show with great music. All it took was the… Continue

Added by Nick Ericksen on April 15, 2017 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Matilda: The Smell of Entertainment

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Matilda



Matilda: The Smell of Entertainment



Matilda, the classic Roald Dahl book turned movie turned critically acclaimed musical. I have to say, when I heard I was going to get to see one of my favorite childhood movies as a musical, I was very excited. The first thing I noticed at Matilda was the large amount of children in the audience. There seemed to be an endless amount of kids coming to see this show. I'm not sure exactly how many children were in… Continue

Added by Nick Ericksen on March 30, 2017 at 10:00pm — No Comments

My My, How Can I Resist It?

I didn't want to like Mama Mia.







Not only is it an incredibly cheesy play, but I felt as though admitting to enjoying the show would be a major blow to my masculinity. However, even though Mama Mia presented several dislikable qualities, the overall hilarity and charm made it just too lovable. Mama Mia, as most people know, is the story of Sophie (Lizzie Markson) and Dona Sheridan (Betsy Padamonsky). Sophie, Dona's 20 year old daughter, never knew her father, so when she… Continue

Added by Nick Ericksen on February 9, 2017 at 11:55pm — No Comments

The Bodyguard: Sugar and Cheese

The Bodyguard, in my opinion, walked the fine line between an overly cheesy performance and a great theatrical production. They mainly stayed on the positive side of that line, and when doing so reminded me of many of my favorite aspects of theater. For example, whenever Deborah Cox stepped onstage, I could not draw my attention off her. She was glitzy and gorgeous and had a huge voice that perfectly matched one power ballad after another. On the other hand, there were a few moments here and… Continue

Added by Nick Ericksen on January 13, 2017 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Fun, Happy, Sad, and In-Between Home

Fun Home tells the story of Alison Bechdel (Kate Shindle, Alessandra Baldacchino, and Abby Corrigan) as she looks back on her childhood and college years. Alison chronicles her sexual orientation, her relationship with her father, her father's struggles with his own sexual orientation, and his eventual suicide all in a masterfully written and scored way. What I liked most about the play was the feeling and emotion portrayed in the music. Whether it was sadness, joy, or a depressing, hilarious,… Continue

Added by Nick Ericksen on December 16, 2016 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Feeling Like and For Christopher Boone

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a gripping story about Christopher Boone (played by Adam Landon), an autistic teenager, and his struggles with his autism, family life, and of course, the curious incident of the murder of his neighbor's dog. The story is an excellent one that fills the audience with genuine emotions that they share with the main character. My mind could meld with Christopher and I could truly see the struggles he faced with everyone around him and within his… Continue

Added by Nick Ericksen on December 2, 2016 at 12:48am — 1 Comment

The Spectrum: Examing Cliff Bradshaw and Sally Bowles

Before seeing Cabaret, I knew very little about the play, and therefore did not know that the characters or the entire production would be so *ahem* "intense." Because I had never seen the show before, or perhaps because I am a teenage boy, I payed close attention to the changing intensity levels of Cliff Bradshaw and Sally Bowles and the cause of these changes. It became my main focus point throughout the play and is to be my main focus point throughout the review.

Throughout the entire… Continue

Added by Nick Ericksen on October 20, 2016 at 3:13pm — 3 Comments

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