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My take: This is a return engagement of the one-man show first presented at Herbie's last August. Reviewing that original performance for KDHX, Tina Farmer wrote that star Joe Hanrahan "expertly fills the space with rundown, but blissfully hopeful, characters...achel Tibbett's firm, straightforward direction is clearly evident; when combined with Joe's continuous exploration of character this is a good -- potentially great - pairing." The Midnight Company has mostly been a showcase for Joe Hanrahan's solo efforts in recent years; happily, Joe is an experienced actor who has the chops to command a space all by himself.
|A Christmas Story: the Musical|
My take: The film on which this musical is based has always been a favorite of mine, as is the autobiographical Jean Shepherd novel "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash," that was the basis for the movie. I'm happy to see that it has apparently survived the transition to the musical stage with its heart and soul intact. In her review for KDHX, Tina Farmer says the show is "a rollicking, song-filled ride...The show succeeds on so many levels and the cast delivers an engaging, heartwarming tale that leaves the audience smiling." Malcom Gay at the Riverfront Times concurs; "as Ralphie unpacks that final present," he writes, "this heartwarming show reveals itself as the gift that it is."