The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


March 29, 2013

Stone's Throw announces upcoming season

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The next season of shows at Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre includes a non-musical musical, a musical about musicals, a comedy about a radio station and a healthy helping of Neil Simon. The season includes:

  • "Star Spangled Girl," running June 28-July 7, directed by Shanti Navarre. The Neil Simon comedy mixes love and politics, set in 1960s San Francisco.

    Two radicals, who barely get by as they work on their fight-the-system magazine, get mixed up when an all-American Southern girl moves in next door. The play was inspired by a political argument, according to a report in The New York Times.
  • "They're Playing Our Song," running Aug. 15-25, directed by Bill Welsh. Another Simon play, this one tells the story of a collaboration and romance between a composer and lyricist.

    The musical was also inspired by real life -- in this case, the relationship between lyricist Carole Bayer Sager and composer Marvin Hamlisch.
  • "Oliver Twist," running Oct. 4-13, directed by Tom Brown. No exclamation mark in the title means no music -- this play is adapted directly from Charles Dickens' tale of the beloved orphan.
  • A Christmas show to be determined, running Dec. 5-15, directed by Mark Sponaugle, Pam White and Betty Bell.
  • "Up the Down Staircase," Jan. 31-Feb. 9, directed by Tom Brown and Dee Hubbard. The comedy tells the story of a first-time teacher and her rowdy students.
  • "Greater Tuna," running March 21-30, directed by Kendra and Ray Goepfert. The audition process will be fairly limited -- all that's needed are two actors who can take on about 20 roles.

    The play about the third-smallest town in Texas is one of the most produced plays in the nation. Actors Jaston Williams and Joe Sears, who wrote the play and three follow-ups with Ed Howard, portray a myriad characters that explore small-town life.
  • "My Three Angels," running May 9-18, directed by Karl and Shannon Wendt. This Broadway comedy is set in French Guiana near the turn of the century and covers the antics of three prisoners and a family of French colonists.

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    He worked for and later owned the town's weekly newspaper, the Standard, for more than 30 years; retired as the Jasper County deputy assessor in 2004; is president of the Carl Junction cemetery board and serves as the high school alumni association's corresponding secretary.

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  • drop-seesengood.jpg Phyllis Seesengood: Gardner's seventh in series among her best thrillers

    "Fear Nothing," the seventh novel in the D.D. Warren series, may be Lisa Gardner's best psychological thriller yet.

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  • 071214 Faith 1.jpg Brothers in charms: Pastor says two church members are outstanding role models

    If you are looking for role models of putting faith into action, look no further than two brothers at First Presbyterian Church of Joplin. That is where Jack and Danny Dutton have attended church the past 39 years, most of that time spent as ushers.

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  • r070714palacedrinks2.jpg Spirits school: Drink-making lessons taught at downtown bar

    Some patrons have dubbed it "Drinks with Daniel," but the official name is "Cocktails 101," which has been attracting "students" for the last several weeks.

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  • 071114_steve cindy head.jpg New exhibit combines works of married couple

    Steve and Cindy Head create different types of art, which means they can be each other's best mentor. Steve makes mixed media works assembled from photographs, headlines and more; Cindy paints vivid patterns and fanciful scenes with bold color palettes.

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  • mug_joe-hadsall-112613.jpg Globe Phone Test: Concept is clever, but transitions tricky with Asus PadFone X

    It's kind of embarrassing to point this out, but "Candy Crush Saga" is one of the best ways to illustrate how well the Asus PadFone X, a smartphone and tablet combo really works.

    Anyone who has more than one device will understand this situation completely: Let's say a player fires up "Candy Crush" on his tablet computer and really digs the game. A lot. So much so that he downloads it to his smartphone.

    Only there's one problem: All the progress made on the tablet is stuck on the tablet. The smartphone has a completely separate path of progress, meaning the player has to play each level twice. This makes progress through the game twice as long. (This problem can be fixed by signing up for the game on Facebook, but no one really wants their Facebook friends to know they spend so much time crushin' candy.)

    The Asus PadFone X is the dream solution to this nightmare of a problem.

    Available exclusively from AT&T, the device is actually two devices. A standalone smartphone can be plugged into a tablet computer, meaning the owner can take his pick of how he wants to play the game, and all the progress he makes is saved on one device's hard drive.

    AT&T loaned us a device that we tested for more than two weeks -- didn't like having to send it back -- and we found a lot of its qualities and quirks.

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  • Tantric tours in support of latest studio album

    "37 Channels," the latest album from Hugo Ferreira's band, features a lineup of guests including Hinder's Austin Winkler, Shooter Jennings, 3 Doors Down drummer Greg Upchurch, Uncle Kracker guitarist Kevin McCreery, Saving Abel guitarist Scott Bartlett and Leif Garrettt.

    July 11, 2014

  • images_sizedimage_108172906 Benji Tunnell: 'Transformers' reaches new level of terrible filmmaking

    Then there's "Transformers: Age of Extinction," a film so bereft of originality, spontaneity and life that one would assume its creator must be a talentless hack. That's when you remember that it was directed by Michael Bay.

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  • Marta-mug.jpg Marta Churchwell: Crystal Bridges' coup makes art world cry foul

    I find Eastern art snobs insufferable. I have little patience for their pretentious eyebrow-raising over anything unworthy of their refined tastes.

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  • Jermiah-Tucker-020812.jpg Jeremiah Tucker: Power pop plays perfectly for Fourth of July

    One of the best bits from the long-running -- and sadly now defunct -- "Best Show on WFMU" with Tom Scharpling was the character Power Pop Pop Pop. The independent call-in and comedy radio show explored this menacing, Godfather-like figure of the power pop community via one of his minions, played by the brilliant indie rock drummer and comedian Jon Wurster.

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