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Sunday, May 04, 2014 8:00 PM



The nostalgic memories of Superman come back to many of us when we hear the familiar saying, “faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, it’s a bird…it’s a plane…no…it’s Superman!”

I had the opportunity to reflect on those memories and create some new ones after seeing Van Wert Civic Theatre’s production of a superhero play called “Insane with Power” by Scott Haan.

If you are a fan of superheroes, such as some of my friends, then you will enjoy this show directed by the talented Bob Howell. You will definitely get a kick out of this show even if you are not a big fan of superheroes. Trust me as I am not a superhero fanatic, yet, I really enjoyed this night of entertainment at the theatre. Just wait until you meet the superheroes of “Insane with Power.” I knew it was going to be an interesting show with superhero names like Dim Bulb, Mental and Speed Freak.

The show starts out in a mental health facility, which is being investigated by journalist Lois Lancaster played by Kim Hughes. Her goal is to figure out the current state of these facilities.

She begins by interviewing the doctor played by Tina Kowalski. Then she is scheduled to meet with the patients who think they are superheroes.

The energy of the show quickly takes off when the superheroes of Dim Bulb, Mental and Speed Freak, brilliantly played by Nick McClellan, Kari Gall and Joe Mauer, enter the room. They would make Batman and Robin envious of their super powers. You can’t help but laugh at their goofy facial expressions and funny gestures especially McClellan as Dim Bulb. I don’t know how Hughes kept from laughing when Dim Bulb was staring right at her with one of his hilarious facial expressions. She was able to stay in character the entire time and brought out even more humor.

Dan Hirn played the so-called “normal” patient but his disco dance moves and other antics added more comical moments to the show.

The performance will have you laughing and wondering where it will take you next. There are some interesting twists and turns along the way as the superheroes set out to save the day. You will have to see the show to witness the unexpected.

The performance was enhanced by the set, which was designed by Howell and Doug Grooms. It presented a nicely furnished room that would come to be expected in such a facility.

Burdette Bolenbaugh and Grooms handled the technical side of the show quite well with fitting music and smooth lighting transitions. Burdette’s impeccable timing with his numerous, and often funny, sound bites were right on cue throughout the performance. The music and sound effects definitely played an important part of the production.

Finally, wait until you see the superhero costumes developed by the cast members. They will leave you a lasting impression. Let’s just say that “Fruit of the Loom” will bring on a new meaning to you.

I encourage you to spend a fun evening at the theatre. Show dates are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Van Wert Civic Theatre. Ticket information is available at or by calling the box office at 419-238-9689.

Get your tickets and enjoy a pleasurable, comical show by seeing the superheroes of “Insane with Power.” These superheroes will have you smiling and laughing, and they will bring a new sense to what makes up a true superhero.


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