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Boy Meets Ghoul: "The Addams Family," at the District Theatre through August 30
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-08-17 12:00:00

Anthony Natarelli, Liv Lyman, Erin Platt, Sara Wegener, Nancy Teerlinck, Jason Platt, Jennifer Sondgeroth, David Miller, and Christopher Tracy in The Addams FamilyTaking The Addams Family as a sign, I’m excited about the District Theatre’s future in downtown Rock Island's former Argus building, and while there are still a few growing pains to overcome, the company is clearly off to a good start.
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The Father, the Son, and the Wholly Spirited: "Big Fish," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through August 9
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-08-03 15:40:00

Karl Hamilton, Paige ManWaring, and Matt W. Miles in Big FishThough I’ve watched the film version several times and viewed a staging of its musical earlier this summer, the Timber Lake Playhouse’s production of Big Fish still had me choking back tears despite my (over-)familiarity with the material. That’s in no small part due to the magic in director James Beaudry’s staging, the cast’s endearing rendering of the supporting characters, and Karl Hamilton’s captivating charm as Edward Bloom, the father at the center of this tale of tall tales.
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Tall Tails: "Big Fish," at North Scott High School through July 19
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-07-13 16:19:09

Big Fish ensemble members, photo courtesy of Avenue StudiosAdam Nardini deserves credit for making Countryside Community Theatre’s Big Fish so endearing. Playing the father at the center of composer Andrew Lippa’s and playwright John August’s story – one based on the novel and Tim Burton film of the same name, the latter of which found Albert Finney playing Nardini's Edward Bloom – the performer is in excellent voice and remarkably engaging as this teller of tall tales. While he doesn’t adjust his performance to accommodate age differences while traveling from high school to early fatherhood to late-life, Nardini is still one of the best things that Countryside's piece has going for it.
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Boys, Assassins, and a Frog & a Toad: Reflections on The Green Room's First Season (Plus)
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2008-10-29 08:35:53

Into the WoodsInto the Woods (August 10 - 12, 2007): The Green Room's debut production was Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's fairy-tale musical, and many of its cast members had previously worked with director Derek Bertelsen (also the venue's Executive Director) and music director Tyson Danner (the Artistic Director) in the pair's previous, fund-raising performances for the Children's Therapy Center of the Quad Cities: 2005's Ragtime and 2006's The Secret Garden. Both vividly remember opening night.

 

Derek: It smelled like fresh paint.

Tyson: It did. We painted that morning.


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Generation Gaps: "john & jen," at the Green Room
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2008-06-03 08:43:13

Sarah Ulloa and Ryan Westwood in john and jenI hadn't heard of the two-person musical john & jen until it popped up on St. Ambrose University's schedule of studio-theatre productions for the 2006-7 season, as a project for director Scott Peake and music director Tyson Danner. I'm guessing a lot of you hadn't, either.


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