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The Skittish Play: "Macbeth," at Lincoln Park through August 9
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-08-03 15:40:00

Sarah Ade Wallace and Todd Schwartz in MacbethBefore Saturday’s opening-night presentation, executive director Doug Tschopp took the stage for Genesius Guild’s traditional pre-show announcements and T-shirt giveaway, and kindly asked the crowd for continued financial support, especially given the organization’s decreased support since 2008 from the State of Illinois. Not to make light of a very real monetary concern, but I wish power players from Nike had been there for Tschopp’s request. Because after seeing Macbeth, they might’ve happily handed over a check, considering the motto for everyone involved in director Michael King’s inspiriting production appeared to be the same: "Just do it."
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Things Are Seldom What They Scheme: "The Merry Wives of Windsor," at Lincoln Park July 11 and 12
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-06-30 12:00:00

Bryan Woods, Bob Hanske, Michael Hill, and Andy Curtiss in The Merry Wives of WindsorGenesius Guild’s The Merry Wives of Windsor is a study in comedic styles, particularly in comparing the portrayals of Bob Hanske’s lothario Falstaff and Andy Curtiss’ hot-headed Ford. Hanske offers a vocally robust – and, thanks to costume designer Ellen Dixon, physically robust – performance that’s delightfully buffoonish in his mannerisms and goofball inflections. Curtiss, on the other hand, plays his part of the jealous husband whose wife is coveted by Falstaff almost without accentuating its humor, choosing instead to allow his fluctuating anger to carry the comedy. And both actors are hilarious in their roles, stealing the show every moment they’re on stage.
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And the Tony Goes to … : "Antony & Cleopatra" at the QC Theatre Workshop through May 9
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-05-05 12:00:00

Kristin Skaggs and J.C. Luxton in Antony & CleopatraMuch of Friday’s performance of the Prenzie Players’ Antony & Cleopatra played almost like a romantic comedy. Director Kate Farence’s staging of William Shakespeare’s tragedy feels lighter and funnier than perhaps the material calls for, with the titular couple enjoying their post-Julius Caesar relationship – and ultimately dealing with Rome’s political power plays and battles – amidst a den of hedonism, with hippie-esque attendants engaging in swinging orgies and drug use. Matt Moody’s set design even has the lovers reclining on a tiered platform covered in colorful pillows and blankets, a seeming nod to the pair’s interest in each other over the power of a throne. And the personality in Farence’s production proves titillating – and should make the show more palatable for those who might not enjoy a stuffier version.
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On the Side of the Angels: "Angels in America: Perestroika," at the District Theatre through February 8
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-02-02 12:00:00

ensemble members in Angels in America: Perestroika[For Thom White's review of part one of the District Theatre's Angels in America, visit "Darkness and Plight."]

Something clicked for the cast and crew of the District Theatre's Angels in America: Millennium Approaches since November, and now Angels' second half, Perestroika, is notably better for it. Director Deb Shippy and her cast have embraced the humor of playwright Tony Kushner’s magnum opus, and the result is an emotionally layered staging that’s superior to last fall's production.


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A Coupla Theatre Guys Sittin’ Around Talkin’: Mike Schulz and Thom White Discuss 2014's Area Stage Scene
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2014-12-18 12:00:00

the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Irving Berlin's White ChristmasIf you’re new to this almost-annual recap, what follows is my conversation with Reader theatre reviewer Thom White about the area’s stage stage over the past 12 months.

If you’re not new to it, you know the drill. Clear some time, grab a snack, and enjoy!


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