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Switching Gears: "Machinal," at Augustana College through October 25
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-10-19 12:00:00

Debo Balogun and Christine Broughton in MachinalAt this time of the year, many people enjoy celebrating Halloween by being creeped out of their minds. Some enjoy cheesy slasher movies while others like to binge on The Walking Dead, and some religiously attend local spook houses such as Rock Island's Skellington Manor. Yet the most haunting, and even the creepiest, experience I have had in a long time happened at Augustana College's latest theatrical exploration of social justice: Machinal.
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Funny Businesses: Patrick Adamson, Andrew King, and George Strader Discuss the Area-Comedy Renaissance
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: News/Features

Category: Comedy

2015-05-28 12:00:00

George Strader, Andrew King, and Patrick Adamson“Is that ahi tuna?”

“No. It’s a-ha tuna. This is a comedy interview.”

So went a not-atypical exchange during my recent conversation with area comedians George Strader, Patrick Adamson, and Andrew King. (It was George who asked about the tuna and Patrick who ordered it. If you were wondering, Andrew had a burger.) But while the jokes and laughs tended to come fast and furious during our chat, there was one thing this trio was dead-serious about: The Quad Cities’ comedy scene has, since the beginning of this decade, been enjoying a pretty dramatic renaissance. A pretty inspiring one, too.
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Saving Mrs. Bankrupt: "The Way West," at the Village Theatre through May 24
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-05-18 12:00:00

Sarah Baxter and Valeree Pieper in The Way WestIt was difficult to go into Saturday’s performance of New Ground Theatre’s The Way West without high expectations given the cast of women involved. I’ve enjoyed all four of them in the past and was certain I’d be impressed yet again, and by the end of the night, my respect for their talents was mostly renewed due to each one's admirable characterization.
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All You Need Is Like: "As You Like It," at Augustana College through May 10
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-05-05 12:00:00

Jessica Holzknecht, Rowan Crow, and Keenan Odenkirk in As You Like It; photo courtesy of Augustana Photo Bureau/Nadia Panasky '17Director Jennifer Popple’s decision to set her Augustana College production of As You Like It in the 1960s is one of the most appropriate changes in time-setting for theatrical material I’ve yet witnessed. Such shifts sometimes seem gimmicky, or are better in concept than execution, but here it works, and works well.
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No Easy Answers: Jessica Lamb-Shapiro on Self-Help and Self-Discovery, January 27 at Augustana College
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: News/Features

Category: Literature

2015-01-20 20:30:07

Jessica Lamb-Shapiro’s Promise Land seems to invite preconceptions.

First, there’s the white kitty hanging perilously from a rope on the book cover, cheekily recalling the famous “Hang in There” inspirational poster.

Then there’s the subtitle: My Journey Through America’s Self-Help Culture.

Flip to the first page of prologue. The book opens: “Ten years ago, I tagged along with my father to a weekend conference on how to write self-help books.” Yes, it really was a self-help retreat for self-help-guru wannabes.

From those elements, you might expect an arch, cynical take-down of a movement and the industry that feeds it (or feeds off it).

Lamb-Shapiro will be the January 27 guest in the River Readings at Augustana series, and you’re hereby advised to not judge this book by its cover or its opening sentence. It’s so much richer than that.

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