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All the Worlds of Stage: Mike Schulz and Thom White Discuss Area Theatre in 2011
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2011-12-15 17:53:34

Tom Walljasper, Kristin Gilbert, and John Payonk in HairsprayThe Reader's chief theatre reviewer, Thom White, saw and wrote about 52 area stage productions in 2011. I saw 39 and reviewed 12. Obviously, during our second-annual breakfast chat on the Year in Theatre, there was a bit to talk about.


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Uniter, We Stand; Divider, We Fall: "Real Girls Can't Win!", at Augustana College through October 23
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-10-18 12:00:00

Jalayna Walton, Mercedes Padro, and Christina Arden in Real Girls Can't Win!If I were a college (or even high school) student of the female sex, I might find playwright Merri Biechler’s Real Girls Can’t Win! poignant and, if not life-changing, at least food for thought. I’m not, though, so while I appreciated Augustana College's cute presentation of the piece, I found the play itself to be rather pretentious, and annoyingly preachy.


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Lady Gaga Goes to Hogwarts: Musical-Comedy Improvisation with Baby Wants Candy, October 1 at Augustana College
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2011-09-21 19:08:04

cast members of Baby Wants CandyLike most professional performers, Chicagoan Nick Semar has a healthy number of musicals on his résumé.

Unlike most professional performers, Semar can boast acting credits in 26 original, hour-long musicals.

Staged over 27 nights.

All of which were made up on the spot.


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He’s Come to Wive Her Stealthily in Padua: "The Taming of the Shrew," at Lincoln Park through June 26
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-06-20 12:02:00

David Cabassa and Angela Rathman in The Taming of the ShrewIf, at any point, you find your mind wandering during director Jeff Coussens’ Genesius Guild presentation of The Taming of the Shrew – and trust me, that won’t happen often – snapping back to attention is easy: Just check out the reactions of the men watching the show from stage right. You’ll have no trouble spotting them, because one of the guys is drunk off his ass, and the other’s wearing a dress.


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Something Wilder: “Our Town,” at Augustana College through May 8
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-05-02 12:00:00

Kat Martin, Jacquelyn Schmidt, and William Cahill in Our TownPlaywright Thornton Wilder’s Our Town is one of the few preachy plays that I don’t mind for its sermonizing. With his blatant, nearly Buddhist statements and themes about living, really living, each and every moment of life, Wilder is unapologetic about the points he wants to drive home. And perhaps because his ideas are so universally acceptable, it’s easy to accept Wilder’s moralizing. It also helps that the delivery of his messages is so emotionally poignant, as was effectively displayed during Friday night’s Our Town performance at Augustana College.


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