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A Bloody-Good Mess: “Titus Andronicus,” through April 7 at the Stern Center
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-04-03 18:33:40

Cole McFarren and Aaron E. Sullivan in Titus AndronicusMany cast members in the Prenzie Players’ current offering, Titus Andronicus, are at their best expressing physical and emotional pain. There’s Aaron E. Sullivan’s shift from utter despair to cackling insanity as the title character, Catie Osborn’s post-rape brokenness as his daughter Lavinia, and Jessica White’s shrieks as she watches her character’s son slaughtered. The desperation is so penetrating in its realism and sincerity that I was often uncomfortable during Friday night’s performance – which is to say that the production is shockingly effective at delivering the darkness of Shakespeare’s work. I walked away in awe.


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Home, at the End of the World: Bluebox Limited's "Impulse," Now Available on iTunes
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2011-11-02 12:00:00

Christopher Masterson in ImpulseA young man sits in his living room, in a large, inviting house that, as we’ll learn, is located in the small town of Perry, Iowa. He practices a quiet melody on his guitar, occasionally glancing at his handwritten sheet music for a song titled “Last Looks.” It’s a sunny day in late afternoon, and both the man and his surroundings exude an air of utter, unalterable calm, a feeling only briefly disrupted by the sound of a plane passing overhead. Well, that and the faraway screaming.


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Pardnership: "Make Me a Cowboy," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through September 18
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-09-12 12:00:00

Jon Schweppe, Roger Akers, Bryan Woods, and Nicholas Wallbusser in Make Me a CowboyThe Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s Make Me a Cowboy will appeal to anyone who likes pure, wholesome, clean-humored comedy that’s light on plot and heavy on friendly cowboys and public-domain cowboy-themed songs. While that “anyone” does not include me, I at least recognize the earnestness in playwright and director Don Bailey Bryant’s effort to present a decent show, and Make Me a Cowboy certainly made for a good time for Friday’s audience, many of whom sang along to a good number of ditties and seemed pleased with the production.


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This Way Madness Lies: "King Lear," at Lincoln Park through July 24
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-07-18 12:03:00

James Alt and Pat Flaherty in King LearThere may be some of you who hear the title King Lear and, knowing only of the play’s reputation as the mack daddy of all Shakespeare tragedies, immediately presume that any evening production of the piece will last well into the next morning. Allow me, then, to quell your fears: Saturday’s Genesius Guild staging of the Bard’s opus began promptly at eight o’clock, and after the night’s presentation had concluded, I was back in my car by 10:55.


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Honor Role: "Ajax," at Lincoln Park through July 10
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-07-05 12:00:00

Bob Hanske and Patti Flaherty in AjaxI make a conscious effort to suppress expectations prior to seeing a production, for fear they’ll rise to the unattainable. With Genesius Guild’s Ajax, however, I couldn’t help it. I was so taken with last year’s Andromache, performed in traditional period masks, that I was giddy with anticipation to see this summer’s Greek-tragedy offering. And despite a few apparent stumbles over lines and one glaringly missed cue, director Don Wooten’s effort did not disappoint. Saturday night’s performance of Sophocles’ piece captivated me with its creative execution.


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