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Digging Deeper: “August: Osage County,” Through October 24 at the Village Theatre
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-10-18 18:34:43

Jessica Flood and Patti Flaherty (foreground) and Leah Otting, Jason Platt, and Kassy Caldwell (background)The language of playwright Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County is loaded with layers of emotion underneath its dialogue. During New Ground Theatre’s opening performance on Friday, a few actors neglected the dark undertones, reciting their lines as if Letts’ words held nothing below the surface. Most, however, got to the heart of the script, impressively revealing the richness of the work through performances that ranged from subtle to over-the-top. While not perfect, the show deserved the standing ovation it got from the audience.


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Jokers! Wild!: "Ecclesiazusae," at Lincoln Park through August 8
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-08-03 12:00:00

Michael Phillips, Lisa Pilgrim, and Claira Hart in EcclesiazusaeGenesius Guild's Ecclesiazusae is perhaps the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen on a local stage, and that's what I found so charming about it.
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Crowning Achievement: "Richard III," at Lincoln Park through July 25
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-07-20 12:00:00

Michael King at Richard IIIGenesius Guild's Richard III is not what I expected. I sat down for Sunday night's Lincoln Park performance anticipating a well-done, respectfully somber production - something along the lines of a group oration with limited movement. What I saw instead was a dynamic show filled with remarkable performances and clever staging, and delivered with proper respect for the material.
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Grecian Yearn: "Andromache," at Lincoln Park through June 27
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-06-22 12:00:00

Janell Just and Pat Flaherty in AndromacheWhile waiting for Sunday night's performance of Euripides' Andromache to begin, I contemplated the ways in which Genesius Guild is a Quad Cities treasure. Not that it's necessarily greater than any other local group, but it's definitely unique; performing in the open-air setting of Lincoln Park, Genesius Guild provides a theatrical experience unmatched in the area. In the case of Andromache, the play's genre is also exclusive to Genesius Guild, as the organization the only local theatre group regularly performing Greek tragedy.


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Killing Time: "Any Number Can Die," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through May 16
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-05-10 12:00:00

Bill Bates, Diane Greenwood, and Lisa Kahn in Any Number Can DieAs I watched Friday's performance of Any Number Can Die at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre, I tried to remember that there was (probably) a time when Fred Carmichael's script was considered hilarious. As a spoof of murder mysteries of the 1920s, this 1965 work may originally have been fresh, poking fun at the plays that audiences were used to seeing. Now, though, with so many comedies poking fun at murder-mystery clichés - and with one seemingly presented each year by Playcrafters - the jokes at the expense of the clichés have themselves become cliché. Still, Carmichael's script and Playcrafters' production of it are amusing enough to make the show at least tolerable.


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