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Twisted Sisters: "Arsenic & Old Lace," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through February 25
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2007-02-21 08:26:26

Kevin DeDecker, Dan Faust, and Tom Morrow in When the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's current production of Arsenic & Old Lace is really rolling, this venerated black comedy (well, dark-gray comedy) is absolutely delightful. The problem, though - or rather, the problem with last week's opening-night performance - is that Richmond Hill's production doesn't so much roll as lurch; despite their frequently endearing characterizations, the actors on Thursday evening had so much trouble getting their words out that the show never quite found a satisfying rhythm. The experience was like taking a vacation road trip in a vehicle that keeps threatening to stall: You've made it to your destination, and you've had a good time along the way, but you're still a little grateful when it's over.


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The Playwright Did It:"Out of Sight, Out of Murder," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre Thru September
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-09-20 04:47:56

"Out of Sight, Out of Murder" Offhand, I can think of no type of play more annoying than one that won't stop insisting on how clever it is.

The latest production at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre is the comedic mystery Out of Sight, Out of Murder, and it should have made for a happily lightweight diversion; beginning with the title, nothing about the show takes itself too seriously, and the cast is filled with game performers looking to provide, and have, a good time.

But, in all honesty, I found the production hard to sit through, and for reasons that go well beyond its bloated two-and-three-quarter-hour running length. With playwright Fred Carmichael thwacking us in the head with his every "clever" comic observation, Out of Sight ... proved the opposite of lightweight - I found myself depressed by the heavy-handedness of it all.


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Comedies Tonight: The Prenzie Players' "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's "Cliffhanger"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-04-05 00:00:00

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Rock Island Masonic Temple

 

Theatre audiences are often witness to romance and, with the right director and performers, occasionally even to true love on stage. Yet it’s rare to find passion and even rarer to witness carnality, two qualities that the Prenzie Players present in abundance in their juicy new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Rock Island Masonic Temple.


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Richmond Hill Plants a Not-Bad "Seed"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-10-12 00:00:00
The Richmond Hill Barn Theatre’s production of Maxwell Anderson’s The Bad Seed is entertaining stuff, yet you might not believe more than a few words of it. The sincerity that director Jalayne Riewerts gives the piece is admirable, but also a little misguided, because the show often aims for penetrating insight and forgets why audiences love The Bad Seed in the first place – not for its psychology, but because of the inherent fun in watching an eight-year-old sociopath get away with murder.
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Richmond Hill’s "You Can't Take It with You" Is All (Kaufman &) Hart
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-06-08 00:00:00
Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman’s 1938 comedy You Can’t Take It with You is so sturdy and reliably entertaining that it doesn’t take much more than a mediocre version of it to make audiences happy. The current production at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre is significantly better than mediocre – vibrantly played and almost consistently pleasurable – but what’s completely surprising is the cleverness and skill behind Vicki Deusinger’s staging of it.
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