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Fall’s Swell, and Ends Well: Fall Theatre in the Quad Cities and Surrounding Areas
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2009-08-31 12:00:00

Kathi Osborne, Carrie Saloutos, and Jessica Swersey in Circa '21's Mid-Life! The Crisis MusicalAt last count, there were a whopping 46 area-theatre productions scheduled between September and December, and included among the titles are A Dog's Life, The Big Funk, Scrooge!, Don't Hug Me, and Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical. It's the season that my editor, Jeff, has been waiting for!


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Ho, Ho, Ho!: "The Santaland Diaries," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through December 28
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2008-12-23 08:44:11

Mark L. Lingenfelter in The Santaland DiariesI love David Sedaris' writing, but on those rare occasions when I've heard the author read from his works on National Public Radio, I can only listen to him for a few minutes before feeling compelled to change the station. It's not that his high, reedy voice is unpleasant, exactly. But the caustic self-deprecation and derision that can make his stories so wickedly funny strike me as whiny and ungainly when Sedaris himself vocalizes them, and when he indulges in sentiment, his attempts at honest emotion ring hollow. (His "heartfelt" moments don't sound noticeably different from his sardonic diatribes.) This isn't a huge failing - Sedaris, after all, is a writer, not a performer - yet I still find that a little of him, vocally, goes a long way.


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’Til Death Do Us Partner: "Tuesdays with Morrie," at ComedySportz through May 6
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2007-05-02 08:18:40

Ray Gabica and Adam Michael Lewis in Tuesdays with Morrie You can often pinpoint your favorite moment in a particular stage performance, when an actor does something so fresh or unexpected or wonderfully human that the worlds of fictional "reality" and actual reality blur in the most extraordinary way. Ray Gabica, in My Verona Productions' current presentation of Tuesdays with Morrie, doesn't provide one of these moments. If you try really hard, though, you might be able to narrow your favorites down to about 50.


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The Not-So-Final Curtain: Iowa City's Dreamwell Theatre
Written By: Administrator
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2006-03-22 00:00:00

After the most successful nine-month run that Iowa City’s Dreamwell Theatre has ever seen, this sm

all company – which has long performed on borrowed stages and only recently secured a space of its own – is homeless once more.
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Setting Sedaris Straight: My Verona Productions' "The Santaland Diaries"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-11-23 00:00:00
Adapted from David Sedaris’ famed audio presentation and subsequent short story, The Santaland Diaries – the latest endeavor from My Verona Productions, currently playing at Rock Island’s ComedySportz venue – is an acting triumph for its star, Adam Lewis. Playing an unmotivated 33-year-old who finds himself – to his abject shame – employed at Macy’s as one of Santa’s elves, Lewis is spectacular; as he enacts his character’s grueling ordeals in a one-man show that’s part monologue, part stand-up routine, and part performance-art piece, the actor is thrilling to watch, so brilliantly focused and ceaselessly inventive that he leaves you a bit in awe.
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