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Disability Assurance: "The Boys Next Door," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through June 14
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-06-08 12:00:00

Victor Angelo and Jonathan Grafft in The Boys Next DoorI sat through Thursday’s The Boys Next Door at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre fascinated and perplexed by the mixture of emotions I felt. Author Tom Griffin’s play about four men with various degrees of mental illness living together in a group home is a comedy, for sure. But director John VanDeWoestyne and his cast presented it in such a way that I wanted to “Ha!” and “Aw-w-w!” simultaneously during almost every moment. The piece is both funny and deeply touching, and much of the credit for that goes to the perfectly cast actors playing the titular “boys.” While it took time for a couple of them to win me over, by intermission, each one had me convinced that he shouldn’t have been cast any other way.


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An Affair to Remember: "Dinner with Friends," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through May 18
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2014-05-12 12:00:00

Pamela Crouch-Zayner, Chris Zayner, Lisa Kahn, and Don Faust in Dinner with FriendsThe Playcrafters Barn Theatre's latest production, Dinner with Friends, explores the impact of a marriage-ending extramarital affair on not only the couple involved, but also their best friends. And while what results can be correctly guessed before the finale, playwright Donald Margulies manages to incorporate some unexpected paths along the way, particularly in the evolving responses of the couple's pals. While I did find my mind wandering during Friday's performance due to a lack of interest in some of the longer-winded conversations, I still enjoyed the overall presentation for being thought-provoking regarding relationships, and for offering some great laughs, too.


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Atlantic Overtures: "Titanic Aftermath," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through May 20
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-05-15 12:00:00

Byran Woods, Angela Rathman, Stephanie Moeller, Randy Pribyl, Mollie Schmelzer, Faith Hardacre, and Mike Kelly in Titanic AftermathDirector Paul Workman deserves high praise for making the Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s Titanic Aftermath at all watchable, particularly as the boat is sinking in the second act. Throughout Friday’s performance, I kept thinking that playwright Michael Wehrli’s script was a fantastic historical account, but also kept wondering, “Why is it a stage play?” With so much action described, and so little played out visually, especially during the first act, this piece might as well be a radio drama, or the script for a documentary on the Titanic. As a theatrical production, however, Wehrli's work is … well, rather boring.


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Oh, I Know All I Owe I Owe Ioway: “Leaving Iowa,” at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through November 20
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-11-14 12:00:00

Tom Morrow, Sandy Glass, Hannah McNaught, and Dana Moss-Peterson in Leaving IowaIt doesn’t happen often, especially if you attend a lot of local theatre – where the on-stage faces tend to become familiar ones. But every once in a while, you’ll be at a production that you’re really enjoying, and gradually realize that you’re routinely focusing on one performer above the others – and asking yourself, with a grin, “Who is that?”


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Community Effort: Playcrafters and Black Hawk College Team Up for "Leaving Iowa," November 11 through 20
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2011-11-03 13:22:49

Pam Kobre, Hannah  McNaught, Don Faust, Dana Moss-Peterson, and Taylor Apple in Leaving IowaDescribed by the Chicago Sun-Times as “simultaneously hilarious and touching,” the road-trip comedy Leaving Iowa is the final presentation in the Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s 2011 season. Leaving Iowa is also the first presentation in Black Hawk College’s 2011-12 theatre season, but don’t chalk that up to either coincidence or some sort of Moline-based rivalry; the productions are actually one and the same.


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