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Fangtastic: Ballet Quad Cities' "Dracula"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: News/Features

Category: Dance

2013-10-14 12:00:00

Domingo Rubio in 2012's DraculaDomingo Rubio left no doubt that his Count Dracula was in charge during Friday’s performance of Ballet Quad Cities’ Dracula at Moline's Scottish Rite Cathedral. (The production ended its two-night run on Saturday.) From his bat-like entrance – with the dancer slowly flapping his black cape from front to back as he made his way through the darkened auditorium – to his death, Rubio’s Dracula never seemed controlled by anyone, and that included choreographer Deanna Carter. Rubio gave the impression that his Dracula wasn’t moving because Carter gave him predetermined choreography, but because it was the way he wanted to move.


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Baileys on the Rocks: "It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through December 12
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-11-29 12:00:00

members of the It's a Wonderful Life: A live Radio Play children's choirThe Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play has several things going for it. One, it’s nostalgically familiar – who hasn’t seen the It’s a Wonderful Life movie at least once? Two, it’s a holiday show for an audience that’s more than likely in a Christmas spirit, and already jolly when sitting down to watch the play. And three, it’s short, running one hour without an intermission. However, there’s one major element missing from the Showboat’s show that would make it really good: melodrama.


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Performances with Bite... and a Script that Bites: "Dracula," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through October 31
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-10-25 12:00:00

If not for Patrick Stinson’s direction and the cast’s performances (Cole Rauch’s and Tanya Smith’s in particular) adding an effectively creepy air, the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s Dracula would be a rather dull affair. Playwright Crane Johnson, it seems, would much rather describe vampiric events in his script than write so that anyone directing the play might show them. It’s not nearly as frightening, after all, to hear someone tell of bodies found or women bitten in the neck as it is to see these events happen before your very eyes.


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Eight Times Five: Ensembles, Musical Numbers, Stagecraft, Couples, Newcomers, Collegiate Performers, Minors, & Exits
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2009-12-21 12:00:00

Five Inspiring Ensembles

Powerful lead performances and scene-stealing supporting turns are always welcome; one- and two-character shows can be a gas. But for my money, nothing quite beats the theatrical pleasure of watching a tightly knit ensemble in action, and the following five productions ensured that this pleasure was a continual one.

 


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The Vampire, the Dane, and the Guy in the Dress: “Laughing Stock,” at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through April 26
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2009-04-20 12:00:00

Alex Klimkewicz, David Rash, and Bill Hudson in Laughing StockAs with a person, sometimes you can fall immediately, madly, irrationally in love with a play. And I think I fell in love with author Charles Morey's Laughing Stock within its first two minutes, when artistic director Gordon Page (Don Hazen) introduced visiting actor Jack Morris (Alex Klimkewicz) to his venerated theatre in New Hampshire, and the young man took a moment to assess his surroundings before saying, incredulously, "It's a barn."


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