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The Skittish Play: "Macbeth," at Lincoln Park through August 9
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-08-03 15:40:00

Sarah Ade Wallace and Todd Schwartz in MacbethBefore Saturday’s opening-night presentation, executive director Doug Tschopp took the stage for Genesius Guild’s traditional pre-show announcements and T-shirt giveaway, and kindly asked the crowd for continued financial support, especially given the organization’s decreased support since 2008 from the State of Illinois. Not to make light of a very real monetary concern, but I wish power players from Nike had been there for Tschopp’s request. Because after seeing Macbeth, they might’ve happily handed over a check, considering the motto for everyone involved in director Michael King’s inspiriting production appeared to be the same: "Just do it."
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In the Land of the Masks, the Blind Man Is King: "Oedipus Rex," at Lincoln Park through July 26
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-07-21 12:00:00

Gary Adkins and Mischa Hooker in Oedipus RexDespite the oppressive heat, the abundance of hungry mosquitoes, and the young couple behind me rudely whispering during the entire length of the performance, I not only enjoyed but admired Saturday’s presentation of Genesius Guild’s Oedipus Rex. Director Dori Foster’s dynamic staging – which is especially dynamic for a Greek tragedy performed mostly in masks – and the cast's impressive ability to emote without the benefit of facial expressions were well worth the night's distractions.


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That's the One That's Not a Planet Anymore, Right?: "Plutus," at Lincoln Park through August 3
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2014-07-28 12:00:00

Bob Hanske, Bryan Woods, and Neil Friberg in Every so often, Genesius Guild's end-of-summer comedy isn't the traditionally silly, over-the-top production that mostly forsakes a story-driven plot. Such is the case with this year’s comedic romp Plutus. During Saturday’s take on Aristophanes' original text, I found myself as interested in the outcomes of the characters as I did in director/adapter Don Wooten's mockery of local icons and current events. Sometimes more so.


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Mask Appeal: "The Suppliants" and "The Persians," at Lincoln Park through July 6
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2014-06-30 12:00:00

Pat Flaherty and ensemble members in The SuppliantsThis year, Genesius Guild’s annual Greek tragedy is a double-feature, as the local theatrical organization presents Aeschylus’ The Suppliants and The Persians – two plays for the price of one (which is still free). With each piece running less than an hour, the entire evening’s entertainment, even with intermission, falls just short of two hours, giving audiences one partial hour of what frequent Guild patrons expect from the group’s Greek tragedies, and one partial hour of some very welcome, though relatively minor, changes.


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No Taxation Without (Satiric) Representation: “The Acharnians,” at Lincoln Park through August 4
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-07-29 12:00:00

Calvin Vo and Bryan Woods in The AcharniansThis year’s end-of-season Greek comedy by Genesius Guild, The Acharnians, is high on political humor, musical numbers, and sharply funny barbs at the expense of local organizations – especially Genesis Health System and Trinity Regional Health System (now UnityPoint Health) – and the cities of Moline, Davenport, and Rock Island. And I was smiling from ear to ear during almost the entirety of Saturday’s performance, tickled by the clever jokes, amusing songs, and even the groan-worthy puns.


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