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Snap, Cackles, Pop: "Something's Afoot," at Augustana College through May 11
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2014-05-05 12:00:00

Steven Mondloch, Elyssa LeMay, and Ellenelle Gilliam in Something's AfootI am not a fan of the murder-mystery-comedy genre – but make the show a musical, and I’m not only interested, but eager to see it. Such is the case with Augustana College’s Something’s Afoot, a song-filled, murder-mystery romp reminiscent of an Agatha Christie story. Though not bad, the songs by James McDonald, David Vos, and Robert Gerlach, for the most part, aren’t great, nor particularly memorable. But happily, the production as a whole is still amusing from beginning to satisfying-and-unexpected end.


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Saturday Bloody Saturday: "Coriolanus," at Lincoln Park through July 21
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-07-15 12:00:00

Bob Hanske and Tyler Henning in CoriolanusIt's always a pleasure to be able to laud the chorus members of a production, and that's certainly appropriate for Genesius Guild’s presentation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus; the crowd scenes involving the Roman citizens – a group made up of 15 actors – are some of the most dynamic moments in co-directors Bryan Woods’ and Don Wooten’s production. Usually seen angrily protesting something, there’s a palpable energy in these performers' collective presence as the group storms the stage and creates a general hubbub in the background, adding more realism than would be on display had they merely stood in place and interjected occasional comments. Stirring things up beginning with the opening scene, and appearing multiple times throughout the course of the play, this charismatic group sets the stage for what proves to be an entertaining evening.


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Apollo's Creed: "Alcestis," at Lincoln Park through July 7
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-07-01 12:00:00

Jason Dlouhy, Bob Hanske, Doug Adkins, and Katie Ross in AlcestisEuripides' Alcestis marks the first Genesius Guild production of a Greek tragedy I’ve seen without doing advance research on the play’s plot, which I usually do out of fear of being lost. I’m happy to say, though, that I did not get lost in the slightest during Saturday’s performance, thanks to the production's clear plot points and dialogue, ample projection from the actors speaking from behind sound-inhibiting masks, and the comfortable flow of Dori Foster’s direction. The play is interesting in its exploration of fate, and also entertaining by way of costumer Ellen Dixon’s simple yet elegant designs (particularly for the women in the chorus), Earl Strupp’s aesthetically pleasing masks (with their glittery colors and wisps of escaped locks of hair), and the cast’s earnest characterizations.


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Rib It! Rib It!: "The Frogs," at Lincoln Park through August 5
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-07-30 12:00:00

Anna Tunnicliff, Neil Friberg, Bryan Woods, and Torey Baxa in The FrogsSince first experiencing one of Genesius Guild's end-of-season comedies two summers ago, I’ve eagerly anticipated playwright/director Don Wooten’s witty work each subsequent year. His sharp, humorous, sometimes biting rewrites of Aristophanes comedies abound with political, pop-culture, and theatre references at the local and national levels. And while I’ve not had the honor of being personally referenced in one of his jokes – at least not while I was present – this year’s The Frogs features hilariously pointed jabs at almost every theatre company in the Quad Cities area, with Saturday’s performance the funniest of the three annual Guild spoofs I’ve yet seen.


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Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Friar: "Measure for Measure," at Lincoln Park through July 1
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-06-25 12:00:00

Amanda Wales, Michael King, and Andy Curtiss in Measure for MeasureThree hours goes by quite quickly during Genesius Guild’s well-paced, oftentimes hilarious production of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. While the piece is considered a “problem play,” as the script defies the expectations of a traditional comedy, director Jeff Coussens highlights the work’s ample amounts of humor, particularly in the production's first half. And with Coussens and his cast punching up every punchline through inflection and a sort of “nudge-nudge, wink-wink” attitude, I ended up laughing harder at Saturday's presentation, I believe, than I’ve ever laughed while watching a Shakespeare performance.


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