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The Ugly Americans: "reasons to be pretty," at the District Theatre through July 7
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-07-01 12:00:00

Eugene Pavinato, Cara Chumbley, Chris Causer, and Kelly Lohrenz in reasons to be prettyThe strength of playwright Neil LaBute’s writing skills was on full display in the District Theatre’s equally stunning, Friday-night presentation of reasons to be pretty. LaBute's gritty drama about the demise of a couple after the guy is overheard describing his girl as having a “regular”-looking face is loaded with sharp banter and realistic relationships that are less than perfect, and the show's dark humor is not lost on director Bryan Tank’s cast. The comicality is clear as the characters scream obscenities at each other, stab each other verbally, and behave in seriously ugly ways.


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Bawdy Image: "Cabaret," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through June 23
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-06-17 12:00:00

Bryan Tank in CabaretQuad City Music Guild’s Cabaret is at its most entertaining whenever Bryan Tank’s Emcee graces the stage – “graces” being a somewhat incorrect term, as it's the actor’s unflinching commitment to his character’s blatantly sexual nature that’s so engaging. With his impressive German accent and convincing characterization of unabashed debauchery, Tank punctuates the beguilement of his Emcee by way of sexual gestures that seemed to titillate Thursday’s preview-performance audience, at least judging by the large amounts of laughter mixed with amused shock. (This was most notable during the threesome pelvic thrusts and other dance steps in Cabaret's “Two Ladies” number, one of several deliciously bawdy pieces choreographed by Emma Williams.)


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They Go Together: “Grease,” at the Prospect Park Auditorium through July 18
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-07-12 12:00:00

Grease ensemble membersI approached Thursday's preview performance of Quad City Music Guild's Grease with preconceived opinions, not the least of which was that Grease is one of the few stage musicals that greatly improved in its transition to film. Not one of the half-dozen or so stage productions of this 1950's-themed high school musical I'd seen convinced me that the show was much good in its theatrical form; at best, I hoped for some notable performances in a musical I still wouldn't like. I didn't expect that great performances from the entire cast would have me re-thinking my entire opinion of Grease. They did.


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