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"Noises Off," Ghostlight Is On
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-09-14 00:00:00
As the adage goes, “Dying is easy; comedy is hard.” Noises Off sure is. Saying that Michael Frayn’s farce requires precision is like saying a fish requires water or Jennifer Lopez requires publicity; the show’s very survival rests on the hairbreadth timing of its repartee and comic business. Frayn’s work is so tightly structured and its momentum so dizzying that the slightest inappropriate pause can completely knock you out of the show’s rhythm, and so I applaud Ghostlight Theatre for not only for tackling the script but often triumphing with it. Dying is easy, comedy is hard, and Noises Off is freakin’ hard.
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Running on Half-Empty: "Pump Boys & Dinettes" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-08-10 00:00:00
The Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse enjoys a luxury that no other theatrical venues in the area do: Its productions, on average, run about eight weeks each, allowing good shows plenty of time to eventually become very, very good shows. Given this, I’m guessing that the theatre’s latest offering, Pump Boys & Dinettes, will, by its closing night on September 17, end up … fine.
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Ghostlight’s "Will Rogers Follies" a Spirited Mess
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-07-27 00:00:00
Overreaching in the arts is often a good thing. Take, for example, The Will Rogers Follies, the latest presentation from Ghostlight Theatre, Inc. This is a hugely ambitious musical comedy. Not only does it aim to reproduce the experience of the Ziegfeld Follies stage shows in all their splendor and extravagance, but it’s meta-theatre as well. The production is narrated by Rogers (Shane Partlow), who freely admits to being dead for decades, yet Rogers also converses onstage with the actual Ziegfeld (voiced by the show’s director, Steve Flanigin), and other performers drop in and out of character to comment on the action as it progresses. Rogers also receives occasional visits from a long-dead pilot (Dr. Walter E. Neiswanger), while we in the audience are treated to musical contributions from others who are, similarly, deceased.
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Ghostlight Continues on the Path to Professionalism
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2005-06-15 00:00:00
Nobody expected Ghostlight Theatre’s transition from unpredictable, infrequent troupe to respectable company to be smooth, and it hasn’t been. Yet as it approaches the final show of its 2004-5 season – The Will Rogers Follies, running July 21 through 31 at Davenport North High School – Ghostlight can claim a few major accomplishments that count for quite a lot: It’s still around, and it’s made its budget.
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Caught Between Church and Family: Melissa McBain's "Altar Call"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2005-04-27 00:00:00

The time: the present invaded by the past. The setting: sanctuaries in the southwest desert. The play: Altar Call. And the playwright: Melissa McBain, who has appropriated one of the country’s most volatile current debates – where the church stands on the subject of homosexuality – as her play’s subject.
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