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Hit and Mistletoe: "Irving Berlin’s White Christmas," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through August 5
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2007-08-01 09:44:48

Tanner Bollinger, Jenny Guse, Jacqui Pugh, and Zack Powell in Irving Berlin's White Christmas You might think it odd that, for its penultimate summer production, the Timber Lake Playhouse is staging Irving Berlin's White Christmas, thereby celebrating the holiday season a good two or three months before the malls will. But the actual presentation turns out to be stranger still. Not only are you getting White Christmas here, you're getting three or four different White Christmases; the results aren't bad, necessarily, but the show winds up feeling a bit like the Bing Crosby classic as co-directed by Michael Curtiz, Tommy Tune, and Rip Taylor.


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Gang Busters: "West Side Story," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through March 24
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2007-01-24 08:26:31

Mishi Schueller and Kimberly Willes in For West Side Story to really work, the actors portraying Tony and Maria have to be marvelous, and in Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's new presentation of this beloved musical updating of Romeo & Juliet, Mishi Schueller and Kimberly Willes are even better in these roles than you'd hope they'd be. The duo is so touching, so emotionally expansive, that director/choreographer Ann Nieman's production is an absolute dream whenever they're on stage, so allow me to begin by discussing Schueller's and Willes' contributions, which should underscore how great this West Side Story is, and perhaps help explain why it should've been greater still.


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Surprising Surprises
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2006-12-20 09:06:00

"Grease"I got pretty choked up at Quad City Music Guild's production of It's a Wonderful Life: The Musical, especially when George started yelling at his kids. (They were so cute!) I was truly affected by the anguished performance of John VanDeWoestyne in the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

But, in 2006, do you know what area production made me cry like a little girl?

Freakin' Grease.


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Theatre Essentials 2006: A Dozen Names to Remember
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2006-12-20 08:31:16

Christine Barnes with Brian Cox and Brian Bengtson in "The Miser" Of course, the people who are most essential to the success of area theatre are the ones ponying up the dough to get it produced (and this includes you, my ticket-buying friends). But it's hard to imagine the theatre year being as enjoyable as it was without the contributions of the following 12 individuals, each of whom added considerable flair to several area productions - oftentimes at several area venues - in 2006.


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A Look Ahead to Area Theatre in 2007
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2006-12-20 08:28:30

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