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They’ll Never Walk Alone: "Carousel," at the Green Room through December 9
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2007-12-05 08:43:13

Nicole Freitag and Eddie Staver III in Carousel When you attend the Green Room's re-imagining of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel - and I'm trusting that you will attend this altogether glorious production - the first thing likely to catch your eye is the playing area's bucolic backdrop, its pastoral simplicity only tarnished by an off-center, crudely drawn Nazi swastika. A flip to the back page of Carousel's program finds director Derek Bertelsen devoting three paragraphs to the World War II ghetto of Theresienstadt. And when the show's actors dolefully enter the stage, they're wearing muted grays offset only by yellow Stars of David. Yes, you realize, this Carousel is set in a German concentration camp.


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Williams’ Burg: "The Glass Menagerie," at the Green Room through October 21
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2007-10-17 16:20:26

Abby VanGerpen, Jackie Madunic, and Eddie Staver III in The Glass Menagerie There's no playwright, living or deceased, whose words I would rather listen to than Tennessee Williams. And if you don't already share that opinion, the first few minutes of the Green Room's The Glass Menagerie - with actor Eddie Staver III introducing us to Williams' "truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion" - might be enough to change your mind.


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Farce Majeure: "Flaming Idiots," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre; "Funny Money," at the Timber Lake Playhouse
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2007-07-18 08:48:12

Spiro Bruskas, Craig Michaels, and Scott Naumann in Flaming Idiots On Friday night, I attended a comedic farce that featured slamming doors, mistaken identities, gunshots, an unhelpful cop, a heavily accented mobster, an attractive woman getting sloppy drunk, and a finale that found characters staring with amazement at a briefcase filled with cash.

And on Saturday, I attended another one.


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They Played “Misty” for Me: "Swinging on a Star," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre Through May 20
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2007-05-16 08:27:03

Alysa Grimes and Joe Urbaitis in Swinging on a StarIt may seem like an odd thing to praise right off the bat, but in Swinging on a Star - the musical revue currently playing at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre - director/choreographer Cindy Ramos-Parmley delivers some absolutely first-rate scene transitions.


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What’s the Buzz?: Quad City Music Guild Showcases Female Musicians of the ’60s in "Beehive"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2007-03-21 08:23:43

 "I was really nervous," recalls Jackie Madunic. "I love Tina Turner - she's, like, one of my idols - and I was terrified."

Madunic is describing the first time she rehearsed her role as Turner in the Quad City Music Guild's production of Beehive, and the actress' fears are understandable. The revue, running March 23 through 25, is a celebration of the 1960s' most prominent female musicians - among them Turner, Janis Joplin, Lesley Gore, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Connie Francis, and Annette Funicello - yet in addition to portraying one of our country's most identifiable rock icons, another factor is conceivably adding to the performer's nervousness: Madunic is white. (As, it should be noted, is actress Sarah Ulloa, who plays both Franklin and Ross.)


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