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French Toast: "Cyrano de Bergerac," at 1616 2nd Avenue in the District of Rock Island, through May 23
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-05-17 12:00:00

Adam Overberg and Maggie Woolley in Cyrano de BergeracThe Prenzie Players' current production, Cyrano de Bergerac, is costumed in nothing but black and white. Yet that lack of visual variety counters the abundance of color in the performances of the cast, which add shades of nuance to what could be presented as cut-and-dried "good" and "bad" characters. The actors' portrayals make it possible for audiences to feel sorry for the villain, to fall for our hero's rival in love, and even, to some degree, to occasionally dislike the tale's namesake.


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Bard Optimal: "Much Ado About Nothing," at the Village Theatre through March 15
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2009-03-09 12:45:26

Cait Bodenbender and Aaron E. Sullivan in Much Ado About NothingWith the current Much Ado About Nothing, I've now attended 10 presentations by the classical-theatre troupe the Prenzie Players, and perhaps fittingly, it's maybe the most sheerly Prenzie Prenzie production I've yet seen.


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Art Nouveau Riche: "As Bees in Honey Drown," at the Village Theatre through July 26
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2008-07-23 08:22:06

Maggie Woolley and Jake Walker in As Bees in Honey Drown If you diagrammed the experience of the Riverbend Theatre Collective's As Bees in Honey Drown, it would look something like a roller coaster: There'd be an extended incline followed by a precipitous drop, several more inclines each followed by lesser drops, a few twists, and an eventual return to your point of origin. And as with a roller coaster, you might find yourself having a terrific time during Bees' ride, even if your enjoyment wears off quickly, and a few of its shakier moments give you a headache.


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Running, Running, Running: The Prenzie Players Venture Beyond Shakespeare with "Life's a Dream"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2008-04-30 08:16:14

Reader issue #682 The latest undertaking by the Quad Cities' classical-drama troupe the Prenzie Players is an adaptation of Spanish playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca's Life's a Dream, and at one point during a recent interview, group co-founder and Dream director J.C. Luxton tells me, "This show is just running, running, running. There aren't a lot of breaks for anybody."

Including, as it turns out, the audience.


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No Holds Bard: "The Taming of the Shrew," at the Rock Island Masonic Temple through March 16
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2008-03-12 08:40:08

Chris Moore and Beth Woolley

The way I see it, the only real problem with the Prenzie Players (and it's more a problem for me than them) is that their performance standard is so consistently high that when they produce a show that satisfies even beyond that standard, you don't quite know how to describe it. Regarding the theatrical troupe's current production of The Taming of the Shrew, then, let me just state that it's the best time I've had at an area show in all of 2008. And, quite possibly, in all of 2007. And 2006. The invention and commitment and laugh-'til-you-cry hilarity of director Jeremy Mahr's presentation is truly staggering; it transports you to a state of complete happiness that you don't ever want to return from.


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