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Torture Chamber Play: " The Pillowman," at the District Theatre through May 12
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-04-30 12:01:00

Jason Platt, Dexter Brigham, and Matt Mercer in The PillowmanOn Thursday, the District Theatre debuted a most admirable, impressive production of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, a play boasting numerous surprises both major and minor. Yet if the reactions of a few of the evening’s audience members are to be trusted, it might be necessary to spoil a few right off the bat.


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Dressing Roomies: "Scenery," at the District Theatre through February 25
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-02-13 12:00:00

Ed Villarreal and Molly McLaughlin in SceneryThe District Theatre’s production of Scenery boasts the most range I’ve yet seen from actor Ed Villarreal, who is obviously growing as an artist after notable performances in the (then-) Harrison Hilltop Theatre’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Jesus Christ Superstar last year, and New Ground Theatre’s Bad Habits last month. During Thursday night’s show, he incorporated an accent, plus shifts in vocal inflection and projection, to punctuate either the humor or emotion of his lines, and in so doing, successfully shaped his Richard as an aging actor resigned to his status.


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Deep in the "Ha!" of Texas: "A Tuna Christmas," at the District Theatre through December 10
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-11-28 12:00:00

James Fairchild and David Turley in A Tuna ChristmasWhile I like David Turley’s work as a director – with this year’s Chicago at the District Theatre and Gypsy with Countryside Community Theatre among his most notable efforts – I’d like to see more of him on-stage. I was wowed by his John Hinckley Jr. in 2008’s Assassins at the Green Room Theatre, tickled pink by his William Barfee in 2010’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre, and amusingly intrigued by his Vladimir in that venue’s 2010 Waiting for Godot.


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Yearly Beloveds: “Same Time, Next Year,” at the District Theatre through June 25
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-06-13 12:00:00

Adam Michael Lewis and Cari Downing in Same Time, Next YearMy enjoyment of the Harrison Hilltop Theatre company’s Same Time, Next Year was inhibited by the moral issues at the core of the play.


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Fun with Dick and Dave: "Frost/Nixon," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through April 2
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-03-14 12:00:00

Kevin Grastorf and Paul Workman in Frost/NixonSitting down for Thursday’s performance of Frost/Nixon, the set for the Harrison Hilltop Theatre’s production heightened my concerns that I would likely be bored during the show. Even before arriving at the theatre, I anticipated struggling to concentrate, knowing I’m not much interested in history. But adding the minimalist approach to the set, with three platforms embellished by a strip of black rising up their centers, my hopes that the visuals, at least, would offer some interest dwindled. (While the look of the set is creative, I’m just not into minimalism.) It didn’t take long, though, for director Tristan Layne Tapscott’s efforts to prove my worries unwarranted, and by the end of the play, I was actually thankful for the simple set, as it didn’t at all distract from the players’ performances.


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