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He’s Come to Wive Her Stealthily in Padua: "The Taming of the Shrew," at Lincoln Park through June 26
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-06-20 12:02:00

David Cabassa and Angela Rathman in The Taming of the ShrewIf, at any point, you find your mind wandering during director Jeff Coussens’ Genesius Guild presentation of The Taming of the Shrew – and trust me, that won’t happen often – snapping back to attention is easy: Just check out the reactions of the men watching the show from stage right. You’ll have no trouble spotting them, because one of the guys is drunk off his ass, and the other’s wearing a dress.


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Something Wilder: “Our Town,” at Augustana College through May 8
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-05-02 12:00:00

Kat Martin, Jacquelyn Schmidt, and William Cahill in Our TownPlaywright Thornton Wilder’s Our Town is one of the few preachy plays that I don’t mind for its sermonizing. With his blatant, nearly Buddhist statements and themes about living, really living, each and every moment of life, Wilder is unapologetic about the points he wants to drive home. And perhaps because his ideas are so universally acceptable, it’s easy to accept Wilder’s moralizing. It also helps that the delivery of his messages is so emotionally poignant, as was effectively displayed during Friday night’s Our Town performance at Augustana College.


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Perennials: "The Secret Garden," at Augustana College through February 7
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-02-01 12:00:00

Supposedly a family-friendly audience favorite, The Secret Garden, currently being performed at Augustana College, is an emotional but often downright dreary musical based on the classic children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I know few children - or adults, for that matter - with the stamina to make it through this production, which lasted almost three hours on opening night. But duration aside, the decision by director Jeff Coussens and musical director John Pfautz to even attempt to stage Garden, with its cast of 19 in the relatively-intimate Potter Hall, was an audacious one that succeeded on both vocal and visual levels.


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The Quad City Playwrights’ Festival 2009, May 10 at Augustana College
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2009-04-28 14:34:16

Melissa McBain

(The following is the sidebar to the feature story "Love Letters: Melissa McBain Pays Tribute to Her Mother in New Ground Theatre's Going Back Naked.")

In addition to playwriting and performing, Melissa McBain also teaches in Augustana College's theatre department, and currently serves as coordinator and producer for the Quad City Playwrights' Festival, an annual evening of short plays by local writers, directed and acted by Augustana students. (This year's festival will take place at Augustana's Wallenberg Hall on Sunday, May 10.)


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Take Five(s): Ensembles, Pairings, Debuts, Technical Achievements, Shockers, and Accidents
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2008-12-16 15:01:32

Tom Walljasper, Sandra D Rivera, Tristan Layne Tapscott, and Erin Dickerson in Are We There Yet Five Extraordinary Ensembles

An actor friend of mine says he always wants to be the worst performer in everything he's in, because if the rest of the cast is doing stronger work than he is, that means the show is in really, really good shape. With that in mind, any actor worth his or her salt would be thrilled to be the worst performer among these five ensembles.

 


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