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That's the One That's Not a Planet Anymore, Right?: "Plutus," at Lincoln Park through August 3
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2014-07-28 12:00:00

Bob Hanske, Bryan Woods, and Neil Friberg in Every so often, Genesius Guild's end-of-summer comedy isn't the traditionally silly, over-the-top production that mostly forsakes a story-driven plot. Such is the case with this year’s comedic romp Plutus. During Saturday’s take on Aristophanes' original text, I found myself as interested in the outcomes of the characters as I did in director/adapter Don Wooten's mockery of local icons and current events. Sometimes more so.


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O Brother, Why Art Thou?: "The Melville Boys," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through June 15
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2014-06-09 12:00:00

Nathan Johnson and Victor Angelo and The Melville BoysThe title The Melville Boys implies that the two men in this four-character play are at the crux of its plot. For me, though, the highlight of the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's production of Norm Foster’s script was watching Dianna McKune provide the performance’s heart and soul. As Mary, the character whose home neighbors the family cabin that the Melville brothers are using for the weekend, McKune brings a centered warmth to the proceedings, and is responsible for the play’s biggest laughs and most heartfelt moments.


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If Memory Swerves: "How I Learned to Drive," at Augustana College through February 5
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-01-30 12:00:00

Jacquelyn Schmidt, Michael Pazzol, Amy Sanders, Robin Quinn, Mike Schulz, and Jo Vasquez in How I Learned to DriveAugustana College’s How I Learned to Drive offers an interesting opportunity to compare the acting talents of performers at different points in their lives, as there’s a marked contrast between Reader editor Mike Schulz’s work and that of the students who compose the rest of the cast. Being beyond college-age (and hired here as a guest actor), Schulz is presumably more aware of the darkness in the world, the pain of real life, and the reality of what some would call sin. I imagine he's subsequently able to draw from what he knows and use it to shape his character, whereas it’s apparent that the students are feigning their feelings. To be clear, that’s not to say that the students are poor actors, and each one offered a notable performance during Friday’s presentation. Compared to Schulz’s effort, however, there are distinct differences in the sincerity of their portrayals.


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Uniter, We Stand; Divider, We Fall: "Real Girls Can't Win!", at Augustana College through October 23
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-10-18 12:00:00

Jalayna Walton, Mercedes Padro, and Christina Arden in Real Girls Can't Win!If I were a college (or even high school) student of the female sex, I might find playwright Merri Biechler’s Real Girls Can’t Win! poignant and, if not life-changing, at least food for thought. I’m not, though, so while I appreciated Augustana College's cute presentation of the piece, I found the play itself to be rather pretentious, and annoyingly preachy.


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