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Boo! Hiss! Hooray!: "The Curse of an Aching Heart: Or, Trapped in the Spider's Web," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through July 21
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-07-15 12:00:00

Jackie Patterson, Jackie Skiles, and Sarah Ade in The Curse of an Aching Heart: Or, Trapped in the Spider's WebSo far as melodramas go, The Curse of an Aching Heart: Or, Trapped in the Spider's Web is, for me, one of the more tolerable and entertaining works in its genre. Not being a fan of this brand of comedy, I still laughed quite a bit during Thursday’s performance at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre, as playwright Herbert Swayne’s clever wit and director Tom Morrow’s pleasingly on-the-verge-of-over-dramatic tone made for an amusing night of comedy.


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Mad Men (and Women): "The Curious Savage," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through August 26
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-08-20 12:00:00

Mollie Schmelzer, Jackie Patterson, Renaud Haymon, Taylor McKean, and Jordan L. Smith in The Curious SavageThe Curious Savage is the best production I’ve seen at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre so far this season. With its sharply funny script, interesting and endearing characters, and director Don Hazen's gentle touch rendering the piece heartfelt and sincere, I was captivated from beginning to end during Thursday’s performance, curious as to how the story would unfold, and caring what would happen to the show's cast of sanatorium residents.


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Family / A Fair: "Meet Me in St. Louis," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through June 17
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-06-11 12:01:00

JJ Johnson, John Donald O'Shea, Jay Rakus, Leigh VanWinkle, Sue Somes, and Elisabeth Gonzales (back row); Lauren VanSpeybroeck, Katie Osborne, and Laila Haley (front row) in Meet Me in St. LouisQuad City Music Guild’s Meet Me in St. Louis seems to me a beautifully gift-wrapped empty box. Designer Kevin Pieper’s sets are grand and detailed with touches, such as light fixtures and curtains, that are appropriate for the piece's 1904 setting. Sara Laufer’s choreography fits the feel of the songs, exuding high-energy fun without being overdone. Costume designer Cindy Monroe’s period creations are gorgeous – particularly the women’s feathered, wide-brimmed hats. And the actors are, for the most part, in fine voice, and offer cheerily spirited characterizations. I enjoyed the sights and sounds during Thursday’s performance. The story, however, barely interested me.


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Adorkability: "The Nerd," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through April 22
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-04-16 12:01:00

Justin Raver, Jordan L. Smith, and Nathan Johnson in The NerdBy the time the titular character entered the play, I’d resigned myself to having to endure two more hours of few-and-far-between laughs during Friday’s performance of The Nerd, while also fighting off a sleepiness fostered by the unusually high temperature in the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre. However, appearing in only his third stage role, Jordan L. Smith woke me up and held my attention with his annoyingly nasally delivery of playwright Larry Shue’s monologues. The best reason to see The Nerd, it turns out, is the nerd himself.


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Hinky Panky: "Sex Please, We’re 60," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through October 30
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-10-24 12:01:00

John Donald O'Shea and Susan Philhower in Sex Please, Weire 60As suggested by the title, the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre’s current offering, Sex Please, We’re 60, involves men and women of a certain age and their libidos, but thankfully it maintains a modicum of decency by placing the “action” off stage. The piece also features many clichéd jokes and absurd situations, but while I cringed at the images conjured by the title, it’s when the work is at its (relatively) raunchiest that the play and the cast work best.


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