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Rome and Bard: "Caesar," at the QC Theatre Workshop through January 31
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-01-26 20:05:20

John Turner in Caesar, photo by Aimee FordThe Prenzie Players' Caesar, the company's truncated title for William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, has a playfulness about it, as director Tracy Skaggs reduces the Roman leader, played here by John Turner, to the role of celebrity. This consequently provides moments of humor and fun where there might otherwise be none, the highlight of which is J.C. Luxton’s Antony grabbing patrons from out of the audience and stating “Caesar grants your wish – rise,” before using his cell phone to snap pictures of the attendees with Caesar.


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My "Crossing" to Bear: "Crossing Acheron: The Tragedy of Antigone," at Scott Community College through April 19
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2014-04-14 12:00:00

William Marbury in Crossing Acheron: The Tragedy of AntigoneIt’s unfortunate that William Marbury’s angry, domineering King Creon and Analisa Percuoco’s defiant, strong-willed Antigone don’t share more stage time in Scott Community College’s production of Crossing Acheron: The Tragedy of Antigone. The actors share a similar energy in their performances, creating a palpable tension as the king condemns Antigone to be buried alive for, against his decree, twice attempting to bury her slain brother. Marbury and Percuoco are equally gifted at gleaning emotional meaning out of director/author Laura Winton’s Greek-tragedy adaptation and delivering their words with conviction, and their performances and chemistry are so captivating that they left me hoping the two will appear in a future production that involves more interaction between them.


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One-Hundred-Word Moments in Time: Thom White, and a Few Others, on the Year in Theatre
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2013-12-23 12:00:00

Cara Chumbley, Lora Adams, Brad Hauskins, and Rachelle Walljasper in Things My Mother Taught MeAnother year of area stage productions has come and gone, and wanting to try something different this December, Reader theatre reviewer Thom White and I thought we’d bypass our traditional, end-of-year postmortem in favor of an alternate approach: requesting 100-words-or-fewer submissions from our readers on what people found particularly memorable about the 2013 stage scene. “It’ll be something new!” we thought. “It’ll be exciting! It’ll be filled with fresh voices that aren’t ours!” And, I must admit, we were dazzled with the overall response.

Well, “dazzled” may be overstating it.

Hmmm ... what’s the word I’m looking for ... ?

“Mortified,” maybe ... ?


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Let Your Freak Flag Fly: "The Elephant Man," at Scott Community College through October 26
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-10-21 12:00:00

Austin Stone and James Thames in The Elephant ManScott Community College’s heart-tugging production of playwright Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man is truly touching, with much of the credit for Thursday’s emotion going to James Thames' portrayal of the titular character. While director Steve Flanigin does not use makeup to make Thames look like the real Joseph Merrick – who lived during the late 19th Century and who, for still-unknown reason, was deformed with what looked like gargantuan warts on his head, shoulder, torso, legs, and right arm – Thames manages to successfully depict physical abnormality by way of constantly holding his mouth to the right side of his face, even while speaking. Through the course of Merrick's existence from sideshow freak to hospital resident to friend of high-society England, it’s Thames’ unassuming nature and gentle speech, as filtered through his deformed face, that make his Merrick so heartbreaking and pitiable.


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Pitch Imperfect: "Blue Sky Merchants," at Scott Community College through April 20
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-04-15 12:00:00

John R. Turner and Isaac Scott in Blue Sky MerchantsScott Community College’s Blue Sky Merchants is an interesting idea that doesn’t reach its potential, mainly due to its absence of subtlety. Local playwright and actor John R. Turner’s play about a man (simply named Deskman, and played by Turner) who listens to, and then green-lights or rejects, ideas for television shows could be a poignant commentary on modern society's tastes in entertainment. Yet while Turner has a laudable knack for dialogue, Thursday’s production left me with too-little question as to his intended message, mainly because his Deskman character clearly states the author's intent, rather than allowing the audience to decipher it.


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