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War and ... . Wait. Where’d She Go?: "Peace," at Lincoln Park through August 16
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-08-15 17:28:08

Bob Hanske, Doug Adkins, Gary Adkins, and Stephen Laurel in PeaceSomewhere near the midpoint of Genesius Guild’s Peace, the leading character Trygaeus – as characters routinely do in Lincoln Park’s late-summer slapsticks – suddenly realizes that the play he’s in doesn’t really have a plot. One of his scene partners, though, tells him that perhaps that’s a good thing. After all, if they don’t have a plot, “maybe we won’t get reviewed.” Nice try, Guild.
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Just for the Mel of It: "Young Frankenstein," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through June 21
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-06-15 12:00:00

Nate Karstens, Abbey Donohoe, and Ian Sodawasser in Young FrankensteinOn at least three occasions during Thursday’s preview performance, Quad City Music Guild’s Young Frankenstein achieved a transcendent silliness – the kind you get with stunning regularity in Mel Brooks’ film-spoof inspiration. If you include everything said and done by Nate Karstens’ hunchback Igor, it was more like 203 occasions, but in the spirit of this tasty musical confection, let’s save the sweetest for dessert.
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In Too Depp: "Mortdecai," "The Boy Next Door," and "Strange Magic"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2015-01-24 21:38:40

Johnny Depp in MortdecaiMORTDECAI

Mortdecai, a Clouseau-esque slapstick about a bumbling art dealer and a missing Goya, isn’t so much a movie as it is a test, and one with a single question: Just how much Johnny Depp can you still stomach? For me, the answer turned out to be “more than I expected,” because while director David Koepp’s comedy is crummy in many ways, it did crack me up a good dozen times, and every time because its generally overexposed star did or said something that caught me completely, joyously off-guard.


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Merci Beaucoup!: "Les Misérables," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through March 21
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-01-19 12:00:00

ensemble members in Les MisérablesI’m on record stating that I was “Les Mis-ed out” after seeing three local productions of Les Misérables, and facing a fourth, over a year-and-a-half span. Yet after attending the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse’s version on Friday, my love for the material is renewed, as director Jerry Jay Cranford’s staging adds intimacy while still possessing the grandeur of composers Alain Boublil’s and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s musical masterpiece.


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Into the Weeds: "Into the Woods" and "The Homesman"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2014-12-29 01:06:33

Emily Blunt and James Corden in Into the WoodsINTO THE WOODS

Do you know what you wish? Are you certain what you wish is what you want?” – lyrics from Into the Woods

 

Like a lot of stage-musical fans, I’ve been wishing – patiently but eagerly for more than 25 years now – for a film version of Stephen Sondheim’s modern classic Into the Woods. Now, thanks to Sondheim, original book and screenplay author James Lapine, director Rob Marshall, and the fairytale-happy folks at Disney, we have one.

So here’s the good news: Barring some minor changes, the movie is incredibly faithful to the show’s stage roots. But here’s the bad news: It’s so faithful that it’s under-imagined and kind of suffocating. And here’s the worst news: It isn’t much fun.


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