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items tagged with Lora Adams

Maintaining Balance on a Bumpy "Road": New Ground Theatre's "Scotland Road"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-09-21 00:00:00

(Warning: Though I’ve tried to be circumspect, details on Scotland Road’s mysteries may slip out. Proceed with caution.)

 

The psychological drama Scotland Road, the first production in New Ground Theatre’s 2005-6 season, is both entertaining and disheartening – entertaining because of the skill of director Michael Oberfield and his cast, disheartening because playwright Jeffrey Hatcher’s work doesn’t quite seem to deserve their skill.


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My Verona’s "Closer" a Great Season Opener
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-06-15 00:00:00

Few stage sights are as thrilling as a cast of genuinely hungry actors, especially when they have genuinely meaty material to tear into. My Verona Productions’ Closer is a biting, at times painful, piece, yet it’s suffused with joy; the actors seem to be relishing the opportunity to verbally claw, scrape, and expose (often self-inflicted) wounds.


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New Ground Turns Mamet’s "Boston Marriage" into a Massacre
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-05-25 00:00:00
From first scene to last, New Ground Theatre’s production of Boston Marriage is an almost total misreading of David Mamet’s 1999 work. As usual, New Ground’s decision to tackle offbeat and challenging material is commendable, but its latest offering is so wrong-headed in execution that it makes you understand why audiences often shy away from the offbeat and challenging.
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New Ground’s "Talley’s Folly" a Quirky, Incomparable Love Story
Written By: Administrator
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2004-08-25 00:00:00
New Ground is one of my favorite local theatre groups because it doesn’t settle for slapstick comedies, cliché-filled scripts, or sappy dramas. Instead, the not-for-profit organization with the mission to “bring the best in contemporary and original theatre to the Quad Cities” does superb work living up to that goal. New Ground’s upcoming show, Talley’s Folly, the recipient of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for drama, is certainly no exception to the “best theatre” rule and is perhaps one of the most unconventional, intriguing love stories I’ve ever seen on stage. The production opens August 26 and runs through September 5 at Rivermont Collegiate in Bettendorf.
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New Ground Show Explores the Lighter Side of Women’s Troubles: "Female Problems: A Musical"
Written By: Administrator
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2004-01-28 00:00:00
Female problems. According to this musical by Nicole Hollander and Cheri Coons, we (as in women) have lots of them. Whether it’s ridding our closets of shoes, trying new hairstyles every month, loving our insufficient-but-tolerable husbands, or fretting over the weight gain from (gasp!) a piece of German chocolate cake, we have lots of important issues on our minds that require a lifetime of worry, tummy-tucks, and doctor visits.
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