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A Coupla Theatre Guys Sittin’ Around Talkin’: Mike Schulz and Thom White Discuss 2014's Area Stage Scene
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2014-12-18 12:00:00

the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Irving Berlin's White ChristmasIf you’re new to this almost-annual recap, what follows is my conversation with Reader theatre reviewer Thom White about the area’s stage stage over the past 12 months.

If you’re not new to it, you know the drill. Clear some time, grab a snack, and enjoy!


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There Go the Neighborhoods: "Clybourne Park," at the Village Theatre through November 16
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2014-11-10 12:00:00

Caciona Bernstrom, Chris Page, Ryan Mauritz, Mark McGinn, and Kelly Thompson in Clybourne ParkNew Ground Theatre’s Clybourne Park, written by Bruce Norris as a sequel, of sorts, to Lorraine Hansberry's classic play A Raisin in the Sun, takes quite a bit of time to get rolling. But once it does, this exploration of racial tensions at different points in American history is wickedly hilarious. Director Chris Jansen effectively employs a slow, nearly dull pacing to build to a significant payoff, particularly in the second act, when the purposefully bland tone fits the play's scene of a neighborhood-association meeting. Following Friday’s performance, I was amused at how, during the presentation, I went from being almost bored to laughing heartily.


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You Say You Want a Revolution?: "Les Misérables," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through June 22
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2014-06-16 12:00:00

Patrick Downing, Dan Pepper, Rob Keech, Mark McGinn, and Quincy Keele in Les MiserablesQuad City Music Guild’s Les Misérables has the look and feel of the local community theatre producing its own, specific version of the Broadway favorite, with its music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel. And that delights me, given that I wanted to see the group’s take on this much-loved musical, rather than an attempt to recreate one of its previous stagings.


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Theorems and Relativity: "Proof," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through September 22
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-09-16 12:00:00

Bryan Lopez and Stephanie Moeller in ProofBryan Lopez’s charm seems key to enjoying the Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s production of Proof. That’s not to say that he's the only reason to take in director Steve Parmley’s presentation of author David Auburn’s material, but I do want to acknowledge that it’s his character’s grace and agreeableness that draw you into the play, as he's our sympathetic and likable connection to the plot’s proceedings. During Friday's performance, the eagerness with which Lopez's Hal tried to lure Stephanie Moeller’s Katherine out of her house to hear his band of math geeks perform held such sincerity that I hoped she’d say yes solely for his sake.


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Bawdy Image: "Cabaret," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through June 23
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-06-17 12:00:00

Bryan Tank in CabaretQuad City Music Guild’s Cabaret is at its most entertaining whenever Bryan Tank’s Emcee graces the stage – “graces” being a somewhat incorrect term, as it's the actor’s unflinching commitment to his character’s blatantly sexual nature that’s so engaging. With his impressive German accent and convincing characterization of unabashed debauchery, Tank punctuates the beguilement of his Emcee by way of sexual gestures that seemed to titillate Thursday’s preview-performance audience, at least judging by the large amounts of laughter mixed with amused shock. (This was most notable during the threesome pelvic thrusts and other dance steps in Cabaret's “Two Ladies” number, one of several deliciously bawdy pieces choreographed by Emma Williams.)


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