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Curtain Call: Mike Schulz and Thom White Discuss Area Theatre in 2010
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2010-12-20 12:00:00

Joseph Obleton, Fred Harris, Jr., Renaud Haymon, Reggie Jarrell, and Shanna Cramer in the Playcrafters Barn Theatre's FencesAs we’ve come to annually expect, there was practically no end to the highlights from this past year in area theatre.


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Vagabonding: "Waiting for Godot," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through December 18
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-12-06 12:00:00

Matt Mercer and David Turley in Waiting for GodotWith its themes of loneliness, reality, death, the meaning (and absurdity) of life, and the search for self, playwright Samuel Beckett’s tragicomedy Waiting for Godot is considered, by some, to be the most significant English-language play of the 20th Century. Frankly, though, I didn’t search for meaning in the script during Thursday night’s Godot performance at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre, as I was too busy being entertained, to the point of loud laughter, by the captivating oddity of the dialogue and performances.


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Students' Congress: "The Shape of Things," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through October 17
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-10-12 12:00:00
Maggie Woolley and Matt Mercer in The Shape of ThingsAuthor Neil LaBute is known, and respected, for pushing the envelope with his plays. The Richmond Hill Barn Theatre generally produces plays that are comparatively safe in theme and style. So it’s a somewhat surprising thing to see LaBute’s The Shape of Things on the barn-theatre stage – and, I think, a very good thing, too. Because while some of the play’s elements are offensive, its central themes of art, relationships, and what we're willing to do for love are well worth examining. And happily, they're examined here in a production that is also thoughtfully staged and performed.
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Plainsong: "Oklahoma!," at North Scott High School through June 27
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-06-21 12:00:00

Heather herkelman and James Daniel Pepper in Oklahoma!In 1943, Rodgers & Hammerstein wrote Oklahoma!, and consequently created a new genre of theatre that combined elements of drama with vocals and a musical score. Nearly 70 years later, for the first time, I saw the musical performed on stage, in a production by Countryside Community Theatre. I expected antiquity, but instead found the songs inspiring, the relationships (relatively) fresh, and the dialogue surprisingly funny. While Countryside's interpretation of the production incorporates performers of widely varying ages and experience levels - a few of the younger performers were hard to hear at the Thursday-night preview - the show is an example of community theatre at its finest.
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Greek Unorthodox: "Troilus & Cressida," at 1616 Second Avenue in Rock Island through March 28
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-03-22 12:00:00

Jaci Entwisle and Andy Koski in Troilus & CressidaIf there's anything at which the Prenzie Players excel - and the theatre group excels at quite a few things - it's the ability to convey the meaning of Shakespeare's words to those who may have trouble following the dialogue and, therefore, the plot. (I.e. me.)  And that strength is all the more important in the Prenzies' current undertaking, Troilus & Cressida.  While watching the opening-night performance, I rarely understood what exactly was going on by way of what was said. But thanks to the passion behind how it was said, I was neither bored nor disinterested.


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