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Schadenfreude: “Oedipus Rex,” at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through June 6
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2009-05-29 12:00:00

Eddie Staver III and Denise Yoder in Oedipus RexSure, it's the Greek tragedy to end all Greek tragedies. But is any stage tragedy, Greek or otherwise, as unashamedly, wickedly enjoyable as that of the fall of Oedipus?


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There’s No Business Like Reviewing-the-Shows Business
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2005-12-14 00:00:00

How wonderful and humbling the last eight months have been.
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"Noises Off," Ghostlight Is On
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-09-14 00:00:00
As the adage goes, “Dying is easy; comedy is hard.” Noises Off sure is. Saying that Michael Frayn’s farce requires precision is like saying a fish requires water or Jennifer Lopez requires publicity; the show’s very survival rests on the hairbreadth timing of its repartee and comic business. Frayn’s work is so tightly structured and its momentum so dizzying that the slightest inappropriate pause can completely knock you out of the show’s rhythm, and so I applaud Ghostlight Theatre for not only for tackling the script but often triumphing with it. Dying is easy, comedy is hard, and Noises Off is freakin’ hard.
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Ghostlight Continues on the Path to Professionalism
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2005-06-15 00:00:00
Nobody expected Ghostlight Theatre’s transition from unpredictable, infrequent troupe to respectable company to be smooth, and it hasn’t been. Yet as it approaches the final show of its 2004-5 season – The Will Rogers Follies, running July 21 through 31 at Davenport North High School – Ghostlight can claim a few major accomplishments that count for quite a lot: It’s still around, and it’s made its budget.
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World Premiere Offers No Easy Answers: "Altar Call" at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-05-11 00:00:00
Melissa McBain’s drama Altar Call, currently playing at Playcrafters’ Barn Theatre, is beautifully unresolved. There are many fine elements in this production – along with some not-so-fine ones – yet I was impressed by McBain’s willingness to let the drama linger after its close. She introduces potentially volatile subject matter such as adultery, homosexuality, and the dogmatic elements of scripture, yet doesn’t attempt to provide easy answers to the play’s complexities.
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