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items tagged with Melissa McBain

Caught Between Church and Family: Melissa McBain's "Altar Call"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2005-04-27 00:00:00

The time: the present invaded by the past. The setting: sanctuaries in the southwest desert. The play: Altar Call. And the playwright: Melissa McBain, who has appropriated one of the country’s most volatile current debates – where the church stands on the subject of homosexuality – as her play’s subject.
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Will "Your Favorite Band" Get Groupies?
Written By: Administrator
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2004-08-04 00:00:00
Sean Leary is sticking to basics. The author and producer of the innovative Your Favorite Band believes – despite the unique combinations of film, theatre, and music media used during the performances – that “a good story will always be the key to a successful show. ” We’ll see whether he followed this maxim and how local audiences respond to his part-live-theatre, part-film show when Your Favorite Band starts a two-week run August 5 at ComedySportz.
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Quad City Music Guild’s "Working" Labors Through Muddled Script
Written By: Administrator
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2004-03-31 00:00:00
Theatre is evolving. While some scripts still relate the story of a unique person or community, it seems more writers are attempting to use representative characters to capture something more universal. These shows often consist of monologues that revolve around a central theme, such as girls’ and women’s lives in A … My Name Is Alice and female sexuality in The Vagina Monologues. Sometimes, as in The Vagina Monologues, each component is the result of real-life research and interviews conducted and modified by the playwright.
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Quad City Arts Presents World-Premiere Play
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2003-11-12 00:00:00
Most people hated the Interstate 74 bridge construction, but theatre actress and director Melissa McBain loved it. Being stuck on the bridge gave her an opportunity to chat regularly with journalist and author Stephen G. Bloom about Shoedog, the play he co-wrote. The piece will get its world premiere this weekend with three performances at Quad City Arts, with McBain directing.
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A Different Type of Theatre: "Love Letters" at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre
Written By: Administrator
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2003-01-15 00:00:00
Love Letters isn’t a typical stage production by the standards of contemporary acting. That’s because it’s not necessary for performers to act or even memorize A.R. Gurney’s script; they just read it. The experience is a bit like listening to a book-on-tape, with the benefit of being able to watch the readers. Some audience members for Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s current production – running weekends through January 26 – won’t enjoy the lack of stage movement, but those who know what to expect beforehand will appreciate the well-written script.
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