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Stirring Quartet: 2014 Playwrights Festival, at the Village Theatre through May 11
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2014-05-05 12:00:00

I've noticed a common thread among amateur playwrights, in general, that gets me cringing a bit at the thought of seeing a locally-written play – or, in the case of the one-acts for New Ground Theatre’s 2014 Playwrights Festival, several locally-written plays, which I viewed on Saturday evening. All too often, I've found these writers struggle with dialogue, particularly in regard to writing phrases and conversations in a manner in which people actually speak. I’m happy to say, however, that this is not the case with New Ground's presentation, as all four of its playwrights manage to provide believable dialogue and discussions, removing from the equation the distraction of annoyingly obvious and unrealistic speech.


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Rib It! Rib It!: "The Frogs," at Lincoln Park through August 5
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-07-30 12:00:00

Anna Tunnicliff, Neil Friberg, Bryan Woods, and Torey Baxa in The FrogsSince first experiencing one of Genesius Guild's end-of-season comedies two summers ago, I’ve eagerly anticipated playwright/director Don Wooten’s witty work each subsequent year. His sharp, humorous, sometimes biting rewrites of Aristophanes comedies abound with political, pop-culture, and theatre references at the local and national levels. And while I’ve not had the honor of being personally referenced in one of his jokes – at least not while I was present – this year’s The Frogs features hilariously pointed jabs at almost every theatre company in the Quad Cities area, with Saturday’s performance the funniest of the three annual Guild spoofs I’ve yet seen.


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How Beautiful English Can Be: Pat Flaherty Seizes the Throne in Genesius Guild's "King Lear," July 16 Through 24 at Lincoln Park
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2011-07-07 12:00:00

Pat Flaherty in King Lear“I think it came from going to church,” says area actor Pat Flaherty of his childhood interest in theatre. “Because I’d go to church, and I’d see this guy who was holding everybody’s interest through the whole service. It was very dramatic – they’d light the candles and ring the bells and everything – and for a while I thought I wanted to be a priest because of that.

“It turned out I just wanted to be on stage.”


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Just a Small-Town Girl, Livin’ in a Lonely World: "And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson," at the Village Theatre through March 20
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-03-14 12:00:00

Jamie Em Behncke and Susan Perrin-Sallak in And They Dance Real Slow in JacksonA day after seeing it, I still can’t decide whether I like playwright Jim Leonard Jr.’s And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson, but I do know that I appreciate director Patti Flaherty’s efforts in staging this nonlinear tale for New Ground Theatre. During Friday’s performance, I struggled to follow the action, as Leonard’s script confusingly jumps back and forth in time. Thankfully, however, Flaherty’s directorial work helps create some clarity to the “when” with which we’re dealing.


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Fantastic Voyage: "Pericles, Prince of Tyre," at St. Peter's Episcopal Church through Sunday, November 21
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-11-17 12:00:00

Jeb Makula and J.C. Luxton in Pericles: Prince of TyneI’ve enjoyed every Prenzie Players production I’ve seen to date, but perhaps none more so than Pericles, Prince of Tyre. That’s actually odd to say, since William Shakespeare’s tale of the world's luckiest unlucky prince – a seafarer who really should just avoid the sea altogether – wouldn’t necessarily be called “fun.” Director Andy Koski and his cast, however, manage to find the humor in the script and bring it to the forefront, embellishing it and even adding quips of their own, and elicited lots of laughs from Saturday night’s audience.


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