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The White Stuff: “Art,” at the Village Theatre through June 27
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-06-14 12:00:00

Adam Michael Lewis, Aaron Randolph III, and Mike Schulz in ArtI distinctly remember, in 1998, watching a PBS documentary prior to the 52nd Tony Awards ceremony, one in which I was enraptured by a segment featuring a nominated play. Captivating me with its quick-paced, witty, and sharp-tongued dialogue, the play was author Yasmina Reza's Art, and the clip featured the original Broadway cast of Alan Alda, Victor Garber, and Alfred Molina, making my desire to see it all the deeper. The show's premise, though, seemed almost stupid, involving the purchase of a white painting for $200,000. "How could anyone create a play around that concept," I thought, "and make it remotely interesting?"


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French Toast: "Cyrano de Bergerac," at 1616 2nd Avenue in the District of Rock Island, through May 23
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-05-17 12:00:00

Adam Overberg and Maggie Woolley in Cyrano de BergeracThe Prenzie Players' current production, Cyrano de Bergerac, is costumed in nothing but black and white. Yet that lack of visual variety counters the abundance of color in the performances of the cast, which add shades of nuance to what could be presented as cut-and-dried "good" and "bad" characters. The actors' portrayals make it possible for audiences to feel sorry for the villain, to fall for our hero's rival in love, and even, to some degree, to occasionally dislike the tale's namesake.


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Untrue West: "Fool for Love," at the Village Theatre through February 6
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-01-25 12:00:00

Eddie Staver III and Kimberly Furness in Fool for LoveThe more performances I see as a reviewer, the more I ponder and study stagecraft. With many productions, I take away a concept or idea as to what makes a performance good, whether at the individual level or for an entire production. With the Curtainbox Theatre Company's Fool for Love, it's a word: abandon.


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Go, Go, Go – to "Joseph"!: "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse
Written By: Administrator
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-01-19 00:00:00
When I was in seventh grade, my chorus class took a charter bus up to Chicago to see Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. From a row near the back of the theatre, I watched the vibrant speck that was Donnie Osmond belt out the tunes “Close Every Door” and “Joseph’s Coat.” On the return trip home, while the chaperone mothers murmured in fascination over the dark-haired leading man, we chorus students amused ourselves with a Joseph sing-along. The music was just that unforgettable and appealing, even to our usually unimpressionable teenage minds.
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