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Critical Mass: Mike Schulz and Thom White Discuss Area Theatre in 2012
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2012-12-31 12:00:00

Mitch Donahue, Alexander Robin Kass, Samantha Pauly, Kristin Gilbert, and Tristan Layne Tapscott in the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Legally Blonde: The MusicalFor our third-annual conversation on the Year in Theatre, Thom White – the Reader’s chief theatre reviewer – and I thought we’d shake things up a bit. So instead of meeting for an hours-long breakfast to discuss the area stage scene, we met for an hours-long dinner to discuss the area stage scene.

And while I managed to keep things lively by spilling a completely full glass of water not 10 minutes after sitting down, we also managed to touch on many of the varied experiences that Thom (occasionally accompanied by his partner’s daughter Madison) and/or I had during another eventful year for fans of the theatre. Pack a lunch, sit back, and dive in ... .


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Green Elevator: "The Guardian," at the Village Theatre through May 20
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-05-14 12:00:00

Gage McCalester, Adam Mohr, and Lilo Foster in The GuardianI was willing to give the Internet Players’ The Guardian a lot of leeway, accepting playwright Kevin Straus’ presentation for what it is: A morality tale of environmental responsibility. While watching Thursday’s performance, I could forgive Straus his plot holes and unnatural dialogue because the author managed to discuss responsible green living with no detectable attitudes of intellectual and moral superiority. And Straus had me ... until the interpretive dance in the middle of the second act.


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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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Verse and a Chorus: “The Tragedy of Sarah Klein,” at the Nighswander Theatre through September 26
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-09-20 12:00:00

Bill Ingersoll, Adam Overberg, Bill Peiffer, and Andrew Cole in The Tragedy of Sarah KleinThere’s a charming naïveté at the core of the Internet Players’ debut production of The Tragedy of Sarah Klein, as the playwright’s perspective seems to be one often observed in college students and recent graduates – a belief that “I am one of the very few who sees certain injustices in the world, and I, alone, can wake the world up to them.” Wake-up calls of this sort are often attempted with protests, targeted vandalism, or, in the case of Sarah Klein, the stroke of a pen, yet while the Internet Players’ Thursday-night performance was poetic in word and impressive in scope – particularly in playwright/director Nathan Porteshawver’s staging – it was also pretentious and, at times, dull.


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'Net Gain: The Internet Players Debut with Nathan Porteshawver's "The Tragedy of Sarah Klein," Opening September 16
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2010-09-10 12:00:00

Don Faust, Dawson Tucker, Regan Tucker, Alexa Florence, Andrew Cole, Bill Peiffer, and Ruby Nancy in The Tragedy of Sarah KleinIt’s doubtful anyone needs to be told that launching a new theatre company – particularly in an area already rife with theatre companies – can be a risky venture, which is likely why Quad Cities-based organizations have tended to debut with relatively low-risk offerings. In 2008, the Harrison Hilltop Theatre chose to stage, as its first production, David Auburn’s intimate, four-character drama Proof; a week later, the Curtainbox Theatre Company arrived on the scene with Three Viewings, a trio of Jeffrey Hatcher monologues.

And what is Davenport native Nathan Porteshawver, the founder of the Internet Players, presenting for his new theatre company’s debut offering? An original drama that Porteshawver himself wrote.

In verse.

With a cast of 17 actors.

And nine musicians.


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