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Community (Theatre) Spirit
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2006-12-20 09:18:49

"Aida"There seems to be a pretty safe rule of thumb regarding the productions at Quad City Music Guild and the Richmond Hill and Playcrafters Barn theatres: When the actors appear to believe in their material (whether that material is strong or weak), the shows are terrific, and when they don't, they're not.


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New Ground Ball: "The Winning Streak," at the Nighswander Theatre through November 12
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-11-08 04:25:48

Pat Flaherty and Jason Platt in "The Winning Streak"Lee Blessing's The Winning Streak, currently at Davenport's Nighswander Theatre, is one of those shows that could easily read better than it plays.

This two-man comedy-drama concerns an estranged father and son who tentatively bond during the late-season rally of a struggling Midwestern baseball team; over the course of seven scenes, Omar (Pat Flaherty) and Ry (Jason Platt) squabble, reach an impasse, and begin squabbling again.


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Gag Reflex: "The Sunshine Boys" at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-02-22 00:00:00
Let me preface my review of the Richmond Hill Players’ The Sunshine Boys by saying that if the material itself makes you laugh, you may well be a fan of this production, and at Thursday’s opening-night performance, there were quite a few laughers among us.
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A Pleasant-Enough Trek "Through the Woods": "Over the River & Through the Woods" at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-01-18 00:00:00
Joe DiPietro’s Over the River & Through the Woods is a charming stage sitcom, and based on a final dress rehearsal held January 10, the production of it that opened the Playcrafters Barn Theatre's 2006 season is perfectly charming, too. The large, invited audience of (mostly) seniors who attended the rehearsal seemed to have a terrific time; the show’s punchlines, more often than not, got their laughs, and there was no denying the sweetness of spirit that emanated from the show – if smiles were audible, it would have been deafening in the Barn Theatre.
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Passable Entertainment, Questionable Education: "The Scottish Play: A Travesty!" at Black Hawk College
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-11-16 00:00:00
I love attending local college and university stage productions, partly because it’s such a wonderful reminder of my days as a theatre major – ah, the reassuring familiarity of Augustana College’s Potter Hall! - but also because the shows’ participants are generally involved with theatre because they truly want to be; with the possible exception of staff members, no one’s doing it just for the paycheck. (No one should ever be doing theatre for the paycheck, but that’s another issue entirely.)
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