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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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The “M” Word: "The Scottish Play - A Travesty!" at Black Hawk College
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2005-11-02 00:00:00
What makes the blood of most stage performers run cold? Seeing the first audience on opening night? Hearing silence after delivering supposedly hilarious dialogue? Knowing there’s a critic in the house? Well, yes, yes, and yes.
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Missed Connections: "The Nerd" at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre, and "Broadway Bound" at the Old Creamery Theatre
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-09-14 00:00:00

The Nerd at Playcrafters Barn Theatre Through September 25

 

As the lights come up on Playcrafters’ production of Larry Shue’s The Nerd, we find ourselves in the Terre Haute, Indiana, living room of architect Willum Cubbert (Josh Kahn), whose pseudo-girlfriend, Tansy (Jessica Nicol), and drama-critic friend, Axel (Chris White), are throwing him a surprise birthday party. For about 20 minutes, the three characters chat, and all the while, the light from the evening sky – seen through Willum’s living-room windows in the rear of the stage – is going through the most amazing transformation. The reddish-pink hues from outside begin to subtly shift to a lovely magenta, and within time, they will have morphed into a deep, midnight blue with a hint of purple; it’s a beautiful, subtle effect, well-achieved by designer Jennifer Kingry.


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A Dysfunctional Family You’d Want to Join: "Over the Tavern" at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-08-17 00:00:00

At Friday’s nearly sold-out performance of Over the Tavern at Richmond Hill’s Barn Theatre, I found myself seated next to a charming couple who engaged me in conversation. I asked whether they had heard of the play previously, as Tom Dudzick’s comedy was unfamiliar to me. The gentleman responded that he’d read a little bit about it, but his wife said, “Not me. I like being surprised.”
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