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Holiday-in’: “The Gift of the Magi,” at the Village Theatre through December 19
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-12-13 12:00:00

Kelly Lohrenz and Tristan Tapscott in The Gift of the MagiThe Gift of the Magi is my favorite holiday tale. While the surprise is lost whenever I read it again, I still remember the goosebumps I felt when I first discovered O. Henry’s story of a man and woman making significant personal sacrifices in order to buy each other Christmas gifts. And while New Ground Theatre’s production of the musical version of this classic narrative did not give me the same delightful chills, it did leave me with a warm feeling of holiday joy.


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Digging Deeper: “August: Osage County,” Through October 24 at the Village Theatre
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-10-18 18:34:43

Jessica Flood and Patti Flaherty (foreground) and Leah Otting, Jason Platt, and Kassy Caldwell (background)The language of playwright Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County is loaded with layers of emotion underneath its dialogue. During New Ground Theatre’s opening performance on Friday, a few actors neglected the dark undertones, reciting their lines as if Letts’ words held nothing below the surface. Most, however, got to the heart of the script, impressively revealing the richness of the work through performances that ranged from subtle to over-the-top. While not perfect, the show deserved the standing ovation it got from the audience.


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Hitting the Right Wrong Notes: “Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins,” at the Village Theatre through September 26
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-09-20 12:00:00

Bryan Tank and Susan Perrin-Sallak in Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster JenkinsSusan Perrin-Sallak is currently one of the bravest actors in the Quad Cities. Starring in New Ground Theatre’s Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins, she’s required to sing badly, and Perrin-Sallak delivers a daring vocal performance that’s intentionally off-pitch and off-key, with poor placement, intonation, and timbre. It leaves her vulnerable to audience perception that the performer really can’t sing. However, since her caterwauling is required by the role, and presented with such abandon, Perrin-Sallak’s vocally painful singing is actually awfully good.


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The Soul of "Wit": Lora Adams on the Curtainbox Theatre Company’s Cancer Drama, and Her Own Struggles with the Disease
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2010-08-04 12:00:00

Corinne Johnson in the Curtainbox Theatre Company's Wit(Author's note: I'm a proud ensemble member of the Curtainbox Theatre Company, and along with interviewee Lora Adams, am serving as co-associate producer on Wit.)

 

"When you hear that word - cancer - it's very surreal," says WQPT-TV Director of Marketing Lora Adams, regarding her 2008 diagnosis with the disease. "There's a moment when the reality of it not being a television show, or not happening to somebody else's family, has to sort of settle in. You have that moment of 'Holy crap.' And then once that happens, you move forward."
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'Cause You Gotta Have Faith: “100 Saints You Should Know,” at the Village Theatre through July 18
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-07-13 12:00:00

Jamie Em Behncke and Nathan Porteshawver in 100 Saints You Should KnowFriday night's presentation of 100 Saints You Should Know played to a half-capacity audience, which is a shame; New Ground Theatre's poignantly personal play deserves more attention, due to its thoughtful script and equally thoughtful performances. And while playwright Kate Fodor's themes of spirituality and sexuality may put off some potential spectators, the story is much more inclusive, in terms of philosophical perspectives, than those themes might suggest.

 


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