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Blessings in Disguise: Playwright Salutes His Father – and Baseball – in "The Winning Streak"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2006-11-01 04:42:00

Pat Flaherty and Jason Platt in "The Winning Streak" In Lee Blessing's The Winning Streak, the locale is left unspecified; the only information the Tony Award-nominated playwright gives us is that the events transpire in "a city in the Midwest." But audiences can be forgiven for thinking there's nothing unspecified about it.

One of the play's seven scenes takes place "at the end of a dock." Another occurs at a sidewalk café within walking distance of a cathedral and an art museum. And, most tellingly, one takes place "in the stands of a major league stadium," where - to the delight of the show's protagonist - an eternally struggling baseball team is finally enjoying an unprecedented hot streak.

Could this, in fact, be Chicago, and could the beleaguered ballplayers be the Cubs?


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Murder Ball: "The Mousetrap," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through Sunday, July 8
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-06-28 05:11:22

The Mousetrap As the lights dimmed for the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre's production of The Mousetrap - based on Agatha Christie's mystery novel - I already knew whodunnit. But don't be fooled into thinking that I possess superhuman powers of deduction or anything. I was in a high-school production of the play some 20 years ago. (Fine. Twenty-three years ago. Happy, Mom?)

So I'm not exactly fit to comment on how successfully Christie's murderous plot plays itself out here. Yet my familiarity with the story didn't lessen my enjoyment of CAST's endeavor in the slightest. Quite the contrary: I loved this production, because the vigor with which the Mousetrap ensemble played their comically shady characters was positively exhilarating.


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Physics Class: "String Fever" at the Nighswander Theatre, through May 28
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-05-24 06:12:21

According to the elusive Theory of Everything, espoused in Jacquelyn Reingold’s String Fever, life is composed of a series of hidden dimensions that fold up within one another and overlap, creating unseen, generally unacknowledged connections, and giving meaning to even our most random encounters.
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Spiking Your Own Drink: St. Ambrose University's Corinne Johnson
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2006-04-19 00:00:00
“There’s something about being in a live theatre,” says St. Ambrose University Professor of Theatre Corinne Johnson, “and experiencing that moment with the actors and, maybe more importantly, with the audience.
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Playcrafters Knocks "Rounding Third" Out of the Park
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-03-15 00:00:00

At roughly the halfway point of Richard Dresser’s two-man comedy Rounding Third – currently playing at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre – Michael (Jim Driscoll), a sweet-tempered assistant Little League coach, asks the team’s boisterous head coach, Don (Fred Harris Jr.), if they might enjoy a moment of silence; Michael and Don have shared a continual, often exasperated dialogue over several weeks of team play, and Michael wonders if perhaps quiet would be preferable to jabber. “Oh no,” says Don. “We don’t know each other well enough to not talk.”


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