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"Companion" Companion: The Bucktown Revue, April 18 at the Nighswander Theatre
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2014-04-10 16:41:13

The Bucktown RevueFor pianist Jonathan Turner, “It’s a really unique kind of entertainment experience in the area. There isn’t really anything like it.”

For performer Korah Winn, “It’s kind of like if you take the best play you’ve ever been in, with the best cast, with the best audience, and you get to do that once every month.”

Producer/writer/musician Mike Romkey, however, has a slightly different take: “It’s kind of like a local Prairie Home Companion ... but not in a way that would get us sued.”

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One-Room Wonders: Area Filmmakers Explore America’s Educational History in "Country School: One Room – One Nation," March 6 at the Nighswander Theatre
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Feature Stories

2011-02-23 15:38:05

Tammy and Kelly Rundle in North English, Iowa's Gritter Creek School“The biggest problem we have, I think, is always getting people in the door,” says local filmmaker Kelly Rundle. “Because we find that most people – not everyone, of course – ... do enjoy our films. With this one, though ... . There’s just something about one-room schools that doesn’t sound very sexy, you know what I mean?”

He may have a point. The latest collaboration between director Kelly Rundle and his wife, co-writer and co-producer Tammy Rundle, is Country School: One Room – One Nation, the third documentary released by the couple’s Moline-based production company Fourth Wall Films. And as the movie is an examination of, and tribute to, the one-room schools that flourished throughout the rural United States in the first half of the 20th Century, “sexy” isn’t exactly the adjective that springs to mind.

Other descriptions, however – including “fascinating,” “insightful,” and “really, really entertaining” – are more than appropriate. Like the pair’s 2004 true-crime doc Villisca: Living with a Mystery and 2007’s Lost Nation: The Ioway, Country School takes an in-depth look at a mostly unknown, or largely forgotten, chapter of American – specifically Midwestern – history. Also like those films, the Rundles’ most recent endeavor delivers a history lesson that is anything but a dry lecture.

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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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Hall of Fudge: New Ground’s Chris Jansen Plans to Make Turner Hall a Home for Emerging Theatre
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2007-12-12 08:28:07


New Ground's June presentation of Fudge! "Everybody's like, ‘What happened?'"

That's Chris Jansen, artistic director of New Ground Theatre, recalling a common comment received in the months after June's New Ground production of Living Here at Davenport's Nighswander Theatre.

It turns out that something rather monumental has happened with New Ground, as Jansen and her organization have rented the Village of East Davenport's Turner Hall, and are in the process of having a number of local theatrical groups join them there. But you can certainly understand the concern of Jansen's audiences, as one of New Ground's most recent pieces appeared to be almost frighteningly prophetic.

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Tales of the Cities: "Living Here," at the Nighswander Theatre through July 1
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2007-06-27 08:21:10

Lori Adams and the Pats Flaherty in Living Here New Ground Theatre's Living Here is composed of five one-acts by local playwrights, each one set in the Quad Cities, and I applaud New Ground's decision to stage this showcase for local talent; the production as a whole is more than inspiring, it's important, and the efforts of these theatrical artisans deserve to be seen.

Which doesn't necessarily mean that I liked them all.

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