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O Brother, Why Art Thou?: "The Melville Boys," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through June 15
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2014-06-09 12:00:00

Nathan Johnson and Victor Angelo and The Melville BoysThe title The Melville Boys implies that the two men in this four-character play are at the crux of its plot. For me, though, the highlight of the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's production of Norm Foster’s script was watching Dianna McKune provide the performance’s heart and soul. As Mary, the character whose home neighbors the family cabin that the Melville brothers are using for the weekend, McKune brings a centered warmth to the proceedings, and is responsible for the play’s biggest laughs and most heartfelt moments.


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Promises, Promises: "Wrong for Each Other," at Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through February 21
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-02-15 12:00:00

Chris White and Jessica Nicol White in Wrong for Each OtherThe opening scene of Norm Foster's Wrong for Each Other at Geneseo's Richmond Hill Barn Theatre had me worried that I was in for a fluffy, surface-level relationship comedy in which a divorced man and woman reunite after reminiscing about the happiest moments of their shared past. Thankfully, Wrong delved under that flimsy comedic surface and let viewers in on the arguments and unfortunate familial circumstances that steered the relationship of Rudy Sorenson (Chris White) and Nora Case (Jessica Nicol White) toward an inevitable separation. And while Wrong panders with a predictable ending and plenty of witty banter between the real-life newlyweds, the script felt the most natural, the most right, when its characters stopped putting so much effort into entertaining the audience, and focused on each other.


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Right for Each Other: Married Actors Chris White and Jessica Nicol White Star in Richmond Hill’s New Romantic Comedy
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2010-02-02 12:00:00

Jessica Nicol White and Chris White in 2009's Almost, MaineOn February 11, Geneseo's Richmond Hill Barn Theatre opens its 43rd season with Wrong for Each Other, playwright Norm Foster's two-character comedy about a reunion between a long-estranged divorced couple. If, however, that seems an ill-fitting title to open over Valentine's Day weekend, know that the production's stars wound up receiving far more of a Happily Ever After ending than their characters did, as area actors Chris White and Jessica Nicol (White) were married this past Halloween.


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Boys, Assassins, and a Frog & a Toad: Reflections on The Green Room's First Season (Plus)
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2008-10-29 08:35:53

Into the WoodsInto the Woods (August 10 - 12, 2007): The Green Room's debut production was Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's fairy-tale musical, and many of its cast members had previously worked with director Derek Bertelsen (also the venue's Executive Director) and music director Tyson Danner (the Artistic Director) in the pair's previous, fund-raising performances for the Children's Therapy Center of the Quad Cities: 2005's Ragtime and 2006's The Secret Garden. Both vividly remember opening night.

 

Derek: It smelled like fresh paint.

Tyson: It did. We painted that morning.


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Cabin Pressures: "The Melville Boys," at the Green Room through April 27
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2008-04-23 08:10:36

Jonathan Gregoire, Colleen Winters, Abby Van Gerpen, and Andrew Harvey in The Melville Boys The Green Room's production of the comedic drama The Melville Boys features a great deal of charm, some dramatic heft, and more than a few laughs. Yet it's difficult to describe precisely where the charm, heft, and laughs stem from, because the show's finest moments have little to do with Norm Foster's script, and lots to do with the inflections and invention of its performers. The playwright's offering is, at best, perfectly pleasant, but the Green Room's acting quartet of Jonathan Gregoire, Andrew Harvey, Colleen Winters, and Abby Van Gerpen - under the lively direction of Donna Hare - oftentimes lends it authentic depth of feeling, and that depth results in warmer, more honest humor, and more earned sentiment, than even Foster may have anticipated.


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