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Winged Ovation: "The Birds," at Lincoln Park through August 13
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-08-09 04:37:07

"The Birds" ensemble members Oh man, how I'm going to miss Don Wooten.

The Genesius Guild founder, who will be retiring from active Guild duties after this, his 50th season with the organization, kicked off Saturday night's production of Aristophanes' The Birds with a few opening remarks to the Lincoln Park audience, and as is often the case, they were the most sincere, relaxed, and effortlessly amusing words heard all night. (Wooten also serves as The Birds' director and, uncredited, wrote its faithful but very loosely structured Genesius adaptation.)


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Magic Moments: "The Tempest," at Lincoln Park through July 2
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-06-28 05:15:58

Emily Coussens and Pat Flaherty in "The Tempest"The Tempest is one of Shakespeare's most magical offerings - a wildly theatrical concoction set on an enchanted isle populated by fairies, sprites, and spirits, and governed by a benevolent (yet easily enraged) ruler in possession of a supernatural cloak.

Given the built-in limitations in budget and production design at Rock Island's Lincoln Park, though, no one attending Genesius Guild's current production of the play should expect to be wowed by spectacle; Ariel, for instance, won't be flying in on any invisible wires. Yet from its first scene, this Tempest is graced by spectacle of a different variety: the sort of stage alchemy that occurs when fine performers tear into rich material, and when a strong director orchestrates the actors' contributions and stage pictures with inventiveness and grace. Imagination, of course, is its own kind of magic.


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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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Stalking Points: New Ground Theatre's "Boy Gets Girl"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-03-01 00:00:00
New Ground Theatre’s presentation of Rebecca Gilman’s stalker drama Boy Gets Girl is sensationally entertaining stuff – the most consistently smartly acted and directed work I’ve yet seen from this organization – and the production becomes all the more impressive when you realize just how easily it could have proven unbearable.
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Making Fiction Out of Fact: New Ground Theatre's "Promise Ring"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2005-11-09 00:00:00
It’s no newsflash that playwrights often find inspiration in their personal pasts, and use young leading characters as theatrical alter egos; if you want to better understand Tennessee Williams, listen to Tom’s monologues in The Glass Menagerie, or watch Edmund’s scenes in Long Day’s Journey into Night for greater insight into Eugene O’Neill.
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