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Tragi-comically Single: "Bad Dates," at the Nighswander Theatre through April 1
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2007-03-28 08:29:19

Lora Adams in There's a scene in Theresa Rebeck's one-woman comedy Bad Dates - currently being produced by New Ground Theatre - in which our protagonist, Haley, is seen trying on clothes. Actually, nearly every scene features Haley trying on clothes, but I'm referring to the opening sequence, in which she's preparing for the first date she's had since ditching her good-for-nothing husband in Texas and moving to New York. With the audience cast as Haley's confidantes, this single mom and restauranteur tells us of her divorce and her 13-year-old daughter and her recent experiences at a Tibetan Buddhist book benefit, and all the while she tries on skirts, blouses, and lots and lots of shoes; no ensemble, it seems, is working for her.

Finally, Haley finds an outfit to her liking - complete with a shoulder wrap that looks vaguely like a piñata - and steps in front of the (imaginary) full-length mirror to gauge the effect. "This," she states, "is a total disaster."


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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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Genesius’ Guilt: "The Comedian," at Lincoln Park through July 30
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-07-26 04:49:09

James J. Loula and Candice GreggA leading actor tortured by the inability to play a role he can't feel. A narcissistic starlet unashamedly flaunting her sexuality. A group of second bananas complaining about the sizes of their roles. A sweet-faced ingénue enduring the advances of an older sponsor. A clueless playwright convinced that his pedestrian dialogue is marvelous.

No, Genesius Guild isn't tackling Terrence McNally or Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway, but rather Henri Gheon, whose play The Comedian opened at Lincoln Park this past Saturday.


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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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Genesius Guild's "The Knights"’ Script Nearly Triumphs Over Its Execution
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-08-03 00:00:00
Saturday’s opening-night production of Aristophanes’ The Knights, which closes Genesius Guild’s summer season and runs through this weekend, began with a few words from Guild founder – and uncredited Knights scribe – Don Wooten, and it’s hard to imagine the evening commencing on a more charming note.
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