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Matchmaker's Marks: "Hello, Dolly!," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through August 12
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-08-06 12:00:00

Mike Millar and Charlene Engstrom in Hello, Dolly!Quad City Music Guild's Hello, Dolly! seems something of a self-parody, as director Erin Lounsberry amps up the silliness of the piece, reveling in the fun of it rather than taking this story of the matchless matchmaker too seriously. It's Lounsberry's almost campy approach that makes the production worth seeing, with Tristan Layne Tapscott and Bryan Tank carrying much of its wacky weight.


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River City’s Leader: “The Music Man,” at the Prospect Park Auditorium through August 14
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-08-08 12:00:00

Erika Thomas, Susan Granet, Christopher Thomas, and Spencer Clark in The Music ManChristopher Thomas could sell me anything. On Thursday night, he was peddling the character of Harold Hill in a preview performance of Quad City Music Guild’s The Music Man, and Thomas plays the part with such bombastic charm – and just a hint of smarm – that despite knowing of the character’s swindling intentions, I was buying his Hill’s shtick hook, line, and sinker, right along with the good people of River City.


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Fun with Dick and Dave: "Frost/Nixon," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through April 2
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-03-14 12:00:00

Kevin Grastorf and Paul Workman in Frost/NixonSitting down for Thursday’s performance of Frost/Nixon, the set for the Harrison Hilltop Theatre’s production heightened my concerns that I would likely be bored during the show. Even before arriving at the theatre, I anticipated struggling to concentrate, knowing I’m not much interested in history. But adding the minimalist approach to the set, with three platforms embellished by a strip of black rising up their centers, my hopes that the visuals, at least, would offer some interest dwindled. (While the look of the set is creative, I’m just not into minimalism.) It didn’t take long, though, for director Tristan Layne Tapscott’s efforts to prove my worries unwarranted, and by the end of the play, I was actually thankful for the simple set, as it didn’t at all distract from the players’ performances.


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Plainsong: "Oklahoma!," at North Scott High School through June 27
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-06-21 12:00:00

Heather herkelman and James Daniel Pepper in Oklahoma!In 1943, Rodgers & Hammerstein wrote Oklahoma!, and consequently created a new genre of theatre that combined elements of drama with vocals and a musical score. Nearly 70 years later, for the first time, I saw the musical performed on stage, in a production by Countryside Community Theatre. I expected antiquity, but instead found the songs inspiring, the relationships (relatively) fresh, and the dialogue surprisingly funny. While Countryside's interpretation of the production incorporates performers of widely varying ages and experience levels - a few of the younger performers were hard to hear at the Thursday-night preview - the show is an example of community theatre at its finest.
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Rats!: "Of Mice & Men," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through November 29
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2009-11-23 12:00:00

Matt Mercer and Steve Quartell in Of Mice and MenIn the Harrison Hilltop Theatre's current take on John Steinbeck's Of Mice & Men, actor Jim Seward plays the chatty, friendly ranch hand Candy, and at one point tells a story about his boss treating the workers to a gallon of whiskey for Christmas. It's a charming little reminiscence - Candy, in the terrifically ingratiating personage of Seward, giggles with delight at the memory - but it's also one that would probably be quickly forgotten if the scenes that followed didn't keep bringing it to mind.


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