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items tagged with Playcrafters Barn Theatre

Playcrafters' "Kindertransport" Runs Out of Steam
Written By: Administrator
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2004-05-12 00:00:00
Kindertransport is a script full of potential. Unfortunately, on the Playcrafters stage on May 8, the meaning of the play got lost somewhere in the muddle of forgotten lines and lifeless delivery. Directed by Charles Rubovits, Kindertransport (continuing through May 23) is definitely a change for Playcrafters Barn Theatre, which usually sticks to scripts in the adult comedy or mystery genres. I’m glad to see the group stepping out of its usual lighthearted mode into drama, but a lot of elements need improvement before plays such as Kindertransport will be taken seriously.
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Performances Redeem Playcrafters' Predictable "Born Yesterday"
Written By: Administrator
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2004-03-17 00:00:00
In 1979, Patti Flaherty starred in Born Yesterday at Playcrafters Barn Theatre in Moline. Unfortunately, I hadn’t yet made my earthly appearance and was unable to review it. But 35 years later, she’s given me the chance by directing the current production of Yesterday on the same stage. The play is fast-paced if easily foretold, the characters are memorable, and the acting is superb.
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Playcrafters' "Woman in Black" Provides Chills and Thrills
Written By: Administrator
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2004-01-14 00:00:00
A night of reviewing a theatrical production doesn’t usually leave me shuffling about the house in my pajamas, checking closets and under the bed for ghosts. But Susan Hill’s thriller Woman in Black at Playcrafters Barn Theatre was just chilling enough to send me scurrying under the safety of my bedspread, eyes shut tight to whatever roamed my imagination.
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A Different Type of Theatre: "Love Letters" at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre
Written By: Administrator
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2003-01-15 00:00:00
Love Letters isn’t a typical stage production by the standards of contemporary acting. That’s because it’s not necessary for performers to act or even memorize A.R. Gurney’s script; they just read it. The experience is a bit like listening to a book-on-tape, with the benefit of being able to watch the readers. Some audience members for Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s current production – running weekends through January 26 – won’t enjoy the lack of stage movement, but those who know what to expect beforehand will appreciate the well-written script.
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New Ground Theatre Spinning Into Success
Written By: Administrator
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2002-08-28 00:00:00

Even though the organization has only staged two plays in its first year, New Ground Theatre chooses to measure success by quality more than quantity. And New Ground has been rising after being started last year by a woman with an idea and funding from local organizations.
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