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"It’s a Wonderful Life" at Playcrafters, but Not a Wonderful Script
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-11-09 00:00:00
Your enjoyment of the stage version of It’s a Wonderful Life – at least the James W. Rogers adaptation currently playing at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre – will likely depend on your familiarity with the classic film. I’m guessing that those who don’t already know the story will get more out of the experience than those who do, but how many of us, exactly, does that leave?
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Missed Connections: "The Nerd" at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre, and "Broadway Bound" at the Old Creamery Theatre
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-09-14 00:00:00

The Nerd at Playcrafters Barn Theatre Through September 25

 

As the lights come up on Playcrafters’ production of Larry Shue’s The Nerd, we find ourselves in the Terre Haute, Indiana, living room of architect Willum Cubbert (Josh Kahn), whose pseudo-girlfriend, Tansy (Jessica Nicol), and drama-critic friend, Axel (Chris White), are throwing him a surprise birthday party. For about 20 minutes, the three characters chat, and all the while, the light from the evening sky – seen through Willum’s living-room windows in the rear of the stage – is going through the most amazing transformation. The reddish-pink hues from outside begin to subtly shift to a lovely magenta, and within time, they will have morphed into a deep, midnight blue with a hint of purple; it’s a beautiful, subtle effect, well-achieved by designer Jennifer Kingry.


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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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Playcrafters’ Latest Showcases an Enchanting Ensemble: "Enchanted April"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-07-13 00:00:00

“It’s a shame it all has to end,” says our heroine, Lotty (Karrie McLaughlin), at the end of Playcrafters’ Enchanted April. I completely agreed. The production currently running at Moline’s Barn Theatre is unexpected in the best way possible: Who knew this light, frothy, harmless little romp could be this intoxicating?


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World Premiere Offers No Easy Answers: "Altar Call" at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-05-11 00:00:00
Melissa McBain’s drama Altar Call, currently playing at Playcrafters’ Barn Theatre, is beautifully unresolved. There are many fine elements in this production – along with some not-so-fine ones – yet I was impressed by McBain’s willingness to let the drama linger after its close. She introduces potentially volatile subject matter such as adultery, homosexuality, and the dogmatic elements of scripture, yet doesn’t attempt to provide easy answers to the play’s complexities.
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