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Club Meh: "If It's Monday, This Must Be Murder," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through March 18
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-03-12 12:00:00

Tom Bauer, Pami Triebel, and Faith R. Hardacre in If It's Monday, This Must Be MurderApparently, director Gary Clark doesn’t think Playcrafters Barn Theatre audiences will get author Pat Cook’s jokes in the venue’s current If It’s Monday, This Must Be Murder, because almost every already-obvious punchline is accented with a combination of slow, careful enunciation and a physical action. For example, the main character, Michael Schmidt's Monday, is referenced in another character’s line, “Rainy days and Monday always get me down.” On Saturday, though, the actor saying this put vocal emphasis on the “Monday” and grandly gesticulated toward Schmidt, as though this rather lame attempt at humor needed to be clarified. It was one of many not-so-clever quips that were rendered even less funny through Clark's, and his cast's, efforts to make sure they weren't missed.


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The Gables Are Always Greener ... : "Anne of Avonlea," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through January 22
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-01-16 12:00:00

Sydney Crumbleholme and Ben Klocke in Anne of AvonleaSydney Crumbleholme is maturing. Not only is she physically more mature than the impressive young acting prodigy I fondly recall from the Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s Anne of Green Gables four years ago, she’s also much more skilled as an actress – and that “much more” is particularly impressive considering that Crumbleholme’s previous work was astounding, particularly for her age. In her return to the title role of Playcrafters’ current production, Anne of Avonlea, Crumbleholme shows distinct growth as an actress, showcasing knacks for nuance and subtlety. She alone is worth the money and time spent seeing the show.


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All the Worlds of Stage: Mike Schulz and Thom White Discuss Area Theatre in 2011
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2011-12-15 17:53:34

Tom Walljasper, Kristin Gilbert, and John Payonk in HairsprayThe Reader's chief theatre reviewer, Thom White, saw and wrote about 52 area stage productions in 2011. I saw 39 and reviewed 12. Obviously, during our second-annual breakfast chat on the Year in Theatre, there was a bit to talk about.


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Oh, I Know All I Owe I Owe Ioway: “Leaving Iowa,” at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through November 20
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-11-14 12:00:00

Tom Morrow, Sandy Glass, Hannah McNaught, and Dana Moss-Peterson in Leaving IowaIt doesn’t happen often, especially if you attend a lot of local theatre – where the on-stage faces tend to become familiar ones. But every once in a while, you’ll be at a production that you’re really enjoying, and gradually realize that you’re routinely focusing on one performer above the others – and asking yourself, with a grin, “Who is that?”


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Community Effort: Playcrafters and Black Hawk College Team Up for "Leaving Iowa," November 11 through 20
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2011-11-03 13:22:49

Pam Kobre, Hannah  McNaught, Don Faust, Dana Moss-Peterson, and Taylor Apple in Leaving IowaDescribed by the Chicago Sun-Times as “simultaneously hilarious and touching,” the road-trip comedy Leaving Iowa is the final presentation in the Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s 2011 season. Leaving Iowa is also the first presentation in Black Hawk College’s 2011-12 theatre season, but don’t chalk that up to either coincidence or some sort of Moline-based rivalry; the productions are actually one and the same.


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