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items tagged with Playcrafters Barn Theatre

Caught Between Church and Family: Melissa McBain's "Altar Call"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2005-04-27 00:00:00

The time: the present invaded by the past. The setting: sanctuaries in the southwest desert. The play: Altar Call. And the playwright: Melissa McBain, who has appropriated one of the country’s most volatile current debates – where the church stands on the subject of homosexuality – as her play’s subject.
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"The Tempest" Continues Prenzie’s “Guerrilla” Style
Written By: Administrator
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2004-11-17 00:00:00

The Prenzie Players are so serious about presenting innovative interpretations of Shakespeare’s scripts, they promise audience members “won’t forget our shows, ever.” Pretty lofty standards for a small group of Quad Cities actors who hold performances in rented found spaces (currently the Rock Island Housing Authority building) and use minimal props, costumes, staging, and production.
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Don’t Mess with The Hobbit
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2004-07-07 00:00:00
If Peter Jackson taught the world anything with his epic three-movie The Lord of the Rings series, it’s that audiences want their Tolkien to be faithful to the original work. So when Susan Holgersson started comparing J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit with Patricia Gray’s script, “I started to realize there was a situation there,” she said. Playcrafters Barn Theatre decided about a year ago to do the play, and Holgersson was selected as its director in August.
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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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