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To Helen, Back Again: "The Miracle Worker," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through November 17
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-11-11 12:01:00

Cayte McClanathan and Laila Haley in The Miracle WorkerWhen it matters most, the Playcrafters Barn Theatre gets A Miracle Worker right, and does emotional justice to author William Gibson’s tale of Annie Sullivan (Cayte McClanathan) teaching the blind, deaf, and mute Helen Keller (Emma Terronez) how to communicate through sign language. The scenes shared by McClanathan and Terronez are powerful, and their chemistry palpable, in Annie’s fight to force young Helen to learn, and Helen’s stubborn efforts to resist. But in truth, Saturday’s performance didn’t really find its footing until McClanathan and Terronez first shared the stage about halfway through Act I.


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Saturday Bloody Saturday: "Coriolanus," at Lincoln Park through July 21
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-07-15 12:00:00

Bob Hanske and Tyler Henning in CoriolanusIt's always a pleasure to be able to laud the chorus members of a production, and that's certainly appropriate for Genesius Guild’s presentation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus; the crowd scenes involving the Roman citizens – a group made up of 15 actors – are some of the most dynamic moments in co-directors Bryan Woods’ and Don Wooten’s production. Usually seen angrily protesting something, there’s a palpable energy in these performers' collective presence as the group storms the stage and creates a general hubbub in the background, adding more realism than would be on display had they merely stood in place and interjected occasional comments. Stirring things up beginning with the opening scene, and appearing multiple times throughout the course of the play, this charismatic group sets the stage for what proves to be an entertaining evening.


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A Full House, with Jokers: "The Trouble with Cats," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through May 19
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-05-13 12:00:00

Liz Paxton and Matt Moody in The Trouble with CatsThe trouble with the Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s The Trouble with Cats is that Patti Flaherty is not featured enough during its two-and-a-half-hour length. Playing a dry, crass, flirtatious lowbrow named Joy Bombay, Flaherty proves it’s possible to present bad material in a way that’s enjoyable to watch, and when I laughed during Friday’s performance, it was usually due to Flaherty’s comedically nuanced deliveries or comically condescending or cruel facial expressions and body language. The actor is clearly gifted when it comes to comedy.


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Buy Local: "Bad Habits," at the Village Theatre through February 5
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-01-23 12:00:00

Josh LeFebreve and Dana Moss-Peterson in Bad HabitsNew Ground Theatre’s Bad Habits is one of those rare local productions where the focus is on the writers rather than the actors, directors, or technical aspects. While a cast and crew, of course, are involved, the work gathers short plays written by local playwrights. Running a touch more than an hour, Thursday’s performance showcased the promise of these local wordsmiths, while also revealing areas on which they need to focus as they work on their next pieces – the most notable being writing as people would actually speak.


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And a Little Child Shall Mislead Them: "The Children's Hour," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through May 17
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2009-05-11 12:00:00

Anna Tunnicliff, Jamie Em Johnson, and Andrea Braddy in The Children's HourOriginally produced in 1934, Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour - the current presentation at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre - concerns a monstrous little boarding-school brat who falsely accuses her headmistresses of engaging in a lesbian affair, a charge that leads to parental panic, financial ruin, and the destruction of several lives. In an era that finds the Iowa Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage, Hellman's melodrama now seems more like a museum piece than it would have even two months ago, and so it was wise of director Patti Flaherty to set her production firmly in the past - even though that past feels less like the 20th Century than 400 BC.


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