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History Bluff: "The Complete History of America (abridged)," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through November 27
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-11-15 12:00:00

Adam Overberg, Paul Workman, and Joseph Maubach in The Complete History of America (abridged)The Harrison Hilltop Theatre’s The Complete History of America (abridged) is moronic on the surface, yet has undertones of sharp wit. While Chris Walljasper’s direction makes the show play like a frat-boy presentation on the history of North America, there’s also an intelligence to the humor, which mixes pop-culture references – from Super Mario to Lady Gaga – with historical events from the past 50,000 years.


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Students' Congress: "The Shape of Things," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through October 17
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-10-12 12:00:00
Maggie Woolley and Matt Mercer in The Shape of ThingsAuthor Neil LaBute is known, and respected, for pushing the envelope with his plays. The Richmond Hill Barn Theatre generally produces plays that are comparatively safe in theme and style. So it’s a somewhat surprising thing to see LaBute’s The Shape of Things on the barn-theatre stage – and, I think, a very good thing, too. Because while some of the play’s elements are offensive, its central themes of art, relationships, and what we're willing to do for love are well worth examining. And happily, they're examined here in a production that is also thoughtfully staged and performed.
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Deep in the Har-de-Har of Texas: “Christmas Belles,” at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through August 15
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-08-11 12:00:00

Diane Greenwood and Eugenia Giebel in Christmas BellesThe audience at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's Saturday-night performance of Christmas Belles - a sequel to Dearly Beloved, which the theatre staged in 2008 - seemed to really want to enjoy this second visit with the eccentric Texans of the Futrelle family. Yet with its dull, predictable punchlines, the first act was filled with polite chuckles, but only peppered with honest laughs.

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Will and Grace Notes: “A Turn for the Nurse,” at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through July 18
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-07-14 12:00:00

Cory Holbrook and Alex Klimkewicz in A Turn for the NurseOne of Joe DePauw's smartest directorial choices for the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's A Turn for the Nurse was to avoid camp. His cast doesn't play the crime farce for laughs and, as a result, may get more of them than they otherwise might've; to be sure, Saturday's audience was offering up laughter aplenty throughout the performance.
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They Go Together: “Grease,” at the Prospect Park Auditorium through July 18
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-07-12 12:00:00

Grease ensemble membersI approached Thursday's preview performance of Quad City Music Guild's Grease with preconceived opinions, not the least of which was that Grease is one of the few stage musicals that greatly improved in its transition to film. Not one of the half-dozen or so stage productions of this 1950's-themed high school musical I'd seen convinced me that the show was much good in its theatrical form; at best, I hoped for some notable performances in a musical I still wouldn't like. I didn't expect that great performances from the entire cast would have me re-thinking my entire opinion of Grease. They did.


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