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It’s Not Easy Being Teen: "bare," at the Center for Living Arts through February 16
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-02-11 15:35:26

Becca Meumann and Doug Johnson in barePassion counts for a lot in drama, and sincerity counts for a lot plus, and both qualities are in welcome abundance in the Center for Living Arts’ presentation of the adolescent-angst musical bare. Another theatrical commitment kept me away during opening weekend, but if you haven’t yet caught up with the show, I heartily recommend taking advantage of its three-weekend run; you could conceivably ask for a stronger production, but only a complete boor would dare ask for a more heartfelt one, or one that exuded more enthusiasm and feeling from its clearly, beautifully invested participants.


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Critical Mass: Mike Schulz and Thom White Discuss Area Theatre in 2012
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2012-12-31 12:00:00

Mitch Donahue, Alexander Robin Kass, Samantha Pauly, Kristin Gilbert, and Tristan Layne Tapscott in the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Legally Blonde: The MusicalFor our third-annual conversation on the Year in Theatre, Thom White – the Reader’s chief theatre reviewer – and I thought we’d shake things up a bit. So instead of meeting for an hours-long breakfast to discuss the area stage scene, we met for an hours-long dinner to discuss the area stage scene.

And while I managed to keep things lively by spilling a completely full glass of water not 10 minutes after sitting down, we also managed to touch on many of the varied experiences that Thom (occasionally accompanied by his partner’s daughter Madison) and/or I had during another eventful year for fans of the theatre. Pack a lunch, sit back, and dive in ... .


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Teens' Pique: "Spring Awakening," at the Center for Living Arts through April 7
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-03-26 12:01:00

Haley Nellis, Garrin Jost, and Aaron Lord in Spring AwakeningFriday's performance of the Center for Living Arts’ Spring Awakening wasn’t perfect. But it was in the production’s imperfections that its main strengths were revealed, because the earnestness in the actors’ portrayals wound up overshadowing the pitch problems, and the enthusiasm of director Dino Hayz’s young-adult cast – who performed the hell out of the piece – proved so infectious and stirring that the show still proved effective.


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"Spring" Time: The Center for Living Arts Produces the Controversial Musical "Spring Awakening," March 23 through April 7
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2012-03-08 19:06:55

Benjie Lewis, Aaron Lord, Max Moline, and Andrew Bruning in Spring AwakeningDino Hayz is the creative director and co-owner of the Center for Living Arts, the Rock Island-based venue that, since 2006, has offered music and theatre (and musical theatre) classes for ages 18 and under, and has produced such stage presentations as Schoolhouse Rock Live! and Disney’s High School Musical.

Consequently, Hayz says that he and his performers have a pretty fair idea of how patrons might react to the Center’s latest theatrical offering.

“When we’re in rehearsal,” says Hayz, “at the end of Act I, we always say, ‘A-a-and ... blackout. Actors off, lights up, a good third of the audience walks out the door ... .”


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Scary Movies, Two: "The Final Destination," "Halloween II," and "Taking Woodstock"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2009-08-30 20:05:37

Haley Webb and Nick Zano in The Final DestinationTHE FINAL DESTINATION and HALLOWEEN II

In a somewhat odd scheduling decision, this past weekend saw the release of both The Final Destination - the fourth in the popular series of cheat-death-and-pay-the-price splatter flicks, presented (on some screens) in eyeball-gouging 3D - and Halloween II, writer/director Rob Zombie's sequel to his 2007 remake of John Carpenter's horror classic. But for fellow genre fans wondering which of the two makes for a more gratifying fright film, I'm afraid it's a draw; the former is kind of fun but mostly terrible, while the latter is kind of fascinating but almost no fun at all.


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