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Send in the Clowns. And the Acrobats. And the Musicians. And ... . : Daniel Rairdin-Hale Directs "Commedia Dell’arte," April 17 through 19 at St. Ambrose University, and April 25 and 26 at Additional Davenport Venues
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2015-04-11 12:00:00

Jackson Green, Kayla Lansing, and Vince Solis in Commedia Dell'arte

Originated in Italy in the 16th Century, the theatrical form commedia dell’arte traditionally finds a group of actors participating in a comedic scenario featuring slapstick conceits called mécanisme. And for his original commedia dell’arte presentation at St. Ambrose University, one fittingly titled Commedia Dell’arte, director Daniel Rairdin-Hale insists that he and his cast have come up with some mécanisme doozies.

“We have one that involves the whole cast running after a coveted object,” says Rairdin-Hale. “As someone is running past it, the object gets taken. And then the person who took it gets punched and trips, and it winds up in someone else’s hands. And then that person tosses it, and someone else catches it, and then it winds up in someone else’s hands. And then it becomes like a baseball game ... .

“It just goes and it goes and it goes and it goes,” he continues, “and it’s really well-rehearsed. And we’re going to fit that into our scenario ... once we know what our scenario is."
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A Coupla Theatre Guys Sittin’ Around Talkin’: Mike Schulz and Thom White Discuss 2014's Area Stage Scene
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2014-12-18 12:00:00

the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Irving Berlin's White ChristmasIf you’re new to this almost-annual recap, what follows is my conversation with Reader theatre reviewer Thom White about the area’s stage stage over the past 12 months.

If you’re not new to it, you know the drill. Clear some time, grab a snack, and enjoy!


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Sherlock Gone Wilde: "Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Jersey Lily," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through October 12
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2014-10-06 12:00:00

Dana Moss-Peterson and Larry Lord in Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Jersey LilyThere's a line in the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's production of Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Jersey Lily, delivered by Tommy Ratkiewicz's Oscar Wilde (yes, that Oscar Wilde), that goes, “People are either charming or tedious.” His observation is true of director John VanDeWoestyne's staging, too, and particularly of the show's cast members. Thankfully, though, several of the supporting actors bring a charm to the stage that lightens the mood, and makes playwright Katie Forgette’s script more bearable.


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Farce to Be Reckoned With: "Figaro," at Augustana College through October 27
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-10-21 12:00:00

Leslie Kane and Joshua Pride in Figaro (photo by Daisy Hoang, Augustana Photo Bureau)Augustana College’s Figaro is a fine example of how witty, self-referential humor makes for a better farce than does banal innuendo and silly, unrealistic door slamming. Playwright Charles Morey’s recent adaptation of Pierre Beaumarchais’ The Marriage of Figaro (written in 1778) is sharply funny, filled with references to Beaumarchais’ original trilogy (“It would take an Italian opera to describe [the plot.]”) and digs at the rich (“How clever of you, sir, to be rich rather than smart.”) There’s still sexual innuendo and slamming doors, but Morey’s script is so much quick-paced, pointedly humorous fun that the two-hour presentation rises above the level of most bedroom farce, especially considering that this production is populated by such a well-cast ensemble.


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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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