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The Executioners' Songs: "Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story," at the Circa '21 Speakeasy through February 27
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2016-02-25 12:00:00

Adam Cerny and Thomas Alan Taylor in Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb StoryLast month, I happened to turn on my TV to an episode of PBS' American Experience titled “The Perfect Crime,” which told of the senseless, 1924 murder of a young Chicago boy. The crime was committed by two teenagers, Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold, and I was awestruck not only because of the horrific details of the killing, but also by the fact that I had never before heard of it. Then, a few weeks ago, I was assigned to review Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story, a musical I was unfamiliar with – but one, thanks to PBS, boasting a story I now knew.

I'm not sure what is it about true-crime stories that draws us in, almost as voyeurs, as we witness evil acts yet find ourselves engaged in every gritty detail. And with a book, movie, TV show, or grandly scaled theatre piece such as Sweeney Todd, we can read or watch as dastardly deeds are done, yet are always kept at a safe distance from those deeds, giving us a sort of protection. The suspenseful, powerful Thrill Me, however, is a musical that would appear to work best in an intimate setting such as the one currently provided by the Circa '21 Speakeasy, where that safe distance shrinks all too uncomfortably … which is likely the goal.
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It Was a Dark and Storied Night: "The Pillowman," at the QC Theatre Workshop through November 15
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-11-02 12:00:00

Brody-Tucker Ford, Sam Jones, and Brooke Schelly in The PillowmanDuring Friday's performance, the QC Theatre Workshop’s The Pillowman had me in stitches. While I didn’t laugh loudly often, I did chuckle repeatedly throughout the performance, only subduing my laughs out of concern that the subject of my delight was too dark to be funny. But playwright Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy is both unquestionably dark and outrageously funny. I mean, it has a young girl (Laila Haley) who considers herself Christ-like proclaiming, “I don’t think I’m Jesus. I [effing] am Jesus!” That is some dark comedy.


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Copping Attitude: "A Steady Rain," at the QC Theatre Workshop through March 29
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-03-17 11:00:00

Mike Schulz and Thomas Alan Taylor in A Steady Rain, photo by Shared Light Photography's Jessica SheridanI want to see Thomas Alan Taylor bomb on stage, and actually fail to portray a role well. This isn’t said out of disdain or schadenfreude, but because, to date, I’ve seen no evidence that he can do any wrong as an actor.
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Family Affair: "How I Learned to Drive," at the QC Theatre Workshop through September 21
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-09-09 12:00:00

Angela Rathman, Mike Schulz, Jessica Denney, Chris Page, and Karen Jorgenson in How I Learned to DriveThere’s a beautiful humanity in the QC Theatre Workshop’s production of How I Learned to Drive, which presents playwright Paula Vogel’s pedophilic tale with realistic characters rather than caricatures clearly defined as “good” and “evil.”


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Battle Cry: "A Green River," at the QC Theatre Workshop through July 16
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-07-08 12:00:00

Thomas Alan Taylor in A Green RiverPlaywright Aaron Randolph III has, so far as I know, effectively captured the mental workings of a soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder in his new drama A Green River. A representation of the chaotic, haunting thoughts likely experienced by some soldiers with PTSD, his play takes us through the memories of a single soldier – from childhood to falling in love to combat to his return home – while the young man revisits his favorite quiet place along a river. And as if the proceedings in Randolph’s story weren’t enough, he also includes a stunningly moving finale that packs such an emotional punch that I'd be surprised if most, if not all, of Saturday’s audience members for the QC Theatre Workshop production aren’t still reeling from it.


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