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If My Friends Could See It Now: "Sweet Charity," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through July 10
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-07-05 12:00:00

Sydney Hoyle, Sophie Brown, Daryn Harrell, Julia Mitchell, Kelsey Andres, Katie Wesler, and Erica Vlahinos in Sweet CharityThe Timber Lake Playhouse’s current production of Sweet Charity features the single most electrifying, exhilarating dance number I’ve ever seen on a stage. I’m well aware of what a sweeping and potentially exaggerated generalization that statement is, and almost hesitate in making it, because it’s the type of effusive praise that can easily make theatre-goers (to say nothing of theatre participants) roll their eyes and say, “Oh, come on.” But I’ll say it again: Sweet Charity features the single most electrifying, exhilarating dance number I’ve ever seen on a stage. And I’m betting that fellow patrons at Thursday’s performance might easily feel the same way.


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Up in the Air: “Flight of the Lawnchair Man,” at the Timber Lake Playhouse through June 26
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-06-20 12:00:00

Grant Drager and Sophie Brown in Flight of the Lawnchair ManPeppy, cheeky, and somewhat unsatisfying – though in ways that are rarely the fault of its current Timber Lake Playhouse presentation – Flight of the Lawnchair Man boasts a friendly spirit, a number of witty and weird diversions, and a brisk running time, clocking in (with the intermission) at a mere 105 minutes. Yet for all of its strengths, and unlike its determined hero, this musical comedy never really takes off. Director Chuck Smith’s production is ingeniously designed and energetically performed, but the show itself is a little bit You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, a little bit The Wedding Singer, and a little bit Bat Boy, and about as stylistically awkward as that description implies.


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Stormin’ Norma: "Sunset Boulevard," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through June 12
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-06-06 12:00:00

Brandon Ford in Sunset BoulevardAfter an extended silent-movie montage – one featuring clips from F.W. Murnau’s horror classic Nosferatu and the appearance of the show’s title, the Timber Lake Playhouse’s Sunset Boulevard opens with screenwriter Joe Gillis (Brandon Ford) at the bottom of a swimming pool. Granted, the water, like that montage, is a multimedia projection, and Gillis is standing (and singing) rather than floating face-down. But the Act I prelude is still enough like the opening to Billy Wilder’s beloved Hollywood noir that fans of the Sunset Boulevard movie will likely smile in recognition and appreciation, and we’re returned to this scene of a future crime at the start of the musical’s second act.

These are the two, and only, times that Timber Lake’s production will find itself underwater.


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Stage (Dumb)Struck: Summer Theatre in the Quad Cities and Surrounding Areas
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2010-05-24 12:00:00
J. Adam Lounsberry, Tracy Pelzer-Timm, Jenny Winn, and Nathan Bates in Quad City Music Guild's Guys & DollsAs with summer movies, the area's summer-theatre scene - featuring, at last count, a whopping 68 productions scheduled by 22 organizations - is jam-packed with escapist fare: musicals, comedies, mysteries, musical-comedy mysteries. But like the random art-house release that manages to sneak into Hollywood's blockbuster-centric season, this summer will also feature occasional dramas and classical works, plus no less than four Pulitzer Prize-winners - five, if you count one of them being produced at two separate venues.
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Theatre Highs in 2009
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2009-12-21 12:00:00

Whether you attend stage works sporadically or, like me, you saw 85 shows in the past year, anyone who enjoyed even one will understand that feeling of leaving a venue thinking, "Wow ... that was really good." I experienced that sensation numerous times this year, and while this list is hardly exhaustive, it'll hopefully give you an idea of just what you've been missing if you missed out on 2009's offerings.


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