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Long Night's Journey into Day: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" at the District Theatre through April 16
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2016-04-04 12:00:00

Patti Flaherty, Jonathan Grafft, James Driscoll, and Jenny Winn in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Let's say you're a young, male biology professor who has landed a job at a small New England college. After a faculty party and lots of drinking, you and your wife are invited for a nightcap at the home of a middle-aged history professor whose sexually charged spouse happens to be the college president's daughter. It's 2 a.m., the liquor keeps coming, and your hosts start to argue. Do you stay? Of course you do. What could go wrong?!

This is the setup for Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Albee's Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the latest offering at the District Theatre. And after attending the April 1 performance, I have a newfound reverence for Albee’s words as performed by its four actors. The play, which mixes emotions, reality, and symbolism into a thought-provoking commentary on the society and values of its time, has to be truly understood by the actors and director for the performance to work. Happily, director/set designer Tristan Layne Tapscott and company provided a visceral theatre experience that was intimate, revealing, shocking, at times uncomfortable … and pretty darned amazing.
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Die Job: "Shear Madness," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through April 30
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2016-03-15 12:00:00

Jennifer Poarch, Brad Hauskins, Tristan Layne Tapscott, Jeff Haffner, Carrie SaLoutos, and Tom Walljasper in Shear MadnessOur audience hadn't even realized the play had started.

The continually in-motion and always entertaining Bootleggers had barely concluded their pre-show when the evening's featured performance quietly began. As patrons sipped their after-dinner coffees, and with the house lights fully lit, the first characters in the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's production of Shear Madness made their way onstage and – delivering an outlandish and amusing show-before-the-show – gave our crowd some insight into what sort of over-the-top, wacky comedy we were about to see. Between cast members getting their hair washed and blow-dried in rhythm to classic pop music to the infinite number of entrances and exits, it was clear that this was going to be one wild and colorful ride.
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May the Farce Be with You: "Moon Over Buffalo," at the District Theatre through February 27
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2016-02-15 12:00:00

Ian Brown, Nancy Terrlinck, Mike Kelly, Alexis Greene and Susan McPeters in Moon Over BuffaloOn a cold night indicative of February, weary of politicians and the weather, I escaped to Rock Island for the latest District Theatre offering Moon Over Buffalo. A Tony-nominated play that debuted on Broadway in 1995, author Ken Ludwig's farce is a comedy of silly, exaggerated humor, and probably not to every theatre-goer’s taste. But in my opinion, and judging by the belly laughs coming from Friday's opening-night audience, the humor as performed here clearly worked for a number of us.
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Center-Stage Craft: Spotlight Turns with the Reader’s Theatre Reviewers
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2015-12-23 12:00:00

Center-Stage CraftThe ends of calendar years always bring with them a certain amount of reflection, and questions that we find ourselves quietly grappling with. “Did I achieve personal fulfillment and happiness?” “Were there people I improperly appreciated or unintentionally wronged?” “What are we going to do about the Reader’s annual year-in-theatre article now that Thom White has moved to Kentucky?!”
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Celebrating Like the Dickens: "Big Rock Candy Christmas," at the District Theatre through November 22
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-11-17 12:00:00

Linda Ruebling, Brant Peitersen, Tom Vaccaro, Anthony Natarelli, Mike Kelly, Mark Ruebling, Chris Tracy, Rocky Kampling, Aaron Lord, and Kyle Jecklin in Big Rock Candy ChristmasAt a time when current events make the world seem very dark and sick, the holidays remind us to reminisce with old friends, break out the carols, and bake a batch of Grandma's legendary cookies. One recipe to such a cruel world can be found in the District Theatre's current production Big Rock Candy Christmas. A sequel to last year's Big Rock Candy Mountain, this Christmas-flavored chapter brings back the same characters from the original with a new mission, new music, and even a few new faces.
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