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items tagged with Tristan Layne Tapscott

The Down-and-Dirty Dozen: "12 Angry Men," at the District Theatre through August 10
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-08-05 12:00:00

the District Theatre's 12 Angry Men ensembleIt only takes the jurors of the District Theatre’s 12 Angry Men an hour to deliberate and arrive at a verdict in the play’s murder trial, but director Tristan Tapscott’s production in no way feels rushed or stunted. Instead, Thursday’s 60-minute trip through this classic piece of theatre did a fine job of showcasing the excellence of playwright Reginald Rose’s script. Plus, purists be damned, Tapscott’s decision to cast women in what’s traditionally – even titularly – an all-male drama proves not at all problematic, and allows for the inclusion of Patti Flaherty, and her infusion of humorous personality traits, in the role of Juror Four.


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Bawdy Image: "Cabaret," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through June 23
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-06-17 12:00:00

Bryan Tank in CabaretQuad City Music Guild’s Cabaret is at its most entertaining whenever Bryan Tank’s Emcee graces the stage – “graces” being a somewhat incorrect term, as it's the actor’s unflinching commitment to his character’s blatantly sexual nature that’s so engaging. With his impressive German accent and convincing characterization of unabashed debauchery, Tank punctuates the beguilement of his Emcee by way of sexual gestures that seemed to titillate Thursday’s preview-performance audience, at least judging by the large amounts of laughter mixed with amused shock. (This was most notable during the threesome pelvic thrusts and other dance steps in Cabaret's “Two Ladies” number, one of several deliciously bawdy pieces choreographed by Emma Williams.)


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Berger's Joint: "Hair," at the District Theatre through April 28
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-04-15 12:02:00

Chris Causer and Bryan Tank in HairUnder no circumstances would I publicly suggest that you indulge in mind-altering substances before seeing the District Theatre’s Hair. I would, however, recommend that you ask for a hit of whatever actor Chris Causer is high on – even if it’s just the exhilaration of performing – because, clearly, its side effects include having, and giving, the time of your life.


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Q2: "Avenue Q," at the District Theatre through March 30
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-03-18 12:00:00

Erin Churchill in Avenue QFive months after its first staging of the bawdy Broadway musical Avenue Q, the District Theatre has brought back its prurient puppets for another round, and with the replacements of just two cast members and minor reworkings made by director Marc Ciemiewicz, this return performance is still enough improved (from an already laudable production) to make the show worth seeing again, if not for the first time.


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Reasons of Love: "Rent," at the District Theatre through February 24
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-02-04 15:00:00

Chris Causer and Kelly Lohrenz in RentI cannot praise Bryan Tank enough for his take on composer Jonathan Larson’s Rent, as the director’s concept renders the much-loved Broadway hit an even more cohesive ensemble piece than any production of the musical I've yet seen. Friday’s District Theatre performance left me with a renewed love for Larson’s material and, in what may be the highest compliment I can give in regard to the emotionality of the presentation, it left my rarely-moved-to-tears partner Matt in tears – twice.


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