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items tagged with Tristan Layne Tapscott

Vagabonding: "Waiting for Godot," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through December 18
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-12-06 12:00:00

Matt Mercer and David Turley in Waiting for GodotWith its themes of loneliness, reality, death, the meaning (and absurdity) of life, and the search for self, playwright Samuel Beckett’s tragicomedy Waiting for Godot is considered, by some, to be the most significant English-language play of the 20th Century. Frankly, though, I didn’t search for meaning in the script during Thursday night’s Godot performance at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre, as I was too busy being entertained, to the point of loud laughter, by the captivating oddity of the dialogue and performances.


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History Bluff: "The Complete History of America (abridged)," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through November 27
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-11-15 12:00:00

Adam Overberg, Paul Workman, and Joseph Maubach in The Complete History of America (abridged)The Harrison Hilltop Theatre’s The Complete History of America (abridged) is moronic on the surface, yet has undertones of sharp wit. While Chris Walljasper’s direction makes the show play like a frat-boy presentation on the history of North America, there’s also an intelligence to the humor, which mixes pop-culture references – from Super Mario to Lady Gaga – with historical events from the past 50,000 years.


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Wild and Only-Slightly-Tamed Thing: "The Rocky Horror Show," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through October 30
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-10-11 12:00:00

Tristan Tapscott and Justin Droegemueller in The Rocky Horror ShowI had a great time at Thursday night’s performance of The Rocky Horror Show at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre. I laughed, quite hard at times, and sang along (in my head, so as not to annoy those around me), and almost jumped to my feet to do “The Time Warp.” The group of 50- and 60-year-old men and women in the crowd did dance along, as well as throw rice, toilet paper, and other items at the appropriate times, all of which upped the fun ante. Still, Harrison Hilltop’s show could use a bit more of something to take it over the top and make it more memorable. Actually, it’s more accurate to say it needs to lose something: inhibition.


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Hitting the Right Wrong Notes: “Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins,” at the Village Theatre through September 26
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-09-20 12:00:00

Bryan Tank and Susan Perrin-Sallak in Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster JenkinsSusan Perrin-Sallak is currently one of the bravest actors in the Quad Cities. Starring in New Ground Theatre’s Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins, she’s required to sing badly, and Perrin-Sallak delivers a daring vocal performance that’s intentionally off-pitch and off-key, with poor placement, intonation, and timbre. It leaves her vulnerable to audience perception that the performer really can’t sing. However, since her caterwauling is required by the role, and presented with such abandon, Perrin-Sallak’s vocally painful singing is actually awfully good.


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E-X-C-E-L-L-E-N-T: "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through August 28
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2010-08-16 12:00:00

Bryan Tank, Sara King, Kelly Lohrenz (top row), James Bleecker, Liz Millea, and David Turley (bottom row) in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeThe Harrison Hilltop Theatre's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is both outrageously hilarious and poignantly touching. I laughed harder than I've laughed in a long time during Thursday's opening-night performance, and I wasn't alone in offering up hearty guffaws, with the capacity crowd cackling with delight throughout the evening's entertainment.


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