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items tagged with Tristan Layne Tapscott

Courting Danger: "A Few Good Men," at the District Theatre through July 12
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-07-06 12:00:00

Tristan Tapscott, Sara Tubbs, and Jacob Kendall in A Few Good MenWith its ornate ceiling and fascinating, borderline-gaudy hanging light fixtures in the District Theatre's new home in the former Rock Island Argus building, A Few Good Men seems an appropriate inaugural production, in that the space looks like a courtroom – at least while you're looking up. Following the company's sometimes uncomfortable (for patrons) stint in its previous, rather cramped venue, this open area with the ceiling rising two stories above the floor is a much welcome relief, allowing director Lora Adams’ staging of Aaron Sorkin‘s courtroom drama to breathe in ways that, for the District Theatre, it otherwise couldn’t have.
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Just for the Mel of It: "Young Frankenstein," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through June 21
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-06-15 12:00:00

Nate Karstens, Abbey Donohoe, and Ian Sodawasser in Young FrankensteinOn at least three occasions during Thursday’s preview performance, Quad City Music Guild’s Young Frankenstein achieved a transcendent silliness – the kind you get with stunning regularity in Mel Brooks’ film-spoof inspiration. If you include everything said and done by Nate Karstens’ hunchback Igor, it was more like 203 occasions, but in the spirit of this tasty musical confection, let’s save the sweetest for dessert.
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Top Five with a Bullet: "High Fidelity," at the District Theatre through May 3
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-04-20 12:00:00

Tristan Tapscott in High FidelityThursday’s preview performance of the District Theatre’s High Fidelity was, during its first act, a painful experience … because by intermission, my facial muscles actually hurt from smiling so much. While this musical – composed by Tom Kitt and Amanda Green, with a book by David Lindsay-Abaire – is, in itself, a lot of fun, director James Fairchild and his cast rocked the hell out of it, presenting its story of a record-store owner’s most recent breakup (in a long line of them) with infectious energy.
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How to Build a Better Mousetrap: "The Mousetrap," at the District Theatre through March 22
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-03-10 11:00:00

Mike Kelly and Doug Kutzli in The MousetrapAgatha Christie’s whodunit The Mousetrap is among my favorites in the genre, mostly due to the humor the author wrote into it, as well as the clues she included that make it possible to actually discern who did do it. Although the murderer’s identity still comes as something of a shock, the game of figuring out the killer remains fun. I just wish the District Theatre’s current production of the piece were as enjoyable.


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On the Side of the Angels: "Angels in America: Perestroika," at the District Theatre through February 8
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2015-02-02 12:00:00

ensemble members in Angels in America: Perestroika[For Thom White's review of part one of the District Theatre's Angels in America, visit "Darkness and Plight."]

Something clicked for the cast and crew of the District Theatre's Angels in America: Millennium Approaches since November, and now Angels' second half, Perestroika, is notably better for it. Director Deb Shippy and her cast have embraced the humor of playwright Tony Kushner’s magnum opus, and the result is an emotionally layered staging that’s superior to last fall's production.


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