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items tagged with Tristan Layne Tapscott

Whose Life is it Anyway?: "Inside Out," at the Village Theatre Complex through April 13
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2008-04-12 13:49:10

the Inside Out ensembleMy Verona Productions' last stage presentation premiered almost a year ago, so you could argue that the company is simply making up for lost time with its production of Christian Krauspe's Inside Out, a play within a play within a play (within another play, if I interpreted the climactic scene correctly). Yet based on its April 10 preview performance, the author's work-in-progress is still less a play than a stoner's conceit - "What if, like, everything we say and do is being written by, like, some unseen higher power who's, like, determining our actions without, like, our knowing it?" - and holds together about as well as most stoned ramblings; a few hours and a few bags of chips later, your "insights" begin to look rather dim.


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Rock-it Man: "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through March 22
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2008-01-23 08:32:29

Justin Droegemueller, Todd Meredith, and Tristan Layne Tapscott in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story By their very nature, biographical jukebox musicals such as Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story - currently being performed at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse - have to be a little glib. Given roughly two hours of stage time, how can book writers adequately detail a performer's personal and professional arcs without drastically simplifying the experience?


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Theatre Essentials 2007: A Dozen Names to Remember
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2007-12-19 08:49:54

You Can't Take It with You For 2006's Year in Theatre recap, I included a list of 12 talents whose gifts couldn't help but be noticed, as they had performed exemplary work on a number of theatrical offerings during the year, oftentimes at a number of area venues.

It's the list so nice I'm doin' it twice!


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Hall of Fudge: New Ground’s Chris Jansen Plans to Make Turner Hall a Home for Emerging Theatre
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2007-12-12 08:28:07

 

New Ground's June presentation of Fudge! "Everybody's like, ‘What happened?'"

That's Chris Jansen, artistic director of New Ground Theatre, recalling a common comment received in the months after June's New Ground production of Living Here at Davenport's Nighswander Theatre.

It turns out that something rather monumental has happened with New Ground, as Jansen and her organization have rented the Village of East Davenport's Turner Hall, and are in the process of having a number of local theatrical groups join them there. But you can certainly understand the concern of Jansen's audiences, as one of New Ground's most recent pieces appeared to be almost frighteningly prophetic.


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They’ll Never Walk Alone: "Carousel," at the Green Room through December 9
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2007-12-05 08:43:13

Nicole Freitag and Eddie Staver III in Carousel When you attend the Green Room's re-imagining of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel - and I'm trusting that you will attend this altogether glorious production - the first thing likely to catch your eye is the playing area's bucolic backdrop, its pastoral simplicity only tarnished by an off-center, crudely drawn Nazi swastika. A flip to the back page of Carousel's program finds director Derek Bertelsen devoting three paragraphs to the World War II ghetto of Theresienstadt. And when the show's actors dolefully enter the stage, they're wearing muted grays offset only by yellow Stars of David. Yes, you realize, this Carousel is set in a German concentration camp.


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