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Nine Singers Walk into a Bar ... : "Last Call: The Songs of Stephen Sondheim," at the QC Theatre Workshop through November 17
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-11-04 12:00:00

Erin Churchill, Don Denton, Allison Swanson, Patrick Gimm, Angela Elliott, Jamesd Fairchild (standing), Mark Ruebling, Sara Tubbs, and Kimberly Kurtenbach Furness (seated) in Last Call: The Songs of Stephen SondheimWhat’s perhaps most beautiful about the QC Theatre Workshop’s Last Call: The Songs of Stephen Sondheim aside from it showcasing music by, arguably, our greatest Broadway composer – is the way show creators Tyson Danner and (Reader employee) Mike Schulz weave a story through their revue, offering more than just an “in concert” experience. There’s a natural progression throughout the piece, which they’ve set in a bar where individuals and couples gather to drink, socialize, long for love, or lament love lost. Rather than having a distinct plot and conflict, the production delivers a look at a typical bar evening in which the audience gets to eavesdrop on every table conversation and watch as people mingle, flirt, and attempt to repair relationships. And the flow of this slice of life as told through song is to be admired particularly because it lacks pretense and feels real.


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Go Big or Go Home: Countryside Community Theatre Presents the Area Debut of "Les Misérables," July 5 through 21 at North Scott High School
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2013-06-24 12:00:00

Countryside Community Theatre presents Les Miserables“You know, it’s been interesting,” says Christina Myatt, president of the board of directors for the Eldridge-based Countryside Community Theatre (CCT). “Because we wanted to do something big for our 30th anniversary, and this is definitely something big. But when people hear what we’re actually doing, they either say, ‘That’s really great!’ or they say, ‘You people are insane.’”


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Apocalypse Now-ish: "boom," at the QC Theatre Workshop through May 18
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-05-06 12:00:00

Thomas Alan Taylor and Jessica Denney in boomWhile playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s boom is slyly hilarious, and the QC Theatre Workshop’s production of it laudable for so many reasons, there is one aspect of the performance that stands out in particular: Angela Elliott’s laugh.


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The Deal of the Art: "Red," at the QC Theatre Workshop through September 8
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-08-20 12:00:00

Thomas Alan Taylor and Mike Schulz in RedI went into Red, playwright John Logan's drama about abstract expressionist Mark Rothko and his young assistant Ken, with uncertainty about how to appreciate visual art beyond just liking pretty things I see. I left Friday’s QC Theatre Workshop production with a better understanding of meaning and intent in art, while also feeling a disdain for abstract expressionism, particularly Mark Rothko’s “color fields.” And while I’m not certain that Logan’s intent is for viewers to dislike Rothko or his paintings, I do think he wants audiences to walk away with emotion and opinions about the artist's creations – making my distaste for Rothko evidence that Logan’s work is effective.


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War and Remembrance: “Time Stands Still,” at the Village Theatre through September 25
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-09-19 12:00:00

Eddie Staver III, Kimberly Furness, Mike Schulz, and Jessica Denney in Time Stands StillI quite appreciate the way Kimberly Furness and Eddie Staver III work with tension, using silence, emotional distance, anger, and passionate desire, among other acting tools, to portray the intensity (or lack thereof) in their onstage relationships. Their violent, sometimes stunted, oftentimes broken, yet undeniably sensual connection in both the Curtainbox Theatre Company’s Danny & the Deep Blue Sea in 2008 and Fool for Love in 2010 was breathtaking to watch. And while their current efforts in Time Stands Still are much more subtle, they’re no less dramatic. Instead of their stunning physical work in the previous two shows, Furness’ and Staver’s performances here rely on the verbal and emotional aspects of their relationship, one superbly crafted by these gifted actors.


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