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Blessings in Disguise: Playwright Salutes His Father – and Baseball – in "The Winning Streak"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2006-11-01 04:42:00

Pat Flaherty and Jason Platt in "The Winning Streak" In Lee Blessing's The Winning Streak, the locale is left unspecified; the only information the Tony Award-nominated playwright gives us is that the events transpire in "a city in the Midwest." But audiences can be forgiven for thinking there's nothing unspecified about it.

One of the play's seven scenes takes place "at the end of a dock." Another occurs at a sidewalk café within walking distance of a cathedral and an art museum. And, most tellingly, one takes place "in the stands of a major league stadium," where - to the delight of the show's protagonist - an eternally struggling baseball team is finally enjoying an unprecedented hot streak.

Could this, in fact, be Chicago, and could the beleaguered ballplayers be the Cubs?


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Show Outta Nothin’: The Prenzie Players Embark on Shakespeare’s Henry Trilogy, Beginning October 27
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2006-10-25 04:36:18

Certainly, there was cause for concern.

Reader issue #604 When the Prenzie Players made their 2003 debut with Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, they did so at Rock Island's Peanut Gallery, which didn't have a proper stage and could only seat, at maximum, 40 people. The show had an inadequate budget (between $200 and $300), a run of only two performances, and no word-of-mouth; Prenzie's founders - Cait Bodenbender, John "J.C." Luxton, Aaron Sullivan, and Denise Yoder - had every reason to expect Measure for Measure to fail.

Yet Friday night's show played to a full house. And on Saturday ... .


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The Not-So-Final Curtain: Iowa City's Dreamwell Theatre
Written By: Administrator
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2006-03-22 00:00:00

After the most successful nine-month run that Iowa City’s Dreamwell Theatre has ever seen, this sm

all company – which has long performed on borrowed stages and only recently secured a space of its own – is homeless once more.
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Spanish Tradition and the Search for Reality: "Life Is a Dream" at the University of Iowa
Written By: Administrator
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2002-10-23 00:00:00

“And dream we will, for we are in so odd a world that just to live is to dream.” – Segismundo, Life Is a Dream

 

In his aptly titled Life Is a Dream, playwright Pedro Calderon de la Barca suggests that even if life is no more real that our sleeping stories, the Golden Rule still applies. Actions and relationships still have pertinence, and the status of an individual is defined by the opinions of those around him. Calderon’s poetic 1636 play continues this weekend as part of the University of Iowa’s 2003 Mainstage season.


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New Ground Theatre Spinning Into Success
Written By: Administrator
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2002-08-28 00:00:00

Even though the organization has only staged two plays in its first year, New Ground Theatre chooses to measure success by quality more than quantity. And New Ground has been rising after being started last year by a woman with an idea and funding from local organizations.
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