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The Kings and I: "All Shook Up," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through July 13
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2008-07-09 08:28:42

Brandon Ford in All Shook Up No one in his or her right mind could possibly think that the Elvis Presley pastiche All Shook Up, the new presentation at the Timber Lake Playhouse, is a stronger piece of theatre than West Side Story or You Can't Take It with You, the first two presentations in the venue's 2008 season.

But whatever you do, do not, for the love of Pete, tell this to the performers in Timber Lake's latest, who are attacking this goofy lark with such impassioned zeal that you'd think they were enacting Shakespeare. (And, it turns out, they oftentimes are.)


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Twin City: "The Comedy of Errors," at Lincoln Park through June 29
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2008-06-25 08:44:02

Neil Friberg, Jonathan Gregoire, and Molly McLaughlinA preface for those at Sunday's Genesius Guild presentation of The Comedy of Errors: You know that horribly rude woman who talked, and talked loudly, on her cell phone through the first two minutes of the play, even after repeated shushings and one verbal request to shut the hell up? I sat three rows behind her.


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Shakes, the Clown: "The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shakspr {abridged}," at the Clinton Showboat
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2008-06-25 08:34:12

Joshua Estrada, Craig A. Miller, and Ryan SchabachRyan Schabach is one of the cast members from the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre's three-man comedy The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shakspr {abridged}, and I haven't yet determined if he's (a) an exceptionally good actor, (b) completely out of his mind, or (c) both. I'm going with (c), but if other commitments weren't keeping me away from Clinton for the rest of the show's run, I'd be happy to see it again just to be sure.


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Running, Running, Running: The Prenzie Players Venture Beyond Shakespeare with "Life's a Dream"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2008-04-30 08:16:14

Reader issue #682 The latest undertaking by the Quad Cities' classical-drama troupe the Prenzie Players is an adaptation of Spanish playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca's Life's a Dream, and at one point during a recent interview, group co-founder and Dream director J.C. Luxton tells me, "This show is just running, running, running. There aren't a lot of breaks for anybody."

Including, as it turns out, the audience.


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No Holds Bard: "The Taming of the Shrew," at the Rock Island Masonic Temple through March 16
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2008-03-12 08:40:08

Chris Moore and Beth Woolley

The way I see it, the only real problem with the Prenzie Players (and it's more a problem for me than them) is that their performance standard is so consistently high that when they produce a show that satisfies even beyond that standard, you don't quite know how to describe it. Regarding the theatrical troupe's current production of The Taming of the Shrew, then, let me just state that it's the best time I've had at an area show in all of 2008. And, quite possibly, in all of 2007. And 2006. The invention and commitment and laugh-'til-you-cry hilarity of director Jeremy Mahr's presentation is truly staggering; it transports you to a state of complete happiness that you don't ever want to return from.


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