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Send in the Clowns. And the Acrobats. And the Musicians. And ... . : Daniel Rairdin-Hale Directs "Commedia Dell’arte," April 17 through 19 at St. Ambrose University, and April 25 and 26 at Additional Davenport Venues
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2015-04-11 12:00:00

Jackson Green, Kayla Lansing, and Vince Solis in Commedia Dell'arte

Originated in Italy in the 16th Century, the theatrical form commedia dell’arte traditionally finds a group of actors participating in a comedic scenario featuring slapstick conceits called mécanisme. And for his original commedia dell’arte presentation at St. Ambrose University, one fittingly titled Commedia Dell’arte, director Daniel Rairdin-Hale insists that he and his cast have come up with some mécanisme doozies.

“We have one that involves the whole cast running after a coveted object,” says Rairdin-Hale. “As someone is running past it, the object gets taken. And then the person who took it gets punched and trips, and it winds up in someone else’s hands. And then that person tosses it, and someone else catches it, and then it winds up in someone else’s hands. And then it becomes like a baseball game ... .

“It just goes and it goes and it goes and it goes,” he continues, “and it’s really well-rehearsed. And we’re going to fit that into our scenario ... once we know what our scenario is."
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A Coupla Theatre Guys Sittin’ Around Talkin’: Mike Schulz and Thom White Discuss 2014's Area Stage Scene
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2014-12-18 12:00:00

the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Irving Berlin's White ChristmasIf you’re new to this almost-annual recap, what follows is my conversation with Reader theatre reviewer Thom White about the area’s stage stage over the past 12 months.

If you’re not new to it, you know the drill. Clear some time, grab a snack, and enjoy!


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Job Shadowing: "Working," at St. Ambrose University through October 5
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2014-10-03 12:00:00

Kelci Eaton, Becca Brazel, and Chris Galván in WorkingThe cast members in St. Ambrose University’s production of Working offer a somewhat unexpected and altogether delightful sincerity in their portrayals of American workers in various trades. These young actors, after all, presumably don’t have much, if any, career experience as full-time masons, receptionists, or prostitutes, among other professions. Yet they handle this musical as though possessing full knowledge of the experiences of the average worker, which, during Wednesday’s dress rehearsal, helped me connect with the oftentimes funny, sometimes touching material.


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Going Carrolling: "Alice in Wonderland," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through August 17
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2014-08-11 12:00:00

the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre presents Alice in WonderlandThe Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s Alice in Wonderland is one of those productions that must be accepted for what it is. In this case, it’s Lewis Carroll’s classic story adapted for the stage by director Kristin Katsu and the company of Showboat interns, along with a few of this summer’s cast members. In truth, much of the show plays like it was written by high school students (as it was), particularly the early scene in which the cast gathers on stage and shares their hurts, frustrations, and dreams. The teen-centric concerns involving acceptance and the hopes of making a difference in the world came off a bit pretentious during Friday's performance, leaving me thinking, “Ah, youth.” However, these young actors delivered their sentiments with such earnest sincerity that the play is rendered more tolerable through their joy and excitement in sharing their creation.


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Critical Mass: Mike Schulz and Thom White Discuss Area Theatre in 2012
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2012-12-31 12:00:00

Mitch Donahue, Alexander Robin Kass, Samantha Pauly, Kristin Gilbert, and Tristan Layne Tapscott in the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Legally Blonde: The MusicalFor our third-annual conversation on the Year in Theatre, Thom White – the Reader’s chief theatre reviewer – and I thought we’d shake things up a bit. So instead of meeting for an hours-long breakfast to discuss the area stage scene, we met for an hours-long dinner to discuss the area stage scene.

And while I managed to keep things lively by spilling a completely full glass of water not 10 minutes after sitting down, we also managed to touch on many of the varied experiences that Thom (occasionally accompanied by his partner’s daughter Madison) and/or I had during another eventful year for fans of the theatre. Pack a lunch, sit back, and dive in ... .


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