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Udder-ly Charming: "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through July 27 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 01 July 2013 06:00

Chris Causer, Megan Opalinski, Antoinette Holman, and Andrea Moore in Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That TypeCostume designer Gregory Hiatt’s creations for the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's family musical Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type were, for me, the highlights of Saturday morning’s performance.

 
Apollo's Creed: "Alcestis," at Lincoln Park through July 7 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Monday, 01 July 2013 06:00

Jason Dlouhy, Bob Hanske, Doug Adkins, and Katie Ross in AlcestisEuripides' Alcestis marks the first Genesius Guild production of a Greek tragedy I’ve seen without doing advance research on the play’s plot, which I usually do out of fear of being lost. I’m happy to say, though, that I did not get lost in the slightest during Saturday’s performance, thanks to the production's clear plot points and dialogue, ample projection from the actors speaking from behind sound-inhibiting masks, and the comfortable flow of Dori Foster’s direction. The play is interesting in its exploration of fate, and also entertaining by way of costumer Ellen Dixon’s simple yet elegant designs (particularly for the women in the chorus), Earl Strupp’s aesthetically pleasing masks (with their glittery colors and wisps of escaped locks of hair), and the cast’s earnest characterizations.

 
The Ugly Americans: "reasons to be pretty," at the District Theatre through July 7 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Monday, 01 July 2013 06:00

Eugene Pavinato, Cara Chumbley, Chris Causer, and Kelly Lohrenz in reasons to be prettyThe strength of playwright Neil LaBute’s writing skills was on full display in the District Theatre’s equally stunning, Friday-night presentation of reasons to be pretty. LaBute's gritty drama about the demise of a couple after the guy is overheard describing his girl as having a “regular”-looking face is loaded with sharp banter and realistic relationships that are less than perfect, and the show's dark humor is not lost on director Bryan Tank’s cast. The comicality is clear as the characters scream obscenities at each other, stab each other verbally, and behave in seriously ugly ways.

 
Go Big or Go Home: Countryside Community Theatre Presents the Area Debut of "Les Misérables," July 5 through 21 at North Scott High School PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 24 June 2013 06:00

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.’”

 
Bawdy Image: "Cabaret," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through June 23 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Monday, 17 June 2013 06:00

Bryan Tank in CabaretQuad City Music Guild’s Cabaret is at its most entertaining whenever Bryan Tank’s Emcee graces the stage – “graces” being a somewhat incorrect term, as it's the actor’s unflinching commitment to his character’s blatantly sexual nature that’s so engaging. With his impressive German accent and convincing characterization of unabashed debauchery, Tank punctuates the beguilement of his Emcee by way of sexual gestures that seemed to titillate Thursday’s preview-performance audience, at least judging by the large amounts of laughter mixed with amused shock. (This was most notable during the threesome pelvic thrusts and other dance steps in Cabaret's “Two Ladies” number, one of several deliciously bawdy pieces choreographed by Emma Williams.)

 
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