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Pros at Cons: "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through July 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Monday, 09 July 2012 06:00

Sheri Olson, J. Adam Lounsberry, Ben Holmes, Sara Wegener, Paul Workman, and Jamie Bauschka in Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsThere’s nothing rotten about Quad City Music Guild’s current production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Thursday’s preview performance was delightfully wicked from beginning to end. There is, however, plenty that’s dirty in this musical stage adaptation of the 1988 film, which starred Michael Caine and Steve Martin. The raunchy humor is sharp and smart, including the plethora of usually groan-worthy double entendres, and it's all delivered remarkably well by director Greg Bouljon’s cast.

 
Kind of a Drag: "More Than Meets the Eye," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through July 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Monday, 09 July 2012 06:00

Molly McLaughlin, Wayne Hess, and Alex Klimkewicz in More Than Meets the EyeI quite like the tone of the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's More Than Meets the Eye, as director Joseph R. DePauw’s production brings a natural feel, and a welcome lack of affectation, to a play that kind of screams for affectation. Instead of overplaying the plot’s cross-dressing humor, Friday night’s performance offered a softer, more realistic approach to its comedy that rendered the jokes more subtle, but still laugh-out-loud funny. Unfortunately, the laughs in author Fred Carmichael’s play are, if not few, fairly far between (though when the jokes do hit, they’re good ones), and it doesn’t help that DePauw’s pacing is a bit on the slow side, lengthening the wait between punchlines.

 
Happy Feat: "Footloose," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through July 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 09 July 2012 06:00

the Footloose ensembleThe inherent danger in seeing any production of Footloose, whether on stage or screen, is that you risk having those maddeningly catchy pop tunes trapped in your brain for days. I’m therefore pleased to report that, less than 72 hours after attending the Timber Lake Playhouse’s speedy and sprightly take on the musical, I no longer have “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” “Holding Out for a Hero,” and the rest playing in an endless mental loop. It’s actually the performances by Karl Hamilton and Elizabeth Haley that I can’t get out of my head.

 
Disco Muse(ic): "Xanadu," at the District Theatre through July 14 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Monday, 02 July 2012 06:00

Joseph Maubach, Joel Collins, Tracy Pelzer-Timm, Jenny Winn, Sara King, Becca Meumann, and Linda Ruebling in XanaduThe District Theatre’s Xanadu is perhaps the silliest, cheesiest, guiltiest-pleasure piece of musical theatre I’ve yet seen on a local stage … and I loved it! Director Tristan Tapscott plays up the goofiness of this self-referential take on the 1980 cult-film favorite, finding delight in its pokes at the movie’s ridiculousness and in the infectiously energetic songs, and the resulting mix of fluff and flash adds up to two hours of pure entertainment.

 
Air Male: "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through July 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Monday, 02 July 2012 06:00

Cari Downing, Steve Lasiter, Sara King, and Tim Stompanato in The Musical Adventures of Flat StanleyPrior to seeing Saturday’s performance of The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, my partner’s daughter Madison was most interested in seeing how the production would show Stanley getting flattened. I'll admit: I was most curious about that part, too.

 
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