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Oh, the Places You'll Go!: "Seussical," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through July 19 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Monday, 13 July 2015 09:59

Derrick Bertram, Joseph Brune, Kate Struble (center) and ensemble members in SeussicalIt is with no hesitation that I admit adoring Stephen Flaherty's and Lynn Ahrens' musical Seussical, for which Flaherty wrote the music and Ahren the lyrics, with both collaborating on the book. Though it seems a children's play, the lyrics, melodies, and harmonies are sophisticated and memorable, and knowing how much I like this piece – and remembering the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s excellent Cats from earlier this summer – I couldn’t set aside my expectations prior to Thursday’s Showboat performance, certain I was in for a theatrical treat. Director Matthew Teague Miller did not disappoint.

 
Courting Danger: "A Few Good Men," at the District Theatre through July 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Monday, 06 July 2015 06:00

Tristan Tapscott, Sara Tubbs, and Jacob Kendall in A Few Good MenWith its ornate ceiling and fascinating, borderline-gaudy hanging light fixtures in the District Theatre's new home in the former Rock Island Argus building, A Few Good Men seems an appropriate inaugural production, in that the space looks like a courtroom – at least while you're looking up. Following the company's sometimes uncomfortable (for patrons) stint in its previous, rather cramped venue, this open area with the ceiling rising two stories above the floor is a much welcome relief, allowing director Lora Adams’ staging of Aaron Sorkin‘s courtroom drama to breathe in ways that, for the District Theatre, it otherwise couldn’t have.

 
Barrie, Barrie Good: "Peter Pan," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through July 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Monday, 06 July 2015 06:00

Holly Moss and Rosie Upton in Peter PanThere’s magic in the Timber Lake Playhouse’s Peter Pan that reached my inner child and set him dancing. Even knowing that Rosie Upton’s title character would fly, I still got chills when scenic designer Benjamin Lipinski’s grand windows were flung open and the forever-young boy floated through them. And that thrill only took a break during the production's intermission, otherwise staying with me during its entire two hours.

 
Things Are Seldom What They Scheme: "The Merry Wives of Windsor," at Lincoln Park July 11 and 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 06:00

Bryan Woods, Bob Hanske, Michael Hill, and Andy Curtiss in The Merry Wives of WindsorGenesius Guild’s The Merry Wives of Windsor is a study in comedic styles, particularly in comparing the portrayals of Bob Hanske’s lothario Falstaff and Andy Curtiss’ hot-headed Ford. Hanske offers a vocally robust – and, thanks to costume designer Ellen Dixon, physically robust – performance that’s delightfully buffoonish in his mannerisms and goofball inflections. Curtiss, on the other hand, plays his part of the jealous husband whose wife is coveted by Falstaff almost without accentuating its humor, choosing instead to allow his fluctuating anger to carry the comedy. And both actors are hilarious in their roles, stealing the show every moment they’re on stage.

 
Ol' Blank Eyes: "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through July 5 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 06:00

Livvy Marcus, Jonathan Young, Bailey Jordan Reeves, and Christian Chambers in My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank SinatraThe Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra is filled with beautiful vocals from beginning to end, as Christian Chambers, Livvy Marcus, Jonathan Young, and Bailey Jordan Reeves sing their way through 55 of Sinatra’s songs. Backed by a three-piece band under the lead of musical director Matt Bean, who also plays piano, this production covering the singer’s hits – along with a few facts about his life thrown in here and there – sounds sensational, and is a true delight for the ears.

 
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