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Family Affair: "How I Learned to Drive," at the QC Theatre Workshop through September 21 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 09 September 2013 06:00

Angela Rathman, Mike Schulz, Jessica Denney, Chris Page, and Karen Jorgenson in How I Learned to DriveThere’s a beautiful humanity in the QC Theatre Workshop’s production of How I Learned to Drive, which presents playwright Paula Vogel’s pedophilic tale with realistic characters rather than caricatures clearly defined as “good” and “evil.”

 
Oldies and Goodies: "Let's Face the Music: A New Musical Revue," at the District Theatre through September 15 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 09 September 2013 06:00

Wendy Czekalski, Sheri Olson, Bryan Tank, and Erin Lounsberry in Let's Face the Music: A New Musical RevueLet’s Face the Music: A New Musical Revue is a production of songs by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and George and Ira Gershwin, conceived and directed by Lora Adams, and performed by four of the best singers (and one of the best dancers) in the area-theatre community. While the tempo and energy of the numbers change, the District Theatre’s presentation maintains a mellow mood throughout the hour-long show, with the only glaring fault in Saturday's performance being that the piece wasn't also presented in a 1940s nightclub, so that the audience could complete the experience by stepping into the period presented on stage.

 
Fall Guises: Theatre in the Quad Cities and Surrounding Areas, August through November PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Thursday, 22 August 2013 06:00

Memphis at the Adler Theatre and Peoria Civic CenterStephen King, Agatha Christie, the Headless Horseman, Dracula, Medusa, Witches, Murder, Horror, Ghost Brothers ... . Halloween’s more than two months away, and our area’s fall-theatre lineup is already freaking me out.

 
Depression? What Depression?: "Southern Crossroads," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through September 21 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 19 August 2013 06:01

 Brad Hauskins, Tom Walljasper, Rachelle Walljasper, Lora Adams, Andrew Crowe, and Jody Alan Lee in Southern CrossroadsWith its charm, high spirits, optimism, and infectiously fun tunes selected and arranged by Steve Przybylski, there’s a wonderful specialness to playwright Warner Crocker’s Southern Crossroads. And in the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's current production of the show, what's particularly special about what is already a good musical has a lot to do with director Curt Wollan’s cast members, who have an apparent love for the material and exude a palpable enjoyment in their performance of it. This piece transcends traditional musical theatre in a way that’s all too rare, pulling in its audience through a spell of song and hope.

 
Don't Move!: "Love Thy Neighbor," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through August 25 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Monday, 19 August 2013 06:00

Jim Strauss, Jan Golz, and Stacy McKean Herrick in Love Thy NeighborThe sharp wit of playwright Gary Ray Stapp’s dialogue goes a long way to overcome the occasional humorless spots in the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's production of Love Thy Neighbor. And when the cast is delivering Stapp’s most amusing banter, director Eugenia Giebel’s presentation titillates sometimes to the point of tears, particularly as Jan Golz’s self-important, riff-raff-hating busybody Leona Crump squares off against Diane Greenwood’s dolled-up, somewhat pompous Tupperware and Avon saleswoman Ava. The two create sparks of entertaining disdain for each other, and best suggest the overall tone Stapp apparently intended for his play.

 
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