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Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow: "Harvey," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through September 20 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 14 September 2015 06:00

Harvey and Mike Kelly in HarveyI’ve not seen the Jimmy Stewart take on playwright Mary Chase’s Harvey, so I cannot attest whether the movie's fans will appreciate the Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s production. However, in the absence of any comparison, I can say that I liked this presentation and now want to see the film – though it’ll have to successfully stand up against director James Fairchild’s version, rather than the other way around.

 
Call for Entry: River Cities' Reader Theatre Reviewers PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 31 August 2015 06:00

Have you ever read one of the Reader's theatre reviews and thought, “I could do that job”? Well, now's your chance!

After nearly six years spent writing for the paper, Thom White's and his family's impending move to Kentucky means he'll be stepping down as the Reader's chief theatre reviewer. Thom will continue to contribute reviews, as much as he's able, for the next several months, and as I've been fortunate to this summer, I'll no doubt be writing a few myself.

But that means we're still seeking those who love to write or who love theatre – or, preferably, who love to write about theatre – to take on the enjoyable challenge of serving as a Reader theatre reviewer.

 
Boy Meets Ghoul: "The Addams Family," at the District Theatre through August 30 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 17 August 2015 06:00

Anthony Natarelli, Liv Lyman, Erin Platt, Sara Wegener, Nancy Teerlinck, Jason Platt, Jennifer Sondgeroth, David Miller, and Christopher Tracy in The Addams FamilyTaking The Addams Family as a sign, I’m excited about the District Theatre’s future in downtown Rock Island's former Argus building, and while there are still a few growing pains to overcome, the company is clearly off to a good start.

 
On the Side of the Angels: "Down to Earth," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through August 23 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 17 August 2015 06:00

Josh Wielenga, A.J. Evans, and Greg Bouljon in Down to EarthA poorly written script isn’t enough to derail the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's Down to Earth. While I've never before thought “Too much exposition!” as much as I did during Thursday’s performance, I still enjoyed director Joe DePauw’s presentation of playwright Bettye Knapp’s weak “comedy fantasy” about angels coming to Earth.

 
Huckleberry Good: "Big River," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through August 23 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 17 August 2015 06:00

Grant Alexander Brown and Charles Benson in Big RiverIt struck me, during Saturday’s matinée performance of Big River at the Timber Lake Playhouse, that theatre is my church, considering I repeatedly wanted to raise my hands in praise and shout “Amen!” at various points, and in ways I used to while attending Sunday services in my younger years. Theatre, for me, is a spiritual experience, and this Big River served as a big-tent revival that reminded me of that truth.

 
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