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My "Crossing" to Bear: "Crossing Acheron: The Tragedy of Antigone," at Scott Community College through April 19 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Monday, 14 April 2014 06:00

William Marbury in Crossing Acheron: The Tragedy of AntigoneIt’s unfortunate that William Marbury’s angry, domineering King Creon and Analisa Percuoco’s defiant, strong-willed Antigone don’t share more stage time in Scott Community College’s production of Crossing Acheron: The Tragedy of Antigone. The actors share a similar energy in their performances, creating a palpable tension as the king condemns Antigone to be buried alive for, against his decree, twice attempting to bury her slain brother. Marbury and Percuoco are equally gifted at gleaning emotional meaning out of director/author Laura Winton’s Greek-tragedy adaptation and delivering their words with conviction, and their performances and chemistry are so captivating that they left me hoping the two will appear in a future production that involves more interaction between them.

 
Queen B.: "Lear," at the QC Theatre Workshop through April 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Saturday, 05 April 2014 06:00

Cait Bodenbender in LearIt doesn’t take long for Cait Bodenbender, in the Prenzie Players' Lear, to prove that director/adapter J.C. Luxton’s idea to reverse his characters' genders was a great one.

 
Unlimited Sweets, and a Touch of Indigestion: "Willy Wonka," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through April 6 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Friday, 04 April 2014 06:00

Steve TouVelle, Laila Haley, John Donald O’Shea, Ali Girsch, Gina Cox, Payton Wilson, Corey Delathower, Jane Driscoll, and Yvonne Siddique in Willy WonkaThe requisite imagination present in Quad City Music Guild’s production of Willy Wonka is provided in great part by Bill Marsoun's scenic design. He’s come up with some clever visuals to tell the tale of Charlie Bucket – portrayed as female here by Laila Haley – finding a golden ticket and joining four lucky, and bratty, children on a tour of Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

 
Gown but Not Forgotten "Always a Bridesmaid," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through May 17 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Monday, 31 March 2014 06:00

Miranda Jane, Tamarin K. Lawler, Rachelle Walljasper, and Lora Adams in Always a BridesmaidOne of the cleverest things about the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse’s Always a Bridesmaid is its title, and the way it fits its group of women who, because of a promise made at their senior prom, continue to be bridesmaids in each other's weddings well into their 50s. That, however, is as clever as playwrights Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten get, as their show's humor is amusing, at best, but never hilarious. The plot and comedy play out more like that of a television sitcom than a theatrical comedy – which might be expected given Wooten’s work as a writer and producer on The Golden Girls.

 
Homeward Bound: "The Whipping Man," at the Village Theatre through March 30 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 06:00

The Whipping ManIf I were to detail the plot of playwright Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man, it would sound like the outline of a soap opera, given that the twists seem so melodramatically shocking. However, the story doesn’t play out that way, both because Lopez handles the revelations so well, and because New Ground Theatre presents this story of a Confederate soldier and two of his family’s freed slaves with respect and sincerity.

 
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