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Cry (for) Babies: "La Llorona," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through April 4 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 30 March 2009 05:58

Steven Quartell and Asastasiya Bauswell in La LloronaThe Harrison Hilltop Theatre's latest presentation is playwright Kathleen Anderson-Curado's La Llorona, and you won't be reading the review I originally set out to write, because after more than 1,000 words of trying, I couldn't find a way to finish it.

 
This Boy's Life: "Thom Pain (based on nothing)," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through March 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 16 March 2009 06:47

James Bleecker II in Thom Pain (based on nothing)The Harrison Hilltop Theatre's latest offering is the 65-minute solo presentation Thom Pain (based on nothing). Yet its title seems more than a little inaccurate, because by the time this rather astounding monologue reaches its climax, it seems to have been based on everything: truths and fabrications and suppositions and dreams, and on the audience's expectations and perceptions not only of theatre, but of life itself.

 
Affair Play: "Murder at the Howard Johnson's," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through March 22 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 16 March 2009 06:43

Monta Ponsetto, Gary Koos, and Jeff Adamson in Murder at the Howard Johnson'sFew things are tougher, or more pointless, to explain than the reasoning behind why a joke is funny. I think I've got a topper, though: The reasoning for why a joke isn't funny - at least to you - even though a hundred-plus people are roaring at it.

 
Bard Optimal: "Much Ado About Nothing," at the Village Theatre through March 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 09 March 2009 06:45

Cait Bodenbender and Aaron E. Sullivan in Much Ado About NothingWith the current Much Ado About Nothing, I've now attended 10 presentations by the classical-theatre troupe the Prenzie Players, and perhaps fittingly, it's maybe the most sheerly Prenzie Prenzie production I've yet seen.

 
Much Ado About Many Things: Spring Theatre in the Quad Cities and Surrounding Areas PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 03 March 2009 19:43

The Prenzie Players' Much Ado About NothingThe Quad Cities' spring theatre season will be bookended by Shakespeare, with the March 6 opening of Much Ado About Nothing, and Sophocles, with the May 28 debut of Oedipus Rex. But just because these plays are, respectively, more than 400 and 2,400 years old, it probably isn't wise to enter them expecting the expected. This Sophocles, after all, is subtitled The Audacity of Oed, and this Shakespeare is being staged by the Prenzie Players, so in both works, you may as well expect anything to happen; considering our lineup also features titles by Stephen Sondheim, Neil Simon, Euripides, and Mel Brooks, I'm thinking you can say the same for the theatre season as a whole.

 
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