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OMG TMI: "Mono-Blogs: Suffering Fools," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through December 6 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 02:15

Adam Michael LewisNever having done one, I can only imagine the challenges and pressures inherent in performing a one-person play that lasts over an hour, and I'm betting those challenges and pressures exponentially increase when you're also the play's author and co-director. I therefore doff my cap to Adam Michael Lewis, whose solo vehicle Mono-Blogs: Suffering Fools - currently running at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre - is a 60-plus-minute verbal marathon of rants, diatribes, and (as crass-tastic auteur Kevin Smith happily calls them) dick and fart jokes that Lewis delivers with unwavering fierceness and intensity.

Beauty in the Beast: "Danny & the Deep Blue Sea," at the Village Theatre through November 30 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 02:34

Kimberly Furness and Eddie Staver IIIPlaywright John Patrick Shanley's Danny & the Deep Blue Sea is an alternately romantic and volatile two-character drama that finds Roberta, a 31-year-old, jobless mother of a troubled teen, forging a fragile bond with Danny, a 29-year-old truck driver nicknamed "The Beast." And while watching the Curtainbox Theatre Company's current presentation of this 1984 offering, it probably won't take you long to realize that co-stars Kimberly Furness and Eddie Staver III aren't really acting in the production; they're dancing.

Bedford Falls ... and Falls ... and Falls ... : "A Wonderful Life," at Circa ’21 through January 3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 19 November 2008 02:11

ensemble members in A Wonderful LifeI've seen worse musicals than A Wonderful Life, the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's new stage version of Frank Capra's film classic It's a Wonderful Life. I've even seen worse stage versions of It's a Wonderful Life, one of them, produced way back in 1987, at Circa '21.

A Fine Mess: "The Odd Couple," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through November 23 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 19 November 2008 02:09

Don Hazen and Greg O'Neill in The Odd CoupleAs the lights rise on the Harrison Hilltop Theatre's presentation of The Odd Couple, neither Oscar Madison nor Felix Ungar is on stage, though it's clear from the trash-strewn décor that we're in Oscar's living room. Four of the duo's pals are in the midst of their weekly poker game, and eventually one of them calls out to the off-stage kitchen, asking Oscar if he's in or out. Oscar replies, yet before we see him, his voice - moderately high-pitched and a little strangled, and with distinct East Coast cadences - is unmistakable. Oh my God!, you think. Steve Buscemi!

Rules of Engagement: "Jack, or the Submission," at Black Hawk College through November 22 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Friday, 14 November 2008 10:00

Elizabeth Paxton, Tommy Ratkiewicz, and Lynn AaronsonA bridegroom - petulant, abused, and unwilling to utter the five words that would please his family most: "I adore hash brown potatoes."

His father - abrasive, tyrannical, and ready to walk out on his family ... though he will be back for mealtimes.

His mother - overbearing, hypochondriacal, and vociferously proud of her questionable child-rearing tactics. ("I gave you your first spanking!")

And the bride-to-be - nearly mute, and the possessor of feet like Shrek's and two noses ... which would be fine if her intended didn't prefer a fiancée with three noses.

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