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Cassioblanca: "Richard Blaine, the Merchant of Morocco," at Scott Community College through March 16 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 12 March 2008 02:37

Chris Wadsager and Daniel Schaub

In November, I had the chance to see Scott Community College's presentation of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged], and the production, like the play itself, was a hit-and-miss spoof on the Bard's entire output. Not all of the jokes - nor all of the performances - were at peak freshness, but it was still an agreeably goofball entertainment that showcased a number of promising actors, and so I had every reason to expect the same from the school's current offering, Richard Blaine, the Merchant of Morocco, as its subtitle is a pretty fair précis for the show as a whole: Or, If Shakespeare Had Written Casablanca.

 
Appellations of Predilection: "Eleemosynary," at the Green Room PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 02:19

Susan McPeters, Angela Elliott, and Abby VanGerpen in Eleemosynary Before praising the Green Room's lovely, charming production of Eleemosynary - the Lee Blessing comedy/drama that ran February 22 through 24 - I feel compelled to also praise the show's Friday-night audience. Actually, I feel compelled to praise the audiences at each of the productions I've attended in this Rock Island space; for fellow theatre devotees who tend to grow hostile near patrons who routinely cough, shift in their seats, slowly open cellophane-wrapped candies, and forget to turn off their cell phones, the Green Room is easily the area's venue of choice.

 
Flop Flipped: "Light Up the Sky," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through February 24 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 20 February 2008 02:43

Susan Philhower, Renaud Haymon, and Jan Golz Truth be told, I'm rather envious of the audiences who'll be seeing Light Up the Sky during its second weekend at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre, because while I had a mostly terrific time at Friday night's production, I'm guessing that subsequent crowds will have an even better one.

 
Simonized: "God's Favorite" at St. Ambrose University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 20 February 2008 02:41

Seth Kalwasser and Matt Mercer Before attending St. Ambrose University's production of God's Favorite, I had neither seen nor read Neil Simon's 1974 comedy - based on the Biblical book of Job - in which a wealthy, devout husband and father is tempted into renouncing God, refuses to do so, and subsequently suffers the loss of home, health, and family. I now consider the 34 years between the play's debut and Saturday's presentation the happiest years of my life, as I never had to endure what might be the single most irritating and unfunny comedy I've ever sat through.

 
Paradise Lost: "The Fantasticks," at Augustana College through February 17 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 02:58

Katie McCarthy and Ben Webb in The Fantasticks About a half hour into Augustana College's opening-night presentation of the deservedly beloved musical romance The Fantasticks, Brian Bengtson made his first appearance as the aging ham Henry, and I can't recall the last time I was so relieved to see an actor on stage.

 
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