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The Mellow Roads of Texas: "The Trip to Bountiful," at Playcrafters Barn Theatre through January 20 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 02:26

Sandy Stoltenberg & Jean Lupoli in The Trip to Bountiful Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful - which is opening the Playcrafters Barn Theatre's 2008 season on an awfully sweet note - is a lovely piece of theatre, but it's such an earnest, delicate little play that it requires all the effrontery and sass it can get.

Let's hear it, then, for Jean Lupoli, who takes what could've been a shrill, one-note caricature and fills it with such winning good humor and welcome meanness that she's utterly irresistible; despite much fine work by her co-stars, the production is practically unimaginable without her. The actress, so fresh and funny, gives Foote's small-scale, big-hearted elegy a true shot in the arm, and in all honesty, it frequently needs one.

 
Theatre by the Numbers: Not-So-Random Moments from 2007 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 02:56

West Side StoryI love making lists. Love it. And I get an annual charge out of composing "10 best"s for the Reader based on my movie-going experiences: 10 Best Films, 10 Best Guilty Pleasures, 10 Best Action Blockbusters Based on a Pre-Existing
Toy ... .

So when I started thinking about my forthcoming Year in Theatre recap a few weeks ago, I thought it might make for a fun change of pace to compose "best" lists for area stage productions.

 
Theatre Essentials 2007: A Dozen Names to Remember PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 02:49

You Can't Take It with You For 2006's Year in Theatre recap, I included a list of 12 talents whose gifts couldn't help but be noticed, as they had performed exemplary work on a number of theatrical offerings during the year, oftentimes at a number of area venues.

It's the list so nice I'm doin' it twice!

 
In Their Own Words: Area Talents Share Memories of the 2007 Theatre Season PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 02:47

King o' the Moon So enough of my opinions already. The following are reflections by Derek Bertelsen, Tyson Danner, Kristofer Eitrheim, Kimberly Furness, Jennifer Kingry, Mandy Landreth, J.C. Luxton, Jackie Madunic, Angela Rathman, Jalayne Reiwerts, Susan Simosky, and Doug Tschopp - local-theatre artisans who enjoyed a memorable 2007.

 

 
Hall of Fudge: New Ground’s Chris Jansen Plans to Make Turner Hall a Home for Emerging Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 02:28

 

New Ground's June presentation of Fudge! "Everybody's like, ‘What happened?'"

That's Chris Jansen, artistic director of New Ground Theatre, recalling a common comment received in the months after June's New Ground production of Living Here at Davenport's Nighswander Theatre.

It turns out that something rather monumental has happened with New Ground, as Jansen and her organization have rented the Village of East Davenport's Turner Hall, and are in the process of having a number of local theatrical groups join them there. But you can certainly understand the concern of Jansen's audiences, as one of New Ground's most recent pieces appeared to be almost frighteningly prophetic.

 
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