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Little Orphan Anne: "Anne of Green Gables," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through November 16 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 12 November 2008 02:12

Greg Bouljon, Sydney Crumbleholme, and Karen Decker in Anne of Green Gables Sydney Crumbleholme, a freshman at Moline High School, plays the title character in the Playcrafters Barn Theatre's current Anne of Green Gables, and I doubt there has been a better, more inspiring piece of casting on area stages in all of 2008.

Heaven-Sent: "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches," at The Green Room through November 9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 05 November 2008 02:32

the Angels in America: Millennium Approaches ensemble Tony Kushner's Angels in America has an intimidating reputation: It's a work in two parts - Millennium Approaches and Perestroika - that earned its playwright a Pulitzer Prize; it boldly explores religion, politics, and homosexuality in Reagan's America; and its two leading figures are men recently diagnosed with AIDS. So where, in regard to The Green Room's current presentation of Millennium Approaches, do I begin in describing just how much freaking fun this show is?

To Eternity, from Here: The Green Room Theatre Takes On a New Challenge with "Angels in America" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 29 October 2008 02:40

Reader issue #708 Playwright Tony Kushner's Angels in America begins its run at The Green Room Theatre on October 31, and to hear artistic director Tyson Danner describe it, he and executive director Derek Bertelsen couldn't have chosen a more appropriate production to open on Halloween.

"It's a monster," says Danner.

Boys, Assassins, and a Frog & a Toad: Reflections on The Green Room's First Season (Plus) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 29 October 2008 02:35

Into the WoodsInto the Woods (August 10 - 12, 2007): The Green Room's debut production was Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's fairy-tale musical, and many of its cast members had previously worked with director Derek Bertelsen (also the venue's Executive Director) and music director Tyson Danner (the Artistic Director) in the pair's previous, fund-raising performances for the Children's Therapy Center of the Quad Cities: 2005's Ragtime and 2006's The Secret Garden. Both vividly remember opening night.


Derek: It smelled like fresh paint.

Tyson: It did. We painted that morning.

Natty "Merchant": "The Merchant of Venice," at the Village Theatre through October 26 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 22 October 2008 02:24

Andy Koski, J.C. Luxton, and ensemble members in The Merchant of Venice After six seasons of reverse-gender casting, anachronistic details, audience interaction, and unapologetic tweaking and trimming of classical works, the happily untraditional Prenzie Players have, with their production of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, moved in a truly subversive direction: They've gone traditional. Sort of.

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