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Broad Ways: "The Producers," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through August 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 06 August 2008 01:58

Michael J. Yarnell, Jenny Guse, and Danny Henning in The Producers Mel Brooks' musical The Producers - currently being produced at the Timber Lake Playhouse - received 12 Tony Awards in 2001, more than any Broadway musical before or since. And so I say this with all the deference and reverence that Brooks' historic achievement deserves: When Timber Lake's Justin Banta was throwing himself around the stage as a mincing Adolph Hitler in the show-within-a-show Springtime for Hitler, I was laughing so hard I almost freakin' wet myself.

 
Sin City: "Chicago," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through August 17 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 06 August 2008 01:56

Meghan Hakes, Lori Dansby, and Joshua Estrada in Chicago All things considered, Friday night's presentation of Chicago at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre was pretty darned impressive.

 
The Mamas and the Papas: "Are We There Yet?," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through September 13 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 30 July 2008 02:23

Tom Walljasper, Sandra D. Rivera, Tristan Layne Tapscott, and Erin Dickerson Even considering the show's cast and director, if you had told me a week ago that the musical comedy Are We There Yet? would wind up being my favorite Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse presentation over the past two years, I wouldn't have believed you.

 
... And We Saw That It Was Good: "Children of Eden," at North Scott High School through July 27 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 02:27

Alison Scherer and ensemble members in Children of Eden Describing the Countryside Community Theatre's Children of Eden as a first-rate Sunday-school pageant may sound like a backhanded compliment, if not an actual insult. But that's exactly what this presentation of the Stephen Schwartz and John Caird musical feels like, and the description isn't meant to be the least bit insulting.

 
Love Is a Battlefield: "Romeo & Juliet," at Lincoln Park through July 27 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 02:25

Andy Koski and Aisha Ragheb in Romeo and Juliet I didn't think there was much wrong with Sunday night's presentation of Genesius Guild's Romeo & Juliet, aside from the fact that I didn't feel much of anything at it. But in terms of this particular Shakespeare play, isn't that a pretty sizable issue?

 
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