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Inner Tube Monologues: "Going Underground," at Black Hawk College November 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 02:24

Nina Prescott and Guillermo Jimenez Almanza in Going Underground Offhand, I can think of no theatrical climax this year that has been simpler, sweeter, or more subtly moving than the one in Black Hawk College's Going Underground. All it consists of is actress Miranda Lipes standing center-stage, offering a beatific, tranquil smile while Judy Garland sings "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," yet the impact of the moment is stronger than you might be prepared for.

 
People-Watching: British Psychotherapist Turns Playwright with "Going Underground" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 07 November 2007 10:26

Going Underground ensemble members There's an oft-repeated piece of advice given to fledgling writers: Write what you know. So, for his first original play, Christopher Morgan - a group psychotherapist living in the Ealing Broadway suburb of west London - did exactly that, fashioning the tragic-comic one-act Going Underground out of his own experiences and acquaintanceships. And it only took 6,875 hours of research to complete it.

 
Send in the Clowns: "The Taming of the Shrew," at Augustana College through November 4 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 10:05

Brian Bengtson and Jennifer Altenbernd in The Taming of the Shrew As luck - and the Vikings' football schedule - would have it, Augustana College's opening- weekend performances of The Taming of the Shrew coincided with the school's homecoming weekend, which allowed me the chance to reconnect with some fellow theatre-department alumni both before and after Saturday night's show. At several points during the evening, we laughed 'til we cried at stories of shared friends and past Augie productions, and it wasn't until the next day that I realized why this version of Shakespeare's comedy felt like the perfect play for my mood that night: Just like college, it was all about the joy of getting up in front of people and acting like a first-class goof.

 
Get Out Your Handkerchief: "Othello," at the Rock Island Masonic Temple through October 20 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 10:22

Julian C. Jarrell in OthelloI've seen three or four first-rate portrayals of Shakespeare's Othello over the years, and I always marvel at how both the character and the performer seem to literally grow in stature through the course of the play.

 
Williams’ Burg: "The Glass Menagerie," at the Green Room through October 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 10:20

Abby VanGerpen, Jackie Madunic, and Eddie Staver III in The Glass Menagerie There's no playwright, living or deceased, whose words I would rather listen to than Tennessee Williams. And if you don't already share that opinion, the first few minutes of the Green Room's The Glass Menagerie - with actor Eddie Staver III introducing us to Williams' "truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion" - might be enough to change your mind.

 
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