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A Family at War ... with the Audience: "All My Sons," at St. Ambrose University PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 10:19

Ryan Westwood and Louis Hare in All My Sons As the first act of Arthur Miller's All My Sons nears its climax, the atmosphere is thick with tension and discomfort. A young man has proposed to the former girlfriend of his older brother, presumed dead three years after World War II. The boys' mother, convinced that her child is still alive, is on the edge of a nervous breakdown. The boys' father, obviously hiding some dark secret, appears deeply nervous about an incoming phone call. And in St. Ambrose University's Saturday-night production of this American tragedy, you could tell that its Act I closer was really working, because for a few brief minutes, the audience collectively stopped coughing.

 
O.K. L.A.: "California Suite," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through October 14 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 02:14

Stan Weimer and Diane Greenwood in California Suite For my money, California Suite is the ideal Neil Simon play, as it's actually composed of four independent one-act plays, giving you far less chance to grow exhausted by his characters' persistent wisecracking.

 
My God, Where’s the Country Boy?: "Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver," at Circa ’21 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 02:30

the Almost Heaven ensemble On Sunday morning, I started writing my piece on the musical revue I'd seen the night before, and here's how I began my first draft:

 
Puppy Ciao: "Sylvia," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through September 23 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 02:47

Greg Bouljon and Mandy Landreth in SylviaChoosing a favorite line of dialogue from A.R. Gurney's Sylvia is nearly impossible, as the playwright's hysterically clever and insightful comedy offers almost too many choices; some of Gurney's best jokes here are so spectacularly subtle that you barely register them. ("Just close your eyes and think of England" is an especially sharp throwaway.)

 
Up and Autumn!: Area Theatre, September through November PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 02:47

Hairspray at the Adler Theatre On August 17, the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's production of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia marked the last theatrical production I'd see this summer - the 29th show I caught over the span of 12 weeks - and in truth, I'm kind of bummed that the season is over. But it will be nice to have a few days when I'm, you know, not working, so I'm also looking forward to the fall, when instead of 29 shows, theatre-goers only have the opportunity to see ... 38.

 
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