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Ship of Fools: "Anything Goes," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through August 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 02:22

Anything Goes ensemble members There are actors in the Quad City Music Guild's current production of Anything Goes that are behaving like total idiots.

Thank God.

 
Their Cheatin’ Hearts: "Don’t Dress for Dinner," at Circa ’21 through September 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 03:52

Adam Michael Lewis and Tom Walljasper in Don't Dress for Dinner Nothing about the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's production of Don't Dress for Dinner makes the slightest bit of sense. Including my liking it as much as I did.

 
Sycamore Treat: "You Can’t Take It with You," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through August 5 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 03:46

You Can't Take It with You ensemble members Thursday's opening-night presentation of You Can't Take It with You at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre was polished, snappily paced, and almost universally well-performed. But attendance was hardly what it should have been for this venerated Kaufman & Hart comedy - I'd venture that less than two-thirds of the seats were filled - and truth be told, it's not hard to figure out why.

 
Hit and Mistletoe: "Irving Berlin’s White Christmas," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through August 5 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 03:44

Tanner Bollinger, Jenny Guse, Jacqui Pugh, and Zack Powell in Irving Berlin's White Christmas You might think it odd that, for its penultimate summer production, the Timber Lake Playhouse is staging Irving Berlin's White Christmas, thereby celebrating the holiday season a good two or three months before the malls will. But the actual presentation turns out to be stranger still. Not only are you getting White Christmas here, you're getting three or four different White Christmases; the results aren't bad, necessarily, but the show winds up feeling a bit like the Bing Crosby classic as co-directed by Michael Curtiz, Tommy Tune, and Rip Taylor.

 
Rhyme Schemes: "Seussical," through July 28 at North Scott High School PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 02:39

the Seussical ensemble No childless adult should feel the least bit silly about attending the Countryside Community Theatre's madly enjoyable production of Seussical.

But just in case the thought of a family-friendly evening of candy-colored costumes and rhyming couplets gives you pause, know that by missing this production, you'll miss what might stand as the musical-comedy performance of the year. As the Cat in the Hat, Nathan Meyer is giving the sort of fiercely committed, ceaselessly inspired portrayal that feels like the reason God invented musical comedy.

 
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