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River Cities' Reader | Theatre
Spiking Your Own Drink: St. Ambrose University's Corinne Johnson PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 18 April 2006 18:00
“There’s something about being in a live theatre,” says St. Ambrose University Professor of Theatre Corinne Johnson, “and experiencing that moment with the actors and, maybe more importantly, with the audience.

 
Litter Kitties: "Cats" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 11 April 2006 18:00

The Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s latest production is, nearly element for element, an awesome technical achievement. The set, conceived by Dawn Robyn Petrlik, is a glorious mess of artful decay, Ron Breedlove’s lighting effects are mostly extraordinary, and the sound quality is superb. (Dave Vanderkamp’s continually outstanding sound design is overdue for mention.)

 
Comedies Tonight: The Prenzie Players' "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's "Cliffhanger" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 04 April 2006 18:00

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Rock Island Masonic Temple

 

Theatre audiences are often witness to romance and, with the right director and performers, occasionally even to true love on stage. Yet it’s rare to find passion and even rarer to witness carnality, two qualities that the Prenzie Players present in abundance in their juicy new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Rock Island Masonic Temple.

 
After the Rehearsal: Notes on "Charlie Brown"’s First Dress: "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" at Quad City Music Guild PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 29 March 2006 09:25

J. Adam Lounsberry and Nathan Bates in You're a Good Man, Charlie BrownAnyone who has spent a significant amount of time in theatre knows that if your first dress rehearsal goes even the least bit well, there's cause for celebration. Having seen the first dress of the Quad City Music Guild's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown this past Sunday, I can assure the production's participants: There's cause for celebration, because things appeared to go considerably better than "the least bit well."

 
Many Ways to Skin a "Cats": Dennis Hitchcock Discusses Circa '21's Latest Musical PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 28 March 2006 18:00
Author’s note: Prior to my full-time tenure at the Reader, I worked at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, and for Dennis Hitchcock, for 11 years. This was one of those rare interviews that didn’t start with a handshake, but rather a hug.

 
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