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The Not-So-Final Curtain: Iowa City's Dreamwell Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Audra Beals   
Tuesday, 21 March 2006 18:00

After the most successful nine-month run that Iowa City’s Dreamwell Theatre has ever seen, this sm

all company – which has long performed on borrowed stages and only recently secured a space of its own – is homeless once more.

 
You’re Not Just for Kids, "Charlie Brown": Music Guild Takes On Charles M. Schulz PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 21 March 2006 18:00
The comic-strip world of Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” characters has long delighted children, and the original, 1967 production of the musical You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown – with its cheerful tunes and hummable score – has long been a staple for young performers, having been consistently produced in high schools, middle schools, and even elementary schools across the country.

 
Playcrafters Knocks "Rounding Third" Out of the Park PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 18:00

At roughly the halfway point of Richard Dresser’s two-man comedy Rounding Third – currently playing at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre – Michael (Jim Driscoll), a sweet-tempered assistant Little League coach, asks the team’s boisterous head coach, Don (Fred Harris Jr.), if they might enjoy a moment of silence; Michael and Don have shared a continual, often exasperated dialogue over several weeks of team play, and Michael wonders if perhaps quiet would be preferable to jabber. “Oh no,” says Don. “We don’t know each other well enough to not talk.”

 
The Power of the Witness PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 18:00
The idea started with a traffic jam. “This was two years ago,” says local poet and storyteller Shellie Moore Guy, regarding the origin of her domestic-abuse performance piece Healing Waters: I Will Carry My Sister’s Pain.

 
Stalking Points: New Ground Theatre's "Boy Gets Girl" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 18:00
New Ground Theatre’s presentation of Rebecca Gilman’s stalker drama Boy Gets Girl is sensationally entertaining stuff – the most consistently smartly acted and directed work I’ve yet seen from this organization – and the production becomes all the more impressive when you realize just how easily it could have proven unbearable.

 
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