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Maintaining Balance on a Bumpy "Road": New Ground Theatre's "Scotland Road" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 20 September 2005 18:00

(Warning: Though I’ve tried to be circumspect, details on Scotland Road’s mysteries may slip out. Proceed with caution.)

 

The psychological drama Scotland Road, the first production in New Ground Theatre’s 2005-6 season, is both entertaining and disheartening – entertaining because of the skill of director Michael Oberfield and his cast, disheartening because playwright Jeffrey Hatcher’s work doesn’t quite seem to deserve their skill.

 
Missed Connections: "The Nerd" at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre, and "Broadway Bound" at the Old Creamery Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 13 September 2005 18:00

The Nerd at Playcrafters Barn Theatre Through September 25

 

As the lights come up on Playcrafters’ production of Larry Shue’s The Nerd, we find ourselves in the Terre Haute, Indiana, living room of architect Willum Cubbert (Josh Kahn), whose pseudo-girlfriend, Tansy (Jessica Nicol), and drama-critic friend, Axel (Chris White), are throwing him a surprise birthday party. For about 20 minutes, the three characters chat, and all the while, the light from the evening sky – seen through Willum’s living-room windows in the rear of the stage – is going through the most amazing transformation. The reddish-pink hues from outside begin to subtly shift to a lovely magenta, and within time, they will have morphed into a deep, midnight blue with a hint of purple; it’s a beautiful, subtle effect, well-achieved by designer Jennifer Kingry.

 
"Noises Off," Ghostlight Is On PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 13 September 2005 18:00
As the adage goes, “Dying is easy; comedy is hard.” Noises Off sure is. Saying that Michael Frayn’s farce requires precision is like saying a fish requires water or Jennifer Lopez requires publicity; the show’s very survival rests on the hairbreadth timing of its repartee and comic business. Frayn’s work is so tightly structured and its momentum so dizzying that the slightest inappropriate pause can completely knock you out of the show’s rhythm, and so I applaud Ghostlight Theatre for not only for tackling the script but often triumphing with it. Dying is easy, comedy is hard, and Noises Off is freakin’ hard.

 
Involvement Leads to Opportunity with St. Ambrose Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 30 August 2005 18:00

For students at Davenport’s St. Ambrose University, the end of summer brings with it the usual. Buying books. Attending classes. Preparing for Urinetown.

 
New Ground Gives Junior Theatre a Facelift PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 23 August 2005 18:00

Chris Jansen, the artistic director of the New Ground Theatre, is a self-described “Junior Theatre kid,” and has the pictures to prove it. She thinks.

 
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