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Bootie Call: "The Bootleggers On Broadway,” at Circa ’21 June 21 Through 24 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 20 June 2006 22:42

The Bootleggers Murder. Madness. Cannibalism. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the wonderful world of Broadway musicals!

Or rather, welcome to The Bootleggers "On Broadway," the new, full-length production showcasing the talents of the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's performing wait staff. (The show runs at Circa '21 June 21 through 24.)

 
Turning Japanese: "The Mikado," at Lincoln Park through June 18 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 13 June 2006 23:06

The Mikado This past weekend, it was rainy, gloomy, and downright cold for this time of year. Let's face it: The weather sucked.

And thinking about all the local outdoor events where attendance might have been negatively affected by the climate - Race for the Cure, the Left Bank Fine Art Fair, Gumbo Ya Ya, et cetera, et cetera - I couldn't bear to not attend Genesius Guild's and Opera@Augustana's Saturday-night performance of The Mikado. Foul weather be damned - if The Mikado's cast and orchestra were going to suffer the elements, then by God, so was I.

 
Disappointed? Yes, Siam: "The King & I," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through June 18 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 13 June 2006 23:04

Benjamin Cole and Nicole Horton When you visit the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, you know you won't get much in the way of spectacle - the intimate stage space is charming, but limited - so, instead, you look for inventiveness, especially when the production in question generally thrives on spectacle.

 
More Than Pharoah ’Nuff: "Aida," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through June 17 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 13 June 2006 23:00

Tyson Danner, Allyson Peniston, and Angela Cavallo More often than not, our area's musicals are graced by terrific voices. But every once in a while, a performer will come along whose vocal gifts and interpretive skills positively knock you out, causing you to silently mouth one word at your theatergoing companion: "Damn." The Quad City Music Guild's current production of the Disney musical Aida, directed by Bill Marsoun, doesn't have one of those performers. It has two.

 
Simply Mahr-velous: "Perfect Wedding," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through June 11 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 06 June 2006 23:33

Jeremy Mahr and Mackenzie Kerr Jeremy Mahr may be our area's most effortlessly relaxed performer. There isn't even a trace of actor's phoniness in his line readings or physicality; there's so little artifice in Mahr's portrayals that he can easily fool you into thinking he's not acting at all. Mahr has a beautiful hangdog expression - he looks as if he's endured continual disappointment, and is prepared to endure more - and his focus is concentrated and imploring. Yet when he smiles, the warmth that exudes from him is a little overpowering; he acts like a man embarrassed to be receiving the happiness he deserves. Mahr is a supremely empathetic performer - I've now seen him in three productions since August, and for the life of me, I can't figure out how he manages to do so much while appearing to do so little.

 

 
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