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Theatre
The Demon Between Your Ears: "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," November 3 at the Adler Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Thursday, 17 October 2013 06:00

T Bone Burnett, John Mellencamp, and Stephen KingStephen King. John Mellencamp. T Bone Burnett.

Three instantly recognizable names. Three iconic artists with enormous fan bases and lengthy lists of professional accomplishments. And, taken together, three of the last people you might expect to find collaborating on a musical for the stage.

 
Acting in a Suspicious Manor: "The Mousetrap," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through October 13 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 07 October 2013 06:00

Stan Weimer, John VanDeWoestyne, Bryan Woods, and Spiro Bruskas in The MousetrapThe Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's The Mousetrap is a reasonably entertaining presentation of author Agatha Christie’s material. There were plenty of good laughs during Thursday’s performance, and director Gary Clark and his cast did well in not giving away what’s known as “the best kept secret in theatre” until its final reveal – that secret being the identity of a London murderer who is now, very likely, among the guests in the newly opened Monkswell Manor boarding house.

 
Upsetting the Apple Cart: "The Agony & the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," at the District Theatre through October 13 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 07 October 2013 06:00

Ed Villarreal in The Agony & the Ecstasy of Steve JobsEd Villarreal deserves plenty of props for successfully completing a 90-minute monologue without any noticeable flubs – and with a few audience-specific ad libs – during Friday’s performance of The Agony & the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs at the District Theatre. Memorizing and delivering an hour-and-a-half’s worth of text is no small feat, let alone delivering it with the inflections and nuance that Villarreal does.

 
Parent 'Hood: "Things My Mother Taught Me," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through November 2 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 30 September 2013 06:00

Daniel Crary and Cara Chumbley in Things My Mother Taught MeThe Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse’s Things My Mother Taught Me, which is about a young New York couple moving into a new apartment in Chicago, is one of those plays that requires patience, as the first half of the first act takes a while to get on its feet and bring in the humor. While Brad Hauskins’ Polish building superintendent Max elicited hearty laughs during Friday's performance through the actor's adept comic delivery and (eventually overused) “Uh-oh”s, not much else, early on, was all that effectively funny. Until, that is, the parents of the cohabitating Olivia and Gabe arrived, at which point it was clear that director Warner Crocker’s pacing for the rest of the show was going to be remarkable, and the comedic chaos amplified by the play's four parents fussing over their children.

 
Theorems and Relativity: "Proof," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through September 22 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 16 September 2013 06:00

Bryan Lopez and Stephanie Moeller in ProofBryan Lopez’s charm seems key to enjoying the Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s production of Proof. That’s not to say that he's the only reason to take in director Steve Parmley’s presentation of author David Auburn’s material, but I do want to acknowledge that it’s his character’s grace and agreeableness that draw you into the play, as he's our sympathetic and likable connection to the plot’s proceedings. During Friday's performance, the eagerness with which Lopez's Hal tried to lure Stephanie Moeller’s Katherine out of her house to hear his band of math geeks perform held such sincerity that I hoped she’d say yes solely for his sake.

 
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