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Ghostlight Strives for Increased Presence PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 18 May 2004 18:00
Ghostlight Theatre’s production of the Sam Shepard play True West – running the next two weekends at the Holzworth Performing Arts Center at Davenport North High School – will mark the end of the organization’s days as an enigma, putting on shows periodically but infrequently and without any discernible pattern.

Playcrafters' "Kindertransport" Runs Out of Steam PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 11 May 2004 18:00
Kindertransport is a script full of potential. Unfortunately, on the Playcrafters stage on May 8, the meaning of the play got lost somewhere in the muddle of forgotten lines and lifeless delivery. Directed by Charles Rubovits, Kindertransport (continuing through May 23) is definitely a change for Playcrafters Barn Theatre, which usually sticks to scripts in the adult comedy or mystery genres. I’m glad to see the group stepping out of its usual lighthearted mode into drama, but a lot of elements need improvement before plays such as Kindertransport will be taken seriously.

Augustana College's "Quilters" Shows True Colors of Pioneer Life PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 04 May 2004 18:00
I always love seeing the plays at Augustana College for the acting skill, detailed and appropriate set designs, and beautifully constructed costumes and props. The musical Quilters – which finishes a two-week run this weekend – is no exception, with an ensemble of seven vocally talented women, live keyboard and fiddle players, and an elaborate display of at least 30 quilts hand-made by Augustana students and faculty.

New Ground’s "An Infinite Ache" Anything but Painful PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 20 April 2004 18:00
New Ground Theatre’s current show, David Schulner’s An Infinite Ache, appears to be a conventional love and marriage story. A man and woman meet, fall in love, and get hitched – nothing unusual. But the script is so intricately crafted that we see snapshots of the couple as they progress through a partnership of more than five decades and take on sex, marriage, children, and death – in a mere hour and fifteen minutes. The fast-paced, natural dialogue travels seamlessly through the years, with no specific scene divisions. Time simply progresses.

Circa ’21’s "Hello Dolly" Unmemorable PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 06 April 2004 18:00
When leaving Circa ’21 last Friday night, I caught glimpses of conversations about Hello Dolly!. One audience member loved it, while another found the show bland and unmemorable. I silently agreed with the latter critic.

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