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The “M” Word: "The Scottish Play - A Travesty!" at Black Hawk College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 01 November 2005 18:00
What makes the blood of most stage performers run cold? Seeing the first audience on opening night? Hearing silence after delivering supposedly hilarious dialogue? Knowing there’s a critic in the house? Well, yes, yes, and yes.

Shakes-peerless: The Prenzie Players' "Twelfth Night: Or, What You Will" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 25 October 2005 18:00

In the Prenzie Players’ hugely entertaining production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night: Or, What You Will, there’s an encounter so heart-stoppingly strong that it might be the single most effective stage moment I’ve witnessed all year.

St. Ambrose University’s "Urinetown": So Funny I Almost... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 18 October 2005 18:00
Since St. Ambrose University’s production of Urinetown at the Galvin Fine Arts Center has already closed, there’s probably not much point in a review. So consider this a thank-you note instead. I had more fun at the school’s production of this 2001 musical comedy than I have at nearly any other entertainment I’ve been to over the past few months. The show was terrifically staged and, almost across the board, vibrantly performed, but most inspiring of all, the audience was truly alive to it; Urinetown smashes the understood conventions of musical theatre to smithereens, and the Friday night crowd appeared positively delighted that it did. The show was a risk, and one that paid off big time.

Richmond Hill Plants a Not-Bad "Seed" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 11 October 2005 18:00
The Richmond Hill Barn Theatre’s production of Maxwell Anderson’s The Bad Seed is entertaining stuff, yet you might not believe more than a few words of it. The sincerity that director Jalayne Riewerts gives the piece is admirable, but also a little misguided, because the show often aims for penetrating insight and forgets why audiences love The Bad Seed in the first place – not for its psychology, but because of the inherent fun in watching an eight-year-old sociopath get away with murder.

Heaven Help Us!: "Meshuggah-Nuns!" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 27 September 2005 18:00

My parents, being good people, raised me to believe that if you couldn’t say something nice, you shouldn’t say anything at all. Of course, they couldn’t have imagined I’d wind up a reviewer, nor that I’d wind up having to devote 700 words to Meshuggah-Nuns!

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