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Quad City Music Guild's "Sugar": Not Quite Wild(er) Enough PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 14 June 2005 18:00
If you’ve seen Some Like It Hot, nothing that happens in the Quad City Music Guild’s Sugar will come as a surprise; this 1973 musical-comedy is almost slavishly faithful to the 1959 Billy Wilder film that inspired it. But it does feature a curlicue that makes me giggle: the tap-dancing gangsters.

 
My Verona’s "Closer" a Great Season Opener PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 14 June 2005 18:00

Few stage sights are as thrilling as a cast of genuinely hungry actors, especially when they have genuinely meaty material to tear into. My Verona Productions’ Closer is a biting, at times painful, piece, yet it’s suffused with joy; the actors seem to be relishing the opportunity to verbally claw, scrape, and expose (often self-inflicted) wounds.

 
Richmond Hill’s "You Can't Take It with You" Is All (Kaufman &) Hart PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 07 June 2005 18:00
Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman’s 1938 comedy You Can’t Take It with You is so sturdy and reliably entertaining that it doesn’t take much more than a mediocre version of it to make audiences happy. The current production at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre is significantly better than mediocre – vibrantly played and almost consistently pleasurable – but what’s completely surprising is the cleverness and skill behind Vicki Deusinger’s staging of it.

 
New Ground Turns Mamet’s "Boston Marriage" into a Massacre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 24 May 2005 18:00
From first scene to last, New Ground Theatre’s production of Boston Marriage is an almost total misreading of David Mamet’s 1999 work. As usual, New Ground’s decision to tackle offbeat and challenging material is commendable, but its latest offering is so wrong-headed in execution that it makes you understand why audiences often shy away from the offbeat and challenging.

 
World Premiere Offers No Easy Answers: "Altar Call" at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 10 May 2005 18:00
Melissa McBain’s drama Altar Call, currently playing at Playcrafters’ Barn Theatre, is beautifully unresolved. There are many fine elements in this production – along with some not-so-fine ones – yet I was impressed by McBain’s willingness to let the drama linger after its close. She introduces potentially volatile subject matter such as adultery, homosexuality, and the dogmatic elements of scripture, yet doesn’t attempt to provide easy answers to the play’s complexities.

 
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