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A Pleasing, If Uneven, Walk Through "the Forest": "Another Part of the Forest" at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 12 July 2005 18:00
There are two styles of drama going on in Lillian Hellman’s Another Part of the Forest, or at least there are in the Richmond Hill Players’ current production of it: domestic and melo-. A prequel of sorts to the author’s more widely known The Little Foxes, Another Part of the Forest features, as its central figure, patriarch Marcus Hubbard (Stan Weimer), the richest man in Bowden, Alabama, circa 1880. A cruel, conniving, even murderous despot, Marcus is universally reviled, especially by his children – Benjamin (James V. Driscoll), Oscar (Steve Mroz), and Regina (Keri Cousins) – all of whom, for reasons of their own, want their hands on the family fortune.

 
Playcrafters’ Latest Showcases an Enchanting Ensemble: "Enchanted April" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 12 July 2005 18:00

“It’s a shame it all has to end,” says our heroine, Lotty (Karrie McLaughlin), at the end of Playcrafters’ Enchanted April. I completely agreed. The production currently running at Moline’s Barn Theatre is unexpected in the best way possible: Who knew this light, frothy, harmless little romp could be this intoxicating?

 
A Heroic "Pooh," and a Load of Crap: Circa '21's "Winnie the Pooh," and My Verona Productions' "Dingo Boogaloo 2: Taco's Revenge" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 12 July 2005 18:00

Circa ’21’s Winnie the Pooh at The Rocket through July 23

 

At the opening-day performance of Winnie the Pooh, the air was already so festive – their doors may be temporarily closed, but the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse is still in business! – that the show was the recipient of enormous goodwill even before it began. Balloons decorated the street, the Rocket Theatre was alive with the noise of excited young uns, the parents seemed in surprisingly good moods … it was a pretty sweet sight. If you have as much fondness for Circa ’21 as I do – and I know some of you do, ’cause I’ve seen you there … – the atmosphere alone would have made Winnie the Pooh worthwhile.

 
The New, the Challenging, and the Just Plain Weird: My Verona Productions' "Dingo Boogaloo" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 05 July 2005 18:00

To understand the nature of My Verona Productions’ new stage comedy Dingo Boogaloo 2: Taco’s Revenge – indeed, to gain insight into My Verona’s co-founders, Sean Leary and Tristan Layne Tapscott – one may as well begin with Chickenzilla.

 
A Fully Satisfying "Monty": "The Full Monty" at the Timber Lake Playhouse PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 05 July 2005 18:00
By the time the amateur male strippers perform their exuberant, baring-it-all finale in the Timber Lake Playhouse’s The Full Monty, it might take all your will to not leap from your seat and join them. The high spirits generated by this show are a little overwhelming; with the possible exception of the Clinton Area Showboat’s current production of Ruthless, The Full Monty is the best time I’ve had at the theatre in two months. It’s joyous, technically dexterous, thrillingly performed, and, best of all, absolutely fearless. (You’re aware of this by the end of the overture, when a bare-assed stripper, hounded by female groupies, races across the stage.)

 
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