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After the Rehearsal: Notes on "Charlie Brown"’s First Dress: "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" at Quad City Music Guild PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 29 March 2006 09:25

J. Adam Lounsberry and Nathan Bates in You're a Good Man, Charlie BrownAnyone who has spent a significant amount of time in theatre knows that if your first dress rehearsal goes even the least bit well, there's cause for celebration. Having seen the first dress of the Quad City Music Guild's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown this past Sunday, I can assure the production's participants: There's cause for celebration, because things appeared to go considerably better than "the least bit well."

 
Many Ways to Skin a "Cats": Dennis Hitchcock Discusses Circa '21's Latest Musical PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 28 March 2006 18:00
Author’s note: Prior to my full-time tenure at the Reader, I worked at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, and for Dennis Hitchcock, for 11 years. This was one of those rare interviews that didn’t start with a handshake, but rather a hug.

 
The Not-So-Final Curtain: Iowa City's Dreamwell Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Audra Beals   
Tuesday, 21 March 2006 18:00

After the most successful nine-month run that Iowa City’s Dreamwell Theatre has ever seen, this sm

all company – which has long performed on borrowed stages and only recently secured a space of its own – is homeless once more.

 
You’re Not Just for Kids, "Charlie Brown": Music Guild Takes On Charles M. Schulz PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 21 March 2006 18:00
The comic-strip world of Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” characters has long delighted children, and the original, 1967 production of the musical You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown – with its cheerful tunes and hummable score – has long been a staple for young performers, having been consistently produced in high schools, middle schools, and even elementary schools across the country.

 
Playcrafters Knocks "Rounding Third" Out of the Park PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 18:00

At roughly the halfway point of Richard Dresser’s two-man comedy Rounding Third – currently playing at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre – Michael (Jim Driscoll), a sweet-tempered assistant Little League coach, asks the team’s boisterous head coach, Don (Fred Harris Jr.), if they might enjoy a moment of silence; Michael and Don have shared a continual, often exasperated dialogue over several weeks of team play, and Michael wonders if perhaps quiet would be preferable to jabber. “Oh no,” says Don. “We don’t know each other well enough to not talk.”

 
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