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Augustana College’s "Laramie Project" Thrillingly Good PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 03 May 2005 18:00

Since 1990, I’ve attended more than 25 plays at Augustana College, yet I’ve never seen one that made better use of the Potter Hall stage than The Laramie Project.

 
Caught Between Church and Family: Melissa McBain's "Altar Call" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 26 April 2005 18:00

The time: the present invaded by the past. The setting: sanctuaries in the southwest desert. The play: Altar Call. And the playwright: Melissa McBain, who has appropriated one of the country’s most volatile current debates – where the church stands on the subject of homosexuality – as her play’s subject.

 
Humor Helps Elevate "Rosencrantz": St. Ambrose University's "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 19 April 2005 18:00

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, which recently closed St. Ambrose University’s 2004-5 theatre season, is a tough play to produce effectively at the collegiate level: How do you present Tom Stoppard’s mordantly funny rumination on mortality and the meaninglessness of existence with performers this young?

 
"Pippi" Never Starts Making Sense: "Pippi Longstocking" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 19 April 2005 18:00

So far as I know, there are no steadfast rules regarding children’s theatre, but two certain “don’t”s would have to be: (1) Don’t bore the kids, and (2) Don’t confuse the kids.

 
Why Theatre? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 12 April 2005 18:00
"So," you might be asking, “why is the movie guy writing about theatre?” A fair question. I love theatre. A lot. I was a theatre major in college and, until recently, have spent the past decade employed at Rock Island’s Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, where I’ve learned about and appreciated this great art form all the more.

 
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