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Physics Class: "String Fever" at the Nighswander Theatre, through May 28 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 24 May 2006 00:12

According to the elusive Theory of Everything, espoused in Jacquelyn Reingold’s String Fever, life is composed of a series of hidden dimensions that fold up within one another and overlap, creating unseen, generally unacknowledged connections, and giving meaning to even our most random encounters.

 
The Pretender: Things You Should Know About – and From – the Area’s Best Actor, Tom Walljasper PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 23 May 2006 23:33
"I think my forte is storytelling. I just like to pretend. And any experience that I have where I believe the actor or actors are as close to pretending as possible? That's what gets me off, man. To me, that's what acting's all about." -- Tom Walljasper

 
Not Exactly Hot, but Awfully Sweet: "Sweet & Hot: The Songs of Harold Arlen" at Playcrafters PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 17 May 2006 01:39
About four months ago, my schedule forced me to catch the first dress rehearsal of Playcrafters’ Over the River & through the Woods as opposed to a paid performance, and so I took some personal responsibility for my dissatisfaction with the show; a lot of what seemed to be lacking, I thought, could easily have improved by opening night. It seemed a little unfair to be critiquing a rehearsal. (What better place to err than rehearsal?)

Well, circumstances dictated that I again catch a Playcrafters production before its official opening – I saw the Barn Theatre’s Sweet & Hot: The Songs of Harold Arlen at a preview on Monday, May 8 – for which I apologize. But I don’t apologize much, because this revue already has the right spirit and a host of good feelings (and good performances) exuding from it. This didn’t feel like a rehearsal; it felt like a performance, and a delightful one.

 
That Old Barn Magic: Moline’s Barn Theatre Presents Its First Musical in Nearly a Decade PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 10 May 2006 02:36
Over the past 10 months, the stage space at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre in Moline has been transformed into a ballpark (for the venue’s production of Rounding Third), an Italian villa (for Enchanted April), and the entire town of Bedford Falls (for It’s a Wonderful Life).

But these days, after climbing the stairs to the second level of the Barn, the first thing you notice about the set for Sweet & Hot: The Songs of Harold Arlen (running through May 21) is something more unexpected than anything found on those previous sets: a piano.


 
A Double-Play … and a Hit: "The Real Inspector Hound" and "Black Comedy" at Augustana College PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 02 May 2006 18:00
Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound concerns theatre critics who wind up personally involved in the thriller they’re reviewing, which puts me in the position of being a theatre critic critiquing a play about theatre critics critiquing a play. Stoppard must love this.

 
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