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"Noises Off," Ghostlight Is On PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 13 September 2005 18:00
As the adage goes, “Dying is easy; comedy is hard.” Noises Off sure is. Saying that Michael Frayn’s farce requires precision is like saying a fish requires water or Jennifer Lopez requires publicity; the show’s very survival rests on the hairbreadth timing of its repartee and comic business. Frayn’s work is so tightly structured and its momentum so dizzying that the slightest inappropriate pause can completely knock you out of the show’s rhythm, and so I applaud Ghostlight Theatre for not only for tackling the script but often triumphing with it. Dying is easy, comedy is hard, and Noises Off is freakin’ hard.

 
Involvement Leads to Opportunity with St. Ambrose Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 30 August 2005 18:00

For students at Davenport’s St. Ambrose University, the end of summer brings with it the usual. Buying books. Attending classes. Preparing for Urinetown.

 
New Ground Gives Junior Theatre a Facelift PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 23 August 2005 18:00

Chris Jansen, the artistic director of the New Ground Theatre, is a self-described “Junior Theatre kid,” and has the pictures to prove it. She thinks.

 
One-Woman Show Second to Nun: "Late Nite Catechism 2" at the Timber Lake Playhouse PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 16 August 2005 18:00
In all honesty, it might not be appropriate for me to critique the new production at the Timber Lake Playhouse, considering that at Saturday night’s performance I was in it. Then again, we all were.

 
CAST Delivers a "Beauty"-ful Season Closer: "Beauty & the Beast" at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 16 August 2005 18:00
In the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s ingenious new production of Beauty & the Beast, the first things to catch your eye are a small bench located stage right and a large screen – it’s nearly half the length of the stage – hanging upstage. On that screen is a rear projection of a rose, and it has a haunting, rough-edged quality; it looks like something that French waif on the Les Miz poster should be holding.

 
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