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Theatre
Why Theatre? PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
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.

 
Leads Help This "King" Shine: "The King & I" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 12 April 2005 18:00

Chief among many surprises in Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse’s current production of The King & I is the re-discovery of just how funny the show is. For many, myself included, the news of another Rodgers & Hammerstein revival is enough to fill you with trepidation; must we sit through one of their timeless extravaganzas yet again? But it’s easy to forget that this theatrical duo is legendary for good reason. Beyond their undeniable musical talents, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein wrote strong, well-constructed shows and empathetic characters, and their productions always feature an intriguing, nearly treacherous dark side; Rodgers & Hammerstein felt no compunction about casually killing off major characters. (Every time I see The Sound of Music I have to remind myself: Oh, right. There are Nazis in this.) And although I’d be content to never see South Pacific again, a recent, invigorating production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s State Fair at Assumption High School was a welcome reminder of the duo’s gifts, and Circa ’21’s The King & I is fantastically fine, engaging and memorable and, to a quite unexpected degree, hilarious.

 
Albee Blames Commerce for the Decline of the Arts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Johanna Welzenbach-Hilliard   
Tuesday, 12 April 2005 18:00
The Allaert Auditorium at the Galvin Fine Arts Center was almost filled to capacity last Friday evening when admirers of Edward Albee, author of such legendary American works as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Seascape, and The Zoo Story, flocked from near and far to see their favorite avant-garde playwright give a public lecture about “The State of the Theatre & the Arts in America.”

 
Quad City Arts Welcomes Controversial Absurdist Playwright PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Johanna Welzenbach-Hilliard   
Tuesday, 15 March 2005 18:00
Edward Albee, author of the play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, will be visiting the Quad Cities April 8 and 9 for a Quad City Arts Cary Grant Residency. Albee will be presenting two public lectures and a pair of seminars.

 
Famous Castaways Return in Gilligan Musical PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 01 March 2005 18:00
In episode 72 of Gilligan’s Island, Hollywood director Harold Hecuba pays a visit and the castaways stage a musical version of Hamlet to try to impress him. For Michael King, who has watched all 98 episodes of the show multiple times, that plotline is a metaphor.

 
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