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Performances Redeem Playcrafters' Predictable "Born Yesterday" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 16 March 2004 18:00
In 1979, Patti Flaherty starred in Born Yesterday at Playcrafters Barn Theatre in Moline. Unfortunately, I hadn’t yet made my earthly appearance and was unable to review it. But 35 years later, she’s given me the chance by directing the current production of Yesterday on the same stage. The play is fast-paced if easily foretold, the characters are memorable, and the acting is superb.

Augustana College’s Short Play Festival Lives Up to Title PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 24 February 2004 18:00
They said it would be short, and they meant it. Clocking in at just under 45 minutes, last weekend’s production of Augustana College’s annual Short Play Festival was a collaboration of four student producers and featured Tony Kushner’s script East Coast Ode to Howard Jarvis.

A Musical Journey Through the Past: "Smokey Joe's Cafe" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 03 February 2004 18:00
Hey you cats, listen up. I saw a show at Circa ’21 that’s hoppin’ and swingin’ – like being inside a jukebox. Smokey Joe’s Café is where all the cool Daddy-O’s and neighborhood gals are dancing to music from the days of the zoot suit up to 1960s love songs. If you’re expecting a plot line, a bit of spoken dialogue, you kids won’t get it. This musical revue is purely fun. It involves no setup or explanation, and simply celebrates music from days gone by.

New Ground Show Explores the Lighter Side of Women’s Troubles: "Female Problems: A Musical" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 27 January 2004 18:00
Female problems. According to this musical by Nicole Hollander and Cheri Coons, we (as in women) have lots of them. Whether it’s ridding our closets of shoes, trying new hairstyles every month, loving our insufficient-but-tolerable husbands, or fretting over the weight gain from (gasp!) a piece of German chocolate cake, we have lots of important issues on our minds that require a lifetime of worry, tummy-tucks, and doctor visits.

Playcrafters' "Woman in Black" Provides Chills and Thrills PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 13 January 2004 18:00
A night of reviewing a theatrical production doesn’t usually leave me shuffling about the house in my pajamas, checking closets and under the bed for ghosts. But Susan Hill’s thriller Woman in Black at Playcrafters Barn Theatre was just chilling enough to send me scurrying under the safety of my bedspread, eyes shut tight to whatever roamed my imagination.

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