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New Ground’s "Talley’s Folly" a Quirky, Incomparable Love Story PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 24 August 2004 18:00
New Ground is one of my favorite local theatre groups because it doesn’t settle for slapstick comedies, cliché-filled scripts, or sappy dramas. Instead, the not-for-profit organization with the mission to “bring the best in contemporary and original theatre to the Quad Cities” does superb work living up to that goal. New Ground’s upcoming show, Talley’s Folly, the recipient of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for drama, is certainly no exception to the “best theatre” rule and is perhaps one of the most unconventional, intriguing love stories I’ve ever seen on stage. The production opens August 26 and runs through September 5 at Rivermont Collegiate in Bettendorf.

 
Will "Your Favorite Band" Get Groupies? PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 03 August 2004 18:00
Sean Leary is sticking to basics. The author and producer of the innovative Your Favorite Band believes – despite the unique combinations of film, theatre, and music media used during the performances – that “a good story will always be the key to a successful show. ” We’ll see whether he followed this maxim and how local audiences respond to his part-live-theatre, part-film show when Your Favorite Band starts a two-week run August 5 at ComedySportz.

 
The Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's "Desk Set" Full of Laughs, Promise PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 13 July 2004 18:00
Richmond Hill Players Theatre has done a very good thing. Instead of usual attempts to “wow” audiences with edgy (and, in my opinion, too brilliantly written for community theatre) scripts such as Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile or efforts to appeal to the older generation with shows such as On Golden Pond and Driving Miss Daisy, the organization’s current production of Desk Set settles contentedly into a much-needed middle ground.

 
Don’t Mess with The Hobbit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 06 July 2004 18:00
If Peter Jackson taught the world anything with his epic three-movie The Lord of the Rings series, it’s that audiences want their Tolkien to be faithful to the original work. So when Susan Holgersson started comparing J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit with Patricia Gray’s script, “I started to realize there was a situation there,” she said. Playcrafters Barn Theatre decided about a year ago to do the play, and Holgersson was selected as its director in August.

 
Ghostlight Strives for Increased Presence PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 18 May 2004 18:00
Ghostlight Theatre’s production of the Sam Shepard play True West – running the next two weekends at the Holzworth Performing Arts Center at Davenport North High School – will mark the end of the organization’s days as an enigma, putting on shows periodically but infrequently and without any discernible pattern.

 
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