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Augustana College Offers a First-Rate Exploration of Truth: "Rashomon" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Patricia Baugh-Riechers   
Tuesday, 28 October 2003 18:00
What is truth? This is an age-old question, pondered by millions of people over the centuries. According to the story of Rashomon, truth lies in the eye of the beholder. As the wigmaker in the story says, “People see what they want to see, and say what they want to hear.” Unlike many other treatments of the question of truth, Rashomon does not expose truth as absolute; it explores truth as a constantly shifting abstract idea, based solely on the perceptions of humans.

 
Unique Blend of Monologues, Talent in Riverside Theatre’s "Walking the Wire" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 14 October 2003 18:00
After seeing Riverside Theatre’s annual monologue performance Walking the Wire during its three-day run last weekend, I’m already looking forward to next year. Rarely is a collection of monologues presented locally (with the exception of the woman-power fundraiser The Vagina Monologues, which is structured more like a play), and the Iowa City theatre’s Wire provides a unique opportunity for viewers to absorb an assortment of unpublished works presented by diverse individuals. While a few of the pieces were lacking in either character believability or author voice, most of the two- to 10-minute monologues were very engaging.

 
Look into Riverside Theatre's "Private Lives" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 23 September 2003 18:00
Riverside Theatre’s production of Noel Coward’s relationship-centered play Private Lives is such a captivating romp through France in the 1920s, and there were moments I was so happily lost in the action, that I never wanted to return to contemporary Iowa City.

 
New Ground Theatre's "Lobby Hero" Proves a Challenging but Satisfying Experience PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 02 September 2003 18:00
I don’t like to start reviews with questions, but New Ground Theatre’s current production of Lobby Hero raises some interesting ones. (1) Is a hero someone who, when faced with a moral dilemma, reveals deep dark secrets that will get a friend in big trouble? 2) Does sliding indifferently through life without ever changing viewpoints, challenging ideas, or standing up for personal rights gain someone hero status? The answer to both, obviously, is no. A hero is defined by my dictionary as “a man of great courage, nobility, etc. or one admired for his exploits.” So what was playwright Kenneth Lonergan thinking when he used a lazy, noncommittal lobby security guard as a protagonist of his play Lobby Hero?

 
Fire up the Grill for Ghostlight’s Das Barbecü PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 26 August 2003 18:00

Melissa Coulter was thrilled when she was asked to direct a show at Ghostlight Theatre. What she didn’t yet know was that the show, Das Barbecü, is actually a musical comedy loosely based on Richard Wagner’s four-hour Ring opera, is performed in country-western style, and calls for a fairly large cast of about 15 people.

 
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