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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.

 
Playcrafters' "Kindertransport" Runs Out of Steam PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 11 May 2004 18:00
Kindertransport is a script full of potential. Unfortunately, on the Playcrafters stage on May 8, the meaning of the play got lost somewhere in the muddle of forgotten lines and lifeless delivery. Directed by Charles Rubovits, Kindertransport (continuing through May 23) is definitely a change for Playcrafters Barn Theatre, which usually sticks to scripts in the adult comedy or mystery genres. I’m glad to see the group stepping out of its usual lighthearted mode into drama, but a lot of elements need improvement before plays such as Kindertransport will be taken seriously.

 
Augustana College's "Quilters" Shows True Colors of Pioneer Life PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 04 May 2004 18:00
I always love seeing the plays at Augustana College for the acting skill, detailed and appropriate set designs, and beautifully constructed costumes and props. The musical Quilters – which finishes a two-week run this weekend – is no exception, with an ensemble of seven vocally talented women, live keyboard and fiddle players, and an elaborate display of at least 30 quilts hand-made by Augustana students and faculty.

 
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