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The New, the Challenging, and the Just Plain Weird: My Verona Productions' "Dingo Boogaloo" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 05 July 2005 18:00

To understand the nature of My Verona Productions’ new stage comedy Dingo Boogaloo 2: Taco’s Revenge – indeed, to gain insight into My Verona’s co-founders, Sean Leary and Tristan Layne Tapscott – one may as well begin with Chickenzilla.

 
A Fully Satisfying "Monty": "The Full Monty" at the Timber Lake Playhouse PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 05 July 2005 18:00
By the time the amateur male strippers perform their exuberant, baring-it-all finale in the Timber Lake Playhouse’s The Full Monty, it might take all your will to not leap from your seat and join them. The high spirits generated by this show are a little overwhelming; with the possible exception of the Clinton Area Showboat’s current production of Ruthless, The Full Monty is the best time I’ve had at the theatre in two months. It’s joyous, technically dexterous, thrillingly performed, and, best of all, absolutely fearless. (You’re aware of this by the end of the overture, when a bare-assed stripper, hounded by female groupies, races across the stage.)

 
Comic Subversion on the Showboat: "Ruthless" at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 28 June 2005 18:00
Black comedy is tough to pull off, and camp is even tougher, so it’s no small praise to say that the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s production of Ruthless is a huge success. This savvy, ballsy musical about a mother-daughter duo who will literally kill to succeed in show biz is so mean and bitchy that it’s sure to piss off or offend all the right people, and it’s a credit to the comic subversion of the theatre’s artistic director, Jay Berkow, that he chose Ruthless as the theatre’s Sound of Music follow-up. The show is vicious and borderline inhuman … and I could barely see my notepad through my tears of laughter.

 
Genesius Guild’s "The Pirates of Penzance" the Right Show for the Right Venue PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 21 June 2005 18:00

When you take in a Genesius Guild production at Rock Island’s Lincoln Park – when you take in any theatrical performance outdoors – you’re at the mercy of the weather, and every once in a while the elements and the production itself will align in a way that feels like perfection.

 
Ghostlight Continues on the Path to Professionalism PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 14 June 2005 18:00
Nobody expected Ghostlight Theatre’s transition from unpredictable, infrequent troupe to respectable company to be smooth, and it hasn’t been. Yet as it approaches the final show of its 2004-5 season – The Will Rogers Follies, running July 21 through 31 at Davenport North High School – Ghostlight can claim a few major accomplishments that count for quite a lot: It’s still around, and it’s made its budget.

 
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