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Witches, Murder, and Gold Shoes: Genesius Guild’s "Macbeth" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 30 July 2002 18:00
In this weather, I pity the actors in Genesius Guild’s production of Macbeth. In addition to the fact they’re on stage wearing three layers of clothing and toting swords, shows are performed at Rock Island’s Lincoln Park outdoor theatre, which draws little breeze, lots of bugs, and, of course, heat. Though these aren’t ideal conditions for actors, or for audience members, people willing to brave the heat for three hours and put on the bug spray will be more than pleased to see an incredibly well-done yet traditional version of one of Shakespeare’s great tragedies.

Circa '21's "Getting Momma Married" Full of Love and Laughter PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 16 July 2002 18:00
When three suitors try to woo a single, fifty-something mother, there isn’t exactly love in the air. It’s more like disaster and comedy. Circa 21’s latest show, Getting Momma Married, is a humorous, behind-the-scenes look at one woman’s attempts to find love again.

Riverside Theatre’s Shakespeare Festival Worth the Trip: "The Comedy of Errors" and "Romeo & Juliet" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 25 June 2002 18:00
Ninja-style nuns, two sets of twins separated at birth, woeful lovers, men vaguely resembling Elvis, and a society divided by religious differences. These and more are part of the annual Shakespeare festival at Riverside outdoor theatre in Iowa City, with The Comedy of Errors and Romeo & Juliet on stage in repertory through July 7.

With "The Unexpected Guest," Richmond Hill Players’ Mystery Is Fully Expected PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 11 June 2002 18:00
Richmond Hill Barn Theatre in Geneseo is like something from an actor’s dream. With “theatre-in-the-round” seating, high ceilings for easy lighting capability, entryways from four sides, and an intimate acting space, one would think any play could succeed with these standards. Even a weak performance can be positively impacted by quality set pieces and a connection with audience members.

Interactive Murder Mystery Offers Lowbrow Fun PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 04 June 2002 18:00

In the course of 20 minutes, more than 150 audience members met a principal with a fetish for riding crops and black leather, a “chalk-dust”-using English teacher, and a Latin instructor with bad hygiene. Then the secretary was murdered and dinner was casually served.

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