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You Can Go Home Again: Dana Moss-Peterson on His Acting Career and Directing "13th of Paris," March 13 through 22 at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Thursday, 05 March 2015 06:00

Dana Moss-PetersonIn recent years, 36-year-old actor Dana Moss-Peterson has been asked to play several characters far younger than himself.

During flashback scenes in the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre’s 2013 Death of a Salesman, Moss-Peterson played Biff Loman when he was a high-school senior and local football hero. For more than half of 2011’s Leaving Iowa at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre, his Don Browning was a younger teen enduring an excruciating family vacation. In New Ground Theatre’s 2012 Mr. Marmalade, the actor – not in flashback – portrayed Larry, a comically morose, suicidal five-year-old. (It’s that kind of play.)

Consequently, it makes a sort of sense when Moss-Peterson says his interest in theatre began when he was even younger than Larry.

Star-crossed Lovin': Ballet Quad Cities' "Love Stories featuring Romeo & Juliet," February 27 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 02 March 2015 06:00

Patrick Green and Jill Schwartz in Love Stories featuring Romeo & JulietChoreographer Courtney Lyon outdid herself for Ballet Quad Cities’ Love Stories featuring Romeo & Juliet. This piece, presented in two acts, enraptured me during Friday’s performance, and it was beautifully bizarre – and I mean “bizarre” as a positive, as the moves, lines, and compositions Lyon created for each scene were often stunning and always interesting, eliciting from me multiple gasps of appreciation.

The Wind in Their Sales: “Glengarry Glen Ross,” at St. Ambrose University through February 22 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thom White   
Friday, 20 February 2015 06:00

Sam Jones and Jordan McGinnis in Glengarry Glen RossGlengarry Glen Ross was my introduction to the writing of David Mamet, with the 1992 film version of his play marking my first exposure to his work. Awestruck, I fell in love with Mamet’s vulgar, layered, verbose style, which made it difficult for me to go into St. Ambrose University’s new production without high expectations. Fortunately, though, director Corinne Johnson and her cast and crew – particularly set designer Kris Eitrheim – get it mostly right.

On the Side of the Angels: "Angels in America: Perestroika," at the District Theatre through February 8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 02 February 2015 06:00

ensemble members in Angels in America: Perestroika[For Thom White's review of part one of the District Theatre's Angels in America, visit "Darkness and Plight."]

Something clicked for the cast and crew of the District Theatre's Angels in America: Millennium Approaches since November, and now Angels' second half, Perestroika, is notably better for it. Director Deb Shippy and her cast have embraced the humor of playwright Tony Kushner’s magnum opus, and the result is an emotionally layered staging that’s superior to last fall's production.

Jack and the "Being" Talk: "Things Being What They Are," at the Village Theatre through February 7 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 26 January 2015 14:06

Matt Moody and Michael Carron in Things Being What They AreThe beauty of New Ground Theatre’s comedy Things Being What They Are lies in how our hearts gradually soften for Michael Carron’s crotchety, imposing Jack, a rudely forward character who pushes his presence onto his neighbor Bill (Matt Moody), and whom playwright Wendy MacLeod uses to explore themes of marriage and mortality.

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