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Nontraditional Tradition: Quad City Music Guild Presents "A Christmas Survival Guide," December 5 through 8 PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 25 November 2013 06:00

Chris Castle, Jennifer Sondgeroth, Tom Naab, Faith Hardacre, and Zach Hendershott in A Christmas Survival GuideSitting down with director John Weigandt, assistant director Jaci Weigandt (John’s wife), and cast members Faith Hardacre and Jennifer Sondgeroth prior to a Tuesday-night rehearsal for Quad City Music Guild’s A Christmas Survival Guide, I mention that this forthcoming show seemed like a rather unusual choice for the organization’s wintertime slot.

What?” asks Hardacre with mock surprise. “We don’t normally have drunken dances on stage?”

 
Once on This Island: "The Tempest," at the District Theatre through November 24 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Monday, 18 November 2013 09:14

Ed Villarreal, Tristan Tapscott, and Bryan Tank in The TempestDirector Chris Causer plays up the baser parts of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest in the District Theatre’s latest production, taking the debauchery of Bryan Tank’s Trinculo, a coxcomb of a servant, and Ed Villarreal’s Stephano, a drunken butler, to their limits. (And sometimes mine.) The scenes involving the two men bickering, and their leading around of Todd Schwartz's crazy-ish castaway Caliban – a native to the island that serves as the play's setting – drew large laughs from Friday’s audience, and broke up the serious tone of the rest of the tale.

 
The Winter's Tales: Quad Cities Theatre, November through February PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Thursday, 14 November 2013 06:00

American Idiot, at the Adler TheatreI’m probably too old to go to the mall this December and sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what I want for Christmas. (Cue the chorus of “Probably?!?”) But if I did, as a huge fan of the local stage scene, I’d say that I really wanted a winter filled with plentiful and diverse theatrical options: musicals, dramas, comedies, dance presentations, family offerings, seasonal titles, a Tony winner here, a Pulitzer Prize winner there ... and if he also wanted to throw a Shakespeare or two into the mix, that’d be fine with me.

Well, look whose wish is coming true!

 
All I Want for Christmas Are Two Front-Row Seats: "A Christmas Story: The Musical," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through January 4 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 11 November 2013 06:02

Ben Klocke (center) and ensemble members in A Christmas Story: The MusicalThere's magic in the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's A Christmas Story: The Musical, most notably in the fantasy sequences and any scene involving the children's chorus. Adapted from the much-loved 1983 movie, this stage musical is familiar without being an exact copy, making it a fresh take on the holiday-tradition entertainment. Plus, the musical numbers, by composers and lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, add a lot of fun to an already laugh-worthy tale.

 
To Helen, Back Again: "The Miracle Worker," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through November 17 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Monday, 11 November 2013 06:01

Cayte McClanathan and Laila Haley in The Miracle WorkerWhen it matters most, the Playcrafters Barn Theatre gets A Miracle Worker right, and does emotional justice to author William Gibson’s tale of Annie Sullivan (Cayte McClanathan) teaching the blind, deaf, and mute Helen Keller (Emma Terronez) how to communicate through sign language. The scenes shared by McClanathan and Terronez are powerful, and their chemistry palpable, in Annie’s fight to force young Helen to learn, and Helen’s stubborn efforts to resist. But in truth, Saturday’s performance didn’t really find its footing until McClanathan and Terronez first shared the stage about halfway through Act I.

 
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