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Theatre
Restaurant Revue: "100 Lunches: A Gourmet Comedy," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through June 16 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 10 June 2013 06:00

Nathan Johnson, Cindy Ramos, Terri Nelson, and Jack Sellers in 100 Lunches: A Gourmet ComedyI wouldn’t necessarily associate the titular “gourmet,” which implies “high-quality” or “fancy,” with the script for the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's 100 Lunches: A Gourmet Comedy. But the production is entertaining beyond its thin plot, the two-dimensional characters and situations are at least interesting enough to warrant continued attention, and although this is yet another play that could end at intermission and still leave audiences satisfied, the second act – despite boasting a wholly dissimilar tone – proves just as appealing as the first.

 
Exit, Pursued by a Bear Girl: The Prenzie Players Stage a Debuting Native American Drama, June 14 through 22 at the QC Theatre Workshop PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 27 May 2013 06:00

Beth Woolley in Bear GirlThe local theatre troupe the Prenzie Players is most commonly known for stylistically bold, occasionally gender-bending takes on classical dramas and comedies, principally the works of William Shakespeare. But the company is about to embark on a particularly challenging experiment with its forthcoming production of the debuting Bear Girl – and the play’s author, Prenzie co-founder J.C. Luxton, could hardly be accused of aiming too low.

“If you think of Shakespeare’s Henriad,” says Luxton, referencing the Bard’s historical trilogy of Richard II, Henry IV, and Henry V, “it’s kind of the epic of England. An epic story of who we are and how we came to be. And I think what I’m trying to do with Bear Girl is the beginnings of something similar for the Quad Cities area.”

 
Summer of 69: Theatre in the Quad Cities and Surrounding Areas, May through August PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 06:00

Jersey Boys at the Civic Center of Greater Des MoinesAt last count, there were a grand total of 69 theatrical productions scheduled to debut at area venues between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. That’s awfully impressive. Yet what’s even more impressive – and, in all honesty, really unusual – is that you could actually catch all 69 without ever seeing the same show twice.

 
A Full House, with Jokers: "The Trouble with Cats," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through May 19 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 13 May 2013 06:00

Liz Paxton and Matt Moody in The Trouble with CatsThe trouble with the Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s The Trouble with Cats is that Patti Flaherty is not featured enough during its two-and-a-half-hour length. Playing a dry, crass, flirtatious lowbrow named Joy Bombay, Flaherty proves it’s possible to present bad material in a way that’s enjoyable to watch, and when I laughed during Friday’s performance, it was usually due to Flaherty’s comedically nuanced deliveries or comically condescending or cruel facial expressions and body language. The actor is clearly gifted when it comes to comedy.

 
Apocalypse Now-ish: "boom," at the QC Theatre Workshop through May 18 PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 06 May 2013 06:00

Thomas Alan Taylor and Jessica Denney in boomWhile playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s boom is slyly hilarious, and the QC Theatre Workshop’s production of it laudable for so many reasons, there is one aspect of the performance that stands out in particular: Angela Elliott’s laugh.

 
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