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That Old Barn Magic: Moline’s Barn Theatre Presents Its First Musical in Nearly a Decade PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 10 May 2006 02:36
Over the past 10 months, the stage space at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre in Moline has been transformed into a ballpark (for the venue’s production of Rounding Third), an Italian villa (for Enchanted April), and the entire town of Bedford Falls (for It’s a Wonderful Life).

But these days, after climbing the stairs to the second level of the Barn, the first thing you notice about the set for Sweet & Hot: The Songs of Harold Arlen (running through May 21) is something more unexpected than anything found on those previous sets: a piano.


 
Comic Depth Perceptions: Augustana College's "The Real Inspector Hound" and "Black Comedy" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 25 April 2006 18:00

In the realm of educational theatre, the rehearsal process for a main-stage show generally lasts several weeks, if not months. It can

be hard work. Yet if the selected material gives actors and directors enough to work with, what could be a laborious process is, for its participants, more often a joy.

 
Spiking Your Own Drink: St. Ambrose University's Corinne Johnson PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 18 April 2006 18:00
“There’s something about being in a live theatre,” says St. Ambrose University Professor of Theatre Corinne Johnson, “and experiencing that moment with the actors and, maybe more importantly, with the audience.

 
Many Ways to Skin a "Cats": Dennis Hitchcock Discusses Circa '21's Latest Musical PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 28 March 2006 18:00
Author’s note: Prior to my full-time tenure at the Reader, I worked at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, and for Dennis Hitchcock, for 11 years. This was one of those rare interviews that didn’t start with a handshake, but rather a hug.

 
The Not-So-Final Curtain: Iowa City's Dreamwell Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Audra Beals   
Tuesday, 21 March 2006 18:00

After the most successful nine-month run that Iowa City’s Dreamwell Theatre has ever seen, this sm

all company – which has long performed on borrowed stages and only recently secured a space of its own – is homeless once more.

 
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