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One-Hundred-Word Moments in Time: Thom White, and a Few Others, on the Year in Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 23 December 2013 06:00

Cara Chumbley, Lora Adams, Brad Hauskins, and Rachelle Walljasper in Things My Mother Taught MeAnother year of area stage productions has come and gone, and wanting to try something different this December, Reader theatre reviewer Thom White and I thought we’d bypass our traditional, end-of-year postmortem in favor of an alternate approach: requesting 100-words-or-fewer submissions from our readers on what people found particularly memorable about the 2013 stage scene. “It’ll be something new!” we thought. “It’ll be exciting! It’ll be filled with fresh voices that aren’t ours!” And, I must admit, we were dazzled with the overall response.

Well, “dazzled” may be overstating it.

Hmmm ... what’s the word I’m looking for ... ?

“Mortified,” maybe ... ?

 
Seeking Contributions to "The Year in Theatre, 2013: Community Project": December 16 Deadline! PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 09 December 2013 07:00

The Year in Theatre, 2013: Community ProjectThe past three Decembers, theatre reviewer Thom White and I have wrapped up the Reader’s annual stage coverage with published conversations on the year, rife with opinions on local plays and musicals enjoyed (and sometimes not). But this time, we want to hear from you!

 
Nontraditional Tradition: Quad City Music Guild Presents "A Christmas Survival Guide," December 5 through 8 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - 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?”

 
The Winter's Tales: Quad Cities Theatre, November through February PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - 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!

 
The Demon Between Your Ears: "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," November 3 at the Adler Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Thursday, 17 October 2013 06:00

T Bone Burnett, John Mellencamp, and Stephen KingStephen King. John Mellencamp. T Bone Burnett.

Three instantly recognizable names. Three iconic artists with enormous fan bases and lengthy lists of professional accomplishments. And, taken together, three of the last people you might expect to find collaborating on a musical for the stage.

 
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