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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.

 
Fall Guises: Theatre in the Quad Cities and Surrounding Areas, August through November PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Thursday, 22 August 2013 06:00

Memphis at the Adler Theatre and Peoria Civic CenterStephen King, Agatha Christie, the Headless Horseman, Dracula, Medusa, Witches, Murder, Horror, Ghost Brothers ... . Halloween’s more than two months away, and our area’s fall-theatre lineup is already freaking me out.

 
Go Big or Go Home: Countryside Community Theatre Presents the Area Debut of "Les Misérables," July 5 through 21 at North Scott High School PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 24 June 2013 06:00

Countryside Community Theatre presents Les Miserables“You know, it’s been interesting,” says Christina Myatt, president of the board of directors for the Eldridge-based Countryside Community Theatre (CCT). “Because we wanted to do something big for our 30th anniversary, and this is definitely something big. But when people hear what we’re actually doing, they either say, ‘That’s really great!’ or they say, ‘You people are insane.’”

 
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
Theatre - 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
Theatre - 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.

 
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