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Eight Times Five: Ensembles, Musical Numbers, Stagecraft, Couples, Newcomers, Collegiate Performers, Minors, & Exits PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 21 December 2009 06:00

Five Inspiring Ensembles

Powerful lead performances and scene-stealing supporting turns are always welcome; one- and two-character shows can be a gas. But for my money, nothing quite beats the theatrical pleasure of watching a tightly knit ensemble in action, and the following five productions ensured that this pleasure was a continual one.


Call for Entry: River Cities’ Reader Theatre Reviewers PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 01 December 2009 06:00

So, you think you have what it takes to review local theatre? Prove it! Prove it!

No, seriously, we'd like you to prove it.

After nearly five years and more than 300 area productions, the time has come for me to hang up my theatre-critic hat and get my hands dirty as an active participant in the area's vibrant theatre community. (While I'll continue to write movie reviews and feature articles for the Reader, my tenure as the paper's chief theatre critic will conclude with the December 24 issue.)

Consequently, the River Cities' Reader is seeking freelance writers who are interested in covering the terrain, and who would like to help continue the Reader's proud, 16-year history of informative and honest theatre analysis.

Evermore: Edgar Allan Poe Lives on in Duffy Hudson’s In the Shadow of the Raven, November 5 at the Moline Public Library PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 26 October 2009 06:00

Duffy Hudson as Edgar Allan Poe in In the Shadow of the Raven"It must have been around Halloween," recalls actor/playwright Duffy Hudson. "I was nine, and my father came into my room and started reading 'The Raven' to me. And I remember thinking, 'What the heck is this story about? What's this bird doing in this guy's room? And who is Lenore?'

Aliveness: Oscar Winner Olympia Dukakis Speaks at the Adler Theatre, October 6 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Friday, 25 September 2009 09:07

Olympia DukakisIn the years since she received a 1988 Academy Award for Moonstruck, Olympia Dukakis has appeared in more than four dozen feature films, television movies, and miniseries, and has continued to be a widely respected theatre actor and director. So it seems somehow prophetic that her illustrious career began, as she says during a recent phone interview, with a production that blended the stage and celluloid.

Simon Wiesenthal’s Greatest Hits: Tom Dugan Resurrects the Famed “Nazi Hunter” for Quad City Arts PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Thursday, 17 September 2009 12:58

Tom Dugan in Simon Wiesenthal: Nazi HunterIn 2007, when Los Angeles-based actor/playwright Tom Dugan was first booked as a Quad City Arts Visiting Artist, it was as the star of his self-written, one-character performance piece Robert E. Lee: Shades of Gray. When he returned as a Visiting Artist in 2008, it was as the author and director of another one-man show, Frederick Douglass: In the Shadow of Slavery.

Now, with Broadway director Jenny Sullivan at the helm, Dugan returns for his third stint with Quad City Arts in Simon Wiesenthal: Nazi Hunter, another solo vehicle that the busy stage and film actor both wrote and stars in. And, it should go without saying, Dugan recognizes that audiences hesitant about attending productions on the Civil War and slavery may be even more leery of one concerning the Holocaust.

"When anyone is preparing to go see this," says Dugan during a recent phone interview, "I'm sure there's this feeling like, 'Aw, man ... do I want to sit through this?' And I'll tell you, when I sat down to write the play, I thought, 'Aw, man ... do I wanna write this play?'"

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