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Summer’s Stock: May through August with the Area’s Seasonal Theatre Troupes PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 16 December 2008 09:39

Andy Koski and Aisha Ragheb in Romeo and Juliet More than a third of the area productions I attended this year - a whopping 35 of them - I saw in the 91-day span from May 17 to August 15. And more than half of those shows - 19 in all - were produced by a combined five theatre organizations: Rock Island's Genesius Guild, Eldridge's Countryside Community Theatre, the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre (CAST), Mt. Carroll's Timber Lake Playhouse, and Davenport's newly established Riverbend Theatre Collective. My experiences with this quintet formed a fascinating theatrical journey, one boasting plenty of highs, occasional lows, randomly bitchy Web-site comments ... .

 
Take Five(s): Ensembles, Pairings, Debuts, Technical Achievements, Shockers, and Accidents PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 16 December 2008 09:01

Tom Walljasper, Sandra D Rivera, Tristan Layne Tapscott, and Erin Dickerson in Are We There Yet Five Extraordinary Ensembles

An actor friend of mine says he always wants to be the worst performer in everything he's in, because if the rest of the cast is doing stronger work than he is, that means the show is in really, really good shape. With that in mind, any actor worth his or her salt would be thrilled to be the worst performer among these five ensembles.

 

 
Acting Class: A Dozen Memorable Performances PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 16 December 2008 07:52

Jason Platt and Angela Rathman in Misery There was no lack of spectacular work done in area theatre this year, and the following list is hardly exhaustive. But if you were fortunate, you caught at least a few of these 12 performances in 2008; whether taking on a leading role, a supporting role, or (in one case here) the only role, these gifted artists commanded the stage. And, hopefully, your attention.

 

 

 

 
Strange Amalgam: It’s a Mystery Blends Theatre, Improv, and Audience Participation PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 12 November 2008 02:15

Scott Naumann and Michael Callahan in Whacked at da Wedding During a recent interview with Scott Naumann, Kim Eastland, and Jerry Wolking - longtime performers with the Quad Cities' interactive-whodunit organization It's a Mystery - the three routinely crack each other up with memories of overzealous audience participants, randy seniors, and that time when one of their performers, dressed in character, was mistaken for a prostitute at the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club. ("On a positive note," jokes Naumann, "she made about $750 on the side.")

 
To Eternity, from Here: The Green Room Theatre Takes On a New Challenge with "Angels in America" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 29 October 2008 02:40

Reader issue #708 Playwright Tony Kushner's Angels in America begins its run at The Green Room Theatre on October 31, and to hear artistic director Tyson Danner describe it, he and executive director Derek Bertelsen couldn't have chosen a more appropriate production to open on Halloween.

"It's a monster," says Danner.

 
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