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Just Call Her Angel of the Mourning: "Murder on the Rerun," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through October 11 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 05 October 2015 06:00

Sara Laufer, Stacy Herrick, Archie Williams, and Elizabeth Buzard in Murder on the RerunThere's an early point in the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's Murder on the Run in which Sara Laufer's angel-to-be Kitty follows her explanation of the “rules” behind playwright Fred Carmichael's universe by saying to the audience, "I bet you're really confused, right?" Um, no. You just explained the story's rules very clearly and in great detail. And this exposes one of the flaws of Carmichael's writing: He makes sure absolutely nothing is left to the imagination. But at least the setup to this comedic murder mystery, though a bit convoluted, is kind of fascinating.

 
Americana Beauty: "Route 66," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through November 7 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 28 September 2015 06:00

Paul G. Nelson, Erin Churchill, and Kenton Fridley in Route 66The plot twists and turns, or lack thereof, are visible from a mile away in the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse’s production of Route 66. This boy-meets-girl musical has few surprises, and the outcome is abundantly clear from the moment Erin Churchill’s aspiring writer Liz meets Kenton Fridley’s freewheeling photographer Drew; they’re like oil and water, but you know they’re going to blend in the end. Even so, Circa '21's romantic comedy is a delight, boasting endearing charm in spades and one catchy tune after another.

 
Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be: "Timon of Athens," at the QC Theatre Workhop through September 27 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 21 September 2015 06:00

Matt Moody in Timon of AthensI came across a quote this past week that read: “A true friend talks trash to your face and is fiercely loyal behind your back.” While the sentiment came to my attention at a particularly poignant time for me personally, it also fits almost perfectly with the core theme in William Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens, currently being presented by the Prenzie Players.

 
Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow: "Harvey," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through September 20 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 14 September 2015 06:00

Harvey and Mike Kelly in HarveyI’ve not seen the Jimmy Stewart take on playwright Mary Chase’s Harvey, so I cannot attest whether the movie's fans will appreciate the Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s production. However, in the absence of any comparison, I can say that I liked this presentation and now want to see the film – though it’ll have to successfully stand up against director James Fairchild’s version, rather than the other way around.

 
Boy Meets Ghoul: "The Addams Family," at the District Theatre through August 30 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 17 August 2015 06:00

Anthony Natarelli, Liv Lyman, Erin Platt, Sara Wegener, Nancy Teerlinck, Jason Platt, Jennifer Sondgeroth, David Miller, and Christopher Tracy in The Addams FamilyTaking The Addams Family as a sign, I’m excited about the District Theatre’s future in downtown Rock Island's former Argus building, and while there are still a few growing pains to overcome, the company is clearly off to a good start.

 
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