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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.

 
On the Side of the Angels: "Down to Earth," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through August 23 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 17 August 2015 06:00

Josh Wielenga, A.J. Evans, and Greg Bouljon in Down to EarthA poorly written script isn’t enough to derail the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's Down to Earth. While I've never before thought “Too much exposition!” as much as I did during Thursday’s performance, I still enjoyed director Joe DePauw’s presentation of playwright Bettye Knapp’s weak “comedy fantasy” about angels coming to Earth.

 
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