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Jack and the "Being" Talk: "Things Being What They Are," at the Village Theatre through February 7 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 26 January 2015 14:06

Matt Moody and Michael Carron in Things Being What They AreThe beauty of New Ground Theatre’s comedy Things Being What They Are lies in how our hearts gradually soften for Michael Carron’s crotchety, imposing Jack, a rudely forward character who pushes his presence onto his neighbor Bill (Matt Moody), and whom playwright Wendy MacLeod uses to explore themes of marriage and mortality.

 
Rome and Bard: "Caesar," at the QC Theatre Workshop through January 31 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 26 January 2015 14:05

John Turner in Caesar, photo by Aimee FordThe Prenzie Players' Caesar, the company's truncated title for William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, has a playfulness about it, as director Tracy Skaggs reduces the Roman leader, played here by John Turner, to the role of celebrity. This consequently provides moments of humor and fun where there might otherwise be none, the highlight of which is J.C. Luxton’s Antony grabbing patrons from out of the audience and stating “Caesar grants your wish – rise,” before using his cell phone to snap pictures of the attendees with Caesar.

 
Merci Beaucoup!: "Les Misérables," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through March 21 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 19 January 2015 06:00

ensemble members in Les MisérablesI’m on record stating that I was “Les Mis-ed out” after seeing three local productions of Les Misérables, and facing a fourth, over a year-and-a-half span. Yet after attending the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse’s version on Friday, my love for the material is renewed, as director Jerry Jay Cranford’s staging adds intimacy while still possessing the grandeur of composers Alain Boublil’s and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s musical masterpiece.

 
Inheritance Vise: "Barely Heirs," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through January 18 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 06:00

Tyler Henning and Ashley Hoskins in Barely HeirsThe Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s Barely Heirs is a bit of an enigma, because even though it's problematic in plot and presentation, this farce delivers some big laughs. Despite taking issue with several elements of Friday’s performance, I must also admit that I, along with the rest of the audience, not only laughed but guffawed, repeatedly, throughout the comedy. This play is deeply flawed, but also exceedingly funny.

 
"Carol" of the Bells, and Chains, and Door Slams: "A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol," at the Propsect Park Auditorium through December 7 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 14:25

James Driscoll and Sara Laufer in A 1940s Radio Christmas CarolThere are some delightful moments in Quad City Music Guild’s holiday production A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol, including composer David Wohl’s fantastic arrangements of classic carols, and inspired performances by some of the cast members portraying radio actors. When neither of these elements are present, there’s also scenic designer Harold Truitt’s layered, multi-level set with a plethora of pleasing décor, as well as costume designer Heidi Pedersen’s impeccably-tailored period ensembles. It also boasts the fun of watching several local acting dynamos share the stage together.

 
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