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Suppering Fools: “The Dinner Party,” at Black Hawk College through April 19 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Thursday, 16 April 2009 05:59

Paul Workman, Bryan Woods, and Kristen Lynn Raccone (rehearsing the role of Gabrielle) in The Dinner PartyNeil Simon's The Dinner Party, written in 2000 and currently being staged at Black Hawk College, concerns three formerly married couples who meet for a très sophistiqué evening at a Paris restaurant: Claude (played here by Bryan Woods) and Mariette (Elizabeth Cook, alternating performances with Cayla Freeman), whose shared passion for literature outweighed their passion for each other; Andre (Paul Workman) and Gabrielle (Elizabeth Paxton, alternating with Kristen Lynn Raccone), whose sexual rapport wasn't enough to keep Andre faithful; and Albert (Thomas Riley Ratkiewicz) and Yvonne (Kaeleigh Esparza, alternating with Lynn Aaronson), whose obsessive devotion to one another eventually resulted in them getting divorced - twice.

 
Martin Luther Queens: "Church Basement Ladies" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through June 6 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 06 April 2009 06:00

Nicole Savitt, Regina Webster, Tom Walljasper, Molly Laurel, and Emily Bodkin in Church Basement LadiesUpon entering the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse for Friday's evening presentation of Church Basement Ladies, I handed my ticket to longtime lobby host Ed Jones, who greeted me with a knock-knock joke (one of his better ones, I must say) and some happy news: The audience for that day's matinée performance included seven busloads of guests making their first-ever treks to the Rock Island venue, with one tour group traveling all the way from Champaign, Illinois, to see the show.

 
Showmance: "Who Am I This Time?," at Scott Community College through April 4 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 31 March 2009 06:00

Dani Helmich in Who Am I This Time?Scott Community College's Who Am I This Time? runs just shy of 45 minutes, and on Saturday evening, I would've been more than happy if the production ended not with a curtain call, but an intermission, followed by a second act in which the cast performed the same show all over again.

 
Sieg Heilarious!: "The Producers," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through April 5 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 30 March 2009 06:00

Erika Thomas, Nathan Bates, and Bruce Carmen in The ProducersI'm sure there are those of you who don't think Mel Brooks' musical comedy The Producers is all that enjoyable, especially if your only acquaintance with the show is 2005's film version. But even if you felt burned by that woebegone adaptation, I urge you to check out Quad City Music Guild's current take on Brooks' modern classic, so you can see just how sublimely hysterical this material can actually be; I'm guessing that the only audiences who could possibly leave director Kevin Pieper's glorious show-biz satire in a bad mood are the easily offended and the abjectly humorless. (And you know who you are, because upon reading that, you instinctively presumed I was referring to you.)

 
Mother Faker: "Cowbird," at the Village Theatre through April 5 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 30 March 2009 05:59

Pat and Patti Flaherty in CowbirdIn New Ground Theatre's current production of playwright Julie Marie Myatt's Cowbird, Patti Flaherty is a glorious wreck.

 
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