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Glory!: "Pippin," at St. Ambrose University through April 20 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Saturday, 19 April 2008 06:45

Ryan Westwood, Emily Kurash, Seth Kaltwasser, and Jeremy Pack in PippinGranted, I'm twice the age of most of the show's cast members, but is it unseemly to admit that St. Ambrose University's production of Pippin is sexy as hell?

 
A Corpse Is a Corpse, Of Course, Of Course: "Death in Character" at Black Hawk College thru April 17 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 16 April 2008 02:13

Dana Jarrard, Alysa Grimes, and Neil Friberg in Death in Character As Black Hawk College's current production of Death in Character is a comedic murder mystery, I wouldn't dream of revealing whodunit. But I do feel the need - and here's your requisite Spoiler Alert - to reveal who gets it, because author Stuart Ardern's one-act is one of the few plays of its type I've seen in which its victim, for the two minutes he's on stage, is the most entertaining figure in the show.

 
Whose Life is it Anyway?: "Inside Out," at the Village Theatre Complex through April 13 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Saturday, 12 April 2008 07:49

the Inside Out ensembleMy Verona Productions' last stage presentation premiered almost a year ago, so you could argue that the company is simply making up for lost time with its production of Christian Krauspe's Inside Out, a play within a play within a play (within another play, if I interpreted the climactic scene correctly). Yet based on its April 10 preview performance, the author's work-in-progress is still less a play than a stoner's conceit - "What if, like, everything we say and do is being written by, like, some unseen higher power who's, like, determining our actions without, like, our knowing it?" - and holds together about as well as most stoned ramblings; a few hours and a few bags of chips later, your "insights" begin to look rather dim.

 
Uncivil War: "Moonlight & Magnolias," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through April 13 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 09 April 2008 02:02

Jason Platt and Don Faust in Moonlight & Magnolias It doesn't happen often, thank heavens. But I occasionally leave a theatrical production less disappointed than pissed off, as I'm occasionally forced into watching talented people dedicate their energies to a show that's clearly beneath them. Such is the case, sadly, with the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's Moonlight & Magnolias, playwright Ron Hutchinson's comedy about the (imagined) farcical re-writing of the Gone with the Wind screenplay, and a work so confused and offensive that it all but completely nullifies the enthusiasm with which it's being produced.

 
Prince Charming. Princess, Too.: "Once Upon a Mattress" at the Prospect Park Auditorium thru April 6 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Thursday, 03 April 2008 01:57

Joe Urbaitis and Heather McGonigle in Once Upon a MattressIf you peruse your program before the Quad City Music Guild's current production of Once Upon a Mattress, you'll see that Joe Urbaitis plays a character named Prince Dauntless the Drab. While watching the actor, it probably won't take long for you to decide that Urbaitis is colossally miscast in the role, as his inventive, fearlessly funny performance in this musical comedy is anything but drab.

 

 
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