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Mourning Becomes Her: "Electra," at Lincoln Park through July 13 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 09 July 2008 02:32

Andrea Braddy (masked) and ensemble members in Electra As the organization's annual Greek dramas always do, Genesius Guild's presentation of Electra begins with a processional. During this preamble, the cast members, accompanied by a majestic anthem, slowly make their way across the Lincoln Park stage, and those who'll be wearing the traditional headpieces of the period carry them at waist level, giving us an early peek at Ellen Dixon's costumes, Earl Strupp's masks, and, for the last time before the curtain call, the performers' faces. (Only the play's choral figures remain unmasked throughout the production.) It's a lovely touch, as reassuringly familiar as Genesius Guild's nightly T-shirt giveaway and the shrieking from the children playing on the neighboring swing sets.

 
The Kings and I: "All Shook Up," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through July 13 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 09 July 2008 02:28

Brandon Ford in All Shook Up No one in his or her right mind could possibly think that the Elvis Presley pastiche All Shook Up, the new presentation at the Timber Lake Playhouse, is a stronger piece of theatre than West Side Story or You Can't Take It with You, the first two presentations in the venue's 2008 season.

But whatever you do, do not, for the love of Pete, tell this to the performers in Timber Lake's latest, who are attacking this goofy lark with such impassioned zeal that you'd think they were enacting Shakespeare. (And, it turns out, they oftentimes are.)

 
Twin City: "The Comedy of Errors," at Lincoln Park through June 29 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 25 June 2008 02:44

Neil Friberg, Jonathan Gregoire, and Molly McLaughlinA preface for those at Sunday's Genesius Guild presentation of The Comedy of Errors: You know that horribly rude woman who talked, and talked loudly, on her cell phone through the first two minutes of the play, even after repeated shushings and one verbal request to shut the hell up? I sat three rows behind her.

 
Adventures in Babysitting: "The Sound of Music," at North Scott High School through June 28 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 25 June 2008 02:41

Pat Burr and Liz Millea in The Sound of MusicAs the show's many, many stagings have taught us, so long as you have a great Maria, a good Captain von Trapp, and a bunch of cute kids, you can present even a really mediocre The Sound of Music and get away with it. And I'm happy to report that the Countryside Community Theatre's presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical has a great Maria, a good Captain von Trapp, and a bunch of cute kids. As for the rest of the production ... well, they're getting away with it.

 
Someone Old, Someone New, Someone Borrowed Something Blue: "Kimberly Akimbo," at the Village Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 25 June 2008 02:36

Aaron Sullivan, Denise Yoder, Dustin Oliver, Jaci Entwisle, and Peggy FreemanIn a theatre weekend that found me attending a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, a Kaufman & Hart play, a Shakespeare, and a pseudo-Shakespeare, I have to admit that, with the Riverbend Theatre Collective's presentation of Kimberly Akimbo, I was so psyched to see actors in modern dress screaming obscenities at one another that I could barely contain myself.

 
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