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Wings, and a Prayer: "Angels in America: Perestroika," at the Green Room through December 14 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 02:33

Tyson Danner, Jackie Madunic, James Bleecker, and Jason Platt in PerestroikaIf you attend The Green Room's current production of Angels in America: Perestroika, I assume you know that you'll be entering playwright Tony Kushner's work halfway through, as part one of this two-part saga, Millennium Approaches, debuted at the Rock Island venue on Halloween. The back page of Perestroika's program provides a very bare-bones summary (or refresher) on what previously occurred in Kushner's epic exploration of the 1980s, but, I'll venture, your enjoyment of this second outing will be significantly enhanced by familiarity with the show - and not just familiarity with the Green Room's first installment.

 
Little Big Men: "Snow White," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through December 27 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 02:18

Snow White ensemble membersA beautiful princess. A handsome prince. A wicked queen. And a friendly woodsman who, if he refuses to cut out his best friend's heart, will find himself turned into that most hideous of creatures: SpongeBob SquarePants.

 
OMG TMI: "Mono-Blogs: Suffering Fools," at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre through December 6 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 02:15

Adam Michael LewisNever having done one, I can only imagine the challenges and pressures inherent in performing a one-person play that lasts over an hour, and I'm betting those challenges and pressures exponentially increase when you're also the play's author and co-director. I therefore doff my cap to Adam Michael Lewis, whose solo vehicle Mono-Blogs: Suffering Fools - currently running at the Harrison Hilltop Theatre - is a 60-plus-minute verbal marathon of rants, diatribes, and (as crass-tastic auteur Kevin Smith happily calls them) dick and fart jokes that Lewis delivers with unwavering fierceness and intensity.

 
Beauty in the Beast: "Danny & the Deep Blue Sea," at the Village Theatre through November 30 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 02:34

Kimberly Furness and Eddie Staver IIIPlaywright John Patrick Shanley's Danny & the Deep Blue Sea is an alternately romantic and volatile two-character drama that finds Roberta, a 31-year-old, jobless mother of a troubled teen, forging a fragile bond with Danny, a 29-year-old truck driver nicknamed "The Beast." And while watching the Curtainbox Theatre Company's current presentation of this 1984 offering, it probably won't take you long to realize that co-stars Kimberly Furness and Eddie Staver III aren't really acting in the production; they're dancing.

 
Bedford Falls ... and Falls ... and Falls ... : "A Wonderful Life," at Circa ’21 through January 3 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 19 November 2008 02:11

ensemble members in A Wonderful LifeI've seen worse musicals than A Wonderful Life, the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's new stage version of Frank Capra's film classic It's a Wonderful Life. I've even seen worse stage versions of It's a Wonderful Life, one of them, produced way back in 1987, at Circa '21.

 
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