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Baby, That is Rock & Roll: "Smokey Joe’s Café," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through August 19 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 15 August 2007 02:40

Smokey Joe's Cafe ensemble members The difficulty in reviewing Smokey's Joe's Café, the Timber Lake Playhouse's season-closing musical, doesn't lie in knowing how to start, but when to stop. A plotless assemblage of ‘50s and ‘60s rock & roll hits, bluesy love songs, and novelty tunes by composers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, this jukebox revue finds its nine-person cast performing nearly three dozen numbers, and based on their presentation here, I could make a fair case for devoting 500 words to each of them.

 
Hell Razzing: "The Frogs," at Lincoln Park through August 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 02:24

Peter Soderberg and David Wooten in The Frogs Amidst the laughter that accompanied Saturday night's Lincoln Park presentation of The Frogs, I was especially aware of one particular audience member's vocal enjoyment. He was seated quite a bit away from me, but judging by the timbre, I'd say he was about five or six, and he'd routinely giggle with an involuntary, infectious happiness that made it sound as though he was being tickled. A bunch of us were, actually.

 
Ship of Fools: "Anything Goes," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through August 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 02:22

Anything Goes ensemble members There are actors in the Quad City Music Guild's current production of Anything Goes that are behaving like total idiots.

Thank God.

 
Their Cheatin’ Hearts: "Don’t Dress for Dinner," at Circa ’21 through September 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 03:52

Adam Michael Lewis and Tom Walljasper in Don't Dress for Dinner Nothing about the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's production of Don't Dress for Dinner makes the slightest bit of sense. Including my liking it as much as I did.

 
Sycamore Treat: "You Can’t Take It with You," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through August 5 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 03:46

You Can't Take It with You ensemble members Thursday's opening-night presentation of You Can't Take It with You at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre was polished, snappily paced, and almost universally well-performed. But attendance was hardly what it should have been for this venerated Kaufman & Hart comedy - I'd venture that less than two-thirds of the seats were filled - and truth be told, it's not hard to figure out why.

 
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