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Truth in Advertising: "The Fantasticks," at North Scott High School through June 30 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 02:13

The Fantasticks' ensembleIn his director's notes for the Countryside Community Theatre's presentation of The Fantasticks, William Myatt writes that he was honored to helm the production, but also concerned, as Tom Jones' and Harvey Schmidt's minimalist musical wasn't originally intended for a 900-seat venue such as North Scott High School's Fine Arts Auditorium. "Would a show of such intimacy be swallowed by the size of the North Scott theatre?" asks Myatt in his program notes.

Well, if Friday night's happy audience response didn't already convince him, allow me to answer Mr. Myatt: "Nope."

 
Overcoming-Obstacles Course: "As You Like It," at Lincoln Park through July 1 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 02:11

As You Like It Rating its Degree of Difficulty on a scale of one through ten, I'd give Genesius Guild's opening-night performance of Shakespeare's As You Like It... hmm... about a 27.

 
Necking: "Dracula," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through Saturday, June 23 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 02:32

Cassandra Marie Nuss, Daniel Trump, and Zach Powell in Dracula The scariest thing about the Timber Lake Playhouse's world-premiere production of Dracula is the set, and I mean that as a compliment. Designed by Joseph C. Heitman, the industrial playing space includes a series of metallic walkways with perilous inclines, some 20 feet above the floor, and the walkways themselves are slightly askew. The best way I can describe Dracula's architecture is by saying that, if the set were an amusement-park attraction, you'd be both ecstatic and petrified about riding it.

 
Making "Moon" Shine: "King o’ the Moon," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through June 17 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 02:44

Angela Rathman, Chris White, Ryan Anderson, and Matt GerardI've seen plenty of stage sitcoms over the years, but based on Over the Tavern and its sequel, King o' the Moon - currently playing at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre - Tom Dudzick appears to be that rare stage-sitcom creator with soul.

 
I’d Walk a Million Miles for One of Your Smiles: "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at Quad City Music Guild PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 02:42

Melissa Anderson Clark At Thursday's preview performance of Quad City Music Guild's Thoroughly Modern Millie, I seated myself in the third-to-last row of the Prospect Park theatre, yet even at that distance, I found myself distracted by an intense, nearly blinding illumination shining from center stage. It turns out, though, that this wasn't any kind of technical glitch; it was just Melissa Anderson Clark grinning at us.

 
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