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Dissin’ "Cline": "Always ... Patsy Cline," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through June 17 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 02:37

Julia Kay Laskowski Let me preface by saying that the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre's Friday performance of Always ... Patsy Cline received a hearty standing ovation, which, based on the happy audience murmurs that circulated whenever the band began one of the country singer's signature numbers, appeared largely composed of Cline admirers.

 
Laurey, Curly, and Mo’: "Oklahoma!," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through July 21 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 03:29

Cristina Sass, Adam Clough, and Autumn O'Ryan in Oklahoma!I'm tempted to say that the high point of the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Oklahoma! comes in the show's first minute, when Adam Clough's Curly enters singing "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" in a thrillingly rich, powerful baritone. Such a statement, however, might indicate that the rest of the actor's performance is somehow less of a thrill. Put simply - and with no disrespect meant to director Jay Berkow or the show's other participants - this Oklahoma! works because of Clough.

 
Yee-Haw!: "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through June 10 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 03:27

members of the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas ensemble Watching the cast perform in the Timber Lake Playhouse's production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is like witnessing a mass exodus on the last day of the school year; the actors appear so excited about their newfound freedom that they can barely contain themselves.

 
The Return of the King: "King Henry the Fifth," at the Rock Island Masonic Temple through May 26 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 02:25

Jeff DeLeon as King Henry the Fifth With King Henry the Fifth, the overall effect of the Prenzie Players' Henriad trilogy can be demonstrated in about five minutes of stage time. Shakespeare's titular ruler, played by Jeff De Leon, is invading the French province of Harfleur, and the scene begins with a literal explosion of sound - an edifice-shaking cannon boom, followed by the impassioned cries of the English and French soldiers engaging in battle. Over the next few minutes, the bellowing and booming hit greater and greater peaks of intensity, until finally Henry is standing at the gates of Harfleur, demanding that the governor surrender his township.

 
They Played “Misty” for Me: "Swinging on a Star," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre Through May 20 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 02:27

Alysa Grimes and Joe Urbaitis in Swinging on a StarIt may seem like an odd thing to praise right off the bat, but in Swinging on a Star - the musical revue currently playing at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre - director/choreographer Cindy Ramos-Parmley delivers some absolutely first-rate scene transitions.

 
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