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Sons Raised, Sons Sent: "Empty Nest," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through July 19 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 04 June 2008 02:51

Eddie Staver III, Adam Michael Lewis, and Ashler Catherine Schmitt It takes considerable skill - to say nothing of nerve - to steal a show from the likes of Brad Hauskins, Adam Michael Lewis, and Eddie Staver III. But in the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Empty Nest, actress Ashley Catherine Schmitt arrives halfway through the production, introduces herself to her co-stars, tucks playwright Lawrence Roman's comedy into her leg warmers, and all but dashes off with it. The play itself is too featherweight (albeit agreeably so) for this to be considered grand larceny, but it's certainly grand; Schmitt is like the guest you don't remember inviting who winds up being the life of the party.

 
Flappers, Tappers, Kidnappers: "Thoroughly Modern Millie," at Clinton' Showboat Theatre thru June 15 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 04 June 2008 02:45

Alison Luff in Thoroughly Modern Millie When he took the stage before Thursday night's presentation of Thoroughly Modern Millie, the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre's producing artistic director - and Millie director - Craig A. Miller mentioned that audiences might notice a couple of changes at the 'Boat this year.

 
Generation Gaps: "john & jen," at the Green Room PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 03 June 2008 02:43

Sarah Ulloa and Ryan Westwood in john and jenI hadn't heard of the two-person musical john & jen until it popped up on St. Ambrose University's schedule of studio-theatre productions for the 2006-7 season, as a project for director Scott Peake and music director Tyson Danner. I'm guessing a lot of you hadn't, either.

 
Amass for the Dead: "Elegies: A Song Cycle," at the Village Theatre through May 24 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 21 May 2008 02:26

the cast of Elegies: A Song Cycle From the opening minutes of Elegies: A Song Cycle, the debut presentation by the Riverbend Theatre Collective, it's clear that the production is going to be beautifully performed. An uninterrupted, 90-minute collection of reminiscences by composer William Finn, the revue finds Allison Collins-Elfline, Patrick Gimm, Jackie Madunic, Dana Joel Nicholson, and Bryan J. Tank offering musical tributes to people (and pets) that Finn loved and lost, and they form an intimidatingly strong vocal ensemble, excellent in their solos and even finer in harmony.

 
Animal Magnetism: "Life’s a Dream," at the Rock Island Masonic Temple through May 18 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 14 May 2008 02:18

Eddie Staver III in Life's a Dream Say what you will about the Prenzie Players' latest presentation, but you can't say that the classical-theatre troupe, with its production of Pedro Calderón de la Barca's Life's a Dream, is merely resting on its laurels.

 
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