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Flop Flipped: "Light Up the Sky," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through February 24 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 20 February 2008 02:43

Susan Philhower, Renaud Haymon, and Jan Golz Truth be told, I'm rather envious of the audiences who'll be seeing Light Up the Sky during its second weekend at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre, because while I had a mostly terrific time at Friday night's production, I'm guessing that subsequent crowds will have an even better one.

 
Simonized: "God's Favorite" at St. Ambrose University PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 20 February 2008 02:41

Seth Kalwasser and Matt Mercer Before attending St. Ambrose University's production of God's Favorite, I had neither seen nor read Neil Simon's 1974 comedy - based on the Biblical book of Job - in which a wealthy, devout husband and father is tempted into renouncing God, refuses to do so, and subsequently suffers the loss of home, health, and family. I now consider the 34 years between the play's debut and Saturday's presentation the happiest years of my life, as I never had to endure what might be the single most irritating and unfunny comedy I've ever sat through.

 
Paradise Lost: "The Fantasticks," at Augustana College through February 17 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 02:58

Katie McCarthy and Ben Webb in The Fantasticks About a half hour into Augustana College's opening-night presentation of the deservedly beloved musical romance The Fantasticks, Brian Bengtson made his first appearance as the aging ham Henry, and I can't recall the last time I was so relieved to see an actor on stage.

 
Restaurant Tour: "Fully Committed," at the Green Room PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 02:25

Eddie Staver III in Fully CommittedAt several points during Friday's opening-night production of Fully Committed - which ran at Rock Island's Green Room through January 27 - actor Eddie Staver III took generous swallows of water from an onstage bottle, and rarely has a beverage looked more thirst-quenching, or more necessary.

 
Rock-it Man: "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story," at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse through March 22 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 02:32

Justin Droegemueller, Todd Meredith, and Tristan Layne Tapscott in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story By their very nature, biographical jukebox musicals such as Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story - currently being performed at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse - have to be a little glib. Given roughly two hours of stage time, how can book writers adequately detail a performer's personal and professional arcs without drastically simplifying the experience?

 
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