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What’s the Story?: "The Philadelphia Story," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through June 24 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 20 June 2006 22:45

The Philadelphia Story The morning after attending the Timber Lake Playhouse's production of the romantic comedy The Philadelphia Story, I drove to my local video store and rented the DVD of the beloved 1940 film, which I had never seen. I would love to report that Timber Lake's production put me in such a happy state that I was simply eager to re-live the stage experience. But unfortunately, the rental was more of a necessity than an indulgence; I had to see what about Philip Barry's play made the movie such a treasure, because its reputed charms, sadly, weren't at all apparent on the Mt. Carroll stage.

 
A "Night" to Remember: "Twelfth Night," at Iowa City’s Riverside Theatre through July 9 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Audra Beals   
Tuesday, 20 June 2006 22:44

Twelfth Night It's hot. It's muggy. Bugs are everywhere. And in Iowa City, that means it's time for Shakespeare.

Every summer, the Riverside Theatre trades its stage in downtown Iowa City for an outdoor venue in lower City Park, one that was actually modeled after London's Globe Theater. Appropriately enough, the company uses this Shakespeare-inspired space to stage two Shakespearean productions in repertory, and this year's schedule - running through July 9 - alternates between Twelfth Night and The Tempest.

 
Turning Japanese: "The Mikado," at Lincoln Park through June 18 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 13 June 2006 23:06

The Mikado This past weekend, it was rainy, gloomy, and downright cold for this time of year. Let's face it: The weather sucked.

And thinking about all the local outdoor events where attendance might have been negatively affected by the climate - Race for the Cure, the Left Bank Fine Art Fair, Gumbo Ya Ya, et cetera, et cetera - I couldn't bear to not attend Genesius Guild's and Opera@Augustana's Saturday-night performance of The Mikado. Foul weather be damned - if The Mikado's cast and orchestra were going to suffer the elements, then by God, so was I.

 
Disappointed? Yes, Siam: "The King & I," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through June 18 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 13 June 2006 23:04

Benjamin Cole and Nicole Horton When you visit the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, you know you won't get much in the way of spectacle - the intimate stage space is charming, but limited - so, instead, you look for inventiveness, especially when the production in question generally thrives on spectacle.

 
More Than Pharoah ’Nuff: "Aida," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through June 17 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 13 June 2006 23:00

Tyson Danner, Allyson Peniston, and Angela Cavallo More often than not, our area's musicals are graced by terrific voices. But every once in a while, a performer will come along whose vocal gifts and interpretive skills positively knock you out, causing you to silently mouth one word at your theatergoing companion: "Damn." The Quad City Music Guild's current production of the Disney musical Aida, directed by Bill Marsoun, doesn't have one of those performers. It has two.

 
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