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Puppy Ciao: "Sylvia," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre through September 23 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 02:47

Greg Bouljon and Mandy Landreth in SylviaChoosing a favorite line of dialogue from A.R. Gurney's Sylvia is nearly impossible, as the playwright's hysterically clever and insightful comedy offers almost too many choices; some of Gurney's best jokes here are so spectacularly subtle that you barely register them. ("Just close your eyes and think of England" is an especially sharp throwaway.)

 
Let's Do the Time Warp Again: "Arcadia," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through August 26 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 02:39

Jeremy Mahr and Maggie Woolley in Arcadia Watching Arcadia, the Tom Stoppard jigsaw puzzle currently playing at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre, is like watching a really engrossing foreign-language film without subtitles. You may not understand what's going on, but the actors and director seem to, so you strive to make sense of the proceedings through the performers' inflections, reactions, and occasional lines of dialogue where the meaning is evident. You find yourself desperately wanting to get it.

 
Holy Rollers: "Guys & Dolls," at the Clinton Showboat through August 19 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 15 August 2007 02:42

Guys & Dolls ensemble members The Clinton Area Showboat Theatre's production of Guys & Dolls is wonderfully entertaining and loaded with personality, but in the role of Miss Adelaide - the put upon showgirl with the psychosomatic head cold - Kay Ann Allmand is so sensationally enjoyable that her portrayal practically defies description.

Permit me to give it a shot anyway.

 
Baby, That is Rock & Roll: "Smokey Joe’s Café," at the Timber Lake Playhouse through August 19 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 15 August 2007 02:40

Smokey Joe's Cafe ensemble members The difficulty in reviewing Smokey's Joe's Café, the Timber Lake Playhouse's season-closing musical, doesn't lie in knowing how to start, but when to stop. A plotless assemblage of ‘50s and ‘60s rock & roll hits, bluesy love songs, and novelty tunes by composers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, this jukebox revue finds its nine-person cast performing nearly three dozen numbers, and based on their presentation here, I could make a fair case for devoting 500 words to each of them.

 
Hell Razzing: "The Frogs," at Lincoln Park through August 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 02:24

Peter Soderberg and David Wooten in The Frogs Amidst the laughter that accompanied Saturday night's Lincoln Park presentation of The Frogs, I was especially aware of one particular audience member's vocal enjoyment. He was seated quite a bit away from me, but judging by the timbre, I'd say he was about five or six, and he'd routinely giggle with an involuntary, infectious happiness that made it sound as though he was being tickled. A bunch of us were, actually.

 
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