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"Noises Off," Ghostlight Is On PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 13 September 2005 18:00
As the adage goes, “Dying is easy; comedy is hard.” Noises Off sure is. Saying that Michael Frayn’s farce requires precision is like saying a fish requires water or Jennifer Lopez requires publicity; the show’s very survival rests on the hairbreadth timing of its repartee and comic business. Frayn’s work is so tightly structured and its momentum so dizzying that the slightest inappropriate pause can completely knock you out of the show’s rhythm, and so I applaud Ghostlight Theatre for not only for tackling the script but often triumphing with it. Dying is easy, comedy is hard, and Noises Off is freakin’ hard.

 
One-Woman Show Second to Nun: "Late Nite Catechism 2" at the Timber Lake Playhouse PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 16 August 2005 18:00
In all honesty, it might not be appropriate for me to critique the new production at the Timber Lake Playhouse, considering that at Saturday night’s performance I was in it. Then again, we all were.

 
CAST Delivers a "Beauty"-ful Season Closer: "Beauty & the Beast" at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 16 August 2005 18:00
In the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s ingenious new production of Beauty & the Beast, the first things to catch your eye are a small bench located stage right and a large screen – it’s nearly half the length of the stage – hanging upstage. On that screen is a rear projection of a rose, and it has a haunting, rough-edged quality; it looks like something that French waif on the Les Miz poster should be holding.

 
A Dysfunctional Family You’d Want to Join: "Over the Tavern" at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 16 August 2005 18:00

At Friday’s nearly sold-out performance of Over the Tavern at Richmond Hill’s Barn Theatre, I found myself seated next to a charming couple who engaged me in conversation. I asked whether they had heard of the play previously, as Tom Dudzick’s comedy was unfamiliar to me. The gentleman responded that he’d read a little bit about it, but his wife said, “Not me. I like being surprised.”

 
Script Often Salvages My Verona's "This Is Our Youth" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 09 August 2005 18:00

In real time, a half-second isn’t all that long – roughly the amount of time it takes to swallow – but, on stage, it’s surprising how long it can feel.

 
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