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Litter Kitties: "Cats" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 11 April 2006 18:00

The Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s latest production is, nearly element for element, an awesome technical achievement. The set, conceived by Dawn Robyn Petrlik, is a glorious mess of artful decay, Ron Breedlove’s lighting effects are mostly extraordinary, and the sound quality is superb. (Dave Vanderkamp’s continually outstanding sound design is overdue for mention.)

 
Comedies Tonight: The Prenzie Players' "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's "Cliffhanger" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 04 April 2006 18:00

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Rock Island Masonic Temple

 

Theatre audiences are often witness to romance and, with the right director and performers, occasionally even to true love on stage. Yet it’s rare to find passion and even rarer to witness carnality, two qualities that the Prenzie Players present in abundance in their juicy new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Rock Island Masonic Temple.

 
After the Rehearsal: Notes on "Charlie Brown"’s First Dress: "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" at Quad City Music Guild PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 29 March 2006 09:25

J. Adam Lounsberry and Nathan Bates in You're a Good Man, Charlie BrownAnyone who has spent a significant amount of time in theatre knows that if your first dress rehearsal goes even the least bit well, there's cause for celebration. Having seen the first dress of the Quad City Music Guild's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown this past Sunday, I can assure the production's participants: There's cause for celebration, because things appeared to go considerably better than "the least bit well."

 
Playcrafters Knocks "Rounding Third" Out of the Park PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 18:00

At roughly the halfway point of Richard Dresser’s two-man comedy Rounding Third – currently playing at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre – Michael (Jim Driscoll), a sweet-tempered assistant Little League coach, asks the team’s boisterous head coach, Don (Fred Harris Jr.), if they might enjoy a moment of silence; Michael and Don have shared a continual, often exasperated dialogue over several weeks of team play, and Michael wonders if perhaps quiet would be preferable to jabber. “Oh no,” says Don. “We don’t know each other well enough to not talk.”

 
Stalking Points: New Ground Theatre's "Boy Gets Girl" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 18:00
New Ground Theatre’s presentation of Rebecca Gilman’s stalker drama Boy Gets Girl is sensationally entertaining stuff – the most consistently smartly acted and directed work I’ve yet seen from this organization – and the production becomes all the more impressive when you realize just how easily it could have proven unbearable.

 
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