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Gag Reflex: "The Sunshine Boys" at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 21 February 2006 18:00
Let me preface my review of the Richmond Hill Players’ The Sunshine Boys by saying that if the material itself makes you laugh, you may well be a fan of this production, and at Thursday’s opening-night performance, there were quite a few laughers among us.

 
Iowa City's Riverside Theatre Delivers a Strong "Salesman" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Audra Beals   
Tuesday, 07 February 2006 18:00
Chances are you’ve at least heard of Death of a Salesman; Arthur Miller’s play, it seems, is always around. So when Iowa City’s Riverside Theatre stages a production of this classic script, they’re facing some high expectations. After all, this isn’t just any play.

 
Funny Makes the World Go Around: "The Miser" at Augustana College PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 07 February 2006 18:00
If you’re a Simpsons fan and have always wondered what the hateful C. Montgomery Burns would look like in the flesh, you are advised to immediately secure tickets to Augustana College’s production of The Miser, in which Brian Bengtson is giving a flawless approximation of Homer’s hysterically hateful nemesis.

 
A Pleasant-Enough Trek "Through the Woods": "Over the River & Through the Woods" at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 17 January 2006 18:00
Joe DiPietro’s Over the River & Through the Woods is a charming stage sitcom, and based on a final dress rehearsal held January 10, the production of it that opened the Playcrafters Barn Theatre's 2006 season is perfectly charming, too. The large, invited audience of (mostly) seniors who attended the rehearsal seemed to have a terrific time; the show’s punchlines, more often than not, got their laughs, and there was no denying the sweetness of spirit that emanated from the show – if smiles were audible, it would have been deafening in the Barn Theatre.

 
Revenge of the Nerds: "Grease" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 17 January 2006 18:00
The most telling moment in the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s splendid re-imagining of Grease is a minor one, and – like most of this production’s finest moments – nowhere to be found in the original script. (It’s actually an invention of director/choreographer Ann Nieman’s, designed to cover a scene change.) Danny (Jeremy Jonet) and Cha-Cha (Nicole Polzella) have just won Rydell High’s dance competition, yet instead of relishing the victory, Danny runs off to re-claim the heart of his true love, Sandy (Cheryl Hoffman). As the decorations come down and the stragglers depart, Cha-Cha – who has even been rebuffed by the nerdy Eugene (Mark D. Lingenfelter) – finds herself alone, and she takes a beat, gazes at the suddenly meaningless trophy in her hands, and quietly, sadly walks off stage.

 
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