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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.

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.

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