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Not Exactly Hot, but Awfully Sweet: "Sweet & Hot: The Songs of Harold Arlen" at Playcrafters PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 17 May 2006 01:39
About four months ago, my schedule forced me to catch the first dress rehearsal of Playcrafters’ Over the River & through the Woods as opposed to a paid performance, and so I took some personal responsibility for my dissatisfaction with the show; a lot of what seemed to be lacking, I thought, could easily have improved by opening night. It seemed a little unfair to be critiquing a rehearsal. (What better place to err than rehearsal?)

Well, circumstances dictated that I again catch a Playcrafters production before its official opening – I saw the Barn Theatre’s Sweet & Hot: The Songs of Harold Arlen at a preview on Monday, May 8 – for which I apologize. But I don’t apologize much, because this revue already has the right spirit and a host of good feelings (and good performances) exuding from it. This didn’t feel like a rehearsal; it felt like a performance, and a delightful one.

 
A Double-Play … and a Hit: "The Real Inspector Hound" and "Black Comedy" at Augustana College PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 02 May 2006 18:00
Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound concerns theatre critics who wind up personally involved in the thriller they’re reviewing, which puts me in the position of being a theatre critic critiquing a play about theatre critics critiquing a play. Stoppard must love this.

 
Absolutely Fabulist: "Aesop's Dynamic Duo" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 02 May 2006 18:00
Aesop’s Dynamic Duo – the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s new family musical – focuses on several of the renowned storyteller’s famous characters, and one of its first songs is entitled “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” Bret Churchill plays The Boy, and the actor, with his usual exuberance and vigor, begins the number with: “I’m the Boy Who Cried Wolf / I’m the one who frightened the town / I told them the story / And, boy, it was gory / I told them the wolf ate / the Smith’s Bassett hound.”

 
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.

 
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