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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.

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
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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.

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