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Play Ball!: "Damn Yankees" at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 19 July 2005 18:00
In the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s production of Damn Yankees, the characters you might find yourself adoring the most aren’t the devilish Applegate, or the seductress Lola, or newfound baseball star Joe Hardy, despite the considerable talents of those playing them. They’re Joe and Meg Boyd, whose story sets the plot in motion, and who – as portrayed by Rob Engelson and Nicole Horton – provide the show with more cumulative emotional impact than you might be expecting. Horton isn’t on stage as often as some of her co-stars, and Engelson appears even less frequently, but their spirits hover over the whole production, and it’s not until the last scene that you realize just how much of Damn Yankees’ success rests on how much you like Joe and Meg.

 
Making Something Delightful Out of "Nothing": Genesius Guild's "Much Ado About Nothing" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 19 July 2005 18:00

Ah, Genesius Guild. By the time the company’s Saturday-night production of Much Ado About Nothing commenced, the quality of the show barely mattered, because I was already thoroughly amused by the audience.

 
The Underpants Fall, but Timber Lake's "The Underpants" Doesn’t PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 19 July 2005 18:00
If there’s one theatrical axiom I’ve subscribed to over the years – both as a performer and as an audience member – it’s this: If anything is going to go wrong with a production, it’ll go wrong on opening night. (Things also tend to go wrong when the show is being videotaped or ... ahem ... when a critic is in the audience, but that’s a whole ’nother story.)

 
Music Guild Presents a Huge, Handsome "Fiddler on the Roof" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 12 July 2005 18:00
It’s too bad that so many of us greet the news of another area production of Fiddler on the Roof with an audible groan, because the show itself is really, really good. The music is marvelous, the characters are enjoyable, the story is well-plotted and touching, it’s always funnier than you remember it being … if you’re a musical-theatre fan and if you’ve never seen it, you have no excuse. But, let’s face it, it can be a daunting musical to sit through. “I love that show,” you’ll hear people say, “but, Jesus, it’s long … .”

 
A Pleasing, If Uneven, Walk Through "the Forest": "Another Part of the Forest" at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 12 July 2005 18:00
There are two styles of drama going on in Lillian Hellman’s Another Part of the Forest, or at least there are in the Richmond Hill Players’ current production of it: domestic and melo-. A prequel of sorts to the author’s more widely known The Little Foxes, Another Part of the Forest features, as its central figure, patriarch Marcus Hubbard (Stan Weimer), the richest man in Bowden, Alabama, circa 1880. A cruel, conniving, even murderous despot, Marcus is universally reviled, especially by his children – Benjamin (James V. Driscoll), Oscar (Steve Mroz), and Regina (Keri Cousins) – all of whom, for reasons of their own, want their hands on the family fortune.

 
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