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One-Woman Show Second to Nun: "Late Nite Catechism 2" at the Timber Lake Playhouse PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 16 August 2005 18:00
In all honesty, it might not be appropriate for me to critique the new production at the Timber Lake Playhouse, considering that at Saturday night’s performance I was in it. Then again, we all were.

 
CAST Delivers a "Beauty"-ful Season Closer: "Beauty & the Beast" at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 16 August 2005 18:00
In the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s ingenious new production of Beauty & the Beast, the first things to catch your eye are a small bench located stage right and a large screen – it’s nearly half the length of the stage – hanging upstage. On that screen is a rear projection of a rose, and it has a haunting, rough-edged quality; it looks like something that French waif on the Les Miz poster should be holding.

 
A Dysfunctional Family You’d Want to Join: "Over the Tavern" at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 16 August 2005 18:00

At Friday’s nearly sold-out performance of Over the Tavern at Richmond Hill’s Barn Theatre, I found myself seated next to a charming couple who engaged me in conversation. I asked whether they had heard of the play previously, as Tom Dudzick’s comedy was unfamiliar to me. The gentleman responded that he’d read a little bit about it, but his wife said, “Not me. I like being surprised.”

 
Script Often Salvages My Verona's "This Is Our Youth" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 09 August 2005 18:00

In real time, a half-second isn’t all that long – roughly the amount of time it takes to swallow – but, on stage, it’s surprising how long it can feel.

 
The Wonderful World of Disney: Quad City Music Guild's "Beauty & the Beast" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 09 August 2005 18:00

As Belle, the heroine of the Quad City Music Guild’s Beauty & the Beast, Jenny Winn is a complete cartoon, and I mean that in the best way possible. It’s generally thrilling when performers deviate from the expectations associated with a well-known character, but playing a role exactly the way an audience expects it to be played has its own rewards, and in Beauty & the Beast, Winn gives such a flawless approximation of a living-and-breathing animated figure that you might find it impossible not to stare at her with a big, goofy grin plastered on your face.

 
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