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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.

 
Playcrafters’ Latest Showcases an Enchanting Ensemble: "Enchanted April" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 12 July 2005 18:00

“It’s a shame it all has to end,” says our heroine, Lotty (Karrie McLaughlin), at the end of Playcrafters’ Enchanted April. I completely agreed. The production currently running at Moline’s Barn Theatre is unexpected in the best way possible: Who knew this light, frothy, harmless little romp could be this intoxicating?

 
A Heroic "Pooh," and a Load of Crap: Circa '21's "Winnie the Pooh," and My Verona Productions' "Dingo Boogaloo 2: Taco's Revenge" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 12 July 2005 18:00

Circa ’21’s Winnie the Pooh at The Rocket through July 23

 

At the opening-day performance of Winnie the Pooh, the air was already so festive – their doors may be temporarily closed, but the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse is still in business! – that the show was the recipient of enormous goodwill even before it began. Balloons decorated the street, the Rocket Theatre was alive with the noise of excited young uns, the parents seemed in surprisingly good moods … it was a pretty sweet sight. If you have as much fondness for Circa ’21 as I do – and I know some of you do, ’cause I’ve seen you there … – the atmosphere alone would have made Winnie the Pooh worthwhile.

 
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