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New Ground Turns Mamet’s "Boston Marriage" into a Massacre PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 24 May 2005 18:00
From first scene to last, New Ground Theatre’s production of Boston Marriage is an almost total misreading of David Mamet’s 1999 work. As usual, New Ground’s decision to tackle offbeat and challenging material is commendable, but its latest offering is so wrong-headed in execution that it makes you understand why audiences often shy away from the offbeat and challenging.

 
World Premiere Offers No Easy Answers: "Altar Call" at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 10 May 2005 18:00
Melissa McBain’s drama Altar Call, currently playing at Playcrafters’ Barn Theatre, is beautifully unresolved. There are many fine elements in this production – along with some not-so-fine ones – yet I was impressed by McBain’s willingness to let the drama linger after its close. She introduces potentially volatile subject matter such as adultery, homosexuality, and the dogmatic elements of scripture, yet doesn’t attempt to provide easy answers to the play’s complexities.

 
Augustana College’s "Laramie Project" Thrillingly Good PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 03 May 2005 18:00

Since 1990, I’ve attended more than 25 plays at Augustana College, yet I’ve never seen one that made better use of the Potter Hall stage than The Laramie Project.

 
Humor Helps Elevate "Rosencrantz": St. Ambrose University's "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 19 April 2005 18:00

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, which recently closed St. Ambrose University’s 2004-5 theatre season, is a tough play to produce effectively at the collegiate level: How do you present Tom Stoppard’s mordantly funny rumination on mortality and the meaninglessness of existence with performers this young?

 
"Pippi" Never Starts Making Sense: "Pippi Longstocking" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 19 April 2005 18:00

So far as I know, there are no steadfast rules regarding children’s theatre, but two certain “don’t”s would have to be: (1) Don’t bore the kids, and (2) Don’t confuse the kids.

 
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