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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.

 
Running on Half-Empty: "Pump Boys & Dinettes" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 09 August 2005 18:00
The Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse enjoys a luxury that no other theatrical venues in the area do: Its productions, on average, run about eight weeks each, allowing good shows plenty of time to eventually become very, very good shows. Given this, I’m guessing that the theatre’s latest offering, Pump Boys & Dinettes, will, by its closing night on September 17, end up … fine.

 
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