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Genesius Guild’s "The Pirates of Penzance" the Right Show for the Right Venue PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 21 June 2005 18:00

When you take in a Genesius Guild production at Rock Island’s Lincoln Park – when you take in any theatrical performance outdoors – you’re at the mercy of the weather, and every once in a while the elements and the production itself will align in a way that feels like perfection.

 
Circa '21's "Oh Mama! No Papa!" Is Fun ... for the Over-70 Set PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 14 June 2005 18:00

I’ve watched numerous comedies at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse over the past decade, and I’ve never seen one that I thought would be offensive to most 80-year-olds. But until Oh Mama! No Papa!, I’d never seen a comedy that would be offensive to everyone but 80-year-olds.

 
Surprise! Clinton’s "Sound of Music" Is Full of Surprises PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 14 June 2005 18:00
I hate The Sound of Music, but on some level, doesn’t everyone? The sugar-coated sensibility, the repetitive songs we know far too well, the Julie Andrews wannabes trilling with relentless cheeriness, the use of Nazis as a pesky, simplistic plot device … . I know that the show is an assured cash cow for producers, but many of us would be happy for the book and score to disappear until the show’s hundredth anniversary in 2059. (I’ll be dead by then, right?)

 
Quad City Music Guild's "Sugar": Not Quite Wild(er) Enough PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 14 June 2005 18:00
If you’ve seen Some Like It Hot, nothing that happens in the Quad City Music Guild’s Sugar will come as a surprise; this 1973 musical-comedy is almost slavishly faithful to the 1959 Billy Wilder film that inspired it. But it does feature a curlicue that makes me giggle: the tap-dancing gangsters.

 
My Verona’s "Closer" a Great Season Opener PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 14 June 2005 18:00

Few stage sights are as thrilling as a cast of genuinely hungry actors, especially when they have genuinely meaty material to tear into. My Verona Productions’ Closer is a biting, at times painful, piece, yet it’s suffused with joy; the actors seem to be relishing the opportunity to verbally claw, scrape, and expose (often self-inflicted) wounds.

 
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