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A Different Type of Theatre: "Love Letters" at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 14 January 2003 18:00
Love Letters isn’t a typical stage production by the standards of contemporary acting. That’s because it’s not necessary for performers to act or even memorize A.R. Gurney’s script; they just read it. The experience is a bit like listening to a book-on-tape, with the benefit of being able to watch the readers. Some audience members for Playcrafters Barn Theatre’s current production – running weekends through January 26 – won’t enjoy the lack of stage movement, but those who know what to expect beforehand will appreciate the well-written script.

 
Spanish Tradition and the Search for Reality: "Life Is a Dream" at the University of Iowa PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 22 October 2002 18:00

“And dream we will, for we are in so odd a world that just to live is to dream.” – Segismundo, Life Is a Dream

 

In his aptly titled Life Is a Dream, playwright Pedro Calderon de la Barca suggests that even if life is no more real that our sleeping stories, the Golden Rule still applies. Actions and relationships still have pertinence, and the status of an individual is defined by the opinions of those around him. Calderon’s poetic 1636 play continues this weekend as part of the University of Iowa’s 2003 Mainstage season.

 
Richmond Hill Serves Up Steve Martin’s "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 08 October 2002 18:00
Before Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein became icons of the 20th Century, they were dreamers. Steve Martin thinks so anyway. In his 1996 play Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Martin explores the unusual (fictional) meeting of young artist Picasso and science genius Einstein before they created history-changing works and ideas – during a time they had only the visions in their heads to rely on. Richmond Hill Players is performing the play in Geneseo through October 13.

 
"1776": Commemorating September 11 Through Time Travel PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 10 September 2002 18:00
Ryan Riewerts thought the best way to mark the one-year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks would be to travel 226 years back in time. Not really, of course. But he wanted to recognize and celebrate the beginning of America’s freedom as a country, and to relate that experience to the uniting of Americans in response to the events of last September 11. He decided the closest thing to time travel would be to use the medium of theatre, two local drama groups, and a musical called 1776. A Riewerts-directed production of that play is scheduled for September 11 through 14 at Davenport’s North High School.

 
New Ground's Production of "Spinning Into Butter" Effective and Provocative PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 10 September 2002 18:00

If there’s a show that will make people question their thoughts and ideas about racism, it’s Spinning Into Butter, continuing this weekend at Augustana College in a production by New Ground Theatre.

 
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