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Circa ’21’s "Hello Dolly" Unmemorable PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 06 April 2004 18:00
When leaving Circa ’21 last Friday night, I caught glimpses of conversations about Hello Dolly!. One audience member loved it, while another found the show bland and unmemorable. I silently agreed with the latter critic.

 
Quad City Music Guild’s "Working" Labors Through Muddled Script PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 30 March 2004 18:00
Theatre is evolving. While some scripts still relate the story of a unique person or community, it seems more writers are attempting to use representative characters to capture something more universal. These shows often consist of monologues that revolve around a central theme, such as girls’ and women’s lives in A … My Name Is Alice and female sexuality in The Vagina Monologues. Sometimes, as in The Vagina Monologues, each component is the result of real-life research and interviews conducted and modified by the playwright.

 
Performances Redeem Playcrafters' Predictable "Born Yesterday" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 16 March 2004 18:00
In 1979, Patti Flaherty starred in Born Yesterday at Playcrafters Barn Theatre in Moline. Unfortunately, I hadn’t yet made my earthly appearance and was unable to review it. But 35 years later, she’s given me the chance by directing the current production of Yesterday on the same stage. The play is fast-paced if easily foretold, the characters are memorable, and the acting is superb.

 
A Musical Journey Through the Past: "Smokey Joe's Cafe" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 03 February 2004 18:00
Hey you cats, listen up. I saw a show at Circa ’21 that’s hoppin’ and swingin’ – like being inside a jukebox. Smokey Joe’s Café is where all the cool Daddy-O’s and neighborhood gals are dancing to music from the days of the zoot suit up to 1960s love songs. If you’re expecting a plot line, a bit of spoken dialogue, you kids won’t get it. This musical revue is purely fun. It involves no setup or explanation, and simply celebrates music from days gone by.

 
New Ground Show Explores the Lighter Side of Women’s Troubles: "Female Problems: A Musical" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 27 January 2004 18:00
Female problems. According to this musical by Nicole Hollander and Cheri Coons, we (as in women) have lots of them. Whether it’s ridding our closets of shoes, trying new hairstyles every month, loving our insufficient-but-tolerable husbands, or fretting over the weight gain from (gasp!) a piece of German chocolate cake, we have lots of important issues on our minds that require a lifetime of worry, tummy-tucks, and doctor visits.

 
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