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"Bob" Not to Be Taken Lightly, Not to Be Missed: "Almighty Bob" at Circa '21 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 17 June 2003 18:00
Though senior citizens, religion, sex, love, and the timely battle between good and evil are all poked fun at in Circa ’21’s current show, playgoers should be prepared to see more than just a lighthearted comedy. Almighty Bob is quite a funny play, but it also lifts the veil from the element that is our ever-present fear – death – and gives us the playwright’s take on how life and death work.

Two Perspectives on Hate and Tolerance: Riverside Theatre's "The Laramie Project" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Pearson   
Tuesday, 08 April 2003 18:00
Riverside Theatre’s presentations of The Laramie Project have been sold out for the past two weekends, which in itself speaks for this powerful and brilliantly crafted play. Protests are even scheduled outside the Iowa City theatre on Saturday, April 12, in response to the play.

Celebrating Women with "The Vagina Monologues": Also, Circa '21's "The Wizard of Oz" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Sunday, 09 March 2003 18:00
Not only is Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues sexy, witty, tragic, and downright hilarious, it’s also quite an educational experience. For example, I learned the clitoris contains more than 8,000 nerve endings – which is twice as many as the penis. As one actor said, “Why have a handgun when you can have a semi-automatic?” Talk about woman power.

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.

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