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Augustana College's "Quilters" Shows True Colors of Pioneer Life PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 04 May 2004 18:00
I always love seeing the plays at Augustana College for the acting skill, detailed and appropriate set designs, and beautifully constructed costumes and props. The musical Quilters – which finishes a two-week run this weekend – is no exception, with an ensemble of seven vocally talented women, live keyboard and fiddle players, and an elaborate display of at least 30 quilts hand-made by Augustana students and faculty.

 
New Ground’s "An Infinite Ache" Anything but Painful PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 20 April 2004 18:00
New Ground Theatre’s current show, David Schulner’s An Infinite Ache, appears to be a conventional love and marriage story. A man and woman meet, fall in love, and get hitched – nothing unusual. But the script is so intricately crafted that we see snapshots of the couple as they progress through a partnership of more than five decades and take on sex, marriage, children, and death – in a mere hour and fifteen minutes. The fast-paced, natural dialogue travels seamlessly through the years, with no specific scene divisions. Time simply progresses.

 
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.

 
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