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The Magic and Pain of Storytelling: New Ground Theatre's "The Drawer Boy" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 01 March 2005 18:00
The Drawer Boy, opening this weekend at New Ground Theatre, is not only an emotional journey through the suppressed memories of two old farmers and a unique observation of the art of storytelling; it also plays an important role in contemporary Canadian theatre history.

 
Go, Go, Go – to "Joseph"!: "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 18 January 2005 18:00
When I was in seventh grade, my chorus class took a charter bus up to Chicago to see Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. From a row near the back of the theatre, I watched the vibrant speck that was Donnie Osmond belt out the tunes “Close Every Door” and “Joseph’s Coat.” On the return trip home, while the chaperone mothers murmured in fascination over the dark-haired leading man, we chorus students amused ourselves with a Joseph sing-along. The music was just that unforgettable and appealing, even to our usually unimpressionable teenage minds.

 
Ghostlight Theatre’s Production of Martin’s "The Underpants" Hilarious PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 14 September 2004 18:00
Just when I was convinced that Picasso at the Lapin Agile would endure as Steve Martin’s wittiest, funniest theatre script, the multi-talented writer/actor/comedian has outdone himself, with the adapted comedy The Underpants.

 
New Ground’s "Talley’s Folly" a Quirky, Incomparable Love Story PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 24 August 2004 18:00
New Ground is one of my favorite local theatre groups because it doesn’t settle for slapstick comedies, cliché-filled scripts, or sappy dramas. Instead, the not-for-profit organization with the mission to “bring the best in contemporary and original theatre to the Quad Cities” does superb work living up to that goal. New Ground’s upcoming show, Talley’s Folly, the recipient of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for drama, is certainly no exception to the “best theatre” rule and is perhaps one of the most unconventional, intriguing love stories I’ve ever seen on stage. The production opens August 26 and runs through September 5 at Rivermont Collegiate in Bettendorf.

 
The Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's "Desk Set" Full of Laughs, Promise PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 13 July 2004 18:00
Richmond Hill Players Theatre has done a very good thing. Instead of usual attempts to “wow” audiences with edgy (and, in my opinion, too brilliantly written for community theatre) scripts such as Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile or efforts to appeal to the older generation with shows such as On Golden Pond and Driving Miss Daisy, the organization’s current production of Desk Set settles contentedly into a much-needed middle ground.

 
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