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Playcrafters' "Woman in Black" Provides Chills and Thrills PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 13 January 2004 18:00
A night of reviewing a theatrical production doesn’t usually leave me shuffling about the house in my pajamas, checking closets and under the bed for ghosts. But Susan Hill’s thriller Woman in Black at Playcrafters Barn Theatre was just chilling enough to send me scurrying under the safety of my bedspread, eyes shut tight to whatever roamed my imagination.

Opera@Augustana’s "Godspell" Offers Lively Celebration PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 09 December 2003 18:00
With bright, rainbow wardrobes and electric intensity, the 12-person Opera @ Augustana ensemble of Godspell resembled a contemporary (and Christian) version of Hair. The vibrant student actors last weekend filled Wallenberg Hall at Augustana College with the spirit of music and tromped about the stage praising God and engaging hundreds of audience members with optimistic songs.

Black Hawk College Aims for the Stars with "Galileo," and Misses PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 18 November 2003 18:00
Galileo Galilei was a big man who loved eating. Oh yeah, and he’s also credited with inventing the telescope and proving the earth rotates around the sun (not vice-versa), and he’s considered one of the scientific geniuses of the Renaissance.

Augustana College Offers a First-Rate Exploration of Truth: "Rashomon" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Patricia Baugh-Riechers   
Tuesday, 28 October 2003 18:00
What is truth? This is an age-old question, pondered by millions of people over the centuries. According to the story of Rashomon, truth lies in the eye of the beholder. As the wigmaker in the story says, “People see what they want to see, and say what they want to hear.” Unlike many other treatments of the question of truth, Rashomon does not expose truth as absolute; it explores truth as a constantly shifting abstract idea, based solely on the perceptions of humans.

Unique Blend of Monologues, Talent in Riverside Theatre’s "Walking the Wire" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 14 October 2003 18:00
After seeing Riverside Theatre’s annual monologue performance Walking the Wire during its three-day run last weekend, I’m already looking forward to next year. Rarely is a collection of monologues presented locally (with the exception of the woman-power fundraiser The Vagina Monologues, which is structured more like a play), and the Iowa City theatre’s Wire provides a unique opportunity for viewers to absorb an assortment of unpublished works presented by diverse individuals. While a few of the pieces were lacking in either character believability or author voice, most of the two- to 10-minute monologues were very engaging.

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