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Look into Riverside Theatre's "Private Lives" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 23 September 2003 18:00
Riverside Theatre’s production of Noel Coward’s relationship-centered play Private Lives is such a captivating romp through France in the 1920s, and there were moments I was so happily lost in the action, that I never wanted to return to contemporary Iowa City.

 
New Ground Theatre's "Lobby Hero" Proves a Challenging but Satisfying Experience PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 02 September 2003 18:00
I don’t like to start reviews with questions, but New Ground Theatre’s current production of Lobby Hero raises some interesting ones. (1) Is a hero someone who, when faced with a moral dilemma, reveals deep dark secrets that will get a friend in big trouble? 2) Does sliding indifferently through life without ever changing viewpoints, challenging ideas, or standing up for personal rights gain someone hero status? The answer to both, obviously, is no. A hero is defined by my dictionary as “a man of great courage, nobility, etc. or one admired for his exploits.” So what was playwright Kenneth Lonergan thinking when he used a lazy, noncommittal lobby security guard as a protagonist of his play Lobby Hero?

 
Genesius Guild Strikes Gold with "Plutus" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 12 August 2003 18:00
For 43 years, Don Wooten has been re-writing Greek history. His history lessons are anything but serious or classroom-worthy, and that’s all right with him. Wooten, the founder of Genesius Guild theatre group, has most recently altered the more outdated sections of Aristophanes’ comedy Plutus to make its already-quirky script even quirkier and more accessible to modern audiences. Wooten has added musical numbers and touches of local humor about bridge construction and the Mallards hockey team, and he addresses national issues such as war, education, President Bush, and television infomercials. With a bit of assistance from Aristophanes, Wooten has produced an appealing script.

 
Don’t Miss "Kiss": Quad City Music Guild's "Kiss Me, Kate" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 15 July 2003 18:00
Quad City Music Guild’s Kiss Me, Kate boasts an ensemble of twenty-some gifted performers, including a tap-dancer whose photograph belongs alongside the likes of Gene Kelly, and singers that demonstrate excellent unity in rhythm. The musical is an entertaining, humorous, colorful, and energizing romp through the onstage and back-stage lives of performers in a Shakespearean play, and this production shouldn’t be missed.

 
Midsummer Magic and Murder: "Macbeth" at Riverside Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 01 July 2003 18:00
Three Weird Sisters, sexy love scenes, sword fights, and murder. I tell you, life doesn’t get much better than this. Well, at least for a certain theatre reviewer it doesn’t. Not even the mosquitoes could keep me from enjoying Riverside Theatre’s summer production of Macbeth at the company’s Shakespeare Festival in Iowa City.

 
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