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Boo! Hiss! Hooray!: "The Curse of an Aching Heart: Or, Trapped in the Spider's Web," at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre through July 21 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 15 July 2013 06:00

Jackie Patterson, Jackie Skiles, and Sarah Ade in The Curse of an Aching Heart: Or, Trapped in the Spider's WebSo far as melodramas go, The Curse of an Aching Heart: Or, Trapped in the Spider's Web is, for me, one of the more tolerable and entertaining works in its genre. Not being a fan of this brand of comedy, I still laughed quite a bit during Thursday’s performance at the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre, as playwright Herbert Swayne’s clever wit and director Tom Morrow’s pleasingly on-the-verge-of-over-dramatic tone made for an amusing night of comedy.

 
Tour de France: "Les Misérables," at North Scott High School through July 21 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 08 July 2013 06:00

the Les Miserables ensembleLes Misérables is an epic musical, and Countryside Community Theatre should be commended for its noble effort in staging the multi-layered, much-loved piece by composer Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyricist Herbert Kretzmer. Director David Turley and his cast treat the material with the respect it deserves. Friday night’s performance, however, was still riddled with problems, many of them of a technical nature.

 
Battle Cry: "A Green River," at the QC Theatre Workshop through July 16 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Monday, 08 July 2013 06:00

Thomas Alan Taylor in A Green RiverPlaywright Aaron Randolph III has, so far as I know, effectively captured the mental workings of a soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder in his new drama A Green River. A representation of the chaotic, haunting thoughts likely experienced by some soldiers with PTSD, his play takes us through the memories of a single soldier – from childhood to falling in love to combat to his return home – while the young man revisits his favorite quiet place along a river. And as if the proceedings in Randolph’s story weren’t enough, he also includes a stunningly moving finale that packs such an emotional punch that I'd be surprised if most, if not all, of Saturday’s audience members for the QC Theatre Workshop production aren’t still reeling from it.

 
Udder-ly Charming: "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through July 27 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Reviews
Written by Thom White   
Monday, 01 July 2013 06:00

Chris Causer, Megan Opalinski, Antoinette Holman, and Andrea Moore in Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That TypeCostume designer Gregory Hiatt’s creations for the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's family musical Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type were, for me, the highlights of Saturday morning’s performance.

 
Apollo's Creed: "Alcestis," at Lincoln Park through July 7 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thom White   
Monday, 01 July 2013 06:00

Jason Dlouhy, Bob Hanske, Doug Adkins, and Katie Ross in AlcestisEuripides' Alcestis marks the first Genesius Guild production of a Greek tragedy I’ve seen without doing advance research on the play’s plot, which I usually do out of fear of being lost. I’m happy to say, though, that I did not get lost in the slightest during Saturday’s performance, thanks to the production's clear plot points and dialogue, ample projection from the actors speaking from behind sound-inhibiting masks, and the comfortable flow of Dori Foster’s direction. The play is interesting in its exploration of fate, and also entertaining by way of costumer Ellen Dixon’s simple yet elegant designs (particularly for the women in the chorus), Earl Strupp’s aesthetically pleasing masks (with their glittery colors and wisps of escaped locks of hair), and the cast’s earnest characterizations.

 
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