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REVIEW: Genesius Guild’s ‘Measure for Measure’ Really Measures up

June 24th, 2021
REVIEW: Genesius Guild's 'Measure for Measure' Really Measures up

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? More specifically, a summer evening spent watching a performance of Shakespeare as the sun shines golden on a stone amphitheater? Genesius Guild is showing “Measure for Measure (abridged)”, which will run for two more nights on June 26 and June 27 at 7pm in the Rock Island Lincoln Park “Measure for Measure” showcased a metatheatrical experience and began by introducing the actors to the stage as themselves. Throughout the play, the actors remained visible to the audience. Such a peculiar opening invites the audience to partake in... Read More

REVIEW: Schulz And Odenkirk Give Rock Star Performances In Fantastic ‘Red’

June 18th, 2021
REVIEW: Schulz And Odenkirk Give Rock Star Performances In Fantastic 'Red'

Imagine me sitting in a car like Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood giving finger guns to Mike Schulz and saying, “You’re Mike F-ing Schulz! Don’t you forget it.” He deserves this level of hype, this level of praise, this level of Lets-Put-An-Actor-On-An-Unecessary- Pedastal-ness for Mississippi Bend Players’ new “Red.” All. Of . It. Schulz is pretending at new and frightening heights giving a performance that I found myself simultaneously getting lost in AND studying so I could get bring even a small percentage of this bloke’s grace, believability and sheer... Read More

REVIEW: Electrifying, Literate “Red” Pulses With Emotion, Brilliance at Augustana

June 17th, 2021
REVIEW: Electrifying, Literate “Red” Pulses With Emotion, Brilliance at Augustana

Words and art are my business – as tools, objects of affection, contemplation and worship, ways to make sense and meaning of life – as they are for “Red,” the brilliant, caustic, literate John Logan play given a fantastic, thrilling new production by Mississippi Bend Players at Augustana College. Over an emotional 90-minute rollercoaster — in an action-packed, dialogue-dense one act, first-class director Cait Bodenbender and peerless actors Mike Schulz and Tristan Odenkirk grab your attention and never let go. It’s as riveting, passionate, thought-provoking – and deeply committed... Read More

REVIEW: Moline’s Spotlight Shines Major Happiness With Sweet “Charlie Brown”

June 12th, 2021
REVIEW: Moline’s Spotlight Shines Major Happiness With Sweet “Charlie Brown”

Sixteen months after the Spotlight Theatre staged its last major musical, it’s provided the pitch-perfect, post-pandemic production – “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Simple, sweet, nostalgic – both exuberantly childlike and loaded with the weight of the world on its young shoulders – the beloved 1967 musical based on the classic “Peanuts” characters has deeply resonated with me my whole life. First, I’m sure like many socially awkward boys, I always closely identified with the title “Everyman” role. Charlie Brown is the cartoon reflection of “Mister Cellophane” (from... Read More

Looking For Lunch Ideas? Doc Digs In To The Delicious Dishes At The Pub In Milan

June 5th, 2021
Looking For Lunch Ideas? Doc Digs In To The Delicious Dishes At The Pub In Milan

QuadCities.com is happy to welcome Doc Kaalberg to our team! Doc will be providing food and restaurant reviews in his witty and fun style, and we hope you enjoy his writing as much as we do! The Pub in Milan is to family reunions, what the cool Aunt is for family reunions. Let me explain… Yesterday, I had the pleasure of sitting down to a lunch at The Pub. A medium size bar that should be serving greasy wings and warm beer, has transformed itself into a lunch and dinner time staple for those of you seeking out the hidden gems. Cold tap beer flows and offers local favorites. In fact that’s... Read More

REVIEW: Playcrafters’ Hard-Hitting ‘Princeton’s Rage’ Is Flawed, But Definitely Worth Seeing

June 5th, 2021
REVIEW: Playcrafters' Hard-Hitting 'Princeton's Rage' Is Flawed, But Definitely Worth Seeing

If you’ve ever met Don Faust you’d know he’s one of the nicest, funniest and most positive blokes on this planet. So it comes with some shock and awe that this not-quite-but-sort-of-autobiographical play dives into a not-so-cheery part of his life that under some circumstances would disavow a gleeful demeanor. Leave it to Faust to rise way, way above a troubled and rather tortured past to treat others the exact opposite. I think that’s why the play hit me the way it did. It was personal. On a few levels. I have known Don for … who knows … maybe close to 20 years now and though... Read More

REVIEW: “Beehive” A Colorful, Exhilarating Triumph at Rock Island’s Circa ‘21

June 4th, 2021
REVIEW: “Beehive” A Colorful, Exhilarating Triumph at Rock Island’s Circa ‘21

While I had been inside Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse a few times over the past year (for interviews and an audition), I had not been back before Wednesday to see an actual stage show since January 2020. Like a certain Dorothy once said, “There’s no place like home.” And even with what seems like the final phase of Covid restrictions (patrons seated every other table, no buffet, servers wearing masks), Circa still dependably seems like a comforting, familiar home away from home for me. In the capable hands of Bootlegger Kathryn Calhoun, I was simply overjoyed to be back for a tasty dinner... Read More

‘Two Distant Strangers’ Is A Masterpiece

May 20th, 2021
'Two Distant Strangers' Is A Masterpiece

Art is a powerful tool. It can make us laugh. It can make us cry. It can make us think. It can be used to fictionalize harsh real-life circumstances in order to enhance our acceptance and understanding of actual reality. That’s the power behind the Netflix short (and Oscar nominee and front runner) Two Distant Strangers. Sharply written by Travon Free and directed by Free and Martin Desmond Roe, this 32 minute masterpiece centers around Carter James (an nuanced and solid Joey Bada$$), a clean cut black dude reliving the same day of waking up next to his new fling (an absurdly authentic Zaria... Read More

REVIEW: Ballet Quad Cities Performs Triumphal, Colorful “Alice” to Close Crazy Season

April 29th, 2021
REVIEW: Ballet Quad Cities Performs Triumphal, Colorful “Alice” to Close Crazy Season

REVIEW: “Alice in Wonderland” was long a seriously screwy story before Tim Burton and Johnny Depp got involved. Based on the 1865 Lewis Carroll fever dream (that’s literally a dream), the loopy classic “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is about a young girl who falls through a rabbit hole into a wild, nonsensical fantasy world populated by strange anthropomorphic creatures. For the second time in four years, Ballet Quad Cities artistic director Courtney Lyon has taken on the whimsical challenge of choreographing the beloved story, with ravishing music by the great 19th-century master... Read More

“New Beginnings” Online Cabaret Reveals Hope, Joy, “A Million Dreams”

April 12th, 2021
“New Beginnings” Online Cabaret Reveals Hope, Joy, “A Million Dreams”

When your dreams disappear, sometimes you’ve got to create your own. That seems to be the inspiring, organizing principle behind Mockingbird on Main, a planned theater/cabaret space taking shape at 320 Main St., Davenport. “New Beginnings” – a tantalizing teaser online cabaret – was released this past weekend to give us a glimpse behind that dream, led by Quad-Cities actor Tristan Tapscott and his girlfriend, Savannah Bay Strandin. Fittingly, they close out the wonderfully entertaining 76-minte video by singing “A Million Dreams” (from “The Greatest Showman”) and sharing scenes... Read More