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Re: “Not enough water -- or soap -- flows under Marion Bridge

I went opening night and really enjoyed it

Posted by John on 09/02/2010 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Not enough water -- or soap -- flows under Marion Bridge

Fantastic review. I especially loved "nipple-piercing the church organist..." Can't wait to read more of your theater pieces.

Posted by Jenny McPhee on 09/02/2010 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Not enough water -- or soap -- flows under Marion Bridge

I went opening night and really enjoyed it

Posted by John on 09/02/2010 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Not enough water -- or soap -- flows under Marion Bridge

a fair review. although you didn't like the play, the fact that you single out the excellent actresses still makes me wanna go!

Posted by Ed on 09/01/2010 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Not enough water -- or soap -- flows under Marion Bridge

a fair review. although you didn't like the play, the fact that you single out the excellent actresses still makes me wanna go!

Posted by Ed on 09/01/2010 at 12:06 PM

Re: “This year’s Fringe Festival tried too hard to be important

This could be a SIC review!!! I was searching for info on the Fringe Fest and fell on this.

Posted by Searching around on 07/28/2010 at 11:15 PM

Re: “This year’s Fringe Festival tried too hard to be important

This could be a SIC review!!! I was searching for info on the Fringe Fest and fell on this.

Posted by Searching around on 07/28/2010 at 8:15 PM

Re: “The cure for Bee-ing: Pain

Thom Pain was stunning. Just a brilliantly acted, smartly written play.

Posted by jjskck on 07/15/2010 at 12:04 PM

Re: “The cure for Bee-ing: Pain

Thom Pain was stunning. Just a brilliantly acted, smartly written play.

Posted by jjskck on 07/15/2010 at 9:04 AM

Re: “The cure for Bee-ing: Pain

Steven, all the information I have lists the opening as July 9th. I attended on Sunday the 11th with the full cooperation of the Heartland's excellent p.r. director.

That said, I regret that much of what I wrote did not make it onto the page due to space reasons in the print edition. (My column is well over 100 words shorter than usual this week.) Here's what got cut:

"So, here is as well-calibrated a musical comedy as Broadway has built in years. What a relief to see the craftspeople at The American Heartland Theatre turned loose on a show up to their talents. The gymnasium floor of Paul Hough and Shawn Rouse's set is amusingly scuffed; Anthony Edwards' piano (accompanied by percussionist Tod Barnard) is more full and clear than most larger ensembles; and director Steven Eubank's staging and pacing are ace. The show clips along but never rushes, and we're invited to linger with the performers in the big moments.
Eubank also handles choreography, to mostly good effect, although the dances usually seem to be making fun of the idea of dances. As in the songs, by William Finn, this is fun but just barely fresh. The numbers are best in the rare moments when they shake free of the parodic mode and instead offer something more human."

Posted by Alan Scherstuhl on 07/14/2010 at 1:48 PM

Re: “The cure for Bee-ing: Pain

Another great review. We'll miss you Alan!

Posted by chad on 07/14/2010 at 11:38 AM

Re: “The cure for Bee-ing: Pain

Steven, all the information I have lists the opening as July 9th. I attended on Sunday the 11th with the full cooperation of the Heartland's excellent p.r. director. That said, I regret that much of what I wrote did not make it onto the page due to space reasons in the print edition. (My column is well over 100 words shorter than usual this week.) Here's what got cut: "So, here is as well-calibrated a musical comedy as Broadway has built in years. What a relief to see the craftspeople at The American Heartland Theatre turned loose on a show up to their talents. The gymnasium floor of Paul Hough and Shawn Rouse's set is amusingly scuffed; Anthony Edwards' piano (accompanied by percussionist Tod Barnard) is more full and clear than most larger ensembles; and director Steven Eubank's staging and pacing are ace. The show clips along but never rushes, and we're invited to linger with the performers in the big moments. Eubank also handles choreography, to mostly good effect, although the dances usually seem to be making fun of the idea of dances. As in the songs, by William Finn, this is fun but just barely fresh. The numbers are best in the rare moments when they shake free of the parodic mode and instead offer something more human."

Posted by Alan Scherstuhl on 07/14/2010 at 10:48 AM

Re: “The cure for Bee-ing: Pain

Another great review. We'll miss you Alan!

Posted by chad on 07/14/2010 at 8:38 AM

Re: “The cure for Bee-ing: Pain

Alan, how did you sneak in before we officially openend?!?

-Steven

Posted by Steven Eubank on 07/14/2010 at 5:07 AM

Re: “The cure for Bee-ing: Pain

Alan, how did you sneak in before we officially openend?!? -Steven

Posted by Steven Eubank on 07/14/2010 at 2:07 AM
Posted by assy on 06/24/2010 at 2:45 PM
Posted by assy on 06/24/2010 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Eating Raoul is way past its expiration date

I just want to thank you Pitch editors for being brave enough to actually criticize a show. Let me explain: This is something that really grinds my gears. I go to live performances (plays, musicals) about twice a year. Quite frankly, a few of them stink. But at the end of the show the audience, when the actors come out for their final bows, always seems compelled to give them a standing ovation. What? Am I the only one who can see a crappy show? If I had my way I'd walk out and not clap at all but I don't want to look like a jerk. I don't know, maybe it's the fact your seeing the performers eye to eye? Maybe its the fact theatergoers see themselves as an elite clique and don't want to make waves? But, if we are not honest on our feelings about a shows quality, how will the performers learn? And that goes to the papers. Whether it's the Star or Pitch it seems they are reluctant to call a piece of crap play what it really is. Where are the stars ratings for plays like they have for movies? Where are the columns telling people to not waste their money or time?

Posted by PrairieVoice on 06/20/2010 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Eating Raoul is way past its expiration date

I just want to thank you Pitch editors for being brave enough to actually criticize a show. Let me explain: This is something that really grinds my gears. I go to live performances (plays, musicals) about twice a year. Quite frankly, a few of them stink. But at the end of the show the audience, when the actors come out for their final bows, always seems compelled to give them a standing ovation. What? Am I the only one who can see a crappy show? If I had my way I'd walk out and not clap at all but I don't want to look like a jerk. I don't know, maybe it's the fact your seeing the performers eye to eye? Maybe its the fact theatergoers see themselves as an elite clique and don't want to make waves? But, if we are not honest on our feelings about a shows quality, how will the performers learn? And that goes to the papers. Whether it's the Star or Pitch it seems they are reluctant to call a piece of crap play what it really is. Where are the stars ratings for plays like they have for movies? Where are the columns telling people to not waste their money or time?

Posted by PrairieVoice on 06/20/2010 at 5:09 AM

Re: “Improv flourishes in the Crossroads -- and far from it

Comedy City and Improv-Abilities. You said thier shows are familiar but funny. And you didn't call thier audiences unsavvy. I'm proud of you, Alan. You're learning. Proverbs 27:17.

Posted by Nick Rigoli on 06/16/2010 at 7:59 PM

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