Rachel Korach Howell’s TOP FIVE

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Our Final TOP FIVE (for now) comes to us from Rachel Howell, an excellent actress who has been creating memorable characters for many years now. After you check out her TOP FIVE, you might want to get tickets to a show she directed for Fourth Room Theatre – Private Lives! Perhaps it’ll show up on a revised version of Rachel’s TOP FIVE in a few years… For now, enjoy our FINAL TOP FIVE! (‘Til next time…)

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Marty Norton’s TOP FIVE

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This is our penultimate TOP FIVE. Tomorrow we’ll post our final one (for now anyway). Today’s TOP FIVE comes from veteran TCR performer, Marty Norton. It’s a great read and perhaps the most eye opening part is her description of director Jason Alberty’s method for Midsummer. Check it out!

How in the world to choose a Top Five? By character? By shows? I’ve been very fortunate to play in 50 some. By director? I’ve worked with Richard Barker, Jason Alberty, Leslie Charipar, Jim Kern, and Angie Toomsen, to name five. Oh, this be hard. I finally decided that it has to come down to the whole experience…so here goes, my Top Five. Continue reading

Monica Leo’s TOP FIVE

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Today’s TOP FIVE is all about puppets! Monica Leo, founder of Eulenspiegel Puppets has been creating shows since the 1970s. If you’ve never been to the Owl Glass Puppetry Center in West Liberty, you need to do so. And in case you think puppets are just for kids, let me assure you that there are shows aimed at us older folks, too. For instance, you could check out their annual Puppets and Pastries: Dessert Theatre for Adults. But for now, read Monica Leo’s TOP FIVE!

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Braden JP Rood’s TOP FIVE

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Today’s TOP FIVE comes to us from Braden JP Rood who takes us to a beautiful little town called Mount Vernon. I’ve been a fan of Mount Vernon for years, ever since a few of us drove there to create the Black Doggers playwriting group in the home of Joe Jennison back in 2006. (Joe had a black dog that we weren’t allowed to touch.) It’s home to Cornell College, the annual Chalk the Walk festival, and, of course, the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre. If you find yourself wondering what to do sometimes, I’d say check out Mount Vernon. It’s a great place to be. And now Braden’s TOP FIVE!

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David Morton’s TOP FIVE

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Today’s TOP FIVE comes to us from David Morton, an actor who is mostly known in the Cedar Rapids area though he has ventured to Iowa City on occasion. His list includes an original show, a classic family story, a play about an theatre icon, one of the most talked about shows in recent years, and, perhaps most importantly, a play that was a response to natural disaster, demonstrating again the positive impact theatre can have on our collective recovery from such tragedies. I am sure you will enjoy David’s TOP FIVE!

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Rip Russell’s TOP FIVE

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Today’s TOP FIVE comes to us from Rip Russell, who has probably appeared on every stage in the Corridor. In fact, his TOP FIVE includes shows from five different theaters! And the shows go from 1983 up to just a few months ago. As impressive as his theatre resume is, anyone that know Rip knows it’s his character that truly stands out. He is a giving person, supportive and thoughtful, always with a smile and a kind word. If you haven’t had the chance to work with Rip on a show (and I’m probably talking to a small group of people based on the 80+ shows he’s done), I’d strongly encourage you to do so. In the meantime, enjoy Rip’s TOP FIVE!

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Jackie Allen’s TOP FIVE

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I’ve loved reading every one of these TOP FIVE articles, but something was missing. I realized that I didn’t have any techies yet! You know, the people who do the light design, the sound design, and the costume design. Fortunately, Jackie Allen agreed to write one for me, and while she’s also an actress, her insight into costume creation was especially fun to read. I am sure you’ll enjoy Jackie’s TOP FIVE.

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