Author Archive for Mike Cuthbert

Mike at the Movies

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG-13) **** Pity poor Captain America. Turned into the Captain at the end of World War II, the poor guy is in many ways psychologically stuck in the 1940s though he looks modern. Can you…

Good Second Half

Photo | Phil Fabrizio

Conrad Birdie (Slava Yun), Sweet Apple adults, boys and teens sing “Honestly Sincere” in the Quince Orchard High School production of “Bye Bye Birdie.”

The arts and athletics have a great deal in common. It takes a lot of time and effort to mount a successful team and for leaders to emerge. Games and performances develop rhythms of their own, and a strong effort…

Mike at the Movies

The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) **** This is one weird, funny, audacious and wonderful piece of filmmaking. It is not to be watched while fatigued or in an inattentive manner: You’ll lose track. Briefly, the story is the history of…

Play Ball!

Opening Day for the Cougars was supposed to be at Whitman, but the Vikings’ field was a quagmire and the two teams faced off at Quince Orchard to start the baseball season. Jason Gasaway, the Cougars’ longtime coach, was encouraged.…

QO Theatre Rocks ‘Bye Bye Birdie’

Photo | Alex Liebensfeld

The QO cast of “Bye Bye Birdie” sings about appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” In the foreground are the “MacAfee Family,” (left to right) Annarose Kennedy, Grant Hayes, Tess Ericson and Drew Reuschlein. Chorus members in the background are (far left) Cio Defngin and (far right) Will Ericson and Olivia Pritchard.

It’s 1958 in Sweet Apple, Ohio, and that’s the first challenge in producing “Bye Bye Birdie” with today’s teenage performers. “The relevancy to today was something I talked with the students about last fall when we selected it to do,”…

‘G’ Misses First Show Since 1992

Photo | Paul Buehler

Karen Garner, known to thousands of students and parents as “G,” sits out her first Quince Orchard theatrical production since 1992.

The opening of “Bye Bye Birdie” this month will be historic. It will mark the first Quince Orchard High School show since 1992 to be staged without Karen Garner as its technical director. Known to thousands of students and parents…

Mike at the Movies

Pompeii (PG-13) ** This is a movie, not a documentary. It is a movie we’ve all seen before. It involves a slave who is a gladiator, small but effective, a black slave who is the noblest character in the cast,…

Mike at the Movies

The Monuments Men (PG-13) **** George Clooney gambled on his audience and their patience in this odd war film. Many critics find it too episodic and slight for true praise, and episodic it is. Perhaps Clooney, who wrote and directed…