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James Trainor

Posted by James Trainor | Oct 29, 2017

Riverside Theater opened its production of Circle Mirror Transformation last weekend, with Angie Toomsen directing. The piece takes place in an acting studio where a rather dysfunctional group of amateur...

Posted by James Trainor | Oct 6, 2017

On Oct. 11, the Iowa City Book Festival brings Trae Crowder to town (the Liberal Redneck of YouTube fame). Crowder, along with Corey Ryan Forrester and Dean Morgan, will be...

Posted by James Trainor | Sep 8, 2017

On Thursday, the Obermann Center kicked off a weekend of workshops regarding education in prisons with a screening of the documentary Shakespeare Behind Bars. The conference is entitled “The Role...

Posted by James Trainor | Mar 1, 2017

Megan Gogerty knows there’s power in comedy -- that what is dressed up as a bit of tomfoolery can in fact be quite conscious, insightful or even subversive. Of course,...

Posted by James Trainor | Sep 10, 2016

Black and Blue Riverside Theatre -- through Sept. 25 Alyssa Perry and Barrington Vaxter in Sean Christopher Lewis' 'Black and Blue' -- photo courtesy of Riverside Theatre The conversation about...

Posted by James Trainor | Sep 6, 2016

Play the Knave Game Installation University of Iowa Main Library -- Wednesday, Sept. 7 at noon Videogame Shakespeare: Collaboration and Creativity in Play the Knave University of Iowa 109 EPB...

First Folio
Posted by James Trainor | Aug 16, 2016

Pages of William Shakespeare's First Folio at the Bodlean Library, Oxford -- photo by Ben Sutherland via Flickr Creative Commons Shakespeare: You’ve probably heard of him. You most likely had...

Posted by James Trainor | Jul 6, 2016

Owner of Critical Hit Games Chance Kirchhof -- photo by Britt Fowler Critical Hit Games is an Iowa City gaming store founded with the mission of being a gaming store...

Riverside Theatre
Posted by James Trainor | Jun 29, 2016

Riverside Theatre has announced that its recently appointed artistic director, Sam Osheroff, is stepping down after a single season. Sean Lewis will take his place, serving as interim artistic director....

Fair Maid of the West at Riverside Theatre
Posted by James Trainor | Jun 25, 2016

Riverside Theatre presents: Fair Maid of the West Lower City Park Festival Stage -- through July 10 The cast of Riverside Theatre's production of 'Fair Maid of the West' --...

Pericles at Riverside Theatre
Posted by James Trainor | Jun 19, 2016

Riverside Theatre presents: Pericles, Prince of Tyre Lower City Park Festival Stage -- through July 7 The cast of Riverside Theatre's 'Pericles' -- photo by Bob Goodfellow School's been out...

The Tenderloins - Impractical Jokers - Cedar Rapids
Posted by James Trainor | Jun 9, 2016

The truTV Impractical Jokers "Santiago Sent Us" tour US Cellular Center -- Sunday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. The Tenderloins bring their truTV show 'Impractical Jokers' to the US Cellular...

The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore at The Englert Theatre
Posted by James Trainor | Apr 30, 2016

The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore The Englert Theatre -- Saturday, Apr. 30 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. Barrington Vaxter as Bruno -- still from the Englert...

Posted by James Trainor | Apr 14, 2016

Awesome Autism Awareness and Acceptance Art Project The Arc of Southeast Iowa -- Saturday, Apr. 16 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. "No Idea," by Lauren Pasbrig As an acting coach, I’m...