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Giving Tree takes audiences to ‘Almost, Maine’

In 2010, an off-Broadway flop surpassed the classic, whimsical — royalty-free — Shakespeare comedy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ as the most-performed show on U.S. high school stages. The play? John Cariani’s 2004 series of vignettes, ‘Almost, Maine.’ […]

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Giving Tree’s ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ finds success in both humorous and serious moments

Under the direction of Rachel Korach Howell, the cast of the Giving Tree Theater’s production of the play successfully balances the script’s humor — which often asks the characters to slide toward caricature — with its more serious concerns.
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‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ gives audiences the gift of laughter

Giving Tree Theater is offering audiences a gift: an evening of such silliness that one’s troubles can’t intrude while the stage lights are up. Under the direction of Joe Link, the cast of One Man, Two Guvnors delivers a rapid-fire collection of sight gags, linguistic trickery, recurring bits and general zaniness. […]

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Giving Tree’s ‘The Elephant Man’ offers nuanced performances that honor the playwright’s legacy

Bernard Pomerance, playwright of The Elephant Man, passed away on Aug. 26 at the age of 76. Less than a week later, the Giving Tree Theater production of the play — which won for the Tony for best play in 1979 — opened and offered proof that its author will long be remembered. […]

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Actors deftly handle the intimacy and emotion of ‘Constellations’

Bend time and space to fit Constellations at Giving Tree Theater into your schedule. Jo Jordan and Kyle Shedeck, under the direction of Richie Akers, bring authentic emotion to a complex script by Nick Payne that explores the intersection of love’s fragility and inevitability. […]

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Five for Five Seasons: Five women at the helm of area arts and culture organizations

Gail Naughton has announced she will retire in June 2018 from the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, an organization she has led since 2002. She is one of several female leaders who have been setting the course of some of the Cedar Rapids area’s most robust and innovative arts and culture organizations. Here are five of them. […]

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Giving Tree’s ‘Fun Home’ a celebration of the details of memories

Theater is amazing for so many reasons. You couldn’t count them on your fingers and toes, the fingers and toes of your neighbors and the fingers and toes of their neighbors, because it’s so very personal. And when theatre is done well, there might not seem enough digits in all the world to count the intricacies of the complex, unique and unforgettable reaction you’re left with. It is like this with Giving Tree Theater’s production of Fun Home, which opened Friday and runs through July 2. […]

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‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ reminds us all to smile

‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ Giving Tree Theater — through March 5 Giving Tree Theater in Marion opened Peter and the Starcatcher this past weekend. Such a small space can come alive when the magic of the stories told within it are encouraged in just the right way by their tellers. Everyone knows about the flying […]

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