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Brilliant and bold performances anchor ‘Much Ado’

Inspired by childhood memories of free Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theatre in Manhattan, Riverside Theatre’s artistic director Sean Christopher Lewis has created a free, accessible and giddy production of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic comedies, Much Ado About Nothing. […]

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Moving, not mawkish: Iconic Iowa tale ‘Bridges of Madison County’ comes to Eastern Iowa

This weekend, the musical version of The Bridges of Madison County makes its Eastern Iowa premiere at Revival Theatre Company at Coe College, Dows Theatre in Cedar Rapids. It runs through June 3; tickets are $20-40. […]

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‘Kinky Boots’ struts its stuff into Hancher, courtesy of the nimble Jos N. Banks

Based on a BBC documentary series that featured the true story of a struggling heir of a failing shoe-manufacturing company that rebooted itself by designing footwear for drag performers and the fetish market, Kinky Boots was adapted into a Broadway musical by a trifecta of talent, with multi-Tony winning Harvey Fierstein writing the book, lyrics by Grammy-winner Cyndi Lauper and Tony-nominated Jerry Mitchell as choreographer and director. […]

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Riverside’s ‘Bomb-itty of Errors’ filled with mayhem, magic and a lot of heart

Riverside Theatre’s second summer Shakespeare production is the hilarious and touching “ad-rap-tation” of ‘Comedy of Errors,’ entitled ‘The Bomb-itty of Errors.’ This comedic hip-hop musical, which runs through July 2, is not to be missed. […]

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Rap is the language we speak in Riverside Theatre’s ‘Bomb-itty of Errors’

The Bomb-itty of Errors, adapted by the Q Brothers, opens Friday evening June 23, the second summer production of Riverside Theatre in the Park. Director Postell Pringle explains that “this is a hip-hop musical, a clown show and mistaken identity romp of a comedy.”

It is also an “ad-rap-tation” of William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, which is itself an adaptation of the Roman playwright Plautus’ Menaechmi. The play is a comedy of mistaken identity — two sets of identical twin brothers with shared names are reintroduced to each other after two decades of separation. One set are settled members of their community of Ephesus, while the other are happy-go-lucky drifters from Syracuse. […]

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Victims of war: Riverside’s Theatre in the Park production of ‘Macbeth’

Riverside Theatre in the Park opens its new season with a sparse treatment of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Directed by artistic director Sean Christopher Lewis, Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy is further abridged to give more voice on and focus on the victims of historic and contemporary warfare. […]

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