Improvising pranksters head to Cedar Rapids

The Tenderloins - Impractical Jokers - Cedar Rapids

The truTV Impractical Jokers “Santiago Sent Us” tour US Cellular Center — Sunday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. Created by New York comedy troupe The Tenderloins — Joseph “Joe” Gatto, James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, and Salvatore “Sal” Vulcano — truTv’s popular comedy series Impractical Jokers is a hidden camera show with a twist. […]

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‘Bruno Littlemore’ shines a light on the words and wonder that define humanity

The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore at The Englert Theatre

The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore The Englert Theatre — Saturday, Apr. 30 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. It’s an amazing thing, language. As you read this, we’re separated by space and time — yet there’s an urge to bridge that gap by stringing together characters in a way that (hopefully) makes […]

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Autism acceptance through the lens of the arts includes an upcoming visual art show at the ARC of Southeast Iowa

Awesome Autism Awareness and Acceptance Art Project The Arc of Southeast Iowa — Saturday, Apr. 16 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. As an acting coach, I’m always encouraging children to own what makes them weird and different, because that’s what makes them interesting onstage. At the same time, I’m also counseling them to connect deeply with […]

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Riverside’s ‘ROAR!’ deftly directed and designed, with wonderful performances

Emily Winkleblack in Riverside Theatre's 'Roar!'

Roar! Riverside Theatre — through Mar. 13 Riverside’s annual monologue show, formerly Walking the Wire, has been repackaged as ROAR! this year. Along with the new name, director Sam Osheroff has made some tweaks to the show’s format. This allows Riverside to pack a lot of theatre into a small space, while keeping with the […]

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A new artistic director helps Combined Efforts Theatre ‘LEAP!’ into 2016

CET Men's Choir

LEAP! Coralville Center for the Performing Arts — Monday, Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Combined Efforts Theatre has a lot of exciting new things going for it: a new Artistic Director, new ensembles, new faces in their old ensembles and a new show, Leap!, this Leap Day to, well, “leap” into a brand new season. […]

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Riverside Theatre premieres ‘Line of Descent,’ a new play by William McCauley

'Line of Descent' at Riverside Theatre

Line of Descent Riverside Theatre — Opens Friday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Riverside Theater is no stranger to new works; as a core member of the National New Play Network, a partner with many local playwrights, and the producer of an annual festival of new monologues (formerly Walking the Wire, this year called Roar!), […]

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Theatre Cedar Rapids kicks off its 6th annual Underground New Play Festival

Joseph Anderson's 'Feeding' in the Theatre Cedar Rapids Underground New Play Festival

Underground New Play Festival Theatre Cedar Rapids — Opens Friday, Jan. 22 Continuing a six-year tradition, Theatre Cedar Rapids is inviting audiences “Underground” to see a selection of 14 original productions by over 70 volunteers both onstage and behind the scenes. The festival begins Jan. 22 and runs through Feb. 7; tickets are $13 each […]

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Local comics explore the darker side of sketch comedy in KNOCK IT OFF


Billed as a “scary laughing show,” KNOCK IT OFF is a new web series that mixes sketch comedy and horror tropes. The project is the brainchild of Alosha Robinson and Carter Davis, who write and direct the shows and appear in some of the skits. The camera work is by local artist Lev Cantoral. […]

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