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The Stage: The month in theatre

Legally Blonde

For fans of the 2001 comedy Legally Blonde that can’t be satisfied by merely watching it on cable practically every day, the only remedy is to “bend and snap” their way to see Theatre Cedar Rapids’ production of Legally Blonde: The Musical. This live version incorporates songs into the story of how sorority girl Elle Woods tries to win back her ex-boyfriend by attending Harvard Law School. Along the way she finds a purpose in life, makes new friends and proves that an encyclopedic knowledge of hair care products might come in handy someday. The show runs March 1-23. Tickets are available online at theatrecr.org. Just sit back, relax and try not to think about how Elle from the original movie is almost ready to celebrate her 10-year law school reunion.
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A Standing Ovation for American Dad

As a theatre critic, I am not in the habit of reviewing TV shows, although I love television to the point where I consider it a hobby. In particular, my favorite shows are animated sitcoms because of the way they can use the medium to create anything in the human imagination. American Dad, in particular, is […]

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Working Group Theatre Responds to Newtown Shooting Through Performance – This Thursday at Uptown Bill’s

In response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, Working Group Theatre will perform tomorrow, December 20, at 7:30pm at Uptown Bill’s (30 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City).  The play, “A Short Play to Start a Longer Conversation,” will consist of performers reading passages from “found sources”—blogs posts, articles, and comments that have circulated in […]

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The Stage: Theatre Cedar Rapids’ Underground New Play Festival

One of my best friends used to work at a state-run hospital for convicts who required intense psychiatric care. She once observed, “Hearing a guy say ‘Jesus told me to kill my wife’ is enough to turn anybody off of religion.” When I learned that Tom Deiker, a playwright featured in Theatre Cedar Rapids’ (TCR) […]

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The Stage: All in A Day’s Work

From Broadway to Boise, all new plays face the same obstacles. The writer agonizes over when the play is finally complete. The director struggles to combine the writer’s intent with their own artistic vision. The actors breathe life into characters that have only been words on the page. In the Fifth Annual All-In-A-Day Play Festival, […]

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