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Giving Tree’s new owners kick off their first season with ‘The Mousetrap’

his past April, Jamie and Andrea Henley were talking about opening a small family business. Three months later, they became the new owners of Giving Tree Theatre in Marion. A month after [, they opened their first show, The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie. […]

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‘Iowa doesn’t suck’: Kae Apothecary and the magical Mount Vernon

One of Mount Vernon’s most distinctive small businesses trades in herbs, magic and meditation. Kae Apothecary began with Andrea Gorsh, who moved to the Mount Vernon area in 2009 — the same year she was diagnosed with celiac disease. Because of the trouble she had finding gluten-free, natural and non-irritating skin products, she […]

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‘Apples in Winter’ an intimate, artful, must-see show

Apples in Winter, by Jennifer Fawcett, opened this weekend at Old Creamery Theatre. This is a show that everyone needs to see. The one-woman show is poignantly enacted by Marquetta Senters. From silent entrance to screaming ending, Senters brings an astounding range of emotions to life during the 90-minute show. […]

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Book Review: ‘Look, Black Boy’ by Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey

With his first self-published chapbook, Look, Black Boy, Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey confronts and challenges his readers while communicating with them on a variety of levels. The central theme of this short collection is how it feels to be a young black man in 2019 in the Midwest. […]

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Reconsidering evil and salvation: TCR’s ‘Hunchback’ offers engrossing storytelling, exceptional vocals

The Hunchback of Notre Dame — directed by Angie Toomsen, assisted by Lisa Kelly and with musical direction by Janelle Lauer — opened Friday at Theatre Cedar Rapids (it runs through May 26; tickets are $25-52). With rich vocals from the first notes, a story of outcasts, sin and love was woven beautifully on stage. […]

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Love is in the air: ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ delightful seasonal fare

‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ is part of Old Creamery’s VIP (Very Intimate Performance) series which has shrunk the theater; the audience finds themselves on what is normally the stage.There is no fourth wall from the start of the play. This is an intimate show where the actors perform without amplification and interact with the audience. […]

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‘Vagina Monologues’ performances to benefit L.U.N.A., Tanager Place and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

Last year, community activist Erin Owen, a couple dozen of her friends and some their friends staged ‘The Vagina Monologues’ by Eve Ensler as a fundraiser. Now, in its second year, event producer Owen is back with some old and new friends to stage this show again. […]

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‘The Full Monty’ brings a red-hot night to Theatre Cedar Rapids

If you are looking for something to warm up these cold, cold days of mid-winter, look no further than Theater Cedar Rapids’ production of ‘The Full Monty.’ Directed by Cavan Hallman with costuming by Noel VanDenBosch, this production heats up the stage and the audience as it takes us from working class blues to one red hot night. […]

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Expect the unexpected at ICCT’s ‘Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge’

If you’re tired of Christmas cliches and traditional holiday theater fare, you will want see Iowa City Community Theatre’s production of Christopher Durang’s ‘Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge.’ […]

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