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Intoxicating and otherworldly, TCR’s ‘St. Nicholas’ will linger with you after you leave

Like the protagonist in Conor McPherson’s St. Nicholas, I, too, am struggling to find the perfect words — in my case, to convey my unadulterated awe and affection for Theatre Cedar Rapids’ exquisitely haunting (and hilariously vulgar) production of the 1997 play. Listening to the drunken, Irish monologue is intoxicating in itself as Mathew James […]

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Riverside’s ‘Buyer and Cellar’ sets the stage for a fall of fantastic virtual performances

According to the first result that loads on Google (bless you, Wikipedia), a utopia “is an imagined community or society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens.” The hilariously absurd, one-man tale that unfolds in Riverside Theatre’s Buyer and Cellar is just that, a utopia. Starring the sensational Patrick DuLaney and […]

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Mirrorbox invites drive-ins for humorous, heartfelt, thought-provoking production ‘The Parking Lot’

Picture this: Several strangers gathered around in their cars, watching a married couple go through the pros and cons of a relationship on the verge of divorce. No, this isn’t your weekly trip to Walmart or your neighbor’s driveway — it’s the Mirrorbox Theatre production of The Parking Lot. A socially distanced, pandemic-proof theatrical drive-in […]

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‘Detroit’ lands close to home

When is the last time you spoke to a neighbor? For me, I think it was around three years ago, when someone from a unit a few doors down knocked on our door out of the blue and asked to borrow a potato masher. (I lent it to him. In return, along with his thanks, he gave me a recipe for mashed potatoes that I’ve never used.) […]

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Hancher and Joffrey Ballet announce collaboration for new ‘Nutcracker’ set in World’s Fair Chicago

In 1987, Robert Joffrey’s Chicago-based ballet company held the world premier of their production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at The University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium. At a press conference held Tuesday on stage at the nearly completed Hancher Auditorium — nearly eight years after the original facility was destroyed by historic floods — Hancher Executive […]

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Taylor Mac to perform at E.C. Mabie Theatre

Taylor Mac E.C. Mabie Theatre (200 N. Riverside Dr.) — Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Theater artist Taylor Mac — whose preferred pronoun is “judy” — has performed numerous works at famous theaters like the Sydney Opera House and New York City’s Lincoln Center. This Saturday, Dec. 5, Hancher will bring Mac to perform […]

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Osheroff’s ‘Shipwrecked!’ brings ‘brash and brave’ comedy to Riverside Theatre

SHIPWRECKED! An Entertainment Riverside Theatre — Through Sunday, Oct. 18 (times vary) The inaugural show of Riverside Theatre’s current season starts things off with warmth and wonder, in a production of Donald Margulies’ delightful 2007 play SHIPWRECKED! An Entertainment — The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself). Fans of the classic […]

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