Dreamwell Theatre president Matt Falduto described the theme of their 2013-2014 season as “In Defense of Guilt.” Kicking things off is Stephen Adly Guirgis’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, featuring direction by Matthew Brewbaker and a large cast. The play is set in Purgatory, where a trial is held to determine the fate of Judas, the man who ultimately betrays Jesus in the New Testament. […]
In an episode of the beloved Canadian dramedy Slings & Arrows, about a prestigious theatre festival, business manager Richard approaches interim artistic director Geoffrey about selecting plays for next year’s season. Geoffrey pulls out a pen and scrap of paper. “Electra. Pericles. Mother Courage. Don Carlos.” He barely pauses to breathe. “Tempest. Murder in the Cathedral … One, two, three, four, five, six,” Geoffrey counts. “What else? How about, oh, Troilus and Cressida? You haven’t done that in a long time.” Thus, in less than a minute, Geoffrey creates a season with the perfect mix of Shakespeare and other classics. But after this encounter, the business-minded Richard ditches Geoffrey’s more sophisticated list in favor of a season with three musicals. […]
In the planning stages for Riverside Theatre in the Park, which began on June 14 and runs through July 7, the production team had to devise a way to make the classic plays of Shakespeare’s Hamlet (1599) and Richard Sheridan’s The School for Scandal (1777) vibrant for contemporary audiences and also different from other recent versions. […]
Riverside Theatre Hamlet The School for Scandal Riverside Theatre has been Iowa City’s source for outdoor theatre entertainment since 2000, the inaugural summer of their Shakespeare Festival. With the recent name change to Riverside Theatre in the Park to reflect “a greater variety of summer programming,” theatre patrons can see more than just Shakespeare at […]
Though the University of Iowa presents excellent theatre throughout the school year, its reputation in playwriting comes to full flower in the University’s annual New Play Festival. During the last week of spring semester classes, the department stages five full productions of plays by MFA playwriting students, daily readings of scripts by MFA and undergraduate students and roundtable discussions of the works presented. […]
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.
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 […]
Riverside Theatre is now featuring William Missouri Downs’s play The Exit Interview (directed by Ron Clark), showing Jan. 25-Feb. 17 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The play is about a professor who’s just lost his job, a sanctimonious university administrator and the colorful cast of characters who interrupt their interview. Recently, playwright Bill Downs […]