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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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The Stage: Love and Dysfunction From Across the Globe

  Big Love March 29-April 14 University of Iowa Theatre Building, David Thayer Theatre  More than film, literature, painting or almost any medium, theatre is a living, breathing art form. We see the performers on stage, we share a space with them, connect directly to them and, through this connection, also connect to the very […]

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The Stage: Worthy Traditions

December in any town in the United States large enough to have a ballet school means one thing: the annual ritual of The Nutcracker. In the imagination of young dancers everywhere, it’s always the New York City Ballet under George Balanchine. When I was growing up in Iowa City, that meant the Joffrey Ballet at Hancher. […]

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The Stage: Telling

My father never made it to the war. Like many in his generation–he was born in 1923–he wanted badly to fight in World War II. Having learned there were only two standard eye charts used in induction exams, he memorized both, figuring he could read enough of the first row to figure out which one […]

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The Stage: The Month In Theatre

Megan Gogerty’s new solo show Feet First In The Water With A Baby In My Teeth runs Sept. 9 – Oct. 2 at Riverside Theatre Coralville Center for the Performing Arts Hairspray The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts celebrates its community spirit with homegrown acting company Circle City putting on the musical Hairspray. Once […]

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The Stage: Summer Takes a Bow

For reasons known only to God and the bureaucrats, school starts in Iowa City in August instead of waiting decently until after Labor Day. Despite the resumption of scholarly activity, however, August is very much the dog days in this town. The novelties of summer–the outdoor concerts and splashing in the fountain, the sudden increase […]

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Stages for All Ages

Summer in Iowa City may bring with it a decrease in the number of students but, like parking places downtown, the city’s many stages always manage to stay occupied. This season brings a selection of theatre from the silly to the sublime, focusing often on families–many, though not all of the productions listed here, are suitable for family groups. […]

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The Stage: Local Playwrights Debut

First things first: The winner of last month’s contest is Rachael Carlson, who not only came up with a reference to urine in Shakespeare but also came up with one that I did not even know, from Measure for Measure: “It is certain that when he makes water, his urine is congealed ice.” Congratulations to […]

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The Stage: Get in on the Act

Working Group Theatre Make it Better Iowa Sunday, April 17 at 4 p.m. Grand Ballroom, Hotel Vetro An earlier version of this story mistakenly stated there was a charge for this event. This was incorrect: the event is free and open to the public. The author regrets the error. In the 1990s, United Action for […]

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