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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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Play in verse ‘There Is A Happiness That Morning Is’ masterfully presented

The day after Bernard (Matthew James) and Ellen (Angie Toomsen) are caught making passionate love on the college green, they are informed they must apologize publicly for their display or face termination. The play opens when Bernard takes the stage, lecturing on the ecstasy that is Blake’s poem “Infant Joy” from Songs of Innocence; Ellen’s final class centers on “The Sick Rose” from Songs of Experience. Both characters spend the bulk of the the play connecting the poems to their lives and their 20-year long relationship. […]

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‘The Wood Problem’ explores the tension between Grant Wood and the University of Iowa

On Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m., a portion of The Wood Problem will be presented as a staged reading at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. The reading will be followed by a panel discussion with Bradley, Grant Wood Art Colony Founder Jim Hayes and University of Iowa Art History Professor Joni Kinsey. The event is free. […]

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CSPS Legion Arts-commissioned ‘Pang!’ premieres in Cedar Rapids, exploring poverty on stage

Pang! CSPS Hall — Friday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 21 at 4 and 8 p.m. Pang!, a production made up of three live radio plays about families struggling with hunger, will have its world premiere performances this weekend at CSPS Hall in the New Bohemia district of Cedar Rapids. Legion Arts, […]

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SPT New Play Incubator Series captures honest emotion via beautiful language in ‘Conjure’

At the beginning and end of ‘Conjure,’ written by area poet and playwright Jennifer Rouse, the all-female cast joins hands and forms a circle, their faces turned inward toward one another. It’s a ceremonial act, and it signals and exemplifies the palpable bond linking these performers/characters. It also exemplifies the challenges the work poses to the audience. […]

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‘Men of Tortuga’ argue action and ethics in Foundry’s taut, fraught inaugural production

Two impressive pillars in the Shores Event Center frame the playing area for ‘Men of Tortuga,’ the first production of the Foundry Forge, part of a new arts endeavor headed by Jason Alberty. The production itself is supported by two impressive pillars, as well — a strong script by Jason Wells and sharp performances by the cast of five under Alberty’s direction. […]

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