Pay attention: TCR’s ‘Assassins’ is timely and terrifying

Assassins Theatre Cedar Rapids — through March 4 It’s no secret that I’m not a Sondheim fan. And while Assassins pushes the boundaries of his typical style with more edge and rawness than one gets from a production of Company or Into the Woods, it utterly lacks the kind of cohesive story you get in […]

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TCR’s ‘Next Fall’ is hard and real, unique and touching

Next Fall Theatre Cedar Rapids — through Jan. 28 Next Fall, by Geoffrey Nauffts, which opened at Theatre Cedar Rapids on Jan. 13, is set in two worlds. In one, we travel the timeline of a relationship brimming with honesty and real love. And, in another, we are stuck in an uncomfortable hospital waiting room, […]

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Eastern Iowa sees an explosion of local theatre this weekend

CROT Brucemore South Pacific

Once upon a time, in a land much like ours, summer was a down time for the theatre community. You’d have an outdoor Shakespeare production, perhaps, but by and large, companies drew down the curtain for a few months, especially at community and amateur theatres. Those times are gone, and this weekend is a phenomenal […]

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See ‘Cock,’ support the community

RHCR Theatre presents: Dreamwell Theatre’s Cock Artisan’s Sanctuary — Friday and Saturday, June 10–11 at 7 p.m. This April, Dreamwell Theatre in Iowa City presented the final show of its 2015-16 season, a well-received production of Mike Bartlett’s 2009 Cock. The play is, essentially, a traditional drawing room comedy about the sort of people who […]

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Impeccable vocals and magical effects bring audiences ‘Under the Sea’ at ‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid’

Disney’s The Little Mermaid Theatre Cedar Rapids — through June 12 Theatre Cedar Rapids was absolutely buzzing when we arrived for their production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Families everywhere. A sea of lighted tiaras, wands and children in their dress-up Disney gear. When we sat down, there was a young woman in front of […]

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‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’ spins a colorful, whimsical darkness

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at Theatre Cedar Rapids

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Theatre Cedar Rapids — Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. A good existential crisis is like a good cry: You feel clean afterward, perhaps vindicated. You come back from the edge and can now say, “Oh, that’s over there.” It’s exhilarating, almost. You feel awake and […]

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To see or not to see, there is no question: A review of Theatre Cedar Rapids’ ‘Hamlet’

Hamlet at TCR

Hamlet Theatre Cedar Rapids — through Apr. 16 I fell in love with Hamlet at a very young age. The titular character of one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated tragedies was exactly the kind of goth-y antihero that I went for, and his bloodthirsty revenge fantasy was utterly relatable to me. The romance of Ophelia, so […]

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Just announced: Theatre Cedar Rapids’ 83rd season


New surprises, familiar traditions and beloved classics are all on the bill for Theatre Cedar Rapids, which announced its 2016-17 season tonight. For the second year in a row, they kick off their production year with a play in the Grandon Studio — this year, it’s The Flick, by Annie Baker, a comedy that won […]

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TCR pairs impeccable vocals with smart little quirks for ‘Next to Normal’

Tracie Hodina Van Pelt as Diana in 'Next to Normal'

Next to Normal Theatre Cedar Rapids — Friday, Mar. 11 and Saturday, Mar. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Next To Normal (book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey; music by Tom Kitt) centers around a family, broken by the lingering mental state of the mother figure, Diana. The husband can’t fix her, so stands supportive. The daughter […]

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