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Moving, not mawkish: Iconic Iowa tale ‘Bridges of Madison County’ comes to Eastern Iowa

This weekend, the musical version of The Bridges of Madison County makes its Eastern Iowa premiere at Revival Theatre Company at Coe College, Dows Theatre in Cedar Rapids. It runs through June 3; tickets are $20-40. […]

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SPT Theatre celebrates 10 years of Tales from the Writers’ Room

The 10th season of Tales from the Writers’ Room kicks off, as it were, with 1st and 10, this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23, at CSPS Hall. Performances, featuring sketch comedy, music and more, start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. […]

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‘Reasons for Living’: Leslie Charipar hitting the road in search of inspiration

By any measure, Leslie Charipar has lived through a couple of lousy years. “Lived through” is no mere turn of phrase. Charipar has been in the grips of not one, not two, but three cancers — breast, lung and thyroid — not to mention blood clots in her brain. At the moment, she’s on the […]

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Lindwall, Stewart take flight as Peter and Wendy in Theatre Cedar Rapids’ Peter Pan

The fairy dust does its job in the Theatre Cedar Rapids production of the musical version of ‘Peter Pan.’ Under the direction of Leslie Charipar, with musical direction by Benjamin Lee Schmidt, and choreography by Alvon Reed, the cast takes flight for a fun-filled romp in Neverland. My soon-to-be 12-year-old daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the May 6 performance. […]

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Mourning the loss of a mentor and friend in theatre professor Steven Marc Weiss

The human brain is fickle. Our memories are unreliable. For instance, I can’t remember the first time I heard David Bowie’s Young Americans, or watched Gene Wilder in Blazing Saddles, and I certainly can’t remember the first time I read Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? These works of art had profound effects upon my life and these men became my heroes, my icons. I can’t remember when or why I first met steven marc weiss, but I can remember bonding with him over a shared love of playwrights and a mutual disdain for capital letters in emails (proper nouns be damned) — and our sons were nearly the same age despite the decades difference between the two of us. […]

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Theatre Cedar Rapids kicks off its 6th annual Underground New Play Festival

Underground New Play Festival Theatre Cedar Rapids — Opens Friday, Jan. 22 Continuing a six-year tradition, Theatre Cedar Rapids is inviting audiences “Underground” to see a selection of 14 original productions by over 70 volunteers both onstage and behind the scenes. The festival begins Jan. 22 and runs through Feb. 7; tickets are $13 each […]

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Janelle Lauer set to music direct her 20th show at Theatre Cedar Rapids

On February 26, Next to Normal opens at Theatre Cedar Rapids. It’s the sixth show of their 82nd season. It won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2010 and was nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2009 (it won three). Most exciting for local music fans, though, is the fact that it will be the […]

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Essay: On ‘The Nutcracker’ and ballet’s diversity problem

The Nutcracker The Englert Theatre ($16-$18) Fri., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 5, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 6, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Paramount Theatre ($87-$128) Sat., Dec. 5, 2:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 6, 2:30 p.m. The Nutcracker has a wild and complicated history. The original creepy tale by […]

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Saturday at CSPS Hall: One-man play tells the story of labor hero Joe Hill

Joe Hill’s Last Will CSPS Hall — Saturday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. On Nov 19, 1915, after a questionable trial over a trumped-up murder charge, labor activist and songwriter Joe Hill was executed by firing squad in Utah. Since his death, he has become a legend, memorialized in poetry, prose, song and the play […]

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