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Five for Five Seasons: Five women at the helm of area arts and culture organizations

Gail Naughton has announced she will retire in June 2018 from the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, an organization she has led since 2002. She is one of several female leaders who have been setting the course of some of the Cedar Rapids area’s most robust and innovative arts and culture organizations. Here are five of them. […]

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Giving Tree’s ‘Fun Home’ a celebration of the details of memories

Theater is amazing for so many reasons. You couldn’t count them on your fingers and toes, the fingers and toes of your neighbors and the fingers and toes of their neighbors, because it’s so very personal. And when theatre is done well, there might not seem enough digits in all the world to count the intricacies of the complex, unique and unforgettable reaction you’re left with. It is like this with Giving Tree Theater’s production of Fun Home, which opened Friday and runs through July 2. […]

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‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ reminds us all to smile

‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ Giving Tree Theater — through March 5 Giving Tree Theater in Marion opened Peter and the Starcatcher this past weekend. Such a small space can come alive when the magic of the stories told within it are encouraged in just the right way by their tellers. Everyone knows about the flying […]

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Go down the ‘Rabbit Hole’ with Giving Tree Theater

Rabbit Hole Giving Tree Theater — through Nov. 13 I hadn’t planned to write this review. I worried any critique I could level at this production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole would come across as base jealousy, since I auditioned and wasn’t cast. Then, last week, I was invited to attend preview night, and I […]

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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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Giving Tree hits its stride with ‘Harvey’

Harvey Giving Tree Theater — through Feb. 14 Giving Tree Theater has launched their official second season with the opening night performance of Harvey, written in 1944 by Mary Chase and directed by the Corridor’s own Demetrios Hadjis. Set in the 1940’s, Harvey tells the story of … wait for it … a six foot […]

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‘Wit’ kicks off the new year for Giving Tree Theater

Wit Giving Tree Theater — Jan. 1–10, 2016 at 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. Opening this Friday on New Year’s Day, Giving Tree Theater in Marion is producing Margaret Edson’s 1995 drama Wit (sometimes given as W;t), a transformative piece that will carry audiences into 2016. It follows the final story of […]

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‘Barefoot in the Park’ opens Friday at Giving Tree Theater

Barefoot cast

Giving Tree Theater, a new company in Marion, is putting on Barefoot in the Park as part of its innovative mission. The classic comedy about newlyweds in New York City was a notable high point in playwright Neil Simon’s career — Barefoot in the Park ran on Broadway for 1500 performances over the course of four years. […]

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