‘Is There Life After High School’ features lovely performances but faces challenges

Presented by Iowa City Community Theatre, Is There Life After High School? is a musical of carefully woven monologues told from the perspective of adults that both loved and hated high school. This production marks the second time that ICCT has brought the show to the stage. The first was in 1995 as a contest production — Jeff Mead, who was in the band of the 1995 production, returns as director, actor and musical director. […]

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Expect the unexpected at ICCT’s ‘Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge’

If you’re tired of Christmas cliches and traditional holiday theater fare, you will want see Iowa City Community Theatre’s production of Christopher Durang’s ‘Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge.’ […]

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Updated: ICCT brings ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ to the Johnson County Fairgrounds stage

“Our production is laced with the knowledge that we all have the ability to out-of-sight-out-of-mind the woes of the world,” director Rachel Howell said in an email. “We’ve tried to keep it all front and center, because we know that pretending that it doesn’t exist, or that it’s not affecting us so it’s not a concern, is toxic and keeping anyone from knowing the truth, or being unwilling to see and know the truth ourselves, can have frightening repercussions.” […]

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ICCT’s ‘Dracula’ continues into its second weekend

Iowa City Community Theatre Presents: Dracula Johnson County Fairgrounds — through Oct. 30 Perhaps the quintessential story in the horror canon, Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula has gotten countless treatments from a wide variety of sources over the past 119 years. Everything from cereal and Sesame Street to faithful films and spin-off comic books have […]

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Raise a cheer for ICCT’s ‘You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown’

ICCT's 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown Johnson County Fairgrounds — through Sept. 18 In one of my favorite television shows, a seasoned director is waxing poetic about doing Hamlet when he says, “My reason may very well be hanging by a thread. Well, my friends, it is my belief that the best things happen just […]

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Impassioned actors carry campy ‘Psycho Beach Party’

Psycho Beach Party Johnson County Fairgrounds — Through Nov. 1 In his program notes for Psycho Beach Party, director Louis Edward Doerge says of the show that, “at its core, it’s a love letter to film.” That homage is evident from the start, and many elements of the production highlight and emphasize those aspects of […]

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IC Community Theatre’s production of ‘Damn Yankees’ proves ‘All you really need is heart’

Damn Yankees Johnson County Fairground — through Sunday, Sep. 27 On Friday, Sep. 18 Iowa City Community Theatre opened its 60th season with its production of the musical Damn Yankees, directed by Katie Boothroyd. With music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, and book by George Abbot and Douglas Wallop, this 1955 classic […]

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The Stage: On the hunt for humor

Camo, the musical

If you have always wanted to see a hunting-themed musical, but don’t want to give up a small fortune (and your self-respect) to see the proposed Duck Dynasty musical in Las Vegas, then this is your shot. Combined Efforts Theatre (CET) and Iowa City Community Theatre (ICCT) are collaborating on an original musical by CET […]

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The Stage: Man of la Mancha opens this Friday

In their production of Man of La Mancha, the Iowa City Community Theatre will turn the Johnson County Fairgrounds into 16th-century Spain for this musical adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote. Since it first appeared on Broadway in 1965, this tale of a knightly dreamer has captured the hearts of the world. It originally ran for 2,328 performances, has had four Broadw […]

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The Stage: Dazzling debuts this month in theatre

The Whipping Man

The holidays are over, school is back in session and local theatres have seemingly decided to declare Jan. 24 as “Play Premiere Day.” Boot up your Google Calendars to make room in your schedule for these productions. The Whipping Man Dreamwell Theatre It’s April 1865. A Jewish Confederate soldier returns home after the end of […]

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