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Five questions with: Brandon A. Wright, Harpo in ‘The Color Purple’

Brandon A. Wright on ‘The Color Purple’: There really is a piece of take-away for every single person and it may not be in the big or popular moments. That’s the beauty of it: If you come with an open heart and mind, you will find your moment, and it will feel as fulfilling as it’s supposed to.” […]

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Five questions with: Dolores Sparkles, burlesque comedian

Dolores Sparkles debuted her solo show in New York City and has played in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. You can laugh with and relate to her this Saturday, Jan. 18, at The Mill. Several years before being “born” onto the “Wall of Babes” at Studio Vitality dance school in Cedar Rapids, the nouveau-vaudevillian was a New Jersey medievalist who […]

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‘Almost, Maine’ a welcome reprieve from the frenzy of the season

Iowa City Community Theater opened Almost, Maine (John Cariani, 2004) Friday night. The minimalist sets (Jeffrey Allen Mead), lighting that mimicked the Northern Lights (Mike Jesse) and a series of eleven heart-touching scenes beautifully directed by Nate J. Sullivan all came together to provide a delightful evening for everyone. […]

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‘If a tree falls…’ invites audiences into a deep collaboration

One of the University of Iowa’s annual traditions gathers students from the various schools and departments devoted to the performing arts (Dance, Music, Art and Art History, Theatre Arts) and invites them to collaborate. […]

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James Tutson and the Rollback drummer Tyler Carrington offers insight into new album ‘Make You Free’

James Tutson and the Rollback will perform an album release show on Friday, Nov. 15, at 9 p.m. at Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City. There is no cover.
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ICCT’s ‘Evil Dead: The Musical’ is one hell of a bizarre, wonderful show

Iowa City Community Theatre’s production of George Reinblatt’s Evil Dead: The Musical is both bizarre and wonderful — in spades. After seeing it Friday night, I went home and watched all three original movies: Evil Dead, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness. After this surprisingly swift marathon I have come to the undeniable conclusion […]

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‘Feast.’ at Riverside is Megan Gogerty at her most visceral and compelling

Somewhere, I read a likening of Feast. to Game of Thrones — which I thought sounded ridiculous. How could a one-woman, live stage show approximate the visual awe of flying dragons, the vast expanse of bloody battle scenes, the echo of hallowed throne rooms? But as usual, I turned out to be the unimaginative fool. You see, I was envisioning
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Five questions with: Director Anne Bogart

Director Anne Bogart has influenced decades of actors and directors as one of the most formidable minds in American theater. She trained at Bard College and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Bogart currently serves as one of three co-artistic directors of SITI Company, which she founded in 1992 with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki. SITI Company is currently […]

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Run away with the troupe of ICCT’s ‘Pippin’

The success of ‘Pippin,’ the first show of ICCT’s 64th season, is greatly due to director Josh Sazon and choreographer Taylor Gomez. They, with musical director Wes Habley, guide us through Pippin’s “Everyman” journey through life, searching for happiness and something more: purpose. […]

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