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In a state of self-policing and hypervigilance, ‘The Niceties’ shows who actually holds the power: disenfranchised students

Not five minutes into The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess, running in the lush new home of Riverside Theatre, I laugh-snort at something Crystal Marie Stewart says — something I’ll continue to do all night. It is then that I write […]

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Riverside Theatre’s haunting production adds new ghosts to their adopted historical theater home

Eden Prairie, 1971 is not only Riverside Theatre’s first show in their newly renovated space on the Ped Mall, but — as a part of the National New Play Network’s Rolling World Premiere — Riverside is the first theater to […]

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Take a Crooked Path to Christmas with a ‘grown-up’ cabaret at the James

As the spirit of the holiday season settles onto our region, Chris Okiishi and Patrick DuLaney are revving the engine on their production company, Crooked Path Theatre, to explore and celebrate with an in-person holiday cabaret featuring a wild array […]

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Welcome back: Two CRANDIC theater companies return to the stage this weekend

It is late 1968 and Judy Garland is in London — in large part because her erratic behavior and performances have made it difficult for her to perform in the United States. She is preparing for a five-week run at […]

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Is there anything this cast can’t do? Riverside’s ‘The Comedy of Errors’ full of unsuppressed energy

Angie Toomsen, director of Riverside Theatre’s production of The Comedy of Errors, brilliantly brought together two things that theater historians might compare to orange juice and toothpaste: 1970s country and Shakespeare. Southern drawls mixed with Shakespearean monologues made the show […]

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‘[title of show]’ an optimistic debut redux for Willow Creek Theatre Company

Willow Creek Theatre Company kicked off its opening season in January 2020, and after just one production, Matt & Ben, they were forced to close their doors [insert groan]. But [title of show] marks a new beginning for WCTC, and […]

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Riverside Theatre restores something much missed to the community with ‘The Winter’s Tale’

Adam Knight’s smile was as bright as the sunny evening sky while we chatted for a few moments ahead of the opening night (July 15) performance of Riverside Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale on the Festival Stage in […]

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ICCT presents ‘Company,’ just in time for its 50th birthday

Update: On Friday, March 13, Iowa City Community Theatre decided to postpone performances indefinitely due to health concerns related to coronavirus. For as long as there has been theater, fictional lovers’ stories have culminated in either marriage or death. Love […]

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Riverside’s ‘Stages’ is 75 minutes of honest human experience

Riverside Theatre opened the Iowa premier of the one-man show Stages by David Lee Nelson on Feb. 28. Nelson’s show and performance are remarkable for several reasons. Co-created and directed with Riverside’s Producing Artistic Director, Stages is the chronicle of […]

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