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Brilliant and bold performances anchor ‘Much Ado’

Inspired by childhood memories of free Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theatre in Manhattan, Riverside Theatre’s artistic director Sean Christopher Lewis has created a free, accessible and giddy production of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic comedies, Much Ado About Nothing. […]

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‘Kinky Boots’ struts its stuff into Hancher, courtesy of the nimble Jos N. Banks

Based on a BBC documentary series that featured the true story of a struggling heir of a failing shoe-manufacturing company that rebooted itself by designing footwear for drag performers and the fetish market, Kinky Boots was adapted into a Broadway musical by a trifecta of talent, with multi-Tony winning Harvey Fierstein writing the book, lyrics by Grammy-winner Cyndi Lauper and Tony-nominated Jerry Mitchell as choreographer and director. […]

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Missing ‘A View From the Bridge’ at Riverside Theatre will haunt you

A View From the Bridge Riverside Theatre — through Feb. 12 Every once in a great while I see a piece of theatre that reminds me why I wanted to be in theatre to begin with. The opening night performance of Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge at Riverside Theatre was just such a […]

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Riverside Theatre boldly embraces a divisive conversation with season opener ‘Black and Blue’

Black and Blue Riverside Theatre — through Sept. 25 The conversation about race and police brutality in our country has, in recent years, become about as divisive and vicious as such a thing can get. At public protests, on personal Facebook feeds, and in the comments sections on news articles, people continue to speak — […]

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Thank you Lord! ‘Book of Mormon’ tickets go on sale this week from Hancher

At long last, Hancher is back and they’ve unveiled a killer list of events for the 2016-17 season — the highlight for many being the irreverent Broadway musical The Book of Mormon — those tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m. Tickets range from $50-125 and will be […]

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Riverside Theatre to transition interim artistic director

Riverside Theatre has announced that its recently appointed artistic director, Sam Osheroff, is stepping down after a single season. Sean Lewis will take his place, serving as interim artistic director. Sam Osheroff took over as Artistic Director last summer when founders Ron Clark and Jody Hovland stepped down from active leadership roles. His wife, actor […]

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Hancher and Joffrey Ballet announce collaboration for new ‘Nutcracker’ set in World’s Fair Chicago

In 1987, Robert Joffrey’s Chicago-based ballet company held the world premier of their production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at The University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium. At a press conference held Tuesday on stage at the nearly completed Hancher Auditorium — nearly eight years after the original facility was destroyed by historic floods — Hancher Executive […]

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‘Dancing Lessons’ waltzes into Riverside Theatre

Dancing Lessons Riverside Theatre — opens Fri., Apr. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Riverside Theatre wraps up its 35th season with Mark St. Germain’s 2014 play Dancing Lessons. The play, which centers on a man with Asperger syndrome, opens today, Apr. 1 — fittingly, the start to Autism Awareness Month. Sam Osheroff, who took over as […]

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Riverside’s ‘ROAR!’ deftly directed and designed, with wonderful performances

Roar! Riverside Theatre — through Mar. 13 Riverside’s annual monologue show, formerly Walking the Wire, has been repackaged as ROAR! this year. Along with the new name, director Sam Osheroff has made some tweaks to the show’s format. This allows Riverside to pack a lot of theatre into a small space, while keeping with the […]

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Riverside Theatre explores small-scale farce in ‘Line of Descent’

Line of Descent Riverside Theatre — through Feb. 21 Comedy is one of the most difficult genres to execute well. And farce is on a level all its own. We’re used to the A Flea In Her Ears and Noises Offs — large scale shows with impressive production accessories and a multitude of physical shenanigans […]

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Riverside Theatre premieres ‘Line of Descent,’ a new play by William McCauley

Line of Descent Riverside Theatre — Opens Friday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Riverside Theater is no stranger to new works; as a core member of the National New Play Network, a partner with many local playwrights, and the producer of an annual festival of new monologues (formerly Walking the Wire, this year called Roar!), […]

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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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