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RHCR gets wonderfully messy with ‘Five Women Wearing the Same Dress’

Full disclosure, I don’t love the script of this play. Alan Ball is not my favorite playwright and I don’t typically enjoy the female characters he writes. … successful performances of it are heavily dependent on the women who inhabit the roles and the team in charge of putting it up. And every person involved in this production really did the work. […]

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Exploring social contracts in RHCR’s ‘God of Carnage’

Taboos and our oft-unspoken understanding of, and adherence to, them are fascinating. In general, one learns the key points from their parents: not to undress in public, for example. Over time, we start to intuit other social rules that are less clear cut, like not to tell other people how to parent their kids. But life’s best drama comes in the silent, tense moments just before, or after, someone breaks those rules. […]

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Get thee to a theater! 10 can’t-miss local productions this month

With the variety of offerings in Eastern Iowa, you won’t have to go far to find something for date night, the whole family or just a quiet evening for one. This seems particularly true in September. Shows continuing their runs include […]

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‘Vagina Monologues’ performances to benefit L.U.N.A., Tanager Place and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

Last year, community activist Erin Owen, a couple dozen of her friends and some their friends staged ‘The Vagina Monologues’ by Eve Ensler as a fundraiser. Now, in its second year, event producer Owen is back with some old and new friends to stage this show again. […]

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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 […]

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