‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’ spins a colorful, whimsical darkness

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at Theatre Cedar Rapids

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Theatre Cedar Rapids — Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. A good existential crisis is like a good cry: You feel clean afterward, perhaps vindicated. You come back from the edge and can now say, “Oh, that’s over there.” It’s exhilarating, almost. You feel awake and […]

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To see or not to see, there is no question: A review of Theatre Cedar Rapids’ ‘Hamlet’

Hamlet at TCR

Hamlet Theatre Cedar Rapids — through Apr. 16 I fell in love with Hamlet at a very young age. The titular character of one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated tragedies was exactly the kind of goth-y antihero that I went for, and his bloodthirsty revenge fantasy was utterly relatable to me. The romance of Ophelia, so […]

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Just announced: Theatre Cedar Rapids’ 83rd season


New surprises, familiar traditions and beloved classics are all on the bill for Theatre Cedar Rapids, which announced its 2016-17 season tonight. For the second year in a row, they kick off their production year with a play in the Grandon Studio — this year, it’s The Flick, by Annie Baker, a comedy that won […]

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TCR pairs impeccable vocals with smart little quirks for ‘Next to Normal’

Tracie Hodina Van Pelt as Diana in 'Next to Normal'

Next to Normal Theatre Cedar Rapids — Friday, Mar. 11 and Saturday, Mar. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Next To Normal (book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey; music by Tom Kitt) centers around a family, broken by the lingering mental state of the mother figure, Diana. The husband can’t fix her, so stands supportive. The daughter […]

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Treat your valentine to some ‘Heart and Music’

Theatre Cedar Rapids Studio Cabaret Series

Studio Cabaret Series: Heart and Music Theatre Cedar Rapids — Opens Friday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The Studio Cabaret Series, which kicked off at Theatre Cedar Rapids last September, is back with a new installment titled Heart and Music. Led by director Lynne Rothrock (who stretches her own performance muscles next weekend, performing the […]

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Theatre Cedar Rapids kicks off its 6th annual Underground New Play Festival

Joseph Anderson's 'Feeding' in the Theatre Cedar Rapids Underground New Play Festival

Underground New Play Festival Theatre Cedar Rapids — Opens Friday, Jan. 22 Continuing a six-year tradition, Theatre Cedar Rapids is inviting audiences “Underground” to see a selection of 14 original productions by over 70 volunteers both onstage and behind the scenes. The festival begins Jan. 22 and runs through Feb. 7; tickets are $13 each […]

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Theatre Cedar Rapids’ improv series takes audiences on a JOYRIDE

JOYRIDE Theatre Cedar Rapids’ Grandon Studio — Fri-Sun, Nov. 13-15 Theatre Cedar Rapids breaks new ground this week with its very first Studio Improv Series. Once the sole purview of the independent theater and college scenes, and dedicated companies like the Magnet Theatre and the IO, improvisational theatre has found an unlikely home at TCR […]

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Opening tonight: The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Les Mis

Two theatre productions kick off this evening, with The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Les Misérables opening at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts and Theatre Cedar Rapids, respectively. The Mystery of Edwin Drood Coralville Center for the Performing Arts — June 20-22 ($12-$27) Have you ever wished that the concept of “choose your […]

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