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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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‘Fuddy Meers’: Telling stories one character at a time

Fuddy Meers Theatre Cedar Rapids — runs through June 17; tickets $19-24 What’s your story? Who do you allow to write the chapters of your life? Every day is, quite literally, a blank page for amnesiac Claire (Kristen Wilcox) whose husband, Richard (Duane Larson), patiently re-constructs her life for her every morning. David Lindsay-Abaire’s Fuddy […]

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SPT New Play Incubator Series captures honest emotion via beautiful language in ‘Conjure’

At the beginning and end of ‘Conjure,’ written by area poet and playwright Jennifer Rouse, the all-female cast joins hands and forms a circle, their faces turned inward toward one another. It’s a ceremonial act, and it signals and exemplifies the palpable bond linking these performers/characters. It also exemplifies the challenges the work poses to the audience. […]

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‘Men of Tortuga’ argue action and ethics in Foundry’s taut, fraught inaugural production

Two impressive pillars in the Shores Event Center frame the playing area for ‘Men of Tortuga,’ the first production of the Foundry Forge, part of a new arts endeavor headed by Jason Alberty. The production itself is supported by two impressive pillars, as well — a strong script by Jason Wells and sharp performances by the cast of five under Alberty’s direction. […]

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Riverside’s ‘Bomb-itty of Errors’ filled with mayhem, magic and a lot of heart

Riverside Theatre’s second summer Shakespeare production is the hilarious and touching “ad-rap-tation” of ‘Comedy of Errors,’ entitled ‘The Bomb-itty of Errors.’ This comedic hip-hop musical, which runs through July 2, is not to be missed. […]

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Giving Tree’s ‘Fun Home’ a celebration of the details of memories

Theater is amazing for so many reasons. You couldn’t count them on your fingers and toes, the fingers and toes of your neighbors and the fingers and toes of their neighbors, because it’s so very personal. And when theatre is done well, there might not seem enough digits in all the world to count the intricacies of the complex, unique and unforgettable reaction you’re left with. It is like this with Giving Tree Theater’s production of Fun Home, which opened Friday and runs through July 2. […]

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Riverside Theatre returns, triumphant, to Lower City Park, with ‘Pericles’

Riverside Theatre presents: Pericles, Prince of Tyre Lower City Park Festival Stage — through July 7 School’s been out for a couple weeks, and the temperatures have long since surpassed a comfortable range, but it feels like it’s never really summer in Iowa City until we can partake of what has become a tradition — […]

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