Friday, October 31, 2014

Cat Clings on By Its Claws

By James E. Trainor III
Photos by Emily McKnight

Rachel Korach Howell and Aaron Weiner
Iowa City - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is one of Tennessee Williams's most iconic plays. Set on a southern plantation in the middle of the 20th century, it tells the story of Brick (Aaron Weiner), who drinks to avoid his family, his past, and his conflicted sexual identity. His sexually frustrated wife Maggie (Rachel Korach Howell) must keep his head above water as his squabbling family threatens to disinherit him. It is a whirlwind of a drama, delivered in three powerful acts, and it is a challenge for any community theatre. Iowa City Community Theatre's production of Cat (directed by Brett Borden) manages to stay on the roof - thanks mainly to the acting chops of Weiner and Howell.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Seven Deadly Sins Plays October 31 and November 1

Cedar Rapids - This weekend at CSPS (1103 Third St SE, Cedar Rapids): Sins don't kill. The people using the sins kill. Well, I suppose Gluttony can pop your stomach, so maybe ... well, come to think of it, Sins are ultimately pretty dangerous. Like bacon.

7 Deadly Sins feature special guests Nikki Stewart and John Smick with guest writer Chris Okiishi. Musical guests are Craig Erickson, Greg Kanz, & Dave Ollinger.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Opens October 31

Aaron Weiner and Rachel Korach Howell.
Photo by Emily McKnight.
Iowa City - ICCT's production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opens this Friday, October 31.

October 31, November 1 & 7-8 at 7:30pm
November 2 & 9 at 2:00pm

One of Tennessee Williams’s best-known works and his personal favorite, is set in the “plantation home in the Mississippi Delta” of Big Daddy Pollitt, a wealthy cotton tycoon. The play examines the relationships among members of Big Daddy’s family, primarily between his son Brick and Maggie the “Cat”, Brick’s wife; examining the conflict between truth and illusion. Winner of the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Directed by Brett Borden

Tickets are available at

Source: ICCT Press Release

A Grateful Nation Reading Nov. 15 & 16

Friends coming home from WWII. Photo courtesy of Rick Williams.
Iowa City – Rick Williams and Ron Clark, natives of Columbus Junction, Iowa, will premier A Grateful Nation at Riverside Theatre, a new play about how World War II affected their town, parents, community, and lives.

The script-in-hand performance will run for 2 shows only at Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert Street on Saturday, November 15, 7:30PM and Sunday, November 16 at 2:00pm. Ron Clark is also directing the play. More information at or 319-338-7672

Tickets: $20 adults, $15 Riverdog Season Pass holders. Veterans, military personnel and their immediate family receive a 20% discount off of regular adult-priced tickets as part of Riverside’s Blue Star Theatre Program.

A Grateful Nation is sponsored by River Products Company, Inc.

Romeo and Juliet Cast

Waterloo -The Black Hawk Children’s Theatre has cast 13 local, talented actors in roles for its upcoming production of Romeo & Juliet. William Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers is brought to life in this adaptation by BHCT Artistic Director, Anita Ross.

Romeo and his crew are up to no good when they crash the party of their rivals, the Capulets. One escapade leads to love with Juliet as this meeting sets up a series of events leading to a tragic ending for this star-crossed pair. With passion and poetry, share Shakespeare’s timeless tale of young love that brings unity to fighting factions.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Dogfight Makes Quite an Impression

by Matthew Falduto
Photos by Charles "Rain" Black (

Shane Nielsen, Logan Adam Schultz, Jackson Bartelme
Cedar Rapids - Electricity flowed through the opening night crowd of Dogfight, the second production by new kid on the block theatre company Revival. The raucous audience drank and kibitzed while waiting for the show to begin. The ushers added chairs to accommodate the crowd. During the opening remarks, every announcement was greeted with thunderous applause, from thanking sponsors to just mentioning the fact that it was opening night. This was an excited, motivated crowd ready to be entertained. Fortunately, the cast and crew of Dogfight delivered, from the opening song to the final emotional moments.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Dollar Dog Reading: A+

Iowa City – On Sunday, October 26 at 6:30pm flip a coin to enjoy a reading of Sean Christopher Lewis’ new play about education in America, “A+” for only $1 or $2.

This is the 2nd reading in this season’s Dollar Dog Reading Series, a collaborative effort between Riverside Theatre and Working Group Theatre to publicly share scripts early in the development process.

Festival of Trees: City Circle's Annual Fundraiser

Coralville - City Circle's Festival of Trees moves to the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts! This November 29, kick off the holiday season with an evening of festive performances, food, fun, and fabulous decor!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Coralville - The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to bring Lightwire Theater’s production of DiNO-LIGHT to the Coralville on Tuesday, November 11, with a public performance at 6:30pm and a special 12:30pm matinee for school groups.

Created by Corbian Visual Arts and Dance, DiNO-Light (also known as Darwin the Dinosaur) is a heart-warming original story that features a friendly dinosaur who wanders away from home and discovers a world of creatures who light up the darkness and help him find the true meaning of love. The story is told through electroluminescent puppetry, music, sound, and movement and has delighted children and adults around the world.

Almost, Maine at Cornell

Nick Barnes and Millicent Marter.
Photo by Haley Severance
Mount Vernon – The Department of Theatre at Cornell College is proud to announce its production of Almost, Maine, written by John Cariani. This romantic comedy has received world- wide acclaim with productions by over 70 professional companies since its Off-Broadway debut in 2006. Wildly popular in high schools, this is a story that may be weird enough to show us what Love is really all about. Cornell’s production is directed by Artist in Residence, Ron Clark of Iowa City’s Riverside Theatre.