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Looking Back on Recovering From Covid, and 2021’s Best of Live Theater

January 1st, 2022
Looking Back on Recovering From Covid, and 2021’s Best of Live Theater

Saturday in the Arts is a weekly feature covering a trend, subject, event or personality of local interest. It runs every Saturday morning on your site for the best entertainment and arts coverage in the area, QuadCities.com! Twenty-twenty-one was the year we were all supposed to get back to normal, wasn’t it? After the punishing isolation and shutdowns of 2020, the life-saving promise of Covid vaccines and a new president who actually seemed to care about the health and sanity of Americans, we were ready to turn that corner in 2021, starting with a touted “hot vaxxed summer.” Well, that... Read More

‘Seussical’ Ends Today At Circa ’21

December 26th, 2021
‘Seussical’ Ends Today At Circa ’21

For the theatre’s first holiday children’s musical since the winter of 2019, Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse brings a beloved series of storybook characters to life with the Tony Award-nominated sensation SEUSSICAL. Running through Dec. 26, this charming, magical entertainment was praised as “85 minutes of sweetness, humor and energetic high spirits” by the New York Times and will be brought to life in Rock Island through the tremendous talents of professional stage artists. Brunch performance are every Sunday through Dec. 26. Doors for these presentations open at 10:45 a.m., brunch is served... Read More

Walk Through A ‘Winter Wonderland’ With Rock Island’s Circa ’21

December 24th, 2021
Walk Through A ‘Winter Wonderland’ With Rock Island's Circa ’21

For the theatre’s holiday 2021 production in its spectacular 44th season of live entertainment,  Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse is treating family audiences to a special holiday gift: the yuletide musical revue WINTER WONDERLAND. This charmingly festive stage delight will charm audiences with its magical blend of laughs, sentiment and beloved songs from the past, and it’s being brought to life by a marvelous team of professional talents. WINTER WONDERAND will be presented at Circa ’21 through December 29, with performances on Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays evenings at 7:45 p.m., Sundays at... Read More

REVIEW: Supremely Silly New Holiday Musical ‘Deck The Halls’ is A Fast-Paced Fun Time

December 13th, 2021
REVIEW: Supremely Silly New Holiday Musical 'Deck The Halls' is A Fast-Paced Fun Time

The new Christmas-themed musical at Mockingbird on Main in downtown Davenport is the ultimate stocking stuffer – not a major present in any way, but a sweet, silly, delicious trifle in more ways than one. When a huge snowstorm hits and the star-studded cast of a 1953 radio show can’t make it into the studio, those who are trapped inside the studio — the janitor, the writer, the assistant station manager and the young frazzled producer — must take over and see that show does indeed go on. Performed without intermission (running less than an hour), “Deck the Halls” is a frantic, fast-paced,... Read More

‘Seussical’ Bouncing Into Rock Island’s Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse

November 26th, 2021
'Seussical' Bouncing Into Rock Island's Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse

For the theatre’s first holiday children’s musical since the winter of 2019, Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse brings a beloved series of storybook characters to life with the Tony Award-nominated sensation SEUSSICAL. Running through Dec. 26, this charming, magical entertainment was praised as “85 minutes of sweetness, humor and energetic high spirits” by the New York Times and will be brought to life in Rock Island through the tremendous talents of professional stage artists. Circa ’21 will present show-only performances of SEUSSICAL on Nov. 27 and Dec. 4, 7, 11, 14 and 18.... Read More

Rock Island’s Circa ’21 Unveiling ‘Winter Wonderland’ This Weekend

November 11th, 2021
Rock Island's Circa '21 Unveiling 'Winter Wonderland' This Weekend

For the theatre’s holiday 2021 production in its spectacular 44th season of live entertainment,  Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse is treating family audiences to a special holiday gift: the yuletide musical revue WINTER WONDERLAND. This charmingly festive stage delight will charm audiences with its magical blend of laughs, sentiment and beloved songs from the past, and it’s being brought to life by a marvelous team of professional talents. WINTER WONDERAND will be presented at Circa ’21 through December 29, with performances on Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays evenings at 7:45 p.m.,... Read More

Quad-Cities Theaters Tackle Thorny Issue of Diversity and Inclusion

October 9th, 2021
Quad-Cities Theaters Tackle Thorny Issue of Diversity and Inclusion

Saturday in the Arts is a weekly feature covering a trend, subject, event or personality of local interest. It runs every Saturday morning on your site for the best entertainment and arts coverage in the area, QuadCities.com! How do you solve a problem like diversity in live theater? From Broadway to the Quad-Cities, theatrical organizations of all kinds are wrestling with this thorny issue, now more than ever. Long before the widespread racial reckoning that’s taken place nationwide in the past 17 months (post-George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Black Lives Matter, which has only intensified),... Read More

‘Disenchanted’ Enchanting Audiences At Circa ’21

September 30th, 2021
‘Disenchanted’ Enchanting Audiences At Circa ’21

“Disenchanted!” runs through Nov. 6 and has scheduled performances on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:45 p.m., Sundays at 5:45 p.m., and Wednesday matinées at 1:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $56.55 for the evening dinner-and-show productions and $49.73 for the plated-lunch matinées. Reservations are available through the Circa ’21 ticket office. Contact the theater at 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island or by calling 309-786-7733 ext. 2. Due to state requirements, masks must be worn by all Circa guests, regardless of vaccination status.  Read More

Kil’s One Nighter, New Orleans In Rock Island, Dreams At Mockingbird And More In Your FUN10!

September 12th, 2021
Kil's One Nighter, New Orleans In Rock Island, Dreams At Mockingbird And More In Your FUN10!

It’s Sunday, and QuadCities.com proudly presents Fun10, a list of the top 10 things to do in the Quad Cities this week, and every week! Every Sunday, we drop a new Fun10, to give you a head start on your week and a heads up on what’s going on over the coming seven days. Check out Fun10 every Sunday for the details on ten awesome events happening around town. It’s a cool read, and a great way to get started planning your entertainment for the week. FUN10 — ten ways for you to have fun in the Quad-Cities, this week and every week, running every Sunday, only on your site for fun, free, local... Read More

Circa ’21 Includes “Beauty and the Beast,” “White Christmas” and “Disaster!” in 45th Season

August 24th, 2021
Circa ’21 Includes “Beauty and the Beast,” “White Christmas” and “Disaster!” in 45th Season

The past 17 months have kind of been a disaster around the world. In the land of Quad-Cities musical theater, “Disaster!” will continue into 2022, as both Quad City Music Guild and Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse plan to stage a ‘70s-themed jukebox musical comedy of that name within three months of each other. In early July, the Moline community theater announced that “Disaster!” would kick off its 2022 season in April, and on Monday, the professional Rock Island dinner theater announced that the silly show would run there July 20-Sept. 10, 2022. Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and... Read More