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Thoughts On A Blacked-Out National Theatre Day

March 28th, 2020

On this day – National Theatre Day – I’m taking it back to September 11, 2001. I know, I know… but stay with me. I was involved with Tom and Shelley Walljasper’s studio and we were set to preview  a new musical version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on that fateful day and open the next day. I thought for sure we were going to close the show, or at the very least postpone the preview, but Tom made it very clear that what we are doing is an escape from what is happening outside. It was our job to do the show as planned, and let the 30, 40 people that were there get away from... Read More

Mourning The Loss Of A Quad-Cities Theatrical Giant

March 26th, 2020

T.S. Eliot had it all wrong. In “The Waste Land,” the poet wrote “April is the cruelest month.” Well, five days before we can kick it into the dustbin of history, it’s safe to say that dishonor now belongs to March. At least March 2020, which has seen one bone-crushing loss after another for many around the world, me especially. Just one of the latest is from our beloved Quad-Cities theater community – of which I’ve been honored to share as longtime arts reporter for the Dispatch/Argus (and later Quad City Times), as well as piano accompanist and occasional stage performer. The singular... Read More

Circa ’21 Closing Through March 31

March 16th, 2020

Following suit with Governor JB Pritzker’s call for all restaurants and bars to shut their doors, Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island is closing through March 31. Circa made the following announcement on their Facebook page today: CIRCA ’21 IS CLOSED THROUGH MARCH 31. Because of the state-mandated restrictions on restaurants & bars, Circa ’21 is closed for the next two weeks. We will call everyone who has tickets for March performances to reschedule. Please do not call the ticket office as phones will be off until Monday, March 23. We apologize for the inconvenience... Read More

‘Jonesy’ Takes His Final Bow

February 27th, 2020

“Hey, have you ever heard the one . . .” And that’s how it would usually begin. With a mischievous grin, a conspiratorial wink, and then that little aside, voiced down as if imparting some ribald secret, which, let’s face it, he usually was. That’s how Ed “Jonesy” Jones would greet me pretty much every time I walked in to Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse in downtown Rock Island. Jonesy shuffled off to that spotlight in the sky on Tuesday, at age 92. He’d been retired from Circa for a few years, since 2014, although he was sorely missed. Jonesy was always one of my favorite elements... Read More

Get A Little Sunshine In Your Life With Great Pop Hits At Rock Island’s Circa ’21

February 19th, 2020

Need a little Sunshine in your life? Tomorrow night, you can cut through the gloom with some great pop songs and performance as Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse is thrilled to be hosting an all-ages pop music cabaret on Thursday, Feb. 20 called A NIGHT OF SUNSHINE, featuring one of the theatre’s most popular performers, Sunshine Ramsey. A long-time Bootlegger, performer and member of our ticket office staff, Ramsey is thrilled to finally be back on the Circa ’21 stage with an-all new cabaret! This will be the fifth time that Sunshine has hosted her own show at the theatre. Each of the previous... Read More

Circa Making It ‘Rain!’

September 13th, 2019

What does Circa ’21 have in common with Lil John? They both love to make it “rain!” For the final production in the theatre’s spectacular 2019 season, Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse closes its 42nd year with the eagerly awaited return of a musical-comedy classic: the Tony Award-nominated SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN. Running through Nov. 2, this funny, romantic, endlessly charming adaptation of Hollywood’s iconic movie musical boasts marvelously memorable songs, unforgettable characters and is being brought to life by a splendid team of returning and debuting professional... Read More

Mama Won’t Fly at Circa ‘21

September 15th, 2018

‘Laugh your way across the country and all the way down the aisle’ at the newest production to hit the Circa ’21 stage! Mama Won’t Fly, a Jones Hope Western Comedy, will be in production at Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse (1828 3rd Avenue Rock Island) from Sep 21 through Nov 3, with Preview Performances on Sep 19 and 20. An outrageously hilarious race against the clock begins when Savannah Sprunt Fairchild Honeycutt agrees to get her feisty mother all the way from Alabama to California in time for her brother’s wedding. Savannah’s problem: Mama won’t fly. With only four days... Read More

Get Freaky At Circa ‘21

January 17th, 2018

A new musical is hitting the main stage at Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse, and it’s freaky! Disney’s Freaky Friday A New Musical will be playing at Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse (1828 3rd Avenue Rock Island) from Jan 16 through Mar 24! Freaky Friday, a new musical comedy based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, is a hilarious, contemporary update of the classic story, in which a mother and daughter see what it means to be a family while experiencing each other’s lives firsthand, if only for a day. Set in the present day, Freaky Friday features a tuneful pop-rock... Read More

Circa’s ‘Music Man’ Is The Best Show Of 2017… So Far

March 31st, 2017

Circa ‘21’s “The Music Man” is a triumphant success. It’s a magnificent show, brilliant on so many levels, and is easily the best show I’ve seen in 2017… so far. Now, anyone who has followed me over the years knows that I’m not especially a fan of some of the “classic” musicals. They tend to be anachronistic and ridiculous in parts and borderline offensive in others if you actually look beyond the catchy tunes and pay attention to what’s going on. “The Music Man” is a notable exception to this. It’s got its racist and sexist elements that are certainly of its time, and... Read More

High Demand Spurs Circa To Add ‘Music Man’ Shows

March 29th, 2017

Now into it’s third week at Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse in downtown Rock Island, THE MUSIC MAN is charming audiences and critics alike!  “We’ve had wonderful response to the show” said Brett Hitchcock – Director of Audience Development. Local critics have also enjoyed this delightful musical with such comments as “Music Man was Terrific” River Cities Reader; “The Music Man is a thrilling ride on board a veritable American (and Iowan) classic” Dispatch/Argus; and “Circa ‘21’s The Music Man is a triumphant success” quadcities.com. The... Read More

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