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Circa’s ‘Kinky Boots’ A Fabulous Early Contender For Show Of The Year

January 17th, 2020

Kinky Boots Through March 14 Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, 1726 3rd Ave., Rock Island (309) 786-7733, ext. 2 www.circa21.com   We’re barely past two weeks into 2020 and already we’ve got a strong contender for best show of the year. Circa ‘21’s “Kinky Boots” is indeed that good, a fantastic staging of a fabulous show, featuring a number of touching, buoyant moments, wonderful performances and terrific material. It’s such a magical, uplifting evening of entertainment, one of pure joy and spirit, with a positive message that doesn’t feel preachy, but rather, common sense. Wonderfully... Read More

Circa’s ‘Elf’ Is A Cute Holiday Treat

November 22nd, 2019

Circa ‘21’s “Elf” is a cute, fun holiday concoction, and was eaten up and greeted with smiles like Christmas cookies the night I saw it. With a fun live take on the blockbuster holiday film, a fantastic cast, wonderful sets and costumes and a terrific star giving it the perfect tone of goofiness and levity, it’s excellent holiday fare. There are flaws to the show, to be sure, but “Elf” is like winter’s first snowflake – you greet it with a smile, it reminds you of Christmas cheer, and you don’t want to put too much thought into it or it’ll ruin the moment. Sure, there are... Read More

Elvis Bringing A Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Gospel To Circa

September 18th, 2019

The King is returning to the building. Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island is pleased to welcome back Robert Shaw and the Lonely Street Band in HOW GREAT THOU ART – THE GOSPEL MUSIC OF ELVIS PRESLEY for two performances on October 3. Door times for the October 3 evening performance are 5:45, buffet from 6 to 7 and concert at 7:15 p.m. Tickets for the evening show are $54.60. Doors open for the matinee performance at 11:45, with a plated lunch from 12 to 12:45 and concert at 1 p.m. Tickets for the matinee performances are $48.83 per person. Tickets for either show may be purchased... 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

‘Shear Madness’ Is A Hilarious Slice Of Fun

August 1st, 2019

Circa ‘21’s “Shear Madness” is “sheerly” hilarious, a wild, raucous romp that lives up to its name. With a terrifically talented cast that exudes a goofy sense of fun every moment they’re onstage, it’s a must-see for anyone looking for a funny night out. As the longest-running non-musical theatrical production worldwide, the snappy show has been cutting up audiences for decades around the globe, including Circa, and for good reason, it’s a wonderful showcase for talented improvisational performers while retaining the outline of an entertaining premise that promises laughs. “Shear,”... Read More

Irving Berlin’s ‘Holiday Inn’ Hits Stage At Circa ’21

June 18th, 2019

Treating audiences to the stage version of a beloved movie musical, the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s latest presentation is the area debut of a Tony-nominated Broadway hit – HOLIDAY INN. Running through July 20, and boasting unforgettable songs by legendary composer Irving Berlin, this theatrical delight for all ages is being enacted by a wonderful cast of professional talents, many of them making return appearances at Circa ’21. Irving Berlin’s HOLIDAY INN will be staged at Circa ’21 on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:45 p.m., Sundays at 5:45 p.m., and... Read More

The Return Returning To Circa

June 16th, 2019

Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island is pleased to welcome back the world renowned Beatles tribute band, THE RETURN, for one show on Thursday, June 20th.  Doors open at 6 and the show begins at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the show.  This is a show-only performances, however, the theatre will offer sandwich baskets and appetizers for purchase. Tickets may be reserved at the Circa ’21 ticket office located at 1828 3rd Ave. in Rock Island or by calling 309-786-7733, Ext. 2. THE RETURN got its start back in 1995 when four young friends got together to... Read More

Buddy Holly Tribute Coming Back To Circa

May 17th, 2019

Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse in downtown Rock Island is thrilled to welcome back The Rave Ons in THAT’LL BE THE DAY: A TRIBUTE TO BUDDY HOLLY AND THE CRICKETS on May 30.  Circa ’21 audiences might recognize the leader of the Rave Ons, Todd Meredith.  Todd played Buddy in our first production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story in 2008. The theater will be offering two shows on May 30. For the matinee performance doors open at 11:45, lunch is served from 12-12:45 and show at 1 pm.  Tickets are $46.73 per person. For the evening performance, doors open at 6 and the show begins at... Read More

Circa’s ‘Grumpy’ Will Make You Happy

April 17th, 2019

Circa ‘21’s “Grumpy Old Men” will make you anything but grumpy. It’s a hilarious, ribald, dirty romp, roughly based on the beloved movie of the same name and sporting the same qualities. Prudish types may blush and bluster, but the rest of us will find it quite amusing. “Grumpy” is set in the small northern town of Wabasha, Wisc., where ice fishing rules and a feud on-and-off-the-ice has been chilly for decades between cranky geezers John Gustafson (Luther Chakurian) and Max Goldman (Tom Walljasper). It started in high school, over a girl, and shows no signs of lightening up even... Read More

Circa Holding Auditions For ‘Junie B. Jones’

March 24th, 2019

Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island is pleased to announce local auditions for their Spring children’s show JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK. Auditions will be held at the theater on 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30. Quad-City favorite Kimberly Kurtenbach is directing the show.  Kimberly has directed many children’s shows and has been seen on stages across the Quad Cities, as well with the Curtainbox Theatre Company in Davenport, which she founded. Kurtenbach is seeking seven adults, four male and four female actors 18 and older. Those auditioning will be asked to read from the... Read More

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