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Quad Cities USA - Guide to Davenport & Bettendorf Iowa and Rock Island & Moline Illinois
 

Black Box’s ‘Loser’s Bracket’ Is A Winning Comedy

November 22nd, 2019

Familiarity may breed contempt, but it also breeds humor, especially with the addition of perspective, and you’ll find each element of this formula in “Loser’s Bracket,” the latest show at Moline’s Black Box Theatre. It’s always great to see original works on the local stage, all the better when those works are of a quality to deserve that spot, and “Bracket,” by area playwright Clay Sander, certainly fits that description. The play’s strength is its dialogue and character, both of which ring clear and true to small-and-midsized towns and the long-standing and sometimes strained... Read More

WQPT Celebrating 20 Years Of America’s Test Kitchen

November 6th, 2019

WQPT, PBS for the Quad Cities region will celebrate the 20th anniversary of America’s Test Kitchen with a special event on Thursday, December 5th at Scott Community College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Center.  The free event will begin at 6:00 pm and will include demonstrations of the show’s fan-voted most popular recipe (shrimp scampi), tours of the culinary lab, food samples, talks from a gadget expert, America’s Test Kitchen giveaways, and much more. “We are excited to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of America’s Test Kitchen with the Culinary Arts Program at Scott... Read More

‘Man With Bogart’s Face’ Appearing At Blackbox

October 8th, 2019

Listen schweetheart, if you’re looking for a play that hearkens back to the good old days of radio, you should check out Black Box Theatre’s “The Man with Bogart’s Face: A Radio Play,” opening Oct. 11. In short, a man whose identity we never know has his face altered to look like Humphrey Bogart and is involved in a Maltese Falcon-type caper. And just like the film noire 1940’s movies there are dames and heroes and villains, oh my, all played for laughs. Reviewers called it “a fast-moving story with action and staccato dialogue that literally bring Bogart to life.”... Read More

Assassins Shooting For Black Box Theatre

August 14th, 2019

The Black Box Theatre opens the multiple Tony Award-winning musical Assassins. With a book by John Weideman and Stephen Sondheim’s music and lyrics the “panoramic story of our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America’s four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.” Assassins presents the lives of nine people who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States. From John... Read More

Assassins Shooting For Black Box Theatre

August 9th, 2019

The Black Box Theatre opens the multiple Tony Award-winning musical Assassins. With a book by John Weideman and Stephen Sondheim’s music and lyrics the “panoramic story of our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America’s four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.” Assassins presents the lives of nine people who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States. From John... Read More

‘Last Five Years’ Up Next At Black Box Theatre

March 26th, 2019

The Black Box Theatre in downtown Moline will present the musical “The Last Five Years,” opening March 28.  The Drama Desk winner is an intimate musical about two twentysomething New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years, with the woman (Cathy) telling her story backwards, while the man (Jamie) tells his story chronologically. The two characters only meet once in the middle at their wedding. Written by Jason Robert Brown, who is known for his work writing songs for the Broadway musical “Parade”, “The Last Five Years” was born out of his own failed marriage.... Read More

‘It Had To Be You’ Brings Laughs And Love To Black Box

November 19th, 2018

Looking for something sweet as pumpkin pie on your theater plate this Thanksgiving week? The Black Box Theatre is presenting the holiday romantic comedy “It Had to Be You” by Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna. The play will star Black Box Theatre Co-founder Lora Adams opposite actor and cartoonist Jason Platt. The play is directed by Patti Flaherty and features Gregory Kerr, who also serves as the production stage manager. Set construction by Michael Kopriva and light design by David Miller. The plot involves failed actress, health food nut, and would-be playwright Theda Blau, who wants to find... Read More

‘War Of The Worlds’ Stomps Into Black Box

October 9th, 2018

The Black Box Theatre located in downtown Moline will present the original script of Orson Welles infamous “War of the Worlds: The 1938 radio script,” by Howard E. Koch and based on the novel by H.G. Wells. The production will open October 11 and run through October 21. The Black Box Theatre cast includes James Driscoll, Matt Walsh, Scott Tunnicliff, Mark Ruebling and Michael Alexander. The production will be directed by Lora Adams with assistant director Sara J. Armstrong Kutzli, and stage manager Meredith Biechele. “The War of the Worlds” was first performed and broadcast by The Mercury... Read More

WQPT Writing Contest Winners Selected

May 27th, 2018

WQPT received 265 stories from students in kindergarten through third grade for the annual PBS/WQPT KIDS Writers Contest. Sixteen winners (four from each grade) were selected by educators and contest sponsors. The winners and their families were honored and awarded prizes at Deere-Wiman House on Sunday, May 20. “I am always surprised by the clever stories the children come up with” said Michael Carton, Director of Education and Outreach for WQPT.   KINDERGARTEN   First Place More Fun than You Think Cameron Beyer Moline, IL   Second Place The Two Rocket Ships Ethan Coffman Le... Read More

Get A ‘Clue’ And Head To Black Box

March 22nd, 2018

The audience is in on the action. Did Miss Scarlet do it in the kitchen with a wrench? The audience decides in The Black Box Theatre’s newest offering – “Clue: The Musical.” Based on the board game, the action follows six characters who may or may not be the murderer of host Mr. Boddy. The audience receives forms to help them deduce the solution from clues given throughout the fun-filled evening. Three audience members choose from cards representing the potential murderers, weapons and rooms; there are 216 possible solutions! Only one hard-nosed detective is qualified to unravel the merry... Read More

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