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Moline’s Black Box Theatre Debuting Dramedy ‘I And You’

July 13th, 2021
Moline's Black Box Theatre Debuting Dramedy 'I And You'

The Black Box Theatre in downtown Moline will open the dramedy “I and You” by Laura Gunderson on July 15. The plot: One afternoon, Anthony (Michael Alexander) arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline’s (Adrienne Jane) door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn’t been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic, sensitive, and popular. As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, this seemingly mundane poetry project... Read More

REVIEW: “Mamma Mia!” at Music Guild is a Spectacular, Fun Feast for the Senses

July 9th, 2021
REVIEW: “Mamma Mia!” at Music Guild is a Spectacular, Fun Feast for the Senses

For someone like me, who hadn’t seen a big musical with a big cast – live and in person – in 18 months, getting back to Quad City Music Guild Thursday night for the last dress rehearsal of the new “Mamma Mia!” (after nabbing next to the last spot in the parking lot) was a terrific treat. My son Josh and I wore masks and sat in the back row – but every one of the 535 seats in the Prospect Park theater is great, because you’re at Music Guild, seeing immensely talented people pursuing their passion: putting on the best possible entertainment and faithfully reflecting some of the greatest... Read More

For Mexican Food So Wonderful It’ll Make You Cry With Joy, Try Moline’s Coya’s Cafe

July 6th, 2021
For Mexican Food So Wonderful It'll Make You Cry With Joy, Try Moline's Coya's Cafe

Pulling upto COYA’S CAFE , I see a grown man in the parking lot sitting quietly in his work truck. He catches my attention because I see him with a half unwrapped burrito in his hand, and tears streaming down his face. I’m genuinely concerned, but I’ve yet to eat today and he looks like he wants to be left alone. Inside Coyas it’s like part candy store part kitchen of magical offerings. I ordered the Carne Asada Burrito and Carne Asada Tostadas. Monday’s for meat eaters. A glass bottle of Mexican Coke, and an order up later I’m back in the parking... Read More

Music Guild 2022 Season to Include “Cinderella,” “Elf,” “Jekyll and Hyde,” “Something Rotten!” and “Disaster!”

July 6th, 2021
Quad City Music Guild is at Prospect Park, 1584 34th Ave., Moline.

Music Guild is apparently big into musicals with exclamation points!! Three days before opening its first live musical post-pandemic, “Mamma Mia!,” the Moline-based nonprofit announced the shows for its 2022 season Tuesday on Facebook. They will be: “Disaster!” (April 1-3, 8-10) “Something Rotten!” (June 10-12, 16-19) “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” (July 8-10, 14-17) “Jekyll & Hyde” (Aug. 5-7, 11-14) “Elf: The Musical” (Nov. 30, Dec. 1-4) “Disaster!” is a jukebox musical comedy created by Seth Rudetsky, and written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick.... Read More

“Mamma Mia!” To Bring Needed Joy, Relief, Humor to Moline’s Music Guild

July 6th, 2021
Alyssa Castro, left, Liv Lyman and Lauren Larson in "Mamma Mia!"

For its first musical with a live, in-person audience in 19 months, Quad City Music Guild has the ideal show – the breezy, massively popular “Mamma Mia!,” opening Friday at the Prospect Park theater, 1584 34th Ave., Moline. Directed by Colleen Houlihan, a panoply of ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise, with a golden jukebox of songs including “Honey, Honey,” “Money, Money, Money,” “Mamma Mia,” “Dancing Queen,” “The Name of The Game,” “SOS,” “Knowing Me,... Read More

Jump On The ‘Bandwagon’ For Comedy At Moline’s Black Box Theatre

June 25th, 2021
Jump On The 'Bandwagon' For Comedy At Moline's Black Box Theatre

At long last – live, improvised, inappropriate acoustic-rock comedy is back! June 26 at 7:30 pm join the comedic musical stylings of Bandwagon. Be part of the meteoric rise of a totally made-up rock band with Bandwagon, a comedy show where you name the band, you pick the songs, and we rock your socks. Featuring some of your favorite Quad Cities comedy talents, Bandwagon is always a new concert experience with an evening of improv comedy scenes, musical mischief, and audience interactivity in downtown Moline’s Black Box Theatre, 1623 5th Avenue. Masks must be worn by anyone not inoculated against... Read More

Late Nite Shows Return To Moline’s Blackbox Theatre With ‘Bandwagon’

June 16th, 2021
Late Nite Shows Return To Moline's Blackbox Theatre With 'Bandwagon'

At long last – live, improvised, inappropriate acoustic-rock comedy is back! June 26 at 7:30 pm join the comedic musical stylings of Bandwagon. Be part of the meteoric rise of a totally made-up rock band with Bandwagon, a comedy show where you name the band, you pick the songs, and we rock your socks. Featuring some of your favorite Quad Cities comedy talents, Bandwagon is always a new concert experience with an evening of improv comedy scenes, musical mischief, and audience interactivity in downtown Moline’s Black Box Theatre, 1623 5th Avenue. Masks must be worn by anyone not inoculated against... Read More

Playcrafters, Music Guild, Spotlight Theater Shows Closing Today

June 13th, 2021
Playcrafters, Music Guild, Spotlight Theater Shows Closing Today

It’s last call to see a trio of local theater shows! So if you’ve been meaning to check them out, today is your last chance! Last Chance To See ‘Charlie Brown’ At Spotlight The last remaining performance of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will be 2 p.m. Sunday, June 13! Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door), available at 309-912-7647 or www.thespotlighttheatreqc.com. Last Call For ‘Spamalot’ It’s last call also for Music Guild’s “Spamalot!” Quad-City Music Guild’s first complete musical in a year and a half, “Monty... Read More

REVIEW: Moline’s Spotlight Shines Major Happiness With Sweet “Charlie Brown”

June 12th, 2021
REVIEW: Moline’s Spotlight Shines Major Happiness With Sweet “Charlie Brown”

Sixteen months after the Spotlight Theatre staged its last major musical, it’s provided the pitch-perfect, post-pandemic production – “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Simple, sweet, nostalgic – both exuberantly childlike and loaded with the weight of the world on its young shoulders – the beloved 1967 musical based on the classic “Peanuts” characters has deeply resonated with me my whole life. First, I’m sure like many socially awkward boys, I always closely identified with the title “Everyman” role. Charlie Brown is the cartoon reflection of “Mister Cellophane” (from... Read More

REVIEW: Moline’s Music Guild Returns With Streamed, Fairly Lifeless “Spamalot”

June 11th, 2021
REVIEW: Moline’s Music Guild Returns With Streamed, Fairly Lifeless “Spamalot”

I really wanted to enjoy Quad-City Music Guild’s first complete musical in a year and a half, “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” which is available to be streamed online June 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m., and June 13 at 2 p.m. But due more to its supremely silly, groan-inducing, seemingly unending source material than its eminently capable cast and crew, this two-hour-plus filmed version is disappointingly lifeless and unsatisfying. Despite opening on the day where the state of Illinois is allowing all theaters to open at full audience capacity, the Guild months ago decided to stage “Spamalot” with... Read More