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Circa ’21 Provides A Nice ‘Escape’ For Jimmy Buffett Fans

July 21st, 2023
Circa '21 Provides A Nice 'Escape' For Jimmy Buffett Fans

I’ve always had kind of a mixed relationship with the music of Jimmy Buffett. I’ve seen him in concert a couple of times because I have friends who are Parrotheads and absolutely love him, and after seeing him once, I found his show really entertaining so I’ve gone along with them subsequent times to gigs even though my feelings on his music are, again, pretty mixed. One of my favorite songs of all time is actually a Jimmy Buffett song. “Come Monday.” It’s a beautiful ballad that hits just right when you’re missing someone, and it’s a wonderful song. One... Read More

MARVEL Spotlight: Squirrel Girl Goes to College At Davenport’s Junior Theatre

April 21st, 2023
MARVEL Spotlight: Squirrel Girl Goes to College At Davenport's Junior Theatre

Davenport Junior Theatre completes its 71st season with MARVEL Spotlight: Squirrel Girll Goes to College written by Karen Zacarias, based on the Marvel Comics by Will Murray & Steve Ditko. The show involves 37 students from all over the Quad Cities. The kids, who range in age from 10-18, are the actors, crew members, tech board operators, front-of-house team, and Junior Theatre mascot Showtime Pal. While the cast and crew are completely comprised of students, the production team is made up of adult theatre artists. This joint venture is part of what makes Junior Theatre so special and unique! First... Read More

‘Driving Miss Daisy’ Pulls Into Davenport’s Mockingbird Theater This Weekend

February 24th, 2023
'Driving Miss Daisy' Pulls Into Davenport's Mockingbird Theater This Weekend

The Mockingbird On Main will open its 2023 season with the award winning “Driving Miss Daisy” By Alfred Uhry with shows this weekend. The Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winning “Driving Miss Daisy” is set in Atlanta and spans twenty-five years, from 1948 to 1973. When Daisy Wertham, a stubborn, elderly Southern widow, crashes her new car into the neighbor’s garage, her son, Boolie, forces her to take on a chauffeur. He employs Hoke Coleburn, much to her chagrin. At first, Daisy refuses to rely on a black man to get her from one place to the next and Hoke spends two weeks sitting in... Read More

‘Cabaret’ Hitting The Stage At Rock Island’s Augustana College

November 17th, 2022
'Cabaret' Hitting The Stage At Rock Island's Augustana College

The Augustana College Department of Theatre presents “Cabaret,” November 17-20, 2022. Set in 1929-1930 Berlin, the musical focuses on the hedonistic nightlife at the Kit Kat Club and revolves around an American writer’s relationship with Sally Bowles, a cabaret performer. The original Broadway production opened in 1966 and ran for 1,166 performances. A musical theatre performer herself, Augustana’s Shelley Cooper, assistant professor of theatre arts, will direct “Cabaret.” Cooper said she hopes the audience takes away a simple message: “I can be changed by what happens to me, but... Read More

Illinois’ Augustana College Department of Theatre presents: “The Pitchfork Disney”

October 27th, 2022
Illinois' Augustana College Department of Theatre presents: “The Pitchfork Disney”

The Augustana College Department of Theatre presents “The Pitchfork Disney,” October 27-30, 2022. The surreal 1991 play by Philip Ridley initially met with negative reviews but later was well-received by young audiences. It now is considered a prime example of the 1990s British style of drama called “in-yer-face” theatre. Directed by Lindsey Edwards ‘23. Tickets can be purchased at Augustana.edu/tickets. Performances will all take place in the Honkamp Myhre Black Box, within the Brunner Theatre Center For additional information, please contact the Ticket Office at tickets@augustana.edu... Read More

‘Sylvia’ Howls This Weekend At Moline’s Playcrafters’ Barn Theatre

October 6th, 2022
'Sylvia' Howls This Weekend At Moline's Playcrafters' Barn Theatre

Looking to find a show that isn’t a real dog? But one that is about a real dog? Well, Moline’s Playcrafters Barn Theatre presents “Sylvia” by A.R. Gurney September 30-October 9! After 22 years of child-raising in the suburbs, Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan. His career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate’s career as an English teacher is opening up to new opportunities. One day, Greg brings home a stray dog he found in the park – or, more accurately, one that found him – bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her tag. It is love between man and dog at first sight,... Read More

Illinois’ Black Box Theatre Presents ‘My Brother’s Gift’ This Weekend

September 8th, 2022
Illinois' Black Box Theatre Presents 'My Brother's Gift' This Weekend

My Brother’s Gift adapted by Claudia Haas based on the memories of Eva Geiringer Schoss and the paintings and poetry of Heinz Geiringer The Black Box Theatre is producing My Brother’s Gift as a part of the Out of Darkness: Holocaust Messages for Today  (outofdarknessqc.com) Designed and directed by Black Box co-founder Lora Adams. The production features Patti Flaherty as Adult Eva. Wrigley Mancha as young Eva, Charles Thomas Budan as Heinz, Jennifer Cook Gregory as Mutti, Mischa Hooker as Pappy, Ben Bergthold as Herman, Paige Jackson as Sanna and Lily Critchfield as Mrs. Jansen. This production... Read More

Last Call To See Rock Island’s Circa ’21 Hilarious ‘Disaster’!

September 8th, 2022
Last Call To See Rock Island's Circa '21 Hilarious 'Disaster'!

There are only a couple of shows left and a couple of opportunities to see the hilarious “Disaster” at Rock Island’s Circa ’21! Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and the unforgettable songs of the ‘70s take center stage in Broadway’s side-splitting homage to classic disaster films in “Disaster!” at Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island! The show is open through Sept. 10. Tickets can be had by calling (309) 786-7733, ext. 2. ​It’s 1979, and New York’s hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. Also attending... Read More

Iowa’s Mockingbird On Main Debuts ‘Your Better Self’ This Weekend

July 8th, 2022
Iowa's Mockingbird On Main Debuts 'Your Better Self' This Weekend

Two old friends want what the other has: wealth or love. Both are pretending to be someone they’re not. That’s the premise of The Mockingbird On Main’s next premiere – Alexander Richardson’s Your Better Self – opening July 8. The Mockingbird on Main, an arts incubator dedicated to the presentation of new works, is thrilled to be bringing yet another world premiere to Downtown Davenport. Richardson’s new play deals with the wealthy Zenola Goodrich who feels lacking in the love department, and Antoinette Caldwell who married for love and lives in poverty. After a chance encounter, these... Read More

Iowa’s Countryside Community Theatre Presents ‘Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

July 1st, 2022
Iowa's Countryside Community Theatre Presents 'Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'

Countryside Community Theatre Proudly presents, “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” this weekend! “Sha la la, Joseph, you’re doing fine! You and your dreamcoat, ahead of your time!” One of the most enduring shows of all time, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with... Read More