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Rock Island’s Circa ’21 Presenting ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’ Through Dec. 23

December 21st, 2023
Rock Island's Circa '21 Presenting 'Twas The Night Before Christmas' Through Dec. 23

“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” But wait. A mouse is stirring – because Santa missed his house last year. Before you can say “Merry Christmas,” we’re off on the wild adventures of a mouse, an elf and a spunky little girl who visit the North Pole and just won’t take no for an answer. Don’t miss this joyful tribute to the holiday season! Showing November 24 – December 23, 2023 Show-only performances as well as brunch days available! Visit our website for more information: Circa ‘21  Read More

Rock Island’s Circa ’21 Has A Winner With Political Comedy ‘The Outsider’

September 29th, 2023
Rock Island's Circa '21 Has A Winner With Political Comedy 'The Outsider'

I didn’t know much and didn’t really know what to expect going into Circa ’21’s latest show, the political comedy, “The Outsider.” The cast looked good, with Brad Hauskins, Bobby Becher, and a few others I enjoy. And director Dennis Hitchcock has helmed some great shows in the past. But I was unfamiliar with the script or the show. To be honest, the first few minutes didn’t do much to interest me. They were largely perfunctory plot points, where a charisma-free policy wonk, Ned (Hauskins), is reeling from a horrible public appearance after he’s unexpectedly... Read More

Rock Island’s Circa ’21 Holding Auditions For ‘A Christmas Story’ Starting August 1

July 31st, 2023
Rock Island's Circa '21 Holding Auditions For 'A Christmas Story' Starting August 1

Rock Island’s Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse is thrilled to be producing A Christmas Story – The Musical. This is scheduled on the 10th anniversary of when the Tony-nominated Best Musical was first produced at the Rock Island theater in 2013. Producer, Denny Hitchcock enthusiastically stated, “We are so happy to be producing this endearing, old fashioned holiday musical once again.” Adding to the excitement, he continued “and we are very happy to get Ashley Becher to direct this production and Ron May to once again serve as musical director.” Becher and May collaborated as the directorial... Read More

Rock Island’s Genesius Guild Wraps Up Their Season This Weekend With ‘The Wasps’

July 20th, 2023
Rock Island's Genesius Guild Wraps Up Their Season This Weekend With 'The Wasps'

The Genesius Guild is closing their 2023 season with the comedy The Wasps. Performances will be held July 22, 23, 29, and 30 at 7:00 PM and will be held at the Don Wooten Stage in Lincoln Park. Admission is free. The production of The Wasps continues the Guild’s tradition of ending their seasons with a lighthearted rewritten Greek comedy. This year’s script was written by T Green and Calvin Vo, the duo behind the Quad Cities’ Haus of Ruckus. As in many of Genesius’ Greek comedies, the basic plotline remains intact. An old man named Philocleon is addicted to politics and... Read More

Rock Island’s Genesius Guild presents Othello Tonight

July 15th, 2023

The Genesius Guild is bringing a well-known Shakespeare tragedy back to their stage as they stage Othello July 8, 9, 15, and 16.  All performances begin at 7:00 PM and will be held at the Don Wooten Stage in Lincoln Park. Admission is free. Othello tells the tragic tale of a military commander who marries Desdemona, a beautiful, wealthy Venetian woman, against her father’s wishes. Calm and patient by nature, Othello is slowly tormented by one of his junior officers, Iago, who seeks revenge after Othello passed over Iago for a military promotion. Over the course of the play Iago slowly... Read More

Rock Island’s Circa ’21 ‘Disaster’ Is A Wild Riot Of Laughs And Goofiness

August 20th, 2022
Rock Island's Circa '21 'Disaster' Is A Wild Riot Of Laughs And Goofiness

Circa ‘21’s latest show, “Disaster!,” is far from a disaster, as its name would imply. It’s controlled chaos, a rampaging beast of strangeness and random oddity packed with laughs and inspired goofiness. “Disaster!” is a truly unusual show in that it parodies a film subgenre from almost 50 years ago. Back in the ‘70s, there were an array of “disaster films,” big-budget blockbusters featuring ensemble casts, usually of b-list and c-list stars, who all ended up in some awful situation – a plane going down, a ship sinking, a building being exploded by a terrorist, horrible... Read More