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Junie B. Jones Brings Entertaining Antics to Brunner Theater

February 28th, 2020

Augustana will present the children’s show, “Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook,” based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park, at Brunner Theater (3750 7th Avenue Rock Island) this Saturday Feb 29 and Sunday Mar 1 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are just $5 (free for Augustana students with I.D.) and can be purchased at the show or online at https://www.augustana.edu/arts/ticket-office. Something terrible happened to Junie B. Jones at school today! Someone stole her new furry mittens! So when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen of many colors, she should be allowed to keep it, right? Because... Read More

Playwright David Henry Hwang Coming To Rock Island

February 10th, 2020

According to Time Magazine, Chinese-American playwright David Henry Hwang, “has the potential to become the first important dramatist of American public life since Arthur Miller, and maybe the best of them all.” Hwang has been described by the New York Times as “a true original” is best known as the author of M. Butterfly. That enduring 1988 work, which won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, John Gassner Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award, was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. During a public lecture, Wednesday, Feb. 12, Hwang will share his experiences as America’s most-produced... Read More

Frog And The Princess coming to Augustana

September 13th, 2018

The Frog and the Princess by Brandon Roberts will be presented in the Brunner Mainstage Theatre within the Brunner Theatre Center at Augustana College, 639 38th St., Rock Island at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 15-16. To reserve your tickets, call the ticket office at 309-794-7306.  Read More

Stop Kiss at Augustana postponed until next season

April 5th, 2017

The Augustana College Department of Theatre will be postponing their Black Box student-directed production of Stop Kiss until next season. This postponed performance was previously scheduled to run this weekend, April 6-9. The band She/Her will no longer be performing as part of the Stop Kiss production. More details on updated showtimes and further performance details will be forthcoming. The department’s next production will be Titanic: the Musical, playing April 28-30 and May 5-7. Directed by Erin Platt with music direction by Ron May, this production will include the talents of current... Read More

Circa’s ‘Music Man’ Is The Best Show Of 2017… So Far

March 31st, 2017

Circa ‘21’s “The Music Man” is a triumphant success. It’s a magnificent show, brilliant on so many levels, and is easily the best show I’ve seen in 2017… so far. Now, anyone who has followed me over the years knows that I’m not especially a fan of some of the “classic” musicals. They tend to be anachronistic and ridiculous in parts and borderline offensive in others if you actually look beyond the catchy tunes and pay attention to what’s going on. “The Music Man” is a notable exception to this. It’s got its racist and sexist elements that are certainly of its time, and... Read More

High Demand Spurs Circa To Add ‘Music Man’ Shows

March 29th, 2017

Now into it’s third week at Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse in downtown Rock Island, THE MUSIC MAN is charming audiences and critics alike!  “We’ve had wonderful response to the show” said Brett Hitchcock – Director of Audience Development. Local critics have also enjoyed this delightful musical with such comments as “Music Man was Terrific” River Cities Reader; “The Music Man is a thrilling ride on board a veritable American (and Iowan) classic” Dispatch/Argus; and “Circa ‘21’s The Music Man is a triumphant success” quadcities.com. The... Read More

‘Music Man’ Marching Into Circa This Weekend

March 16th, 2017

Those familiar with the iconic stage and screen show, THE MUSIC MAN, may remember that the very first song performed in the show is titled “Rock Island.” It’s consequently fitting that this Tony-winning classic can be found in Illinois’ actual Rock Island when THE MUSIC MAN runs at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse now through May 13.  An endearing musical romance that has charmed generations of fans, this timeless hit boasts numerous songs that have become cherished favorites, and is being brought to life by a spectacular cast of returning talents and Circa ’21 newcomers. THE... Read More

Making Good Girls Go Burlesque

August 26th, 2016

Bottoms Up Quad City Burlesque has been a strong presence in the Q-C nightlife scene since its debut five years ago. And, in all that time, as host and admin to our Facebook page, I have read so many messages asking for more. The requests for classes, auditions, bachelorette parties, festivals, and the list goes on and on. This year we were finally able to make a dream come true. The Bottoms Up School of Burlesque was brought to life after all this time. Over the past 15 weeks students have learned the building blocks to burlesque. Not only the “how to” but also what lies behind burlesque. If... Read More

QCTW’s ‘Big Meal’ A Scrumptious Plate of Pleasure and Pain

March 10th, 2016

The idea behind live theatre is to bring forth a form of art that captivates an audience allowing them to escape the monotony of daily life and immerse them in a new story. A successful creation brings out any and all emotion with a desire to leave an audience with an experience that lasts and connects with them on any level they deem necessary. In the QC Theatre Workshop’s production of “The Big Meal”, written by Dan LeFranc, these qualities are prevalent in rare form, leaving the daunting task of turning thoughts and emotions into words. The story itself leaves very little room for explanation... Read More

QC Theatre Workshop Serving Up ‘Big Meal’

March 3rd, 2016

Davenport’s QC Theatre Workshop is serving up a “big meal” for its first gig of 2016. The group is presenting the local premiere of Dan LeFranc’s acclaimed comedy/drama “The Big Meal,” with shows running at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19, and 3 p.m. March 6, 13 and 20. Doors open a half hour before each performance, and due to the play’s adult themes and language, parental guidance is recommended. An epic presentation following the personal journeys of four generations of family members, LeFranc’s 2011 work was called “sharp and stunning,... Read More

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