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Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre charms audiences with family-friendly outdoor drive-in performance

Members of the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre. Contributed by Michael Kreiser.

Tatiana Plowman, Arts Reporter

September 17, 2020

Have you ever wondered what animals have been up to since the world was hit by COVID-19? Have the penguins been adventuring around their zoo habitats? Are alligators visiting the shopping mall? Shenanigans: Animals in Charge! — a drive-in puppet show presented by Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre...

Worth buying into: Buyer and Cellar is just what theater-lovers need in live theater’s absence


Jenna Post, Arts Reporter

September 15, 2020

Buyer and Cellar, a story that’s usually only told onstage, is now available on screen through Riverside Theatre’s website, due to the unavailability of its theater space. Amid the pandemic, Riverside took a clever approach to COVID-19 safety guidelines by filming a one-man show starring R...

Online performances increases accessibility, pose new challenges for fine arts

The Voxman Building is seen on July 8, 2018.

Jenna Post, Arts Reporter

September 2, 2020

This fall, stages have been swapped for computer screens. The performing arts at the University of Iowa have taken a particularly hard hit over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. As students start rehearsals for their first shows, recitals, and performances of the year, their departments have had t...

Two months after original performance date, Shakespeare in the Park goes virtual


Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Editor

August 5, 2020

In Lower City Park, there stands a miniature, Elizabethan-style amphitheater, which has served as an outdoor stage for Riverside Theater’s free “Shakespeare in the Park” performances since 2000. But just as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre shut down as the Bubonic Plague raged through Europe, COVID...

Summer Partnership in the Arts to give unique virtual performance


Madison Lotenschtein and Peter Anders

June 25, 2020

Beginning in 2018, the Summer Partnership in the Arts initiative gave the University of Iowa Theater Arts students and performers the opportunity to work with guest artists. This summer’s play, titled Breath Behind the Mask, will be performed not on a stage, but on a virtual platform: YouTube. St...

Riverside Theater searches for new home, plans ‘virtual performances’ amid COVID-19

The Riverside Theatre is seen on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

Charles Peckman, Senior Reporter

May 29, 2020

Riverside Theater, which is known for its locally produced plays, is looking for a new home. According to a press release from the playhouse’s website, Riverside will move from its current location, 213 N. Gilbert Street, upon the expiration of its current lease. Despite the 2019 Novel Coron...

Empty stages: Performing arts put on hold in area venues

The Riverside Theatre is seen on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

Josie Fischels, Arts Editor

April 27, 2020

The costumes are hanging patiently, the set is built, and the performance venue is secured, but for the University of Iowa’s anticipated spring production of The Light in the Piazza, the show must now wait until November before it can officially go on. The cast members would have taken their fi...

Riverside Theater’s ’30 Days of Shakespeare’ video series brings theatre to social media


Pedro Barragan, Arts Reporter

April 5, 2020

While local theaters are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Riverside Theater has brought about an initiative to bring theater back to Iowa City in a new way with their 30 Days of Shakespeare video series, which began April 1 and will be posted every day throughout the month. Producing Artis...

UI Theatre Department introduces new performance series, Diverse Voices

UI Theatre Department introduces new performance series, Diverse Voices

Ashley Dawson, Arts Reporter

March 11, 2020

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts introduced its new series, “Diverse Voices,” with Reconciliation a reading of a play written by Turtle Mountain Ojibwe member Marisa Carr. Carr’s reading took place on Sunday, March 8 in the Alan MacVay Theatre.  The director and the chair of the department of Theatre Arts,...

Marat’s Dead to bring the story of the Reign of Terror into future America

Actors Sterling Isler and Sydney Kuhel perform in Marat’s Dead at the University of Iowa Theatre Building on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

Samantha Murray, Arts Reporter

March 11, 2020

The famous painting of the death of Jean-Paul Marat gets a different twist in the poster for the upcoming play Marat’s Dead. On the originally white sheet that Marat leans against, the American flag drips down in an almost impressionistic interpretation. Marat’s Dead will tell a new tale of the ...

The Iowa City Community Theater brings classic and new elements to its production of Company

Actor Richard M. Le May performs during a dress rehearsal for the musical Company at the Iowa City Community Theater on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Company premieres Friday, March 6.

Jenna Post, Arts Reporter

March 7, 2020

After its Broadway debut 50 years ago, and days after its Broadway revival’s previews began, the Iowa City Community Theater brought the Sondheim classic to the stage on Friday night. The show will run through Sunday, March 15.  Company follows Bobby, the only unmarried or not engaged member of his friend group. Throughout...

Sarah Ruhl’s translation of Three Sisters to premiere at UI Theatre Department

From left to right, Liaf Graf performs as Masha, Amy Rodriguez performs as Irina and Crystal Stewart performs as Olga during the Three Sisters dress rehearsal in the Theater Building on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. The characters are the three Prozorov sisters who each face separate challenges in pre-revolution Russia.

Pedro Barragan, Arts Reporter

March 5, 2020

Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters will premiere on the theatre’s main stage today, and run through March 14. Based on a new translation by Sarah Ruhl, this version of Three Sisters intends to create a more upbeat nature to the celebrated tale of melancholy, according to director Lila Becker. As a pl...