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City Circle Theatre to premiere original cabaret-style performance for Christmas

Photo from the City Circle Theatre Company's 'A Christmas Cabaret.' Contributed.
Jenna Post, Arts Reporter December 13, 2020

City Circle Theatre Company hopes to bring its audience out of the pandemic blues by doing the same for Santa Claus with a musical variety show, A Christmas Cabaret, which premieres on Dec. 18. An...

From Christmas past to the virtual present: Riverside performs A Christmas Carol

Photo of the cast and crew members of Riverside Theatre's A Christmas Carol. Contributed.
Jenna Post, Arts Reporter November 29, 2020

Riverside Theatre brought one of the oldest Christmas stories to the new world of virtual theater. A Christmas Carol was made available for streaming on Nov. 27 through the theater’s website. Despite...

Essential Workers: A Portrait honors those who are needed now most by combining theater and art

Associate director and media engineer Nick Coso and actor Derek Donnellan record Episode 4 of
Jenna Post, Arts Reporter November 17, 2020

The University of Iowa Theatre Department’s final mainstage of the fall season paints a picture of what it’s like to be an essential worker in 2020 — and that’s not a figure of speech. Essential...

Riverside tells moving story with virtual play ‘Midnight Your Time’

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Parker Jones, Arts Reporter November 16, 2020

A Skype ringtone echoes over a black screen. The camera turns on and a woman appears, sitting alone in a darkened kitchen. Donning colorfully patterned sweaters and scarlet reading glasses that...

Neo Futurist theatre performance closes out University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts’ fall 2020 Gallery Season

The University of Iowa Theater Building is seen on Monday, May 6, 2019.
Tatiana Plowman, Arts Reporter November 11, 2020

Neo-Futurist theater has made its way to Iowa City and will be showcased in the latest University of Iowa play to hit the stage premiering on Nov. 13, Seven Neos on the Brink of Mediocracy. The art...

Virtual theater auditions bring new challenges to students

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Parker Jones, Arts Reporter November 10, 2020

Every year, the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts hosts spring and fall season auditions that give students with an interest in theatre a chance to perform in a number of productions. As...

UI-developed COVID-19 saliva tests make in-person rehearsals possible for performing arts departments

Photo Illustration by Raquele Decker.
Josie Fischels, Arts Editor November 8, 2020

For the performing arts, the worldwide transition to digital interaction over Zoom has been particularly devastating. With limited options available to continue to provide their students a meaningful...

Iowa City Community Theater presents one-night-only Halloween performance of ‘War of the Worlds’

The Iowa City Community Theater stages a virtual rehearsal for their one night only reading of the War of the Worlds radio drama on Tuesday, October 26th, 2020. Due to social distancing regulations and safety concerns from the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Iowa City Community Theater has tried to figure out ways to continue performing while keeping performers and audiences safe.
Parker Jones, Arts Reporter October 27, 2020

Alien invasions, interstellar war, and the end of the world? This Halloween, the Iowa City Community Theatre’s special one-night performance of “The War of the Worlds” will be one to remember. The...

Grounded is a soft approach to a hard-hitting show

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Madeline Liegois, Arts Reporter October 21, 2020

Riverside Theatre’s online production of Grounded by George Brant soared past my expectations of the play. Iowan actor Katy Hahn’s stunning performance as The Pilot is matched by Brant’s impressive...

Riverside Theatre soars with new virtual production of ‘Grounded’

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Madeline Liegois, Arts Reporter October 15, 2020

The sky is not the only limit in Riverside Theatre’s upcoming one-woman show, Grounded by George Brant. The play tells the story of a fighter pilot — fittingly named “The Pilot” — who...

Riverside brings back ‘Walking the Wire’ monologue series in a virtual format

Nandita Shenoy performs her monologue.(Contributed)
Jenna Post, Arts Reporter October 13, 2020

Every weekday throughout October, Riverside Theater will feature a new monologue for its online Walking the Wire series. The series kicked off on Oct. 5 as a virtual monologue series. Each weekday...

UI Theatre Arts Department first mainstage production provides perspectives on social justice

The University of Iowa Theater Building is seen on Monday, May 6, 2019.
Jenna Post, Arts Reporter October 6, 2020

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts’ first mainstage of the centennial season may have a small cast, but intends to deliver some big ideas. 6 by 6: Collected Perspectives on Social...

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