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The Daily Iowan

The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

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Review | ‘Red’ is an immersive and philosophical play

Charlie Hickman, Assistant Arts Editor February 25, 2024

John Logan’s award-winning play “Red” has been revitalized by City Circle Theatre Company through an intimate, wildly entertaining performance. The biographical drama depicts painter Mark...

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Seeing the stage from both sides: Two Iowa actors to perform in ‘Hairspray’ at Hancher

Avi Lapchick, Arts Editor February 20, 2024

Both Sarah Hayes and Amy Rodriguez were present at the national Broadway tour stops of “Rent” at Hancher Auditorium — Hayes as an audience member in 1999 and Rodriguez as a student stagehand in...

Kylen Phillips reads his lines backstage during a performance of West Illinois Glass House in the Iowa Theatre Building on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024. (Ava Neumaier/The Daily Iowan)

A look at ‘West Illinois Glass House’ and the university’s production process

Grant Darnell, Arts Reporter February 20, 2024

Alex Lead sits in Alan McVey Theatre and hears his written words spoken aloud for the dozenth time, following along with the script on his phone. His play, “West Illinois Glass House,”...

Lyrah Huggins (left) and Bridget Greenwood (right) embrace during a performance of Matilda Jr. at the James Theater in Iowa City on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024.

Children given opportunity for a breakout role in ‘Matilda Jr.’ at the James Theater

Caden Gantenbein, Arts Reporter February 6, 2024

When Eliza Durney, 10, and Bridget Greenwood, 10, are in their regular classroom settings, they normally wouldn’t confront a mean teacher. But as the alternating leads for the role of Matilda in Nolte...

The cast of Dance Nation dances the opening number during a dress rehearsal for “Dance Nation” at David Thayer Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024.

‘Dance Nation’ brings realities of girlhood to the stage

Riley Dunn, Arts Reporter February 5, 2024

Preteen girlhood is a maze of trials and tribulations. This reality is especially prominent in “Dance Nation,” a play that introduces audiences to a competitive dance troupe of thirteen-year-old...

The cast of Dance Nation performs during a dress rehearsal for “Dance Nation” at David Thayer Theatre on Feb. 1, 2024.

Photos: University of Iowa Theatre Arts “Dance Nation”

Isabella Tisdale, Photojournalist February 2, 2024

The University of Iowa Theatre Arts program held a dress rehearsal for “Dance Nation” at the David Thayer Theatre on Thursday.  “Dance Nation” is a play following young competitive dancers...

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Iowa Playwriters Workshop graduate Samuel D. Hunter speaks on his rapid success as a storyteller

Caden Gantenbein, Arts Reporter January 30, 2024

Writer of the Academy Award-winning play-turned-movie “The Whale,” Samuel D. Hunter is also a 2007 alum of the University of Iowa’s Playwrights Workshop. Not only has Hunter experienced exceptional...

Students rehearse for the 27th Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival presented by The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts in the Theatre Building on Jan. 22, 2024. The cast is starring in a play titled “The Worst Supervillain in the World” written by student Darrin Terpstra. (Madison Frette/The Daily Iowan)

UI Theater Department presents student-run Ten Minute Plays

Riley Dunn, Arts Reporter January 23, 2024

 The University of Iowa’s Theater Department’s annual Ten-Minute Play Festival is a unique, student-run production that incorporates the talents of UI students interested in play production. Showcased...

Scot West and Barrington Vaxter performing in “The Case for the Existence of God” at Riverside Theater in Iowa City on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024.

Riverside Theatre presents ‘A Case for the Existence of God’ and excels on opening night

Caden Gantenbein, Arts Reporter January 23, 2024

Riverside Theatre successfully brought another tremendous and professional play to its venue on Jan. 19. Despite the threat of negative windchill on the opening night for “A Case for the...

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Review | Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ gives fresh spin on familiar story

Riley Dunn, Arts Reporter January 22, 2024

Hancher Auditorium’s final production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” closed its curtains to thunderous applause on Sunday. Adapted for the stage by Academy Award winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin,...

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The Tinfoil Hat Committee: Still laughing

Charlie Hickman, Assistant Arts Editor January 16, 2024

Iowa City has fostered a burgeoning comedy scene for several years, but the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic seemed to damper community excitement in comedy. Since comedy performances have resumed, however,...

The new Wilson Family Stage plaque is seen in Riverside Theatre in Iowa City on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2023.

Wilson family leaves legacy on Riverside’s main stage

Stella Shipman, Arts Editor December 12, 2023

Herb and Janice Wilson always loved attending productions together at the Riverside Theatre’s former location on North Gilbert Street in downtown Iowa City. Their appreciation for the arts and local...

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