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Iowa City Community Theatre presents story of love in the face of destruction in ‘Follies’

Emma Gaughan, Arts Reporter May 2, 2023

In a bittersweet story of love, aging, and theater, the Iowa City Community Theatre’s production of “Follies” began April 28-30 and will continue May 5-7. The show is the final show of the...

Mary Mayo, playing Robyn, performs during a production of “The Roommate” presented by the Riverside Theatre in Iowa City on Thursday, April 28, 2023.

‘The Roommate’ at Riverside emphasizes that age does not dictate identity

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter May 2, 2023

If you think you’ve had bad experiences with roommates, imagine a former criminal from New York moving into your house. This is exactly what happens in the comedic and hard-hitting play “The...

Hancher Auditorium is seen on Sunday, July 10, 2022.

Hancher introduces new Broadway subscription series and arts festival

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter May 1, 2023

Hancher Auditorium announced that a new Broadway subscription series, an October arts festival, and a new season lineup for the venue’s 2023-24 programming. Broadway subscription packages went...

Mezzo soprano Jordan McCready sings during a dress rehearsal of the immersive opera “The Great Flood” at the Voxman Music Building on Monday, April 24, 2023. Nathan Felix is the composer of the opera and it premiered at the Stanley Museum of Art on Thursday, April 27.

Immersive opera ‘The Great Flood’ tells emotional stories at the Stanley

Emma Gaughan, Arts Reporter April 30, 2023

The crowd waited in the lobby of the Stanley with high anticipation on Thursday evening before performers began a performance of song and music while walking among the audience. The immersive opera...

Mary Mayo, playing Robyn, and Joy Vandervort-Cobb playing Sharon, perform during a production of “The Roommate” presented by the Riverside Theatre in Iowa City on Thursday, April 28, 2023.

Photos: The Roommate dress rehearsal

Darren Chen, Photojournalist April 28, 2023

Riverside Theatre presented a production of “The Roommate” in Iowa City on Thursday, April 28, 2023. The show was a riveting comedy by Jen Silverman, a graduate of the University of Iowa Playwrights...

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre building is seen on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

Review | UI Theatre Department’s ‘Ugly Lies the Bone’ is an honest depiction of hope and recovery

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter April 25, 2023

A stage hung with picture frames, set with a chandelier of photographs and a cluttered kitchen table, and a screen in front of which a woman reclines in an armchair knitting. This is how “Ugly Lies...

Alex MacKay, playing Jack Manningham, and Andrew Cole, playing Sergeant Rough, perform during a production of “Angel Street” presented by Dreamwell Theatre at the ArtiFactory in Iowa City on Friday, April 14, 2023. The show premiered on Broadway in 1941 and is known for coining the term “gaslighting.” ArtiFactory will run the show until April 22.

Review | Dreamwell Theatre opens ‘Angel Street’ at the ArtiFactory

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter April 18, 2023

Gas lamps shed a golden glow over the fragile figure of a woman on her chaise lounge. The tea on the table beside her sits abandoned and cold while she anxiously waits for her husband to return home. Dreamwell...

Kristina Ratkawski and Andrew Cole perform during a dress rehearsal of Angel Street in the Trinity Episcopal Church building on Monday, April 3, 2023. The show will open in the Artifactory Building on Saturday, April 15.

Dreamwell Theatre to present production of ‘Angel Street,’ play that defined gaslighting

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter April 10, 2023

The term “gaslighting” is popular in social discourse, typically used in the contexts of political campaigns or toxic relationships. This weekend, the roots of this term will see the light. Dreamwell...

Willow Creek Theater Co. presented Melancholy Play by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Regen Kuker. This play was preformed on Thursday the 9th through Sunday the 12th. The play follows a young woman Tilly who seems to attract everyone she meets until her melancholy goes away and her connections change.

Exploring the thriving local theater scene in Iowa City

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter April 4, 2023

Local theaters are booming in Iowa City through collaborations, new building openings, and an exciting season of shows. Riverside Theatre, Willow Creek Theatre, Iowa City Community Theatre, and...

The outside of the Riverside Theatre is seen at the Pedestrian Mall in Iowa City on Friday, April 8, 2022.

Riverside Theatre’s production of ‘Fefu and Her Friends’ pays tribute to legendary playwright and empowers women

Stella Shipman and Emma Gaughan March 21, 2023

The stage is a place where theater comes to life, and the characters share their stories with the audience and build a world — most of the time. In Riverside Theatre’s production of “Fefu and...

The cast for South Bend Civic Theatres production of Something Rotten rehearses July 12, 2022. The production runs from July 15 to 31, 2022. Civic Theater Puts On Something Rotten

UI Theatre department presents humorous retelling of Shakespeare and history of musical theatre with “Something Rotten!”

Emma Gaughan, Arts Reporter March 8, 2023

Being true to oneself — that’s how the cast and crew of “Something Rotten!” describes the theme of the show. The show was presented by the University of Iowa Theatre department at Mabie Theater...

Emma Hughs and Jennifer Hogan perform during a rehearsal of The Fog Comes on Little Cat Feet in the Artifactory building on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023.

Dreamwell Theatre presents world premiere of ‘the fog comes on little cat feet’

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter March 1, 2023

A small room is lined with chairs and lit by fluorescents, filled with the sounds of a vending machine spitting out snacks, a telephone ringing off the hook, and hushed conversations between anxious...

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