Thursday, June 14, 2012

What Are You Doing This Weekend?

Going out to the theatre, we hope! Here's our weekly roundup:

From The Old Creamery: Busybody

(3rd weekend; review here.)

"Mrs. Piper, a cleaning woman for a suite of corporate offices, seems to know everything about everybody. When she discovers a dead body, will she survive, or does she know too much? You'll be laughing and guessing 'who done it' until the very last scene."

Script by Jack Popplewell; directed by S. Joseph Nassif.

Location: Old Creamery Mainstage
Time: 7:30 Friday & Saturday, 3:00 Sunday
Price: $22.50 ($16 Youth)

From Urban Theatre Project: Brilliant Traces

(2nd weekend; review here.)

"As a blizzard rages outside, a lonely figure, Henry Harry, lies sleeping under a heap of blankets. Suddenly, he is awakened by the insistent knocking of an unexpected visitor — who turns out to be Rosannah DeLuce, a distraught young woman who has fled her impending marriage, and who bursts into the cabin dressed in full bridal regalia.

Exhausted, she throws herself on Henry’s mercy, but after sleeping for two days straight, her vigor — and combativeness — return."

Script by Cindy Lou Johnson; directed by Erica Jo Hoye.

Location: CSPS
Time: 7:30 Thursday & Friday
Price: $10

From Three Brothers: The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)

(2nd weekend; review here.)

"Come and enjoy Three Brothers Theatre's exploration into the complete works of Shakespeare with their upcoming show 'The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)' All 37 of the Bard's plays condensed into one single show that will leave you laughing, crying, and wondering if the actors have a bit of an identity crisis."

Script by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield; directed by Kerry Kieler.

Location: Public Space One
Time: 8:00 Friday & Saturday, 2:00 Sunday
Price: $10

From Riverside Theatre: As You Like It

"Rosalind, Shakespeare's most breathtaking heroine, and her boyfriend Orlando find themselves in the enchanted Forest of Arden, where "all the world's a stage," and where sudden infatuation is as confusing as it is beautiful. As You Like It has everything people adore about Shakespearean comedy: mistaken identity, cross-dressing, madness, mayhem, laughter, and romance... plus an original score and a cappella singing!"

Script by William Shakespeare; directed by Theodore Swetz.

Location: Lower City Park in Iowa City
Time: 8:00 Friday & Saturday, 7:00 Sunday
Price: $17 - 39

From City Circle: Guys and Dolls

"Based on the short stories of Damon Runyon, the show, with book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, takes us into the romantic intricacies of a collection of 1920s-era gangsters and their loves, and follows them as they butt heads with the Save-a-Soul Mission band, evade the authorities, and belt out some of the most beloved tunes in musical theater history. This show is a long-time favorite among fans and performers alike. Director Josh Sazon describes it as 'a classic in the best sense of the word,' and admits that 'directing this production has been a joy.'"

Music by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows; directed by Josh Sazon.

Location: Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Time: 7:30 Friday & Saturday, 2:00 Sunday
Price: $22-27 ($17 students & seniors; $12 child)

From Old Creamery: Jack and the Beanstalk

"Join The Old Creamery Theatre for Young Audiences for an imaginative and creative retelling of the classic Jack and the Beanstalk. The show comes complete with a giant, a hen that lays golden eggs and a magic beanstalk of course!"

Script by Bob Rafferty; directed by Tom Milligan.

Location: Old Creamery Mainstage
Time: 1:00 Saturdays, 10:00 June 19, 21, and 27
Price: $8

From Oster Regent Theatre: Oliver!

"Bringing vividly to life Charles Dickens’ timeless characters with its ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more, Lionel Bart’s sensational score delights everyone with its outstanding musical numbers that include 'Where is Love,' 'Consider Yourself,' 'You’ve Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two,' 'I’d Do Anything,' 'As Long As He Needs Me' and many more."

Music, lyrics and book by Lionel Bart; directed by Greg Holt.

Location: Oster Regent Theatre (103 Main St. in Cedar Falls)
Time: 7:30 Friday & Saturday 2:00 Sunday
Price: $25

From City High Drama: Crimes of the Heart

"Every year, high schools across the nation compete in regional festivals for a chance to perform at the summer International Thespian Festival.

Iowa City High's production of the Beth Henley Pulitzer Prize Winner brought a full house of Iowa actors and directors to their feet earlier this spring at the regional competition in Cedar Falls.

Not only did Iowa City High School win one of the 10 spots at the International Festival, they were one of the two high schools asked to perform their piece TWICE.

In order to raise the money to bring this show to the Festival later this month, City High Drama is staging a special two-performance benefit production."

Script by Beth Henley; directed by Patrick DuLaney.

Location: Opstead Auditorium, City High School
Time: 7:30 Friday and Saturday
Price: $10 ($5 student)

... so get out to the theatre!

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