Thursday, June 28, 2012

What Are You Doing This Weekend?

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

From The Old Creamery: Busybody

(Final 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 Riverside Theatre: The Merchant of Venice

(2nd weekend; review here.)

"One of Shakespeare's less frequently produced plays, The Merchant of Venice introduces characters rich in complexity, humor and, most of all, flaws. To help Bassanio win the heart of the wealthy heiress Portia, Venetian merchant Antonio borrows money from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender. Amid the blossoming love and comic pursuits of the heart, Shylock's loan goes unpaid and Antonio must suffer the consequences."

Script by William Shakespeare; directed by Kristin Horton.

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

As You Like It

(2nd weekend; review here.)

"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
Price: $17 - 39

From Old Creamery: Jack and the Beanstalk

(Last weekend; review here.)

"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 Saturday
Price: $8

From Iowa Summer Rep: What the Butler Saw

"What the Butler Saw is one of the great satiric comedies of modern theatre, and, like a good detective, it requires curiosity and a quick mind. It may be the craziest spoof of detective mysteries ever written."

Script by Joe Orton; directed by Eric Forsythe

Location: David Thayer Theatre
Time: 8:00 Sunday
Price: $26 ($23 Youth, $13 Student, $5 UI Student)

The Woman in Black

"Yes, this play is based on the same book as the recent movie starring Daniel Radcliffe. It's a bone-chilling mystery of the imagination, especially notable for having only two actors—and one ghost—perform the entire play."

Script by Susan Hill; directed by Mary Beth Easley.

Location: E. C. Mabie Theatre
Time: 8:00 Thursday - Saturday
Price: $26 ($23 Youth, $13 Student, $5 UI Student)

From ITAC: Stories of Old Amana

"This new stage adaptation of the rich history of the Amana Colony features stories that have been gathered from the Amana Heritage Museum in addition to stories directly provided to ITAC’s acting ensemble. A few of the stories in this special one-hour presentation will be told for the very first time on the Amana stage. Five actors keep the pace of this show lively and engaging and the addition of projected slides of communal-era Amana enhances the enjoyment of this unique and illuminating show recommended for audiences from elementary age children to senior citizens."

Location: Iowa Theatre Artists Company
Time: 1:30 Friday& Saturday.
Price: $10

From ACE: A Midsummer Night's Dream Reading

"ACE's 3rd year of Midsummer Reads kicks off at PATV & Uptown Bills as part of their Sizzling Summer Nights. TRY on yer Fairy Persona, B a King or Queen, Argue with yer Dad bout the Man U Love!"

Location: Uptown Bill's
Time: 7:00 Thursday

... so get out to the theatre!

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