The first thing I noticed as I walked into Thursday's stunning, powerful, opening-night performance of the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre's Cabaret was the temperature. As I glanced around looking for meat hooks, I realized that many of the theatre's more seasoned attendees had brought along sweaters, coats, and even blankets. You'll get a rundown of What's Happenin' along with your keys to the Quad Cities' culture. As with most Greek tragedies, there is a moral dilemma that can give audiences insight into their lives, and director Michael Callahan staged a meaningful production that remains relevant 2, years after it was was written.
Submit your event listings to calendar rcreader. As the wind blew and the rain poured, I was concerned about making it to the current play at Augustana College's Brunner Theatre Center without being swept away by the currents of water flooding the streets of Rock Island.
I realized then how powerful and influential this musical fantasy was, and still is, for children everywhere. On Stands Now. Subscribe to our weekly e-mail updates, delivered to your inbox every Friday. If you're unlucky enough to be one of a ragtag group of jobless and desperate dudes, you do the obvious … and become a male stripper.
Piper Jackie Skilesa spunky office cleaning lady who has stumbled her way into a murder mystery. Friday's opening-night performance at Augustana College's Brunner Theatre Center was simply stunning, with the entire cast reminding me why I love the fine arts. By Jeff Ashcraft. By Rochelle Arnold. A disappearing body, missing evidence, blood on a chair, and a pursuing investigation — so goes the spirited comedy BusyBodywritten by Jack Popplewell and directed by Joe DePauw.
Thankfully, though — and with added thanks to Cart to the Art driver John D'Aversa — even a severe thunderstorm couldn't keep me from the Mississippi Bend Players' opening-night production of The Glass Menagerie. But the chill in the air gave no indication of the show's eventual heat. As I sat back in my seat enjoying the music, I heard the precious young girl seated behind me sweetly singing along with the teenage mermaid Ariel Aria Braswell in a very soft voice.
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Yet that is exactly what happened Friday night after the Playcrafters Barn Theatre's production of Clybourne Park, and director Alexander Richardson should be proud of his thought-provoking, darkly comedic production that demands more of its audience than the usual area-stage fare.
With just enough Quad City references thrown in to make it seem like an actual tour, Hedwig Anthony Natarelli and her band Kyle Jecklin on bass, Peter Letendre on drums, and Ben Kays on guitar take you on a captivating musical recollection of the headliner's life.
What are guys supposed to do when they lose their jobs because the local mill is closing? Bravo to the Mississippi Bend Players for magnificently transporting patrons back in time — back to when Huckleberry Finn Quinn Rigg and his humble slave companion Jim LaRon Grant traveled along the banks of the Mississippi River on a meager log raft — in the powerful musical Big River. Theatre Calendars. Support the Reader.
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