A Review of Winter Wonderettes

wonderettesby Gerry Roe

Amana – Old Creamery Theatre brings its 2016 season to a close with an energetic production of Winter Wonderettes, an interesting introduction to the holiday season featuring four women with strong abilities in both singing and dancing. Some of the songs are original, but some of the old favorites from the 50’s and 60’s are included as well. Continue reading

A Review of The Taming

taming1Iowa City – Are we all sick of politics? I know I am. But I’ll tell you what I’m not sick of – funny people skewering the political landscape. I have been enjoying Saturday Night Live and John Oliver’s witty take on the insanity that is our political process. If that sort of political satire is your thing, you’ll definitely want to check out Riverside Theatre’s latest production, The Taming by Lauren Gunderson.  Continue reading

A Review of Dracula

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Photo by Emily McKnight

by David Pierce

The Iowa City Community Theatre’s (ICCT’s) production of Dracula is short on scares but full of campy fun.

There are a few ways you can go with Dracula. One way is to emphasize the horror, playing up the creepy psycho-sexual side of the story. Considering this is ICCT’s Halloween show, you wouldn’t be surprised if that was the target at which the production aimed. But this production of Dracula isn’t trying to scare or creep out anyone. Instead, it’s target is campy fun, and it hits that target far more than it misses it. Continue reading

A Review of August: Osage County

aoc1by Sharon Falduto
Photos by Jackie Blake Jensen

Coralville – Tracy Lett’s August: Osage County, presented by City Circle Acting Company of Coralville at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts on October 21 and 22 at 7:30 and October 23 at 2pm, is not a lighthearted romp. It’s a cynical, engaging and harrowing look at a dysfunctional family flayed open like a fish and displayed for antagonistic consumption. Continue reading

A Review of Step Afrika’s! The Migration

img_3792by Matthew Falduto

Iowa City – I am not a dancer. I am not knowledgeable enough to tell you if the dancers’ technique was correct or not. This review isn’t going to talk about the technical aspects of the show I experienced. What I will write about are the feelings it evoked and the story it told. Before I begin, let me give you a little background information about Step Afrika!’s show The Migration: Reflections of Jacob Lawrence. Continue reading