A Review of Dracula


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

National Week of Readings to Commemorate 80th Anniversary of It Can’t Happen Here

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALisbon – On Wednesday, October 26 at 7 PM, the Lisbon Public Library will hold a free public reading of the new stage adaptation of It Can’t Happen Here, based on the 1935 novel written by Sinclair Lewis. In 1936, the novel was adapted into a play and theatres across the country opened productions on the same night. To commemorate the 80th anniversary of those productions, regional theatres, universities, and communities across the country will read the new adaptation by Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director Tony Taccone and screenwriter Bennett S. Cohen. Continue reading