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River Cities' Reader | Theatre
Life, Death, and Finding Love in Between: "Harold & Maude," at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 21 May 2002 18:00
It’s not often that a main character dies more than five times during the course of a story. Or that a young man proposes to an 80-year-old woman. But Harold & Maude at Playcrafters Barn Theatre combines this unusual story with exceptional acting and achieves two hours of genuine laughter, and an appreciation for life and art. Colin Higgins’ play is a lighthearted piece in which the lead characters come to terms with death and love.

Family Saga a Minor Masterpiece of Writing: "The Memory of Water" at Riverside Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joy Thompson   
Tuesday, 05 February 2002 18:00
The three sisters who are the central characters of Shelaugh Stephenson’s The Memory of Water at first appear to having nothing in common except their family ties. The caustic dialogue reveals unresolved conflicts that go back to childhood and the different roles each woman has pursued in life and love. But the dialogue also contains much humor and insight that finally leads to acceptance.

"Butter" Shows a Campus Spinning Out of Control: "Spinning into Butter" at Riverside Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joy Thompson   
Tuesday, 20 November 2001 18:00
Spinning into Butter, Riverside Theatre’s third production in its 21st season, is a sometimes-humorous look at very serious subjects: political correctness and racial politics in the new millennium. The work and the production have local roots. The play was written by Rebecca Gilman, who has an MFA from the University of Iowa and is an acquaintance of Ron Clark and Jody Hovland, co-artistic directors at Riverside. (Time magazine hailed Gilman as “an important new theatrical voice.”) And director Bruce Levitt is a former University of Iowa faculty member and was director of the MFA. actor-training program at the school from 1977 to 1980.

Modern Love Stories Sure to Entertain: "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" at Riverside Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joy Thompson   
Tuesday, 11 September 2001 18:00
Riverside Theatre in Iowa City is one of only a handful of regional theatres fortunate enough to gain the rights to present I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change so early in its history. The musical comedy – dubbed “Seinfeld set to music” – is still running in New York at the WestSide Theatre and is also in Boston, and it hasn’t begun to tour nationally. But it’s at the Riverside Theatre through September 30.

Shakespeare Gets a 21st Century Treatment: "As You Like It," at Riverside Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joy Thompson   
Tuesday, 12 June 2001 18:00
Where can audiences see the World Wrestling Federation on stage in a Shakespeare comedy? And where can young lovers be serenaded by frogs as dusk settles over the park? The answer is Lower City Park in Iowa City, where Riverside Theatre presents a very modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Directed with wit and high energy by Mark Hunter, the comedy about love and family and all the complications one can imagine is distinguished by a rollicking soundtrack, youthful, exuberant performers, and hip-hop choreography.

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