A faithful dramatization filled with adventure, courage, love, and the triumph of good over evil, C.S. Lewis' timeless tale The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe will enjoy a three-performance run at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts March 8 through 10, its presentation by Young Footliters Youth Theatre boasting a gifted cast of student actors from grades six through 12.

Based on the beloved Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson book Growing Up Lutheran and an ever-popular stage entertainment for nearly 20 years, Church Basement Ladies makes an eagerly awaited return to Rock Island's Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, its March 6 through April 27 run sure to demonstrate why Broadway World called the experience “a completely fun evening” that's “really, really funny.”

Spaceworms, now playing at the St. Ambrose University Studio Theatre, is Haus of Ruckus’s latest foray into exotic locales, obscure pop culture references, and puppetry. Directed by T. Green, the Haus’s newest is a delight for those obsessed with sci-fi pop culture and unfamiliar with the oeuvre of the company.

You're invisible to the characters; there's no interaction between performers and audience, and no talking between spectators. But you can prowl and eavesdrop at will. Everyone witnesses the happenings differently.

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the off-Broadway sensation, the nationally touring comedy Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus Live! lands at Davenport's Adler Theatre on March 7, with the show's original writer Eric Cable and director Mindy Cooper back to inject new life into the script, ensuring its relevance and resonance with audiences on 2024.

Winner of Great Britain's Oliver Award for Best Play and described by London's Independent as “wondrous, hilarious, and heartbreaking,” the fascinating two-character drama The Mountaintop enjoys a February 23 through March 10 run at Iowa City's Riverside Theatre, the play's imagined tale involving Martin Luther King Jr. lauded by the Los Angeles Times as “a powerful, poetic take on (King's) legacy.”

Described by the New York Times as “intense and exciting” and by The New Yorker as “smart, eloquent entertainment,” Tony-winning author John Logan's two-character Red enjoys a February 23 through March 3 run hosted by Circle's Edge, an offshoot of City Circle Theatre Company, with this acclaimed drama about noted painter Mark Rothko being staged in an actual art studio: Coralville's social painting and crafting venue Brush & Barrel.

Mysteries should surprise you. Murder on the Orient Express, the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's current offering, did so for me in … well, surprising ways.

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Updated: Monday, February 26

Reviews by Rochelle Arnold, Jeff Ashcraft, Patricia Baugh-Riechers, Audra Beals, Pamela Briggs, Dee Canfield, Madeline Dudziak, Kim Eastland, Emily Heninger, Heather Herkelman, Paula Jolly, Victoria Navarro, Roger Pavey Jr., Alexander Richardson, Mark Ruebling, Mike Schulz, Joy Thompson, Oz Torres, Brent Tubbs, Jill Pearson Walsh, and Thom White.

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