The lighter side of living-room entrapment – a sensation most of us can identify with – will be explored in three short, hysterical comedies presented by Coralville's City Cirle Theatre Company, with the streaming run of Acting Out While Staying In: An Evening of Virtual Comedy, from April 9 through 11, treating audiences to new works by area playwrights Christopher Okiishi, Paul Story, Janet Schlapkohl, and Brian Tanner.

Some of the most enjoyable tunes in musical theatre will be performed by some of our area's most familiar and adored performers when Quad City Music Guild, from April 9 through 18, presents its virtual revue On with the Show: A QCMG Cabaret, an online trip through the 73-year history of this beloved Quad Cities theatrical institution.

With its playwright José Rivera lauded by TheatreMania.com for the “expansive, ecstatic, poetic tone in his work that few stage writers dare to attempt,” the riveting quiltwork drama Sonnets for an Old Century will be available for April 9 through 18 viewing in a virtual presentation by Iowa City's Riverside Theatre, treating online audiences to a kaleidoscopic work that inspired Chicago Stage Review to rave, “Rivera’s script is staggering and lovely.”

Area theatre is back, and a beloved series is serving up some good ol’ Midwestern wholesomeness in The Church Basement Ladies in You Smell Barn at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse. This musical comedy was simply the perfect way for the venue to reopen in the wake of last year’s COVID-19 restrictions, and my husband and I had the privilege of attending Friday’s opening-night performance. It was fabulous.

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Updated: Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Reviews by Jeff Ashcraft, Patricia Baugh-Riechers, Audra Beals, Pamela Briggs, Dee Canfield, Kim Eastland, Emily Heninger, Heather Herkelman, Paula Jolly, Victoria Navarro, Mark Ruebling, Mike Schulz, Joy Thompson, Oz Torres, Brent Tubbs, Jill (Pearson) Walsh, and Thom White.

What is the essence of an artist? And how do they make themselves unique and entertaining? In my view, an artist is an extremely creative individual who demonstrates the ability to arouse one’s emotions and tantalize their senses, causing them to feel alive. And that’s exactly what I felt during Thursday’s dress-rehearsal preview of La Divina: The Last Interview of Maria Callas, now playing at the lovely Black Box Theatre in downtown Moline.

In The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]director Brent Tubbs has taken the dreary health precautions we've become inured to and turned them into comedic assets.

Lauded by the Hollywood Reporter as “a smart, hilarious, and provocative drama” and by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as “shockingly insightful and outrageously hilarious,” playwright Joshua Harmon's Admissions will enjoy live performances in St. Ambrose University's Studio Theatre March 24 through 28, this timely and enthralling tale described by the Miami Herald as “an absorbing drama and a prod to self-examination.”

An opera legend will celebrated on-stage when Shelley Cooper, Augustana College's Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, performs her one-woman show La Divina: The Last Interview of Maria Callas at Moline's Black Box Theatre March 28 through 28, the production a loving tribute to an iconic figure that legendary composer Leonard Bernstein called “the Bible of opera.”

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