With the New York Times lauding the show as "85 minutes of sweetness, humor, and energetic high spirits," the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical Seussical enjoys a November 26 through December 26 run of morning and matinée performances at Rock Island's Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, the musical's recreation of beloved storybook characters and situations brought to life by Tony-winning composers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Described by Splash magazine as “unsettling and affecting” and by Chicago Theatre Review as “a truly original and unique performance,” playwright Tim Crouch's An Oak Tree makes its Quad Cities debut at Davenport venue the Mockingbird on Main November 26 through December 5, the darkly comic drama famed for one of its two performers, on a nightly basis, having neither seen nor read a word of the play in advance.

Ready or not, here come the holidays! I had the privilege to attend the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s Wednesday-night preview of their latest musical Winter Wonderland. Upon entering the theatre, I was greeted with a lovely arrangement of lighted Christmas wreaths and a cozy set design consisting of a fabulous cabin decked out in all kinds of sparkling ornaments and tinsel, compliments of scenic designer Susan Holgersson and scenic artist Trinity Filut. The surroundings absolutely got me in the holiday spirit.

I fell hard in love with playwright Qui Nguyen's She Kills Monsters the first time I saw it at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre in the summer of 2019. We trysted again that fall at Augustana College. I was consequently happy, on Saturday, to enjoy a new rendezvous at St. Ambrose University. Director Daniel Rairdin-Hale and the show's staff, crew, and cast have assembled a singularly beautiful, big-scale-impressive production of Nguyen's play.

Make no mistake: Augustana College’s Macbeth doesn’t even try to skirt around the fact that it’s a tragedy. In fact, director Jennifer Popple’s production begins with a funeral. It’s an artistic funeral, certainly, in that it’s set to modern-dance movements (care of movement director Shelley Cooper), but this Scottish play is well prepared to heighten reality while remaining heartfelt in the midst of tragedy.

On November 23, audiences at the Adler Theatre are invited to cheer a rousing “L'chaim!” when the Davenport venue hosts the touring production of Fiddler on the Roof, with Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher bringing a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick.

A Tony Award-nominated playwright described by the New York Times as “a maestro of the short form,” author David Ives and his unique stage gifts will be celebrated in Scott Community College's Student Life Center from November 18 through 21, with the college's theatrical talents uniting to treat audiences to three beguiling works in An Evening of Shorts by David Ives.

New venue: the Mockingbird on Main. New endeavor: Calvin Vo's and T.J. Green's Haus of Ruckus. New play: "Jacques"alope. But new actors? Happily, no. I don't mean that they're old – they're experienced, and delightful to watch.

Had the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's holiday production Winter Wonderland been staged last year as originally intended, it would have marked a significant anniversary, given that it would have been 20 years since the previous version of this Christmas-themed musical revue debuted on the Rock Island stage. But with the dinner theatre closed for the holidays in 2020, Winter Wonderland, running November 10 through December 29, is now returning to Circa '21 – in altered form – for this year's yuletide season instead. And although a 21st-anniversary presentation may not have the marketing value of a 20th-, staging the revue in 2021 does provide a different number to celebrate.

Described by the Chicago Tribune as “clever, funny, moving, lively, and geeky,” and filled with what Time Out Chicago called “deliciously dorky references to the early days of the Internet,” the Dungeons & Dragons-fueled comedy-drama-action-adventure She Kills Monsters serves as the first mainstage production in St. Ambrose University's 2021-22 season, its November 12 through 21 run guaranteed, according to the New York Times, to “slash and shapeshift its way into your heart.”

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