Enjoying an area stage run two months before the release of a new film version starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, William Shakespeare's classic tragedy Macbeth runs at Augustana College November 11 through 14, this legendary revenge thriller one of the Bard's most famous tragedies and the first mainstage production in the Rock Island college's 2021-22 season.

One of the most beloved and enduring comedies in American-theatre history enjoys a November 18 through 21 staging when Moline's Playcrafters Barn Theatre presents You Can't Take It with You, the zany 1936 comedy by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart that won the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award as recently as 2014, with its beloved film version a Jimmy Stewart favorite that received the Academy Award for Best Picture.

A powerful one-man show that examines the sacrifices made by our country's troops and their family members will be staged at the University of Dubuque's Heritage Center on November 11, with author and star Douglas Taurel bringing audiences directly into war-affected hearts, minds, and souls through the unforgettable stage drama The American Soldier.

According to North American folklore, the mythical creature known as the jackalope is a jackrabbit outfitted with antelope horns. But what if one was French? And interfered with your plans to get to Burning Man? And was making his debut at a theatre near you? Then you'd have “Jacques”alope, a world-premiere one-act running November 4 through 13 at the Davenport venue the Mockingbird on Main.

A masterpiece of world literature evocatively re-imagined for the stage, Riverside Theatre's one-act drama The Grand Inquisitor enjoys an October 21 through 31 run in the University of Iowa's intimate Main Library Gallery, the hypnotic monologue adapted by Marie-Hélène Estienne from the legendary text by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Described by Chicago Theatre Review as “an inventive and beautiful work of art for these difficult times,” the cabaret-style musical Island Song opens Augustana College's 2021-22 season of student-directed works, the show's October 21 through 24 run sure to demonstrate why BritishTheatre.com's Julian Eaves raved, “I guarantee it will stay with you -marvelously – long after you make your way home.”

Some of the most beloved figures in children's-book history, and perhaps in all of literary history, will be brought to life October 16 through 24 when Davenport Junior Theatre hosts its new production of Winnie the Pooh, the theatrical opener to the company's 70th season and its official 2021-2022 declaration: “Shows Are Free for All to See.”

If Halloween is approaching, it must be time for that annual theatrical command: “Let's do the 'Time Warp' again!” Consequently, the Circa '21 Speakeasy will stage its sixth-annual presentation of the cult-musical smash The Rocky Horror Show from October 22 through 31, treating audiences to live performances of classic songs in this nutty, interactive experience that has been delighting show regulars and virgins alike for close to 50 years.

Having just enjoyed a summer refreshingly filled with small-cast productions, I've rarely seen more than a handful of folks gathered together onstage this year. Yet somehow, Company director, lighting and set designer, and venue co-founder David M. Miller – along with choreographer Beth Marsoun – accommodated 14 people on that compact playing area without anyone looking constricted.

I love playing board games. I also love a good night at the theatre, which made Saturday night’s production of Clue: On Stage the perfect combination to bring a smile to my face. Luckily, director Dana Skiles’ Richmond Hill Barn Theatre production lived up to my expectations and provided the anticipated zany and farcical evening.