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.

Director Rebecca Casad and musical director Christine Rogers have wrangled a large, impressive cast, crew, and staff into an energetic singing, dancing, overall good time.

Led by company founders T. Green and Calvin Vo, Haus of Ruckus is set to open a new comedy (with puppets) featuring the duo's stage alter egos Johnny and Fungus. If you feel like you just read that information on this site, like, days ago, you're not far off the mark: Haus of Ruckus' previous Johnny-and-Fungus adventure Punk Rock Lobster debuted on January 19 and closed on the 28th. “It's not necessarily weird that we're doing another one so soon,” says Vo. “I'd say it's less weird than … . What's the word?” “Stressful,” says Green. “Yeah. That's it.”

When director/co-writer Ben Gougeon's world premiere The Stacks: An Immersive Mystery enjoys its February 22 through March 2 run at the new Sound Conservatory – the original, longtime site of the Moline Public Library – it will mark the first theatrical presentation to be staged in the venue. It may very well be the last. But you can't blame Gougeon or his debuting show for that.

With the company's second mainstage production of its 2023-24 season, the student talents of Davenport Junior Theatre will be taking audiences on a rollicking underwater adventure in the February 17 through 25 run of Finding Nemo Jr., the 60-minute musical based on the beloved animated film that boats a cast of 41, eight youths running the booth and backstage, and seven additional front-of-house team members ages 10 to 18.

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.