Described by the New York Times as a musical that delivers “an affirming blast” and “the high that only live theatre can induce when everything clicks,” the jukebox sensation Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story enjoys a September 9 through 19 run at Mt. Carroll's Timber Lake Playhouse, a show that inspired Broadway World to state, “Whether you grew up bopping along to his music or this is your first Buddy experience, there's something to enjoy for everyone.”

Lauded by as a “straight-from-the-gut, beautifully written two-hander” in which “laughter is heard as often as sobs,” playwright Anne Nelson's The Guys makes its area debut at Moline's Black Box Theatre September 9 through 12, this work presented in honor of the heroism of first responders described by the Christian Science Monitor as “a play that tackles the horror of September 11th with an intimacy that's both unsettling and healing.”

The joint was really jumping at the Timber Lake Playhouse on Friday as the company presented its rendition of Ain’t Misbehavin', an energetic tribute to the songs of Thomas “Fats” Waller.

Spending Friday night at the Black Box Theatre was like joining a master class in manipulation with the venue's latest production Murder in Green Meadows. While I wish director Jacqueline Isaacson had been slightly less specific about the number of gunshots in the production during her pre-show announcement, as it became a bit of a spoiler as the night progressed, the evening overall was enjoyable.

A tribute to the compositions of jazz legend Fats Waller that received three Tony Awards including Best Musical, the musical revue Ain't Misbehavin' enjoys an August 19 through 29 engagement at Mt. Carroll's Timber Lake Playhouse, this exhilarating collection of classic songs described by the New York Times as a show that "moves with the zing and sparkle of a Waller recording filled with bright melodies and asides.”

Any time you have the chance to catch a brand-new script in performance, it’s bound to be interesting. Local playwright Jim Sederquist kicked us back to 2013 with his new dramedy The Whistleblower’s Dilemma, and, under the direction of Mike Turczynski, Saturday’s presentation at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre definitely lived up to “interesting.”

Described by the Windy City Times as “an archly manipulative psycho-thriller” that “holds your attention like a leash,” author Douglas Post's fiendishly witty thriller Murder in Green Meadows enjoys an August 19 through 28 run at Moline's Black Box Theatre, the show a recipient of six Emmy nominations when performed on television by Chicago's legendary Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

When I sat down for Saturday's presentation of Outside Mullingar, I was already impressed by the high quality of the performers' credits, along with the large quantity of shows each has done. I was soon to be dazzled.

I attended Quad City Music Guild's Thursday preview of Matilda: The Musical, and as I'd never before seen the 2010 show, hadn't seen the 1996 movie, and hadn't read the 1988 Roald Dahl book it's based on, I obviously came very late to this party – and it's a huge party.

Does everything that happens to us happen by chance? Or could our reactions to life’s events change their outcomes in small or large ways? (I've heard it said before that what might break one person may actually strengthen another, and although we cannot control outside events or circumstances, we can choose how we react.) These thought-provoking questions came to mind as I finished watching Sunday’s matinée performance of playwright Nick Payne’s Constellations, now playing at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre.