If you're one of those folks excitedly looking forward to snow, and this week's forecasted highs in the 60s are bringing you down, you can step into a cold New England night this weekend and bask (sort of) in that chilly atmosphere – plus get a warm, bountiful evening of entertainment – at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre.

A deliciously macabre musical masterpiece that has won 12 Tony Awards between its 1979 Broadway debut and numerous revivals, composer Stephen Sondheim's and Hugh Wheeler's bloody-good Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street closes Quad City Music Guild's 2023 season, its November 10 through 19 run sure to demonstrate why the show is widely considered one of the finest American musicals of the last 50 years.

Lauded by the New York Daily News as a work that "packs wit, earns its laughs, and, like love, surprises you," the romantic-comedy vignettes at the heart of playwright John Cariani's ceaselessly popular Almost, Maine enjoy a November 10 through 19 staging at Moline's Playcrafters Barn Theatre, with the New York Post adding, "the show offers a sweetness and decency that’s become rare at the theatre."

Praised by the Star-Ledger as "a sharp, entertaining look at the agonies and ecstasies of making theater today" and by the New York Daily News as a musical that "has far more savvy and soul than a few flashier shows combined," [title of show] enjoys a November 10 through 19 run at St. Ambrose University's Studio Theatre in Davenport, this Tony-nominated hit also lauded by the Associated Press as "a slyly funny yet surprisingly sweet-tempered look at following your dreams and remaining true to yourself."

A critically acclaimed Broadway smash and modern musical classic making its very first appearance in the Quad Cities, composer Maury Yeston's and book writer Arthur Kopit's 1982 sensation Nine enjoys a November 16 through 19 run at Augustana College's Brunner Theatre Center, the show's original New York incarnation the winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical, and its 2003 return awarded the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical.

Nominated for three 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical and described by Broadway World as “a twinkling Christmas delight,” the yuletide treat A Christmas Story: The Musical enjoys a November 8 through December 30 run at Rock Island's Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, the show's score by the Oscar- and Tony-winning team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul inspiring the New York Times to rave, “You'd have to have a Grinch-sized heart not to feel a smile spreading across your face.”

A riotous stage work that inspired ChicagoCritic.com to rave that "You’ll leave the theatre reinvigorated and thoroughly entertained," Geneseo's Richmond Hill Barn Theatre closes its 2023 season with author Paul Slade Smith's hysterical comedy Unnecessary Farce, the show also enjoying the praise of Broadway World, which advised, "Get ready to laugh your heart out."

If you find yourself at odds with gloomy October weather, walking into Moline's Black Box Theatre and its production of Suddenly Last Summer will brighten your spirits, given that you can’t help but be immediately impressed by the onstage greenery.

From October 27 through 29, high-flying fun will be on hand at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts when the student-theatre talents of the Young Footliters presents Peter Pan Jr., a one-act family musical based on J.M. Barrie's beloved tale featuring unforgettable songs, magic, warmth, and adventure.

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 eighth-annual presentation of the cult-musical smash The Rocky Horror Show from October 20 through 29, treating audiences to live performances of classic songs in this nutty, interactive experience that has been delighting show regulars and virgins alike for more than half a century.