It was a fast-paced, immersive night of theatre on Saturday during the Mockingbird on Main’s production of An Enemy of the People.

You don't need to know anything about Patsy Cline, one of the all-time queens of country music, to love A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.

A remarkable and largely unsung historical figure will be celebrated at the University of Dubuque's Heritage Center on October 18 when the venue and guest presenter Dr. Robert F. Jefferson Jr. present a screening of the theatrical drama Wings of Courage, the astonishing true story of adventurer Eugene Bullard, the first African American to fly a plane in combat.

A family-friendly treat that the River Cities' Reader said “bubbles with color, personality, and wit,” the sweet and hilarious musical Miss Nelson Is Missing! opens the 2021-22 theatre season at Augustana College on October 9 and 10, the show based on a series of beloved, best-selling children's books by Harry Allard and James Marshall.

A legendary, groundbreaking achievement whose original Broadway production received six Tony Awards and whose most recent New York presentation won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical, composer Stephen Sondheim's and author George Furth's Company enjoys an eagerly awaited run at Moline's Black Box Theatre October 7 through 16, the work a resonant dramatic comedy by an artist the New York Times calls “one of the most sophisticated composers ever to write Broadway musicals.”

If you know this musical's title, and have seen any ad artwork, you already know that the show involves a very bad sentient plant. So I'll now reveal that it grows, as plants do. Except real big. And it's a carnivore. And it keeps wanting heftier portions of meat.

Described by DC Metro Theatre Arts as a mystery comedy with “a dizzy, stimulating joy that makes it a whole lot of fun,” the movie and board-game adaptation Clue: On Stage takes residence at Geneseo's Richmond Hill Barn Theatre October 7 through 17, the show a farcical riot that, according to Broadway World, “creates one laugh after another – and a series of 'Ah-hah!'s – as the audience is led on a merry chase.”

One of the most powerful and influential memoirs in American literature will, on October 3 and 4, enjoy a live rendition at the University of Dubuque's Heritage Center, with Richard Wright's iconic Black Boy given theatrical treatment in a Literature to Life solo presentation that premiered at the Kennedy Center – one that boasts actor Tarantino Smith playing more than a dozen of the book's seminal characters.

Lauded by Broadway World as “an intimate tribute to the life and music of a musical giant,” the country- and gospel-music celebration A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline will be staged at Mt. Carroll's Timber Lake Playhouse September 30 through October 10, a biographical revue boasting iconic hits, tender emotion, and a title character played and sung by Broadway veteran Felicia Finley.

An 1882 stage classic that the New York Times, in 2018, called “suddenly as timely as a tweet,” Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People will be presented, in a modern-day re-imaging, at Davenport venue the Mockingbird of Main September 30 through October 9, its exploration of the impacts of pollution and moral complacency perhaps even more relevant now than it was in the 19th century.